Paragon Cooperative Learning Academy offers accreditation through Paragon Academy. Paragon Academy is fully accredited with the Georgia Accrediting Commission. Along with our enrichment classes we offer accreditation to those families who wish to take part in this process. Fees for the Paragon Academy are as follow: $200 per year with classes at PCLA $350 per year without classes at PCLA
What is accreditation?
Accreditation could be viewed and an insurance policy in the event that your child must re-enter the public or private school arena. Your child’s credits will be readily accepted by most high schools. This accrediting portion of our program will carry the name Paragon Academy. Students who graduate from Paragon Academy are eligible to enter Georgia colleges without the homeschool mandates; they are also eligible for the Hope Scholarship upon graduation, and they have access to PSAT, National Society of High School Scholars, college fairs, workshops and other programs.
What is the cost of accreditation?
Accreditation Fees for 2018: $200 per year with classes at PCLA $350 per year without classes at PCLA For high-school students enrolling from a non-accredited school there will be a per year fee attached. For example, if your student is entering the 11th grade from a non-accredited program, you will be required to pay the accreditation fee for the 9th and 10th grade year. Students transferring from another accredited program are exempt and are not required to the extra fees. Please be advised that payment of the accreditation fees does not guarantee accreditation. Failure to adhere to the policies, procedures and guidelines of PCLA will result in the loss of the student’s accreditation status and all fees will be forfeited.
All Accreditation Fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.
What am I responsible for?
The responsibilities of the participating families are as follows:
1. Fill out the “Course of Study” form at the beginning of each school year showing the coursed your child will be taking and curriculum to be used.
2. Turn in grades quarterly (4 times a year including semester average) for all classes being taken at home or with a non-PA tutor.
3. Each accredited student must take a cumulative, subjective final exam at PA in each homeschooled subject and turn in four graded tests for each homeschooled subject. The final exam in each subject must be taken and graded at Paragon Academy. The parent must provide the answer sheet to the monitor for this purpose.
What is Paragon Academy responsible for?
The responsibility of the Paragon Academy accrediting program:
1. Maintain an accredited transcript on each student. This transcript will only be available after the student has been in our program for a minimum of one year.
2. Provide testing times and an appropriate place for the monitored tests.
3. Provide counsel to the families on curriculum choice, student progress and other particular needs of the homeschooled high school student.
4. Issue a completed transcript to secondary or post secondary schools and or military schools upon written request.
5. Submit the necessary documentation on each graduating student with an grade point average of 3.0 or higher in order to ensure eligibility in the Hope Scholarship program.
6. Provide PSAT tests in the junior year.
What are the academic requirements?
A completed transcript is one in which the student has earned at least 23 units of credit for graduation.
A unit represents two full semesters of study.
College Preparatory Program
4 credits in Language Arts (each course must be integrated with literature, grammar and usage, and composition)
4 credits in Mathematics
3 credits in Social Science and History
4 credits in Science
1 credit in Health (may be 1/2 Health and 1/2 PE)
2 credits of Foreign Language (consecutive years in the same language)
5 credits in Electives (1 credit in Fine Arts or Technology is recommended)
4 credits in High School level Language Arts
4 credits in Mathematics (must include Algebra 1)
3 credits in Social Science and History (should include World History and American History)
4 credits in Science (including biological and physical sciences)
1 credit in Health (may be 1/2 Health and 1/2 PE)
7 credits in Electives (1 credit in Fine Arts or Technology is recommended)
In order to qualify for the HOPE or Zell Miller Scholarships, course rigor requirements begin with the graduating class of 2015. This is in addition to having the necessary GPA and SAT/ACT score. SAT/ACT qualifying scores are required for the Zell Miller Scholarship but not the HOPE.
Rigor courses are the following:
1. Each AP classes
2. Each Dual Enrollment classes
3. The 4th Math (Advanced Math, Pre-Calculus, Trig, Calculus, Math III-Adv Algebra/Statistics)
4. Anatomy & Physiology, Chemistry, Physics, Forensic Science
(note: our current Honors Physical Science, H Biology, H Environmental Science and Marine Biology do NOT qualify as a Rigor Science)
5. 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year Foreign Languages
6. Constitutional Theory
Students graduating in 2016 must take 3 “rigor” courses
Students graduating in 2017 and after must take 4 “rigor” courses
Students may earn 1 or more credits in the each category