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: $150 per year with classes at PCLA
$300 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: $150 per year with classes at
PCLA $300 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
and 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
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
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
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)
- Comparative Literature & Composition or 9th Grade LA
- World Literature & Composition (required)
- American Literature & Composition (required)
- British Literature & Composition (required)
4 credits in Mathematics
- Algebra 1
- Algebra 2
- 4th Math (Advanced Math, Pre-Calculus, College Algebra, Trig, Calculus, Math III-Adv Algebra/Statistics)
3 credits in Social Science and History
- American History (required)
- World History (required)
- 3rd SS course (World Geography, Economics, Government, Current Events, Constitutional Theory)
4 credits in Science
- Biology (required)
- Physical Science or Physics (1 credit from this group is required)
- Chemistry, Earth Science or Environmental Science (1 credit from this group is required)
- 4th Science of your choice
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)
Career/Technology Preparatory Program
(this program is for those not attending college but may choose to attend technical college)
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 2015 must take 2 “rigor” courses.
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