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secondary school FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is a guide for parents purchasing courses for their students.
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How do Course Credit and Accreditations work?

Will students get credit from their local school for individual courses taken via ALVS?

Yes. As online learning has become more widespread and accepted, schools have become increasingly open to accepting credits, particularly from online schools such as ALVS. Our school is nationally accredited by Cognia and approved by respected organizations like the NCAA, the University of California, and the College Board®.  Call your local school counselor if you want to confirm your student’s eligibility for credit directly with their local school. Or, if it’s easier, feel free to use this ALVS Credit form.

Is ALVS accredited--Cognia, UC, NCAA, College Board?®

Cognia – We are committed to high standards, academic excellence, and success for all students. Since 1999, ALVS has been an accredited school. Our Cognia certificate of accreditation recognizes ALVS for promoting and maintaining a well-balanced educational program and for exceeding standards considered essential for quality education.

UC – The University of California (UC) has certified ALVS standards-based courses in “a-g” instructional areas to fully prepare students for first-year university programs. Visit our Course Catalog and look for the “UC” symbol to see our list of UC-approved courses.

NCAA – ALVS courses and our instruction model have been approved by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) as meeting the requirements for the initial-eligibility certification status for high school student-athletes wishing to compete in college. Visit our Course Catalog and look for the “NCAA” symbol to see our list of 100+ NCAA-approved courses.

College Board – ALVS was one of the first online high schools to be approved by the College Board® for our AP® curriculum. Learn more about our Advanced Placement courses.

Can students earn a diploma at ALVS?

Yes. ALVS is a fully accredited private online school for grades 6-12. Students can earn a college preparatory high school diploma through the full-time program. Learn more about our Full-Time School.

Student Support & Course Progress

How long does it take to get answers if students have questions?

ALVS students receive real-time access to teachers, and tutors through online chat as part of the cost of their course.  Live Tutor Chat is available Monday through Friday. In addition, your teacher will respond to questions asked using our message center within 1 business day and return assignments with grades and feedback within 3 business days.

For Technology courses, our team of experts are here to help your student via phone, email, or chat. Just have your student call 800-453-1454, email support@apexlearning.com, or log in to their course and visit https://support.apexlearning.com/contact/tech-courses.

Can parents and guardians receive progress reports for a student’s course?

A weekly progress report is emailed to designated adults once a week for the duration of the course. Designated adults can be set up as “coaches” to recieve weekly progress reports via email. Coaches can be parents, guardians, local school staff, tutors, or mentors.  The coach can use the report to help their student stay on track and motivated.  Our research shows that adult engagement is a key indicator of success for online students.

How much do your courses cost?

How much do individual courses cost?

Individual courses cost $350 per semester. Materials (if required) are additional.

Tutorials cost $49 per course for 6 months of access.

Technology courses cost $150 for 6 months of access.

Do students need to purchase textbooks?

Required or optional materials are listed by course in the online catalog. If required, “Course Materials” will appear under “Course Syllabus” on the course description page. These materials can be purchased at any retail establishment.

Course Enrollment

How do students know what courses to take?

Students can talk to their guidance counselor at their school to find out what courses are needed to meet graduation requirements. Students enrolled in our Full-Time School will receive guidance from our Head of Academic Advising on their course schedule. The syllabus for each course can be found in our Course Catalog.

Do you have University of California approved courses?

For California Families: For acceptance to the California UC school system, students must have completed courses approved by The University of California (UC). Visit our Course Catalog for a list of our UC-approved courses. Or, view the official UC a-g course list.

How do students register for courses?

To enroll, click the Enroll Now button at the upper right-hand corner of this screen.  Choose a co