Is this school accredited?
YES! Whitmore School is a private school regionally accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, (NCA CASI) a division of AdvancED. Accreditation is awarded only to educational institutions that meet the highest standards of providing quality education programs and services. You may search the accreditation of CompuHigh/Whitmore School by going to the AdvancED website.
Is this home-schooling?
Technically, you are not home-schooling. Since Whitmore School is an accredited private school, you are enrolling in a private school and taking online (virtual) high school courses. We provide the coursework and teachers, just like traditional schools. *Important Note: Some states may consider online education as “homeschooling.” Contact your state’s Department of Education to learn of any homeschool rules or regulations that may apply in your state.
Do I need Internet access?
Yes. In order to access your courses, you will need to have high speed Internet.
Do I need to have a computer?
Yes. In order to access your courses, you will need to have a computer. Our curriculum is not compatible with tablets or smart phones.
What technology do I need?
1). Internet Connection – high speed
2). Any operating system (Windows, Mac, Linux) using the Firefox browser will work with all CompuHigh software. Firefox is free and can be downloaded here – http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/fx/#desktop
3). Any standard word processor. We require students to use OpenOffice, which works with any operating system (Windows, Mac, Linux), is free and can be downloaded here – http://www.openoffice.org/
4). Pop-up blocker disabled or configured to allow pop-ups.
5). Speakers or headphones
6). Our language courses have audio files for pronunciation that will require the use of a media player. If your computer does not have a media player, you may download a free one here – http://www.real.com/
7). Java is required for some Math and Science courses. It is free and can be downloaded and installed through this link- http://www.java.com/en/
8). We do not support the use of smartphones or tablets. Student must submit course assignments using a personal computer (laptop or desk PC).
What is the cost? Can I make payments?
We strive to offer affordable, quality, private education. Tuition varies by Diploma Program and individual courses. Whitmore School is pleased to offer you the convenience of several payment options and online payments, to manage your tuition expenses. Our Tuition Payment Plan allows you to spread the tuition payments over a period of six months. There are no interest expenses, or additional fees for the Tuition Payment Plan option.
Are there any other costs?
No. There are no additional fees.
Do I need to buy textbooks?
No. We provide the course work and the teacher. All of the resources necessary to complete a course can be found online or through a public library.
Do you accept credits from other high schools?
Yes! We accept credits from all public high schools. Students enrolling from non-accredited schools, can request to have a transcript evaluation to determine if credits will transfer. Click here for the Transfer Credit Policy.
How do I get the transcript(s) from my former school(s)?
To have an official transcript sent to us, fill out this Release of Records form and send it to your former high school.
How do your courses work? Is everything done online?
Yes, all the course work, and communication with the teachers is done online. Once you enroll with Whitmore School, you will receive a username and password in your email. This will give you access to all of your courses. All new students complete an orientation; however, here is a brief overview:
- Most students work on three courses at a time.
- Each course begins with a teacher introduction and requirements for the course.
- You will begin by submitting the assignment in Lesson 1.
- Your teacher will respond within 24-48 hours (often sooner). He or she may ask for revisions to improve your assignment until you have mastered the lesson. Once you “get it,” your teacher will assign a grade and you will move on to the next lesson.
- You can submit up to 2 lessons a day in most courses. This is what allows you to move through your courses at your pace – not the pace set by a traditional school calendar.
- Credits and grades are updated immediately upon completion of the course. You will always have access to view your transcript and Grade Point Average.
Are there semesters?
No. At Whitmore School you have the flexibility to complete your coursework on a schedule that works best for you. Since there are no “semesters” you won’t get pushed ahead or be held back by the pace of other students.
Is attendance taken?
No and Yes.
No – as a private school we do not require “seat-time.” However, we recommend that you set a schedule that allows you to submit work 4-5 days a week. This is the best way to stay on track to earn 6 credits a year and ultimately to graduate.
Yes – your attendance is logged each time you log in and submit work. If you are asked for proof of enrollment and attendance, (for the Department of Motor Vehicles for example), we will provide you with documentation that verifies your attendance.
What days can I “go to school?”
You can go to school 24/7 365 days a year! You can access your schoolwork from anywhere that you have Internet access.
What about social experiences?
Most students find that school work can be completed in about 3 -4 hours a day. That leaves much more time for social events. One student explains, “I am more social now because I have time to volunteer, hold a part-time job and participate in sports. And, I get to choose who I socialize with and avoid the typical social drama at my old school.” Matthew S.
What if I don’t understand the material and I need help?
You will simply write to your teacher and ask a question. Your teacher will work one-to-one with you until the concepts are understood.
Will I get grades?
Yes. You will receive a final grade for your course once all the assignments are completed.
How do I know my student is doing the work?
Your student will have has his or her own private “File Cabinet”. Each time your student submits work, it is stored in their “File Cabinet” along with the teacher’s responses. As a parent, you can access this File Cabinet with the student’s username and password. You can call also call us at our Administrative Office and we will be happy to help you.
How do I enroll? How soon can I begin my course work?
Enrolling is easy! Click on the Enroll Now button on our website and complete the four easy steps. Once your tuition payment has been verified, you will hear from our Admissions Coordinator and your username and password will be sent to your email address. You can enroll any time of year and begin right away!
Is there someone I can talk to if I have a problem?
Yes. Students can write to the teacher or guidance. Parents are welcome to call our Administrative Office (M-F from 9 AM to 5 PM EST). We are always happy to help.
Can I graduate early?
Yes. Since you complete courses at your own pace, and can go to school any day of the week, you are able to complete high school in less than the traditional four years. it’s up to you!
Can I go back to my regular school to graduate?
Probably, but there are benefits to graduating from Whitmore School. Graduates of Whitmore School are recognized as being critical thinkers and problem solvers in the workplace and at college. Whitmore graduates have self-confidence and work independently – skills sought by colleges and employers. Plus, you can graduate anytime of year, rather than have to wait until May or June.
And, many traditional schools require students to take a full course load regardless of how many credits are needed to graduate. This can mean that you will have to take many additional courses.
How will I get my diploma?
Congratulations! You have completed your courses and met our graduation requirements. Your diploma will be mailed to you.
Will I be prepared for college or work?
Yes! Here is what our graduates have said…
- I learned to set goals and achieve them.
- I felt ready for college because answers weren’t handed to me. Instead I learned to conduct research and find my own answers.
- At Whitmore School I learned how I learn. That made all the difference at college.
- Whitmore School taught me to keep trying. Perseverance has helped me in my job.
- I learned to be a lot more self-disciplined, and that I was in charge of my education.
Are graduates accepted to colleges?
Yes! Graduates have been accepted to both two-year and four-year colleges across the country. View a list of colleges where Whitmore graduates have been accepted.
What about joining the military? Are graduates eligible for the military?
Yes! CompuHigh / Whitmore School, accredited by AdvancED, is considered a tier 1 school, and graduates are eligible for any branch of the military.
What if I don’t speak English?
We have many students from around the world. However, our lesson content and assignments require proficiency in the English language. If you are not proficient in English, you may want to take an English as a Second Language (ESL) course before enrolling.
What if I have studied English in school?
Students whose native language is not English will enroll in our PLUS program. This ensures that you and your parents will receive the guidance support that will help you succeed.
Once you enroll, you will complete our English Language Assessment. You may be required to take Pre-composition and English as a Second Language (ESL) course (additional tuition) before beginning our high school course work toward meeting your graduation requirements.