All applicants will be considered for enrollment regardless of the last grade completed. However, all students must be at least 16 years of age to enroll and students who are under the age of 18 must provide a parent or guardian's signature of approval.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OR MISSION OF CONTINENTAL ACADEMY?
Continental Academy provides a quality online
high school proficiency diploma program for a broad community of alternative
learners in the United States. The institution aims to put practical, academically-rewarding
and affordable, high school education within the reach of alternative and
lifelong learners ill-served by more traditional, mainstream instructional
WHAT IS THE INSTITUTION'S PHILOSOPHY?
Vision Statement: Continental Academy recognizes the need among a broad spectrum of secondary education students in the United States for an alternative approach to high school education. This alternative approach includes novel instructional strategies and varying, distance-based delivery models. Through these indices, Continental Academy provides alternative students with the curricula, tools and support to achieve academic success in their own "classroom of one." The institution possesses a wealth of experience in meeting the needs of many alternative students.
Continental Academy was established in response to the belief that the traditional classroom-based model for secondary education is unsuitable for a significant, alienated and disenfranchised portion of the population—the alternative learners. In our opinion, this community of learners is best served by educational philosophies other than those of the conventional mainstream. We recognize that students maintain various learning styles, and that the alternative learner may have obstacles which interfere with their learning and therefore, require flexibility in their academic program as well as a means of support. We believe in utilizing alternative instructional strategies as well as fashioning our program in a way that caters to our students' needs.
In order for alternative learners to experience a sense of academic accomplishment, they must learn in an environment that sufficiently supports their intellectual growth. Our pedagogy, which is based on the learning philosophies of Constructivism, Cognitivism and the Sudbury Model, reflects the belief that the learner finds his/her own meaning through practice, and prior knowledge. Ideally, learning is a process you do, not a process that is done to you. Our program recognizes, validates and successfully reconciles what struggling students already know: there are many ways to learn without the intervention of a teacher. The institution’s aim is to put a practical, academically-rewarding, and affordable, high school education within reach for students ill-served by more traditional instructional methods, taking into account their hardships, diverse learning styles and various rates of progress.
Our distance based model is part of an emerging trend that is becoming widely popular around the globe. This style of learning and instruction is recognized as an effective means of delivering quality instruction that allows alternative students to personalize their education so they may navigate through the coursework at their own pace. All the while, our alternative students have access to ongoing academic support that will guide them through the process. The foundation of Continental Academy's educational philosophy is our conviction that all alternative students can become successful learners and that there are no preordained limits to what alternative students can accomplish at any age.