JMHS Online High School FAQ
Whether your question involves admission requirements, transferring credits or graduation activities, we’ve taken note and compiled answers to commonly asked questions we receive. Plus, James Madison High School’s admissions and student services staff are available to answer your questions as well. If you don’t see your questions addressed in this space, please feel free to call 1-800-349-6861 to speak with an Admissions Advisor.
Students entering James Madison High School must be at least 14 years of age and show a school transcript, homeschooling portfolio, or standardized test scores indicating at or above 8th grade level performance in all subject areas.
JMHS doesn’t have an age limit. Our students range from the traditional high school age to those returning for their diploma years after high school. We strive to assist our students regardless of personal situation or background.
Yes. James Madison High School welcomes students from a variety of geographic areas. Haiti, Denmark, Poland, the UK, Ghana and Italy are among home countries of our students. If you are taking courses online, you will have 24-hour-a -day access to your curriculum regardless of where you live. Our online high school is perfect for military families who frequently PCS as well as families that relocate for business reasons.
James Madison High School gives financial and academic credit for high school transfer credits. We accept full and half credits, which means you can transfer a partial year of high school. The maximum is 17 credits @ $40 each, for a total possible tuition savings of $680.00. To receive transfer credits, you must submit an official transcript from an accredited institution or homeschool portfolio for evaluation. Prompt receipt of student transcripts allows us to finalize your program in a timely manner.
To transfer credits from another high school, send a High School Transcript Request Form to your school or board of education to ensure your official transcript is submitted in a timely manner. Your school must fax or mail the transcript to us at the following address: Registrar, James Madison High School, P.O. Box 922697, Norcross, GA 30010-2697. Fax: (770) 729-8578.
If you are homeschooled, please submit a complete portfolio of your work and/or proper documentation. You must include the Home School Form with your portfolio. We offer testing for students who cannot provide a homeschool portfolio.
NOTE: Passing the test will allow you to continue your high school education at JMHS, but you will not receive credit toward your diploma for passing the test.
Complete our online enrollment application or contact an Admissions Advisor by phone at 1-800-349-6861 and provide a down payment or if you prefer, pay your tuition in full to enroll and get started.
James Madison's flexible learning model allows students to study in a self-paced environment – wherever and whenever best suits them. The same flexibility is true for enrollment – you may enroll online 24/7. Or, call 1-800-349-6861 to speak with an Admissions Advisor during business hours, or mail your enrollment form to us. There is no specific timeframe when you must enroll.
All you need to get started is a computer with access to the Internet and Microsoft Office software. Once you enroll, you'll receive access to our exclusive online learning system to immediately begin your first course. All students begin with an online Orientation.
If you requested optional textbooks, they will be shipped to you within 24 hours of enrollment. You should expect your materials to arrive by the U.S. postal service or international airmail if you live abroad.
You will receive your first shipment of materials within 5-7 days if you live within the U.S. of your enrollment. We will ship subsequent course materials when 75% of the course you are currently studying is completed.
If you are up-to-date on your tuition payments and your exam submissions, you will receive your printed textbooks, workbooks, study guides and other materials by U.S. postal service or international airmail (if you live abroad) in a timely manner. You may have immediate access to online study materials and lessons.
In addition to holding national accreditation through the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC), JMHS also holds regional accreditation with The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI). SACS CASI is dedicated to advancing excellence in education worldwide through accreditation, research, and professional services. SACS CASI accredits more than 13,000 schools and school systems throughout the U.S. and abroad. The council is an accrediting division of AdvancED.
Every situation is unique, and it's harder to get into Harvard than your local community college. College acceptance is based on a variety of factors — the level of challenge in the curriculum (college prep vs. general), grades achieved, activities and leadership roles outside of school, and the quality of your college application and essays. James Madison gives all students the opportunity to earn an accredited high school diploma, which is a basic requirement for college acceptance. The rest is up to you! See a list of colleges that have accepted James Madison High School graduates.
James Madison High School is regionally accredited, so credits should be easily transferable. However, acceptance of transfer credits is at the discretion of the individual school. The decision whether to accept transfer credit is usually determined by the similarity of courses completed to courses offered.
James Madison High School is listed as a Tier 1 school, and many of our graduates have gone on to start a military career. The Army, Navy, and Marines accept enlistees from Tier 1 schools. The Air Force will only accept enlistees from Tier 1 schools. Schools can be re-categorized by the military at any time, so we recommend that you check with your local recruiter for specifics.
Absolutely! Students are invited to join the JMHS high school student community. In this space they can interact with peers, blog, participate in discussion groups as well as receive student support from school staff.
Yes, our flexible online learning experience allows students to study anytime or anywhere and complete as little or as much work as their schedule allows. Because students don't have the stress of due dates, they can allocate more time to lessons that are more challenging and less time to those lessons in which they excel.
There is no requirement to pursue a full diploma program. We offer more than 30 individual online high school courses for single purchase. Our summer school students, in particular, find this option appealing for credit recovery. However, many students choose to enroll in single-purchase courses for a variety of reasons:
- To get ahead in their studies
- To take courses that are unavailable in their regular school curriculum
- To challenge themselves with an honors or dual credit course
- To make up for missed classes
- To gain experience with online learning
You’ll need access to a desktop, laptop, netbook or notebook loaded with Microsoft Office and Internet Explorer to take your classes. All assignments and examinations must be submitted as a doc. or docx document. Currently, mobile operating systems such as Linux, iOS and Android, browsers such as Firefox and Safari and mobile devices like iPads and other tablets and iPods are not officially supported by James Madison High School. We do not discourage our students from using these operating systems or mobile devices; but we caution you that issues may arise.
James Madison High School provides a superb team of tutors who work with students in every subject on a one-on-one basis. Tutors are available Monday through Friday 9am-9pm and Saturday from 8:30am to 5pm.
You must meet the following requirements to graduate from James Madison High School:
- Complete at least 4 courses in the General learning track or 5 courses in the College Prep learning track
- Pass all exams
- Earn 23 total credits as a combination of James Madison High School courses and transfer credits
- Meet all financial obligations by paying off your tuition balance in full
- Complete at least six months of enrollment at JMHS
Yes. Each year, graduates are invited to attend the James Madison High School graduation in Atlanta, GA. We create a festive event where students can walk across the stage in their caps and gowns and receive their diplomas. It's a wonderful atmosphere to celebrate their accomplishments with family and friends.
NOTE:Your account must be paid in full in order to graduate.
Your diploma and transcript will be sent to you via the U.S Postal Service or international airmail within 7-10 days of graduation. Your ring will be ordered and should arrive within 8-10 weeks.
You may request a copy of your James Madison High School transcript using the Transcript Request Form. Transcripts may be obtained by contacting student services at 1-800-224-7234. Your first transcript is free. We can provide additional official transcripts at a cost of $5.00 and are happy to send them to prospective employers and college admission offices. Payment must be received prior to your transcript's release.
Our interest-free monthly payment plan is an attractive alternative to student loans. There are never any finance charges or interest fees so you won’t graduate in debt like you might at other schools.
You can enroll and start studying right away with an initial low down payment. Our budget-friendly approach allows you to break your tuition into interest-free monthly payments. We never charge finance fees. Read more about our payment options.
We keep fees to a minimum, simply covering our costs to process your application and modest administrative fees. That’s it. Everything else is included in your tuition.
Your eBooks and study materials are included in your tuition. Textbooks from Pearson, a respected publisher of educational books, are optional for an additional cost. We ship printed textbooks, workbooks, study guides and other materials by U.S. postal service or international airmail (if you live abroad).You’ll also receive access to our exclusive online learning system to immediately begin your first course.
JMHS understands that not all programs are for all people. That said, we offer a ‘no questions asked’ money back policy for students who cancel within the first 5 days of enrollment. Our cancellation policy requires the parent, legal guardian or adult student enrolled with JMHS to initiate the cancellation procedure. If your enrollment is cancelled after the first 5 days, you may be entitled to a refund or you may owe the school additional tuition. The number of lessons completed and the tuition paid determines this. Please refer to the Tuition Agreement located on the reverse side of your Enrollment Agreement.
Common Core State Standards
JMHS meets Common Core State Standards. The CCSS, developed by a collaboration of teachers, parents and school administrators nationwide, defines the rigorous academic content needed to prepare high school graduates for success in college and careers.