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What You Need to Know About Online Homeschool

Written by James Madison High School on Tuesday, 21 September 2021. Posted in For Parents

Girl studying and taking notes.

There are many reasons parents choose to homeschool their children, from concerns about their safety, to wanting to ensure they can learn at a pace that makes sense for them. No matter the reason you’re considering homeschooling as an option, you may be unsure you have the time to dedicate to helping your children learn – you've got work, a busy schedule, and family life on your plate. That’s where online homeschooling options can make a difference!

Through James Madison’s online high school, your child can learn on their schedule, taking classes in English, math, science, history, and more – with support from teachers and JMHS staff just a call or email away. Whether you’re still thinking about the pros and cons of enrolling your children in online high school, or they’ve just started their classes with JMHS, here’s everything you need to know.

Is James Madison High School legitimate?

A big concern for parents and students when they enroll in an online school is whether the diploma they’re earning is legitimate and can help them reach their college or career goals in the future. With James Madison, you can be assured your child is earning a legitimate diploma. JMHS is fully accredited; our high school is regionally accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS CASI) and nationally accredited through the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). That means that our curriculum meets the standards of regional and national organizations, ensuring that what your child learns is up-to-date and in-line with similar curriculum they’d take at a public high school.

How does online high school work?

Just like a public high school, James Madison’s curriculum covers 9th to 12th grade classes. Depending on where your student is in their studies before enrolling with JMHS, they’ll either start with the 9th grade or pick up where they left off in their previous school. With all their classes online and no set study times, they can then learn the way that works best for them – and you. Here’s how the process works from enrollment to graduation!

  1. Enroll your student online or with our admissions team. Getting started with JMHS is simple and straightforward. If you’re sure this online high school program is the right fit for you and your student, and have no additional questions, you can simply enroll your child online whenever you’re ready! If you have some questions or aren’t sure about the process, you can reach out to our admissions department. They’ll walk you through enrolling, getting started, and anything and everything you need to know about the school.
  2. Send official transcripts for evaluation. If your child has completed high school classes at a previous school, have that school send us a sealed copy of your child’s official transcript. Our transcript evaluation team will review the classes that were completed and transfer over those that meet the eligibility requirements. If your child does have classes that can be transferred in, those credits will be applied to their student account, and they’ll then only need to complete the classes and grades they haven’t yet finished. Learn more about how transfer credits work here.
  3. Log in and explore the Student Portal. All of your student’s classes, exams, and assignments can be found in the Student Portal. After you’ve made the initial tuition payment to enroll, you and your student will create a login to the Portal and, from there, they can start exploring the platform. Before diving in to the first study guide, make sure they click around the Portal so they can get used to how it works! You’ll also want to make sure their student information is accurate, so verify their name is spelled correctly and that your mailing address has no errors.
  4. Know who to contact when you need help. While JMHS is designed to allow your child to learn independently, they’re not alone. Our teachers and staff are here to support you and your student, and ensure they have the best experience earning their high school diploma online. Make sure to write down or bookmark important numbers in case you need to reach out!

How to help your student succeed in online high school

Online high school is flexible and self-paced, so you and your child can develop your own study schedule. To ensure they progress through their courses at the best speed for them, it’s important to create a study plan and clear expectations. Whether that means studying for 3 hours a day or 8, having a goal to reach can help your student stay motivated. Other ways to help your student succeed in their online classes include:

  • Creating a dedicated study space. The benefit of online school is that you can take it with you wherever you go. However, while at home, it’s often best to make sure your child has a dedicated space to study – preferably separate from their bedroom. This allows them a quiet place to focus and can help them keep their schoolwork separate from the rest of their home life.
  • Gathering school materials. One of the most exciting things about back-to-school season is often buying the materials you need to be successful in your classes. While your child may not be attending school in-person, they’ll still need the tools – notebooks, pencils, highlighters. Besides having what they need to take notes while studying, purchasing these supplies together can help them get into the back-to-school spirit and get excited about learning.
  • Connecting with other students. Online school can be a great way for students to learn and develop a variety of skills, but it can sometimes be lonely studying by yourself. Connecting with other JMHS students can help your child stay motivated and get help when they need it. Your child can connect with the school and other students online through our Student Community and social media pages! Besides connection, it can also provide motivation – seeing graduation pictures from other students can help your child stay focused on their goals!

Start your child on the path to earn their diploma with JMHS

If homeschooling is the right fit for your child and your family, you can get started as soon as you’re ready. Enroll online in as little as a few minutes or reach out to our Admissions Specialists at to get started!

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