Beacon Academy: The way to go!

A growing number of teenagers today are earning their accredited high school diplomas through distance education. Students choose to take online high school classes and obtain their high school diploma online at Beacon Academy of Nevada for many reasons: What is your reason for seeking out virtual education?

Whatever your reason, Beacon Academy may be the solution that you have been looking for to help you complete your high school education in your spare time. Statistics show that individuals who receive their secondary education make on average of $500,000 or more over their lifetime than those who don’t. Most employers and organizations will not even consider hiring an employee who does not have a high school diploma. The current job market is a volatile and highly competitive arena, even in general work positions that used to  hire without any education certification.

These employers now have many more options and prospects with higher credentials as the job market shrinks. Don’t let any potential opportunity pass you by! Enroll today at Beacon Academy of Nevada and be on your way to receiving your high school diploma!  Just think, with a good education the whole world can become your playground.

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Are You Ready For Some School? – 07.28.14

Yes, incredible as it may sound, there are only four more weeks left until the first day of school on Monday, August 25, 2014!  At Beacon Academy, Nevada’s premier online high school, we have been working all summer long to prepare for the new school year.  Additionally, there are a number of exciting changes happening as well.

One area we have been working at is preparing the Measured Academic Progress (MAP) benchmark assessments for students. Beacon Academy students, both new and returning are required to sign up and come in to the Las Vegas and Reno offices to take these benchmark assessments.  The primary assessment window is August 4-15.  These assessments will help the school identify where students stand in the math and reading skills and help Beacon Academy staff develop individualized intervention and enhancement programs.  These programs are designed to prepare students to successfully navigate state-mandated high stakes tests.

Over the summer, two exciting changes have taken place at Beacon Academy.  First, the school has hired many more full-time teachers and mentors to help students in all their course work.  Second, the school will start of the new academic year with a new principal.  Our new principal, Mrs. Tambre Tondryk will bring a wealth of experience to the table which will directly help students successfully earn their free online high school diploma.

Upcoming in August will be a series of Open House events and the week before school, all Beacon Academy students, looking to attend their free online charter high school, will need to attend an orientation.  Even if you are a returning student, the orientation is a must as things do change and we want you be up to speed on school policies and procedures.  Also be on the lookout for upcoming student activities to kick of the new school year.

Beacon Academy continues to grow as more and more students learn about our unique style of helping our students earn their free accredited high school diploma.  These students come to us to take their high school classes online.  Many of the students are tired of the “drama” at their brick and mortar school and want to focus their time and effort on earning their high school diploma online without these types of distractions.

Did you know we are offering some new and exciting elective courses that you can take toward earning your free online high school diploma?  We have added Art in World Cultures, Careers in Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, and Public Speaking just to name a few of our new electives.

If you are not currently enrolled in Beacon Academy of Nevada, and want to pursue a different way of earning your free online high school diploma, check out our FAQ as this will answer any question you may have.  When you are finished getting your questions answered you can enroll in Beacon Academy by clicking HERE.  Don’t waste any more time searching for the right school.  You found it!  So what are you waiting for?  Join the future, enroll in Beacon Academy and experience the future in education.

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About the High School Proficiency Tests

Beacon Academy of Nevada students must take the Nevada High School Proficiency Exams (HSPE) each and every time they are offered. In addition to earning 22.5 credits, students must also pass the math, reading, science and writing tests. Below are descriptions of each tests’ contents.

The math portion of the HSPE is composed of multiple-choice questions that demonstrate the student’s depth of knowledge (cognitive domains). Students demonstrate math proficiency by responding to questions based on skills pertaining to:

  • Numbers and operations;
  • Algebra and functions;
  • Geometry and measurement;
  • Data analysis; and
  • Probability and statistics.

The reading portion of the HSPE is composed of multiple-choice questions that demonstrate the student’s depth of knowledge (cognitive domains). Students demonstrate reading proficiency by responding to question based on skills pertaining to:

  • Comprehension, interpretation, and evaluation of authors, cultures and times in literary text;
  • Comprehension, interpretation, and evaluation for specific purposes in expository text.

The science portion of the HSPE is composed of multiple-choice questions that demonstrate the student’s depth of knowledge (cognitive domains). Students demonstrate science proficiency by responding to questions based on skills pertaining to:

  • Physical science;
  • Life science;
  • Earth/space science; and
  • The nature of science.

The writing portion of the HSPE is a performance based test requiring students to demonstrate writing proficiency by responding in writing to two prompts: one narrative or descriptive and one persuasive or expository. Students demonstrate proficiency in writing based on the Nevada holistic rubric.

This year, new tests are beginning to replace the Nevada High School Proficiency Exams for ninth and tenth grade students in Nevada online high schools and brick-and-mortar schools. Sorry, Juniors and Seniors, you’re not finished with the HSPEs until you pass them. We don’t know much about these new tests yet, but we will keep you updated.

In addition to our onsite tutoring, Beacon Academy of Nevada also offers intensive HPSE tutoring for students who feel like they want additional help studying for the exams. As well as the onsite tutoring, virtual tutoring is also available along with practice exams that are on our school site. We try to provide as much information about these exams as possible so that our students are prepared and successful when taking them.

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Nevada Online High School

Beacon Academy of Nevada is a public online high school, accredited by AdvancEd, and offers online high school classes to students in Clark, Nye, Lincoln, Esmeralda, Mineral, and other Nevada counties. Graduates earn an accredited high school diploma.

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Information Literacy

“Don’t believe everything you read.”

How many of you have heard this statement before? Maybe you heard it from your parents or from a teacher in one of your online high school classes. Either way, it’s great advice: especially online. Knowing how to be critical of information is one of the most important skills you can develop in a world where anyone can publish anything.

What is Information Literacy?

In very simple terms, information literacy is a person’s ability to select appropriate and ethical information to address a problem. Chances are you have already been exposed to this idea if you attended any high schools in Nevada; a unit of information literacy is covered in computer fundamentals courses in Nevada high schools. Practicing information literacy means that you need to be aware of your online habits. See how you rate by taking a quiz on information literacy HERE and share your results in the comments.

Beacon Academy teaches our students to think critically about source material and question what information they find online. What are you waiting for? Consider Beacon Academy for your Nevada virtual education today!

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More Changes at Beacon Academy – 07.21.14

Making the transition from a traditional high school in Clark County, Nye County, Lincoln County, Esmeralda County or Mineral County to a virtual online charter high school can be a big adjustment in a student’s life, whether they are a ninth grade teenager or a student returning to high school following an absence of a year or two.  As an innovative virtual online public charter school, Beacon Academy is also making big adjustments to help these very kinds of students with their online high school education.

One of the changes taking place is a reorganization of the school structure.  The first step in reorganizing this Nevada online high school is a new Principal.  Starting on August 1, 2014 Beacon Academy will have a new Principal.  Other reorganizational changes are in development with the intent of adding additional focus and attention to the academic achievement of all students as they engage in their online high school curriculum.  These changes will include a seasoned individual whose sole responsibility will be focusing on assessing student academic mastery in various academic areas and coordinating with teachers and administrators in implementing focused intervention plans that will enhance Beacon Academy students’ goals of earning their accredited online high school diploma.

In conjunction with these changes in organization, Beacon Academy of Nevada, Nevada’s Online High School is bringing on more teachers that are full-time, mentors, and tutors.  The addition of these personnel will help the school’s students be more successful in their online high school education.

If you are a student or the parent of a struggling student who is not getting the attention he or she needs to earn their Nevada high school diploma, then come check out Beacon Academy to see if we are a fit.  Here are some links that will provide you with more information on the school.

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Only Five Weeks Left!

There are only five weeks of summer left before Beacon Academy resumes for the fall semester! Keep an eye out for orientation information, where you will receive your schedule of online high school classes. We have many new students this year who are choosing to pursue a high school diploma online and more students and their families are joining the Beacon Academy family every day. We are looking forward to seeing all of the new faces, and old ones too, at our welcome back festivities in August.

Make the next five weeks count! School starts Aug. 25th.

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Your Online High School Program: Year Four

Senior year is one of the most exciting, challenging, and nerve wracking years of a student’s academic career. During this year, students realize that their life will be changing; for some this is very scary and for others it’s very exciting. For parents, it’s a time of wonder and hope, but also a time of nervousness: What will your students do after graduating from a Nevada online high school and earning an accredited Nevada high school diploma online?

During senior year, students’ schedules may be light, with a minimum of 4 classes, or heavy, if making up credits or trying to Earn additional credits for college. In either event, a student’s online high school classes at Beacon Academy will generally consist of English, Math, American Government, and an Elective.

One of the most important events that should occur during the first semester of a senior’s high school year is the decision of what college to attend after high school. Applications to the colleges of your choice should be submitted before the holidays in December. In January, each student and parent should sit down and fill out the FAFSA form, which determines financial aid eligibility. Once the college acceptance letter comes in, students and parents tend to relax a bit and celebrate the great accomplishments their student has achieved.

By the end of a student’s senior year they should have completed all HSPE testing, SAT/ACT testing, sent in college applications, filled out the FAFSA form, received acceptance letter(s), and finally celebrate during their graduation ceremony.

At Beacon Academy, our seniors are no different than other student in Nevada high schools. All of these same steps occur and our biggest shining moment is at the end of the year when we have our graduation ceremony. Our students deserve to celebrate the huge accomplishment of earning their accredited high school diploma and the staff at Beacon Academy does their best to make it a very special day for seniors and their families.

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Nevada Online High School

Beacon Academy of Nevada is a public online high school, accredited by AdvancED, and offers online high school classes to students in Clark, Nye, Lincoln, Esmeralda, Mineral, and other Nevada counties. Graduates earn an accredited high school diploma.

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What’s Going On Behind The Scenes – 07.15.14

At Beacon Academy of Nevada the administration and staff are working diligently to ensure that your fall semester gets off to a good start and you can focus on earning your free online high school diploma.  Even though Beacon Academy of Nevada is a virtual online public charter high school, we have offices in Las Vegas and Reno.

Some of the things currently going on at Beacon Academy is the scheduling of students for the fall semester, reimaging student computers (have you returned yours yet?), upgrading our curriculum, adding new and exciting electives, planning back to school activities, and organizing clubs.  One of the electives that will be offered and required for students are grade level College and Career Readiness courses.  These important courses will help our student better prepare for their futures after the graduate from Beacon Academy and earn their free online high school diploma.

Regardless of where you live in Nevada, be it in Clark County, Nye County, Lincoln County, Esmeralda County or Mineral CountyBeacon Academy of Nevada is there preparing for your future.  Of course, if you are currently enrolled in a brick and mortar school, then you really don’t know what you are missing.  Think about it, you too could be earning your free online Nevada high school diploma from home or from anywhere 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Sound intriguing?

If you would like to know more about Beacon Academy of Nevada, Nevada’s Online High School, here are some links that might interest you:

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Why Enroll at Beacon
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The World Without Internet

Online high schools are becoming more common for students wanting to achieve an accredited high school diploma. The rise in free online high schools and students’ willingness to enroll in online high school classes would not be possible without the communities formed around the internet and its use for education. Without the internet and those who support it, Beacon Academy would not be able to help students earn a Nevada accredited high school diploma online. How do you envision a world without internet?

Check out this thought-provoking infographic from www.onlineeducation.net: The World Without Internet

Beacon Academy of Nevada
Nevada’s Online High School

Beacon Academy of Nevada is a public online high school, accredited by AdvancED, and offers online high school classes to students in Clark, Nye, Lincoln, Esmeralda, Mineral, and other Nevada counties. Graduates earn an accredited high school diploma.

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We’re Here to Help

BOP mentors are here to help you succeed in school!

This special program provides students who need it the opportunity to have in-home services which will enable them to be successful in their educational program. These services are customized for the student who require or are recognized by Beacon Academy staff and faculty as potentially benefiting from them. The central idea of these services are to help students get on track, or back on track, with their accredited high school classes online or to offer a unique or needed social support or psychological service. Typically, students and/or their family will receive between one to four in-home visits under this program. At this time, the face-to-face visits are only available for our Las Vegas students. However, if you live in Nye, Lincoln, Esmeralda, Mineral, or anywhere else outside of Las Vegas, we can still help you! Contact Beacon Academy and we can discuss an alternative way for us to help get you back on track.

If you are tired of the routine of a brick and mortar school and would like to try a new innovative way to earn your high school diploma, check us out.

Beacon Academy of Nevada
Nevada’s Online High School

Beacon Academy of Nevada is a public online high school, accredited by AdvancED, and offers online high school classes to students in Clark, Nye, Lincoln, Esmeralda, Mineral, and other Nevada counties. Graduates earn an accredited high school diploma.

Check out these links:

Frequently Asked Questions
Courses Offered
Why Enroll At Beacon Academy
What Our Students Are Saying

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