Here comes the Tax Man

Those are two words that no one likes to hear…TAX DAY!  Yes, every year on April 15, Americans line up at the post office by the millions to reluctantly file their tax returns.  It would be interesting to know how many of them know when the personal federal income tax was instituted in the United States.  Students of Beacon Academy of Nevada, Nevada’s Premier Online High School, know the answer to that question through their free and accredited online high school classes and virtual interactive live sessions with instructors.  Beacon Academy strives to teach our student those things that will make them informed and concerned citizens of this great democracy of ours.  This education will put them on the road to earning their free online accredited high school diploma.

Well, do you know the answer to the question?  Most people will say that it started with the enactment of the 16th Amendment to the Constitution in 1913 under President Woodrow Wilson.  However, this is only a partially correct answer.

Students at Beacon Academy learn this in their free accredited online high school courses in government and US History.  So, what is the rest of the answer?  The first time there was a federal income tax was in 1862 to support the Union’s efforts in the War Between the States.  This tax was eliminated in 1872 and the reinstated in 1894.  However, the Supreme Court declared it unconstitutional in 1895 in the case of Pollock v. Farmers’ Loan & Trust Company.

Are you ready to receive your courses in a format that allows you the freedom and flexibility to obtain your free online high school diploma while learning incredible and important thing in our state of the art curriculum?  If you are, then you have come to the right place; Beacon Academy! Give us a look; we are now accepting applications for the Fall 2013 semester.  Don’t wait until late August, there may not be any more room!

One last but very important thing about attending Beacon Academy:  Since we are a statewide virtual online high school, you can live in Clark County, Nye County, Lincoln County, Esmeralda County or Mineral County and be part of the Beacon Academy family and earn your high school education.

If you would like more information about Beacon Academy of Nevada, here are some helpful links you might want to review:

Frequently Asked Questions
Student Support Services
Why Enroll at Beacon Academy
Family & Students in the Spotlight
Meet Our Teachers

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What is an At-Risk Student? – 04.14.14

Beacon Academy of Nevada, Nevada’s Online High School is a unique school in the state of Nevada and perhaps in the nation.  This school works with a series of at-risk students in an effort to help them earn their accredited online high school diploma.  In order to understand why Beacon Academy considers itself the only online charter school in Nevada to serve at-risk students, we need to understand what an at-risk student is.

According the Nevada Revised Statute 386.500, “A pupil is “at risk” if the pupil has an economic or academic disadvantage such that he or she requires special services and assistance to enable him or her to succeed in educational programs. The term includes, without limitation, pupils who are members of economically disadvantaged families, pupils who are limited English proficient, pupils who are at risk of dropping out of high school and pupils who do not meet minimum standards of academic proficiency. The term does not include a pupil with a disability.”  One of the key points for Beacon Academy is the number of students who enroll in the schools free online high school classes who are credit deficient.  On average over the past 5 ½ years, 66% percent of students enrolling in Beacon Academy are credit deficient by one or more years.

A credit deficient student as defined by Beacon Academy, is a student who has less than the number of credits he or she should have based on his or her cohort graduation year.  In the state of Nevada, a student must earn 22.5 credits and pass all four high school proficiency exams in order to graduate.  The student must do that within a 4-year window or that student’s graduation does not count for the school or the state.  With the number of students coming to Beacon Academy who are one or more years credit deficient, this creates a challenge for the school’s graduation rate.

Regardless of this challenge, Beacon Academy continues to enroll those students in an effort to give them every opportunity to graduate and earn their Nevada high school diploma.  To accomplish this, Beacon Academy provides its students a credit recovery program, special tutoring and monitoring, and services to help them also deal with life’s challenges.  Starting this coming school year, Beacon Academy is going to conduct incoming tests on all students to assess their areas of mastery and weakness and implement a program to remediate the areas of weakness the students have.  This will markedly improve their subject matter mastery and help them successfully navigate high school and be ready to walk in June with their Nevada high school diploma in hand.

If this sounds like the kind of school that interests you and will focus on you, the student, then come check us out.  Regardless of where you live in the state, be it Clark County, Nye County, Lincoln County, Esmeralda County or Mineral County you can be part of the Beacon Academy family and earn your high school education.

If you would like more information about Beacon Academy of Nevada, here are some helpful links you might want to review:

Frequently Asked Questions
Student Support Services
Why Enroll at Beacon Academy
Family & Students in the Spotlight
Meet Our Teachers

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Beacon Academy Parenting Club

At Beacon Academy of Nevada, we recognize that some students may have additional life situations that can make attending school even more of a challenge. One challenge for many of our students is parenting while attending high school. This is why we offer a parenting group for any students who have children themselves or our expecting. The group focuses on resources for parents, idea sharing, etc. Community agencies come in to talk about the resources and services they provide too.

Las Vegas Parenting Club takes place at the Beacon Academy office (7360 West Flamingo Rd.) every Wednesday from 4:00-6:00 pm. If you would like to attend, but do not have transportation, please let me know and I will make sure to get a FREE bus pass to you.

We HIGHLY encourage all of our Las Vegas students to come into Beacon Academy every Wednesday from 10:00-4:00pm for a quiet place to work and for extra tutoring help. After tutoring, you can stay for Parenting Club from 4-6pm. We will provide food during Parenting Club and if you are enrolled in “Real World Parenting” with Mrs. Surina, you can receive extra credit for attending.

Please email Ms. Nestor (jill.nestor@banv.org) or call (702-726-8664) if you are planning to attend.

Hope to see you all soon!!!

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The twenties are roaring back at Beacon!

The clock is ticking down for Beacon Academy’s Prom. Beacon Academy of Nevada’s Roaring 20s Prom is Friday, April 25th, in Las Vegas. Although we are an online high school, we still hold a “traditional” prom that our students look forward to every year. This year’s prom theme is Roaring 20s, Gatsby-style flapper ball. Tickets are on sale for $25, and can be purchased in advance or at the door. Contact Mrs. Cherry for more information about prom.

Beacon Academy’s students choose the themes of dances, events, and clubs in their local cities, provided each event has sufficient interest. We try to accommodate our students as much as possible, which means that each school year we have a very diverse and interesting selection of events for our students. Other virtual Nevada high schools may try to emulate us, but it’s our students who make us distinctly Beacon Academy.

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Shop around for an online high school

Virtual education in Nevada is growing faster than anybody expected. Every year, public charter schools, like Beacon Academy, offer online high school classes to thousands of Nevada high school students. Students have many reasons to attend a virtual online high school and with so many options, choosing the right public online high school for your needs is critical for success. Talk with other students who are attending Nevada high school classes online: Ask them about their particular school and shop around before making a final decision. All online high schools in Nevada have different expectations, attendance requirements, and instructional styles: One of them is certainly perfect for you.

If you are interested in Beacon Academy, make an appointment with our counselor or stop by the school: We are happy to answer your questions. For more information, please visit our website and these links:

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Why Beacon Academy Meets the Needs of Many – 04.07.14

Beacon Academy of Nevada, Nevada’s Premier Online High School, offers high school students a quality education through free and accredited online high school classes and virtual interactive live sessions with instructors.  Online learning, as a means of earning your accredited high school diploma, has been shown by research to be academically effective, providing student performance “as good or better” compared to face-to-face instruction1.

As a state-wide online public charter high school, Beacon Academy delivers state of the art curriculum, in a format that allows students the freedom and flexibility to obtain their free high school diploma online on their time schedule.  Additionally, Beacon Academy students have their course material available to them 24/7.

Beacon Academy of Nevada serves all kinds of students with unique educational needs.  Tired of the drama of a regular high school?  Do you want to accelerate your learning to move on to college?  Have you dropped out, and want to return for your high school diploma?  Do you have pressures of work, caring for children or family?  Have you been harassed or bullied at your brick and mortar school?  Beacon Academy of Nevada, a Nevada online charter school, provides an alternative to a traditional high school education that fits with many students’ needs and schedules.  Online learning helps students succeed in high school, and prepare for a brighter future.

1 NCREL Synthesis of New Research on K-12 Online Learning, 2005, North Central Regional Education Laboratory/Learning Point Associates, www.ncrel.org/tech/synthesis/

So, the question is, do you want to continue to drag yourself in to your brick and mortar school every morning by 7 AM or would you rather earn your free accredited high school diploma online?  If your choice is the latter option then come check us out at Beacon Academy.  As a statewide virtual online high school, you can live in Clark County, Nye County, Lincoln County, Esmeralda County or Mineral County you can be part of the Beacon Academy family and earn your high school education.  Let’s see what we can do to help you get your education back on track.

If you would like more information about Beacon Academy of Nevada, here are some helpful links you might want to review:

Frequently Asked Questions
Student Support Services
Why Enroll at Beacon Academy
Family & Students in the Spotlight
Meet Our Teachers

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The end (of the year) is near!

It is time to begin looking toward graduation. Beacon Academy of Nevada’s class of 2014 is one of our largest yet. This year’s class also has the most students who have completed all four years of their Nevada high school education with Beacon Academy

Although we are an online Nevada high school, we still hold the traditional graduation ceremonies with stages, speeches and Pomp and Circumstance. Our Reno area graduation is June 7th and our Las Vegas area ceremony is June 14th. Each year, Beacon Academy’s graduation ceremony is as unique as the graduating class and the class of 2014 is no exception. Join us in celebrating our seniors who earn their accredited Nevada high school diploma online with Beacon Academy.

Before we get to graduation, we have to get through the rest of the school year so now is not the time to start taking it easy in your online high school classes. As with any Nevada virtual online high school, we know that this is the hardest time of year for students to remain focused. Remember, Beacon Academy of Nevada offers face-to-face tutoring in both our Las Vegas and Reno offices each week. Tutoring can help keep you on track and focused so please, take advantage of it!

So here’s to the Beacon Academy of Nevada Class of 2014, and good luck to all of our students are we get closer to the end of this school year!

Lenna Cherry
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Nevada Online High School

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ACT now! College tests are where it’s SAT

The ACT and SAT testing season is coming to an end but Don’t Panic! There’s is still time left to register for the final testing sessions in June.

The ACTs and SATs are required for admission in almost all four-year U.S. colleges and are generally required during the application process. If you’re planning for college, don’t put off these important tests until it’s too late. It’s especially important for Juniors in Nevada high schools to get these out of the way early. Why?

  • You’ll get your test scores back in time to plan your senior year
  • Colleges will know of your interests and can contact you ahead of time with program information and scholarship opportunities
  • You’ll know more about your own strengths and weaknesses
  • You’ll be able to retest if you’re unhappy with your scores before applying to college

This just in! Beacon Academy, your Nevada statewide high school, is offering Scholarships for the ACT or SAT exam to eligible 11th graders! If you are taking accredited online high school classes at Beacon Academy and you are in 11th grade, contact Mrs. Henry, your school counselor, at janna.henry@banv.org for more information on this amazing offer!

Mrs. Henry can help you with all of your ACT/SAT needs, including study materials, registration information, why these tests matter, testing center locations, and, most importantly, how you can take the test for FREE, courtesy of Beacon Academy.

For more information on the ACT and SAT, check out these links:

The deadline to register for these tests in May 9th, 2014 with test dates in June so ACT now, because college tests are where it’s SAT.

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You Can Succeed!

Beacon Academy of Nevada is a virtual online high school that is dedicated to each student and their educational goals. This is why every student who enrolls at Beacon Academy of Nevada is given an adult mentor/advocate who contacts them on a weekly basis to make sure that they are heading in the right direction to achieve these goals. Our goal is to help our students earn their free online high school diploma.

Beacon Academy recognizes that students may have challenges and difficulties that may be impeding their academic success. The student’s mentor is there to help them overcome these challenges and help the student maximize their potential to receive their online high school education. These unique mentors help advocate for the student and provide essential educational information, training and support to students. Mentors also help guide students through technology and assure that each student is using the advanced educational tools offered at Beacon to their utmost advantage. Mentors provide brief educational and personal counseling; educational monitoring of student progress; assisting students with time management; helping student organize their school work and balancing school and work responsibilities; technology support to students and parents; and support for an array of other needs or challenges that may occur from time to time.

Each student should expect a call and/or email from their mentor starting the first week of school. If the student is having any kind of difficulty in their classes, they should let their mentor know right away. The mentor will assist the student in getting them on track and point them in the right direction.

If you have any questions about this mentoring program or are unsure of how to contact you or your child’s mentor, please contact Beacon Academy at (702) 726-8664.

Today’s high school students have a choice on the terms of their education. 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 accredited high school diploma online, choose Beacon Academy of Nevada!

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What is an education?

All students in Nevada high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools are guaranteed an education by law, but what does it mean to be educated?

Talk to any policymaker and he/she will no doubt explain that high school students should be able to demonstrate understanding in a variety of subjects according to a set of standards over a four year period that will make them college and career ready and on, and on, and on. Talk to enough of them and you’ll realize it’s like talking to parrots: They rarely listen to what you have to say and mimic the same sound bites over and over again. It gets old…fast… and students deserve better than the same rhetoric every time there is an educational discussion.

Proof that you are, indeed, educated is demonstrated in a couple different ways. First, students are expected to demonstrate understanding in their high school classes. Whether you take high school classes online through Beacon Academy or in-person at your district school, each class is expected to align to a set of standards, which should guide what you’re learning. Standards basically set up an expectation that “You will do this… in any given subject. Barely completing a given task at 60% (That’s a D, folks) is apparently good enough, but hey, who am I to argue?.

Second, You have to prove you know everything  by taking an assessment. In fact, you have to reach a certain threshold on one set of specific tests or you are considered a failure by the State of Nevada and are labeled permanently as a high school dropout in the State’s eyes. You’re good at taking standardized tests that only assess a subset of the skills you actually need in life, right? You only get a few good shots at them so make them count.

The problem with this sort of system is that it assumes that certain classes are all you need and that if your experiences cannot be quantified then they do not matter. How do you measure students’ personal growth? Friendships? Well-being? Citizenship? How do you quantify students’ capacity to learn instead of just what they learned?

Education is not just a collection of test scores over your lifetime. It is the sum of your experiences throughout life, many of which you cannot quantify through a standardized test. Why? Because your interpretation, given the same materials and instruction, will inevitably differ from the person sitting next to you because of how our brains work. Every experience changes how we interpret information and standardized testing ignores that. It assumes that every person taking the test has interpreted the same information in the same way.

What’s the answer? More on that later…

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