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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


You have done the research and you might have some questions about a variety of topics that you need to clarify before enrolling.  For your convenience, here are the more common questions we are asked, along with concise answers.

If the answer you’re looking for isn’t shown here, please call an admissions representative at 800-736-4723, email us at studentservices@citizenschool.com, or request an information packet.  If you’re ready to start, you can click here to enroll online.

 


Accreditation


Is Citizens' High School accredited?
Yes, CHS is a nationally accredited school. We are nationally accredited, by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education Accrediting Commission, which is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency. We are registered as a private high school by the State of Florida, offering an officially recognized high school diploma.Distance Education Accrediting Commission

Can I use my diploma to attend college or gain employment?

Because of our national accreditation, our high school diploma is widely recognized by colleges and employers across the country. However, since the recognition of any diploma is determined by individual colleges and employers, not the high school, please check with the colleges or employers in which you are interested, to verify that they accept our nationally accredited diploma.

Can I transfer credits earned at Citizens' High School to another High School?

Yes, most high schools will accept transfer credits from us. We work with hundreds of guidance counselors who enroll their students in Citizens’ to make up credits. Check with your guidance counselor to be sure your school accepts our credits.

Will previously earned credits transfer to Citizens' High School?

Yes, they will transfer. Please visit the Transfer Credit page for more details.

Will homeschool credits transfer?

Yes, they will transfer. Please visit the Transfer Credit page for more details.

General Information


Do you offer a GED®?

No, we are a nationally accredited school offering a high school diploma. Not a GED. Please visit the High School Diploma page for more details.

Are all of the courses and programs completed online?

No. Our program is designed to allow for communication between the school and the student, and we believe in traditional educational values.   All of our courses are built around high quality textbooks routinely used in resident high schools around the country.  There is no need to go online to complete any course, though in some cases we encourage online research to enrich a student’s educational experience.

Please visit Our Programs and our Courses Catalog page for more details.


Can I work at my own pace?

Yes. Our curriculum is designed to allow you to progress at a pace that is right for you.  You will have up to three years to complete courses required to complete the diploma program, and up to a year to complete courses taken in the individual course.

Are my courses really accessible anytime, anywhere?

Yes. Our courses are accessible to students anytime from anywhere, because our courses were built around high quality textbooks that are routinely used in resident high schools around the country. These textbooks were then converted for distance education study through the development of course study guides.

Visit the How CHS Works page for more details on how students learn through our courses.


How long does it take to finish a program?

The time it takes to finish depends on the program you choose, the number of credits to be completed, and the number of hours you are able to study each week. In other words, it’s partly up to you how fast you move through the program. You may set your own pace.  Most full-time students complete each course in one to two months.

What do Citizens' High Schools courses look like?
High School Text Books

We use top education publishers for all of our text books to provide information that is equal to or greater than those you would find in a traditional High School.

Each course includes a high quality textbook, accompanied by a study guide, which directs you in a step-by-step approach to incremental learning.  Using our easy-to-follow study guide, you’ll feel as if you have a teacher at your side.  Our methodology is built around general instructions, learning tips, self-check exercises, and examinations.  Exercises and exams are completed by the open book principle and mailed to the school for grading and comments by a state-certified teacher.For more details, see the How CHS Works page.

Are teachers available if I need help?

Yes, of course!  We have a state-certified teaching staff available when you have questions or need help with a topic. You can contact our staff by phone at (904) 276-1700, or email us at courseworkhelp@citizenschool.com.

How can I contact a Citizens' High School teacher?

Citizens’ High Schools teachers can be contacted by phone, fax, email, and through the mail. Please visit the Contact Us page for more details on how to contact them.

After graduating, how soon will I receive my diploma and official transcript?

Assuming your financial obligations have been paid, your diploma and final, official transcript can be mailed to you the day you graduate from Citizens’.  You may also request transcripts for transferring credits to a current high school or to send to colleges of your choice.

How involved do I need to be as a parent?

You know your child better than anyone else. The amount of involvement required will depend on your child’s unique needs. Usually, the more involved a parent is with his or her child’s learning program, the better the student performs.

Admissions


What are Citizens' High Schools admissions requirements?

Any person who has a working knowledge of the English language may enroll in Citizens’ High School.

Who can enroll into Citizens' High School?

Teens and adults of all ages can enroll into Citizens’ High School.

Is there an age limit?

There are no age limits. Our programs are open to students of all ages, including adults.

How do I enroll?

It’s fast and easy. Simply choose your program or individual courses and complete the Online Enrollment Agreement. Once enrolled, you will be sent the textbook and study guide for the first course in which you will be enrolled.

When can I start? Is there a deadline for enrollment?

You can start immediately and there are no deadlines for enrollment. We have year-round, open enrollment, so you can complete the Online Enrollment Agreement and start today if you wish. This enrollment form is available 24/7.

Can I enroll if I withdraw from my current school in the middle of the school year?

Yes, we have year-round, open enrollment, which allows you to enroll at any time it is convenient for you.  However, all CHS courses are only available as one full credit. Partial and half credits are not issued by the school.

Can I be enrolled in Citizens' High School and my current high school at the same time?

Yes, however, permission is required from your current school’s administration, such as your school guidance counselor or registrar.

Can non-US Citizens attend Citizens High School?

Yes. Citizens’ High School accepts students from all over the world. To learn more about our International Program, please click here.

I went to a school outside the United States. Will you accept transcripts from other countries?

We will consider transfer of credits from an international institution on an individual basis. International transcripts and other related documents will require evaluation and possible translation before transfer credits can be granted.

Tuition


What is the tuition cost?

Our tuition cost is $179.00 per course, or you can pay $716.00 per year, including four courses.  You’ll find this to be one of the lowest tuitions available in an accredited, distance-education high school.  We offer an affordable tuition payment plan, with no financing charges.  See our Tuition & Fees page for all the details.

What is your refund policy?

In order to receive a refund you must return the material you received in its original condition within 30 days. See the CHS Tuition Protection Agreement on the back of the Enrollment Agreement for more details.

Academic Policies


What are the graduation requirements at Citizens' High School?

Sixteen full credits are required for graduation, including this many courses by subject area:

For an Academic Studies: 4 English, 3 Math, 3 Science, 3 Social Studies, 1 Life Management, 2 electives.

For a General Studies Diploma: 4 English, 2 Math, 2 Science, 3 Social Studies, 1 Life Management, 4 electives.

For more details, please click to the Our Programs page or click on the program of interest above.


What is your policy on Academic Integrity?

At Citizens’ High School, we have a zero-tolerance policy toward cheating and plagiarizing (i.e. passing off someone else’s work as your own), or knowingly providing false or misleading information.  To learn more, please visit our Academic Integrity  page.

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