Eaton Academy‘s Distance Learning Program (DLP) allows students in grades K-12 to complete Cognia-accredited courses from home.
The program provides curriculum, accreditation, and record-keeping for families who do not want to send their children in person to school yet hesitate to homeschool on their own.
Courses are offered at all levels. Students may take just one course or a full course load. By enrolling in and completing courses in this program, students receive documentation of their accredited coursework. Upon proper completion of the course(s), they receive documentation such as report cards or transcripts indicating the credits earned.
Joint College Enrollment options are available.
The Distance Learning Program Offers a Variation on Home Schooling
The Distance Learning Program is jointly managed by Eaton Academy, the students’ Mentors, and the students’ Test Proctors.
Eaton provides students and their families with educational materials that have been designed specifically for independent implementation. The curriculum includes:
- teacher guides
- easy-to-understand directions
- final tests
We work closely with the students’ Mentors, and we verify course completion.
The Mentor, or Tutor, serves as the teacher who actually instructs the student using the provided materials. A parent with a high school diploma and some academic credit beyond high school may be the Mentor. Individuals other than a parent may serve as the Mentor provided they hold a college degree.
The Test Proctor
This individual administers the tests which will be mailed directly to him/her. It is also the responsibility of the Test Proctor to certify that proper testing procedures were followed and that the student actually completed the test. The Test Proctor cannot be the student’s parent. If the Mentor is someone other than the parent, he or she also may serve as the Test Proctor. A Test Proctor must hold a college degree.
Please read the Frequently Asked Questions about the Distance Learning Program below for more details.
Two Distance Learning Program Options
Eaton offers two options for Distance Learning:
- Distance Learning as Independent Study
- Distance Learning in Groups/Pods
Distance Learning as Independent Study
The Distance Learning Program has been an Eaton Academy offering since the inception of the school. It has traditionally been geared toward individual students as one of Eaton’s three Independent Study Program options. This independent study version of the Distance Learning Program continues to be a valuable and popular offering.
Distance Learning in Groups/Pods
To accommodate the needs of families facing the challenges of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Eaton has expanded the Distance Learning Program to accommodate small groups, or “pods”.
A Distance Learning “pod” may consist of children from just one family or be comprised of a small group of neighborhood children. Similarly, some pods may want to use an instructor with whom they are already familiar. Others may want to have Eaton secure a teacher. Still others may want to do their own teaching.
Whatever the arrangement, Eaton’s Distance Learning Program will provide the curriculum, accreditation, academic support, and record-keeping for the pod.
Distance Learning: A Perfect Option For Students In Many Different Situations
The Distance Learning Program is perfect for students in many different situations such as:
- high school students who want to take courses for credit or earn a diploma at their own pace
- home schooled students
- students unable to attend traditional settings due to specific scheduling or health concerns
Examples of Distance Learning Program Students
Over the years, many students have benefitted from and succeeded in Eaton’s Distance Learning Program. Here is just a sampling of actual Distance Learning Program students.
Student #1 was a child actor and singer who was an 5th grader in a local public elementary school when she landed the starring role in a major Broadway musical in 2015. She spent several months living and working in New York City, and she continued her education through Eaton’s Distance Learning Program. Eaton Academy created her program of study, and a tutor from an outside organization provided the onsite supervision as the mentor.
Another child actor, Student #2, was a 3rd grader in a local public school when he landed a starring role in a motion picture being filmed in Louisiana. While on location, he attended class on set with a tutor provided by the Screen Actors Guild. Eaton Academy outlined his program, provided all of his materials, and worked closely with the tutor to ensure his success in 3rd grade. (Read more about Student #2 in this blog post.)
Student #3 spent several years at Eaton Academy as a student in the Mentor Room. Toward the end of her high school years, her family moved back to Ireland. This student was able to finish high school through the Distance Learning Program and came back to attend graduation.
Frequently Asked Questions about the Distance Learning Program
This individual serves as the teacher who actually instructs the student using the provided materials. A parent with a high school diploma and some academic credit beyond high school may be the Mentor. Individuals other than a parent may serve as the Mentor provided they hold a college degree.
The Test Proctor:
This individual administers the tests which will be mailed directly to him/her. Further, the Test Proctor certifies that proper testing procedures were followed and that the student actually completed the test. The Test Proctor cannot be the student’s parent. If the Mentor is someone other than the parent, then he/she also may serve as the Test Proctor. A Test Proctor must hold a college degree.
Determine who will serve as the Mentor and Test Proctor. Then simply print out and complete the application packet, including the Course Selection and Request for School Records forms. You must be able to answer all questions “yes” on the application in order to begin the program. Select the courses desired, compute your tuition as indicated, and mail the application packet, Mentor and Proctor documentation, and tuition check to the address shown.
Upon receipt of a completed application packet and payment, Eaton Academy will order and ship to you all required materials for the course(s) you have selected.
Once each Life Pac Booklet has been finished, the Test Proctor is to mail in the test for grading. Upon satisfactory review of the test (students must finish with a test average of at least 80%), Eaton Academy will record and email grades back to the parent.
Properly completed Life Pac Booklets may be mailed back after each semester (5 books) or at the completion of each course (10 books).
This program is designed to operate as independent study. Eaton Academy does not provide instructors for these courses.
Families convenient to Roswell, Georgia, may enroll in on-site tutorial sessions at an additional cost.
Each course is divided into structured, manageable booklets, usually ten booklets per complete course. These materials contain some Christian religious elements which students may choose to investigate. Eaton Academy is not affiliated with any religion and maintains a non-discriminatory admissions policy.
Parents must register with their local school district that they are home schooling their children.
Parents may administer the Distance Learning Program provided they have a high school diploma and have completed some academic credit beyond high school.
Individuals other than a parent may supervise the program provided they hold a college degree. As part of the application, Eaton Academy must receive documentation indicating who will be mentoring the student and what credentials that person holds.
Tests must be proctored by someone other than the parent. The identity and qualifications of the proctor must also be included with the application.
To receive a diploma from the Distance Learning Program, students must provide Eaton Academy with one set of nationally standardized test scores from their high school years, such as the ITBS, Standford, ACT, PSAT, or SAT.
Specific graduation course requirements for a career technology diploma are available upon request.
|Per Half Credit:||$450|
|Application Fee for International Students:||$350|
|International Student Fee:||$3,000|