How can I enroll?
Students can enroll anytime – no need to wait for the start of a semester. Within 48 hours of completing the application, an enrollment coordinator will contact you to complete the admissions process. Download the application.
How does your program work?
Our school is a vibrant online community of families who value the flexibility of participating in an academic program online with all coursework customized to meet the needs of individual students. Upon enrollment, each student is assigned an Academic Coach who works with the student and family to select a customized set of courses and schedule which students pursue at their own pace. Academic coaches meet with their students at least weekly to review progress, teach study skills, and provide academic counseling.
Subject matter teachers guide the students through the courses, providing feedback and guidance along the way. Tutors are available to help support students on a scheduled or on-demand basis six days a week at an additional cost. Students are required to maintain continuous progress on a weekly basis, although they may skip weeks from time to time by arrangement with their Academic Coach.
Stanza is a mastery-based program. Students receive credit for demonstrating that they know the material required. They may test out of units they have already mastered or slow down to spend more time on new or difficult material. Stanza does not issue grades of “D” or “F”. Credit is provided for courses in which students receive an A, B, C, or Pass. Otherwise, they receive an “Incomplete” and continue to work with their teachers and tutors until mastery is achieved.
What learning supports do you offer?
Stanza students have access to one-on-one individualized instructional sessions with teachers, basic tutoring (for a fee), built-in curriculum translation within courses, screen readers in multiple languages, built in interactive tools and scaffolding, audiobooks, and other learning supports.
Can you accommodate English Learners?
Yes, although students do need to have a basic understanding of the English language to be successful. Stanza has the ability and specialized curriculum to support students who are learning English.
Can we just enroll in summer school?
Yes, Stanza offers a summer program between June 1 and August 30.
Do you offer college test prep?
Yes, we offer ACT and SAT test prep courses.
Do colleges accept online high school diplomas and credits?
Yes, colleges accept online high school diplomas and credits.
Are the classes live?
No, classes are asynchronous with certain synchronous lessons.
Are your teachers bilingual? Do they teach/interact in other languages?
We have teachers and staff who are bilingual and if necessary, will work with the student in the desired language. Students must have some level of English proficiency to enroll. Additionally, the curriculum has built-in translation and reader features to support students with content acquisition.
How do you teach history, civics, or political science for my country?
Students are provided Social Science curriculum to meet the California graduation requirements.
What is the cost of tuition?
Stanza customizes the educational experiences for each student. Please contact us for more information regarding tuition.
What makes your program unique to other virtual or online schools?
Stanza International Academy integrates both critical and creative thinking with flexibility and discipline into all aspects of the educational program. Stanza International Academy believes every student deserves a personalized educational program designed to meet their needs while building executive functioning skills to prepare the student to be successful after graduation.
If I go back to my old school in the future, will my credits transfer?
Stanza International Academy is seeking accreditation from Cognia. This process will take 6 to 9 months assuming no delays. Once accredited, most public and private schools will honor the credits earned at Stanza International Academy.
Is dual enrollment an option?
Stanza has a partnership to offer dual enrollment courses with Arizona State University for an additional fee. Stanza will also support students with the application process who may choose to enroll at a local community college or university.
What kind of elective credits are available?
Stanza International Academy offers electives in all core subject areas, as well as, Art, Music, Drama, and Career Technical Education. See our course list for a full list of elective courses.
What is your accreditation?
Stanza International Academy is accredited by Cognia
Will my child interact with other students?
Yes, students have the option to join clubs for student interaction as well as participate in synchronous sessions, discussion boards, and attend virtual field trips with other students.
How will I know if my child is progressing?
The Academic Coach and Teachers will keep parents or guardians informed of student progress. We encourage parents and guardians to participate in their students education.
Will we ever meet the teachers and staff in person?
This will depend upon the location of the students and staff. There may be some cases where teachers reside close to students and they may be able to schedule a face-to-face meeting.
Do you provide training for the online platform?
Yes, the Academic Coach and teachers support students in accessing and using the online platforms.
What type of diploma does my child receive?
Students will earn a California High School diploma.
What if I don’t have my own computer?
We can provide you with a laptop, preloaded with essential software, and/or a hotspot for an additional fee. Please view the details on our Tuition Page.
Can I move at my own pace in earning my high school diploma?
Stanza recommends that students complete a minimum of 12 academic courses per school year. Students may complete the courses at their own pace within certain guidelines of maximum time enrolled in an individual course. Students should be engaged in their schoolwork on a regular basis. Due to California compulsory education law, students must maintain regular attendance as measured by school engagement.
One of the advantages of Stanza is the freedom for students to work at their own level no matter what their age may be. Middle school aged students who would like to progress faster than is typical in math, for example, have the option of taking advanced courses at the high school or college level.
What documentation do you need from my current school?
To enroll in Stanza International Academy, you will need to provide:
- Transcripts or report cards from previous schools
- Birth certificate, passport, or other government documentation
- Immunization records for student up to 19 years old
Do you work with special education students?
Yes, Stanza International Academy will work with Special Education students. Stanza provides specific SPED services for an additional fee. As a personalized program, many students will find the environment will meet their unique needs.
Are there textbooks and materials or is everything online?
Everything is online except for some elective courses and Advanced Placement (AP) courses which require additional materials.
Do you offer a payment plan?
Yes, families may choose the “Pay As You Go” model to pay monthly.
Can you adjust to our time zone?
The school operates on Pacific Standard Time. The Stanza team will do their best to accommodate learners in different time zones.
What is the adult program?
The adult program is designed for students aged 19 and older who desire to earn their high school diploma. The adult student will provide previous high school transcripts for evaluation. A credit evaluation will be conducted to determine the remaining courses for the adult learner. Adult learners will be able to progress through the coursework at their own pace until all courses are completed. Adult learners must take a minimum of 10 credits (2 courses) with Stanza to earn a high school diploma. Adult learners have the option of taking HiSET or GED prep curriculum with Stanza as well. Adults will pay a monthly fee for enrollment.
How much time do parents need to commit to this process?
We encourage parents to be actively engaged in their student’s education. Engagement may take the form of attending class sessions with the student, participating in the Parent Advisory council, etc. Parents will be required to meet at least monthly with the Academic Coach.
How do labs and practical applications take place online?
Students take part in simulations and labs that require standard items found in most kitchens. In some cases, students participate in dry labs.