Frequently Asked Questions

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Age Requirements - Important Dates

Q: Is there an age requirement to participate in Williamsburg Academy classes?

A: We have a guideline, not a requirement. Students should be turning twelve during the academic year in which they enroll in sixth grade. Students should turn fifteen during the academic year in which they enroll in ninth grade. This age guideline is recommended for all of our courses, but we leave the final decision to parents and students because we know that some students are ready earlier. We work hard to find the balance between giving students a challenging workload and making sure it’s not so rigorous that students burn out. This can be a very delicate matter for younger students, so please make this decision carefully. We also do not want less mature younger students who are not ready for high school work and social interactions to distract our older students.

Q: Is there an age requirement to participate in the Elevation Outdoor Course?

A: Yes. Students MUST be at least fourteen to attend Elevation.

Attendance - Class Recordings

Q: If a student has to miss a live class session, will a recording be available?

A: Yes! Every class is recorded and the links to recordings are made available to students usually within a few minutes of a live session ending.

Q: If a student wants to take a certain class but has a time conflict with some of the live sessions, what can she do?

A: If she only has an occasional time conflict with the live class, she can still enroll in the live class and watch the recordings when she can’t attend. If the conflict is weekly, she should either a) enroll in a course that doesn’t have live sessions, or b) take the course with live sessions and make special arrangements with the mentor to adjust time-sensitive assignments.

Class Size

Q: Are live class sessions capped at a certain size?

A: Most of our live classes are capped at 35 students. Many optional live workshops and other events allow larger groups.

Q: Is there a minimum enrollment count for courses with live class sessions?

A: Yes. Most courses with live sessions require a certain minimum number of enrollments or the course will have to be canceled.

Credits - Diplomas - College

Q: Does Williamsburg accept transfer credit from other schools?

Yes, we accept transfer credit from accredited schools. This does not guarantee that all credits earned at other schools will transfer into our curriculum or count toward graduation. Students who plan to transfer credit should send a transcript from their previous school the Registrar’s office to find out how the credit will transfer, and what additional work will be required to graduate from Williamsburg.

Q: Does credit earned at Williamsburg transfer to other schools?

A: Yes. Williamsburg Academy is accredited by Cognia* and the Accrediting Commision for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACS WASC). All schools that are accredited by Cognia and ACS WASC agree to accept each other’s credit. Most–if not all–schools accredited by other accrediting bodies also accept our credit. However, each school sets its own credit transfer policy, and it is the responsibility of parents and students to check with other schools regarding their acceptance of credit from Williamsburg.

*Note: Cognia was formerly AdvancedEd.

Q: Does Williamsburg award diplomas? Are Williamsburg’s diplomas accepted by colleges and universities?

A: Students who complete our graduation requirements receive an accredited diploma that is well-received nationally. Our graduates have been accepted at competitive colleges and universities across the U.S.

Q: Are students at Williamsburg Academy encouraged to take the ACT or SAT?

A: We encourage Williamsburg students to take either the ACT or SAT (depending on the requirements of colleges they plan to apply to) a couple of times during their junior year and again as a senior. Students are not docked points for retaking these exams, and taking them multiple times increases scores for most students. ACT/SAT scores also inform the Academy about how we are doing at teaching applied math, science, English, and reading. The ACT is commonly accepted by colleges and universities across the U.S., especially in the West, and is the primary standardized test that we recommend to students. It is a student’s own responsibility to register and pay for the ACT/SAT. Our students generally test above the national average, and we have placed students at highly competitive colleges and universities.

Level of Difficulty - Tutoring - IEP

Q: The courses look rigorous. Will I still have time to practice my musical instrument, participate in team athletics, spend time with my family and/or develop my hobbies if I attend Williamsburg?

A: It depends on how fast you work and how many courses you’re taking. We encourage students to set aside designated time for activities that are important to them and their parents. We believe that balance is important for healthy living, and we encourage students to participate in drama, music, dance, athletics, martial arts, social and/or religious youth groups, and other activities that balance out all of the academic work students do. We encourage students to share their priorities with parents and mentors (see our Leadership Classes) and learn to carefully manage their time and energy.

Specifically, we encourage students on a graduation path to consider taking Independent Courses for PE, Fine Arts and Electives. These classes help students earn credit for their piano lessons, team sports, martial arts (and other activities in which they are already engaged), and free up important time students can use to keep their lives balanced.

Q: If my student is finding the courses too difficult, what should I do?

A: Williamsburg staff, specifically our performance coaches, reach out to struggling students with offers to help them figure out how to succeed.  In addition, all mentors hold weekly office hours where students and parents can go for help. If your student is struggling, or if you have any questions about a course, visit the office hours and ask the mentor to customize the workload for your student. The day and time of office hours are posted on each course homepage in Canvas. You can also email mentors anytime with questions, and they will respond within one school day.

Q: If my student needs help in a particular subject, is there help available?

A: For fall and winter semesters, tutoring is available 24/7 for math and other core subjects through a company called PAPER (formerly GradeSlam). Students in Math 3 and Pre-Calc will be enrolled in tutoring automatically but may use the resource as needed. Contact our Student Support Specialist for assistance with tutoring needs.

Q: Does Williamsburg Academy provide support for students with an IEP (Individualized Education Program)?

A: No, we do not provide special services for students on an IEP. Mentors may choose to make allowances for student-specific issues, but if the parent and student decide to enroll in our courses, they should agree that they are foregoing the expectations of an IEP.

Q: Does Williamsburg Academy provide support for students with disabilities during the Elevation Outdoor Course?

A: No, we are not currently able to provide special accommodations for students with disabilities at Elevation.

Technology We Use

Q: What is Canvas?

A: Canvas is our learning management system (LMS). It’s the platform we use to deliver all our courses. Canvas is where students will receive and submit assignments, complete some of their studies, collaborate with classmates, and access their course syllabi and assignments. Parents may create an Observer account in Canvas in order to view their student’s assignments.

Q: What is SIS?

A: Student Information Services (SIS), is the online system parents use to create an account with us, register and pay for courses, view snapshots of their student’s academic progress, and access transcripts and grades for completed courses. Parents create their own SIS accounts first, then add students individually. SIS recognized one email address per person, so parent and student may not share the same email address. Only one parent SIS account is required per student, but both parents can create their own account if they wish.

Tuition - Academic Integrity

Q: Are there discounts for students who take a full load of courses? Are there discounts for families who enroll multiple students?

A: We are currently unable to offer tuition discounts. We strive to operate as efficiently as possible and keep our tuition rates as low as sustainably possible. You can find details about our flexible payment options here.

Q: Does Williamsburg Academy act as a vendor for school districts and charter schools?

A: Yes, we work with many school districts and charter schools to provide our courses to students tuition-free. If you are a school administrator and want to dialogue about providing our courses to your students, or if you are a parent wanting us to become a vendor at the school your student attends, please contact us.

Q: Is Williamsburg Academy affiliated with any religion?

A: No. Williamsburg Academy’s policy on religion is exactly that stated in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. Williamsburg does not endorse, promote, or favor any religion over others, nor will it ever do so. At the same time, Williamsburg will not prohibit the free exercise of religion by any student. We enjoy a free flow of ideas where diversity of religious views is valued and where students share their opinions openly and learn to understand and respect disparate world views.

Q: What is the school’s Non-Discrimination Policy?

A: Williamsburg Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnic origin, sex, or religion. We welcome diversity in our programs and strive to have students of high moral character from diverse races, ethnicities, and religions. Understanding and embracing diversity is a key characteristic for leaders seeking a liberal education.

Q: Does Williamsburg Academy have an honor code?

A: Yes. We believe that every Williamsburg student has the ability to be a leader and change the world in a meaningful way. We expect our students to act accordingly. We expect every student to treat others with dignity and respect at all times, and to be truthful in all they say and do.

Plagiarism, cheating, or other falsification of research on projects, papers, or exams are not tolerated. Students agree in every course that they will not receive unwarranted help from any person and will complete all work for themselves. Honor code violations may result in a failing grade and/or being permanently expelled from the Academy. Honor code violations are reported by mentors to the headmaster, and after consulting with the student and parents, a final course of action is chosen.