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About Our School
Williamsburg Academy (WA) is an online private school serving students in grades 6-12 from all over the world. Our program is built on a classical education model and emphasizes leadership, the liberal arts, and adventure.
Yes. Williamsburg Academy is accredited by Cognia* and the Accrediting Commision for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACS WASC). Cognia is one of the largest organizations of educational professionals in the world and accrediting partner to over 30,000 schools and school systems. ACS WASC works closely with the Office of Overseas Schools under the U.S. Department of State and provides assistance to schools worldwide, primarily in California, Hawaii, Guam, Asia, the Pacific Region, the Middle East, Africa, and Europe. View our Cognia certificate here.
All credit earned at Williamsburg Academy is recognized by all other schools accredited by Cognia and ACS WASC. It is also recognized by most high schools accredited by other organizations. Most public and private high schools recognize and accept transfer credit from Williamsburg Academy. Our graduates have been admitted to some of the most selective universities in the United States.
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*Note: Cognia was formerly AdvancEd.
Yes. Williamsburg’s live core courses are accredited by the NCAA. That means you can work towards Division I or Division II eligibility while attending classes from wherever you are in the world.
For more information, visit our NCAA accreditation page.
Williamsburg offers transformational online courses in three formats (check out this page on the Williamsburg Learning website for full details on each one):
- Live-online: Students meet together with a mentor in an online classroom and participate in live class discussions every week. Some live classes include an Honors version which includes a larger workload for students who want to go deeper.
- Self-paced: Students complete assignments on their own schedule and communicate via email, online student forums, and mentor office hours.
- Independent studies: Students earn academic credit for completing studies with a third-party curriculum provider.
Because Williamsburg Academy is online, our students live across the U.S., Canada, and in other countries around the world.
We serve students in grades 6-12. We attract bright and dedicated students who want to study the great minds and learn to think critically. Our program is challenging and requires self-discipline, initiative, and hard work.
Our students come from diverse backgrounds including home, public, and private schools. No particular background is necessary to become a successful student. A strong work ethic, eagerness to learn, and a desire to help others are the key ingredients of success at Williamsburg Academy.
We call our teachers mentors because they have the role of helping students develop as leaders, in addition to the traditional teacher role of helping them acquire knowledge. We have the highest standards and strongest filter in the industry when it comes to hiring talented mentors. And, once hired, our mentors receive unequaled supposed and professional development. If you ask a Williamsburg student to tell you about their mentors, you are likely to hear words like engaging, fun, inspiring, smart, hilarious, crazy, caring, and talented. For many students and families, our mentors are the main attraction of our entire program.
Williamsburg Academy does not affiliate with or support any faith, church, or religion. Our students come from a variety of religious and political backgrounds. We remain neutral and build a safe environment where students are free to be themselves, learn from each other, and share their ideas and beliefs in respectful ways.
Age Requirements - Important Dates
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.
Attendance - Class Recordings
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.
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.
Most of our live classes are capped at 50 students. HS Math 3 is capped at 80 students. Optional live workshops and other events such as Inspiration Hour allow larger groups.
Yes. Most courses with live sessions require a certain minimum number of enrollments or the course will have to be canceled.
Credits - Diplomas - College
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.
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.
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
Williamsburg Learning values student differences and strives to individualize our program to meet the needs of students who require accommodations in learning. Although Williamsburg Learning does not have a special education department, or directly provide special education services such as testing, writing 504s or IEPs, or conduct IEP meetings, we value joining hands with our partner schools as we provide the best possible learning environment for our students.
Should your student require special education service, please select one of our partner schools that has a Special Education Department who will send us the 504 or IEP. At that point, we can relay any accommodations to our mentors. We are also willing to attend your students’ IEP meetings as coordinated by the Third Party Partner’s SpEd Department and provide feedback about student progress.
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.
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.
All of our course mentors have regular office hours where students can schedule a time to get 1:1 help with their questions. For math courses, we also have tutors available to provide extra support outside of mentor office hours. Students can easily make appointments for office hours or math tutoring from inside Canvas, our online learning management system. Contact our Student Support Specialist for assistance with tutoring needs.
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.
Yes, our withdrawal policy is as follows:
- Students who withdraw from a course within the first 28 days of a semester receive no grade or record on their transcript
- Students who withdraw after 28 days receive an “F” for that course on their transcript
You can also find this full policy in the “Grading Policies: Withdrawal” section of the Parent-Student Handbook.
Technology We Use
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.
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 - Course Load - Academic Integrity
No. Because our courses are priced individually, your student can take as many as they like. Here are a few à la carte options we recommend:
Start with a Leadership course (grades 6-12).
Our unique middle school and high school Leadership courses are the heart of our program. These courses empower students to effectively manage their time and energy, develop healthy relationships, and home in on their life’s purpose. Many students and parents report that these courses are life-changing.
Take a Social Studies + Language Arts combo (grades 9-12).
Our high school Social Studies and Language Arts courses work in tandem: For example, students read Emerson in American Lit at the same time they study Transcendentalism in U.S. History. These pairs of courses can serve as the backbone for the rest of your student’s homeschool curriculum.
Take a Leadership + STEM or Humanities combo (grades 6-8).
Students who sign up for a middle school STEM or Humanities course are required to also sign up for a middle school Leadership course (unless granted an exception). This is because we offer a high level of support in Leadership classes that will help younger students excel in their other courses.
Take a fill-in-the-gaps course (grades 6-12).
Many of our students have amazing academic strengths—but everyone has their weaknesses. Does your student need to catch up in a subject like writing or math? If so, they can pick and choose courses to boost their skills and get extra support in any area where they might be struggling.
Or, take something just for fun!
We offer a wide range of Electives for both middle school and high school, including topics like photography, journalism, second language, and public speaking. We also offer Independent Studies courses that let students get credit for activities they are already doing.
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.
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.
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.
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