Category Archives: Traditional/Home School

Twinkies®! Ho Ho’s®! Ding Dongs®! – High School Diplomas

What do these childhood favorites have to do with an online high school?  Well, our friends at Franklin Virtual Schools got a call last week from an out-of-work Hostess employee.  They laid off 18,500 workers when they shut their doors, not to mention the devastation that they are causing children (and, actually, some adults) who no longer have their Twinkies!

This former Hostess employee told Franklin that he had never completed his High School Diploma because he felt he had a secure job. Unfortunately, he was wrong and now he needs the diploma to interview and compete for a good job.  Well, he came to the right place by calling Franklin and he won’t be alone.

Even if you think your job is secure, you’re content, and it doesn’t really matter that you weren’t able to complete your high school education, it might be a good time to reassess that position and give some thought to completing it.  That way if the job you thought would always be there for you ends up disappearing quickly and unexpectedly, you can be prepared for the next step.

Until next week….

The School Mom

Legitimate Online Schools – Accreditation

With all the fake online degree programs on the Internet, I thought it might be helpful to give you some tips on things to look for to know you are dealing with a legitimate online school.

First, you should only register with a school that has accreditation by a regionally recognized accreditor.  That way you can be assured you will receive an education from a quality school.  Many online schools will state that they are accredited when really they have just created their own accrediting program.  Although it is legal to not be accredited, falsely claiming accreditation is illegal and against Federal Trade Commission Regulations.  A school’s accreditation must be recognized by CHEA (Council for Higher Education Accreditation) in order to claim and advertise accreditation.

Secondly, if the program looks too easy or talks about crediting “life experience” those are good signs that you are not receiving an education of real value.  It takes hard work and dedication to attain your education!

In addition, you should be able to contact the school administration directly.  You should be dealing with “real people” who care about your success and are available to help you. Many of these fake schools are located in Pakistan and don’t even speak your language!

These tips will help guide you in choosing a trustworthy and accredited online school like Franklin Virtual Schools.

Until next week….

The School Mom


The School Mom Discusses Online High School – GED Options

Hello, I am “The School Mom” and I have been invited to blog in the coming months for Franklin Virtual Schools.  I am a mom with two school-age children and understand how sometimes navigating the education options for them can be downright confusing.  Many of these options are not just for children, but also for adults who need to continue or complete their education. Over the coming months I will help bring more understanding to some of the available options like GED preparation, online high school, SAT/ACT test preparation, ASVAB test preparation, and homeschooling.

Because there are many myths and inaccurate information floating around the Internet about these options, each week I will be blogging in more detail on each topic to help guide you to the best choice for you or your children. In addition to understanding and choosing the right educational option, I will also be covering how to choose an accredited online school. 

I look forward to chatting with you next week, where I will be discussing the GED process.  Thanks for coming along with me!

Summer travel is not a problem for FVHS students! Online high school classes could be your answer this summer?

Where has the “summer vacation” gone?  There was a time when summer vacation (from school) was exactly that!  We would visit family, friends or our favorite places to unwind and give ourselves that long awaited break!  Unfortunately, more and more students today are attending summer school to help recover missed or failed classes, or to get a head start on the next school year.   OK…it sounds “unkewl” but it doesn’t mean you can’t still make that family trip or get that summer job.  You just need to take a look virtual classroom opportunities so you have the flexibility you need to get the best of both worlds!

Brick and mortar schools offer classes during the summer that are typically based on the teacher’s or school’s goals not your needs for travel or making some money during your break!  So consider a virtual school program like the ones offered by Franklin Virtual High School.   No matter where you are or what time you need to “enter class,” a virtual high school (or often known as online high school) classroom is accessible to you.  If you have your laptop you can jump into class when it makes sense for you.  If grandmother lives near a library, then you can log-in and complete class and make it back just in time to enjoy some of her incredible apple pie!

Taking high school classes online this summer can give you the flexibility to travel, work, relax and you do it from your vantage point not the school’s!  If you are considering a virtual high school please make sure to do a little “due diligence!”  Not all schools and certainly not all online high schools are “created equally.”  Also, make sure the school is “not out for the summer” because summer always goes by quickly and you may need a little support or tutoring!

It’s tough enough today being a teen, so if you need to clear your head and get something accomplished before the new school year, virtual high school classes just may be your solution.

Does Your Online High School “Make the Grade”?

Our students expect a lot and at ESP Learning Systems/Franklin Virtual Schools we, in turn, deliver the grade. We are proud of our professional administrative and academic teams, our students and of course our programs that strive to help our students reach challenging “real life” goals. When we started ESP Learning Systems, we knew that our solutions had to be diverse, flexible, affordable, and offer real value. Today, our students experience ever changing situations in a very uncertain job market. Our programs help them rapidly achieve their goals in a variety of areas at a very affordable price.

To win that job or promotion in today’s competitive employment environment our students utilize the ROCCS Resume System to set them apart from other job candidates.

ROCCS includes an academic overview and personal assessment covering the areas of Responsibility (R), Organization (O), Communication (C), Collaboration (C) and Success (S) – hence the acronym “ROCCS”. This give a potential employer an independently generated (“third party”) assessment of the person (our student) applying for their position/job.

A ROCCS Report Card allows our students to truly define themselves from the basis of their skill set(s) and NOT a chronological listing of past jobs. Furthermore, ROCCS Report Card lets those who are still striving to become a high school graduate get started by automatically enrolling them in our Franklin Virtual High School program.

For those working adults determined to finally obtain their high school diploma, the Franklin Virtual High School “Diploma Fast” program offers a “fast”, practical and online alternative to getting your GED (FVHS conveys a High School Equivalency Diploma for graduates of this program) and, as you can see by our Better Business Bureau Rating we will work hand in hand to help you reach your education or employment goals well after graduation!

Building from there, Franklin Virtual High School is committed to a Q1 full release of its Traditional grades 9-12 program. This program will help students reach their goals of immediately entering the job market upon receiving their high school diploma or entering a community/state college/state university or a highly reputable Ivy League College.

Students in this program will benefit from a one on one learning environment. Meanwhile, parents will be assured that their children are learning in a controlled environment and receiving the quality of education they need to excel in their future. Many FVHS students will utilize the FVHS online school platform to “recover” needed courses that are transferred back to their current school program. Franklin Virtual Schools is currently in process of obtaining Regional Accreditation for the Traditional program through AdvancED / Southern Association of Colleges & Schools.

ESP Learning Systems rounds out our learning programs by offering a variety of learning/preparation programs targeted at GED or high school completion, college entrance or industrial license achievement needed by our students. As a matter of fact, we are one of the first to offer a complete online Community College Entrance Exam Prep program designed at those wanting to enhance their career opportunities, even if they have been out of high school for a while or did not receive their high school diploma.

When you build your programs around your student’s success (regardless of their circumstances) you are going to deliver strong results and very qualified, satisfied students! Those ready to start school after an absence should take advantage of our Ability To Benefit program as it will save you hundreds of dollars and up to a year of your life.

A quick visit to the Test Prep Solutions website will find a host of preparation programs including GED, SAT, ACT, ASVAB and other preparation tools to help them rapidly reach their education goals. We are proud of our family of career and education programs and look forward to serving you as an ESP Learning System / Franklin Virtual Schools program graduate!

Accredited High School Diplomas

Accreditation is the process in which an educational institution is evaluated by an external body to determine if applicable curriculum is met. Many online schools offer diplomas but not all of those programs are accredited. When considering which school to choose, the following will help you in your search:

1. Is this school accredited?

2. How much do I want to spend?

3. Will my College, job training, or employer accept my diploma or course credits from this school?

4. Am I committed and disciplined enough to setting aside time to complete my courses?

Online course work can be just as difficult as traditional schools however many internet classes are structured so that you can finish at an accelerated rate. As long as you are committed to completing your course work and staying on task, you should find online schools a valued alternative to brick-and-mortar schools.

Get an Accredited High School Diploma Online

Before receiving your diploma you will have to meet certain academic requirements.  You are also responsible for payment per class or per program which differs from traditional public schools. Costs of internet programs can range from a few hundred dollars to well over $2,000 for an entire high school education.

Because online high schools are elective, financial concerns often arise.

Franklin Virtual Schools is accreditation candidate school.  Franklin Virtual Schools offers competitive pricing and provides round the clock customer support in case you have questions or concerns about your account.

Distance Education High Schools

With just a computer and internet connection students can enroll in a distance learning program designed to enable them to achieve their academic goals. Students can log on from anywhere in the world and gain access to study material, practice tests, grades 9-12 course work and many outside classes including drivers education and foreign languages.

Many security measures are taken to assure the students privacy. Most sites have them enter through a secure username-and-password combination. Once they have been verified, they can access their personal profile, grades, account balance, course reports, schedules, and assignments. If they have questions about their account information, they can reach a teacher 24 hours a day by email or an instant-messaging program.

Online classes are attended via the internet not in a classroom but most courses have a live or streaming video feed of the lessons being taught, so it feels like you are actually in a high school classroom.

Private Online Classes for High School Students

Franklin Virtual Schools is an accreditation candidate school that offers complete course work for grades 9-12.  Franklin Virtual Schools programs offer classes that are structured to enable you to learn at your own pace and create you schedule based on your need.