Category Archives: Traditional/Home School


Career Elective Courses

By: Michelle Schilling, Franklin Electives teacher

Franklin’s Career Electives are a great way to study a subject that might interest you as a future career. Taking one of these career-oriented electives will give you the basic information needed to succeed in the field, or in secondary education.

Introduction to Health Science

Interested in working in the healthcare field? Take our Nursing Assistant course and discover your future! Learn about the legal and ethical aspects of nursing, physiological and psychosocial aspects, and safety and emergencies. Prepare to work in a hospital, long-term care facility, or home setting. This course also prepares you for state certification and employment as a Nursing Assistant.

Game Design

This course allows students to build a solid foundation in the fundamentals of game design and development. Students create an impressive portfolio of interactive, engaging games such as a classic two-player ping-pong game, a block-breaking action game, and a maze game with moving obstacles. Students learn the MMF2 language of events, conditions, and actions; game objects that track scores, lives, time, and more; and automated, random, and user-controlled movement.

Introduction to Business

Ever wanted to own your own business, or understand more about how businesses function? This two-semester course includes an introduction to economic basics, costs and profit, different business types, techniques for managing money, taxes and credit, the basics of financing a business, how a business relates to society, how to identify a business opportunity, and techniques for planning, executing, and marketing a business to respond to that opportunity.

Other courses include 3D Animation, Computer Science, Digital Arts, Audio Engineering, Nursing Assistant, and Pharmacy Technician.
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Transitioning Students to An Online Classroom

Transitioning to an online classroom can be an adjustment for students. Interactions with instructors and other students will be entirely online. The following tips are very important to make this transition as easy as possible, so students can begin learning and succeeding.

Create a Designated Workspace

  • Remove distractions
  • Put phone in another room
  • Block some sites if needed
  • Log off other accounts

Use Personal Discipline

  • Finish schoolwork before chatting with others
  • Establish a schedule and stick to it

Learn to Prioritize and Plan

  • Make a to-do list
  • Cross off items when they’re finished
  • Reward yourself with a short break when reaching the end of a lesson

Franklin Preparation Tips

  • Read the Student Handbook, found in your FVHS account.
  • Make sure you know who to contact for guidance/technical support.

Mathematics – Tips for Success

By: Mrs. Beljic, Franklin Mathematics Instructor

Quote of the Day

“Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.”

– Og Mandino

Math Humor

What is the hidden math term?


Teacher’s tips to be successful while taking online classes:

  1. Practice good time management. Don’t think that online classes are faster because they are not. Try to have good attendance and don’t allow big breaks that will put you behind.
  2. Great interaction with your instructors and peers is a very important strategy in online learning.
  3. Read carefully the courses requirements. When you start working on Performance Tasks in math classes, please read the instructions very carefully. These assignments have a lot of writing tasks that substitute for regular math calculations.
  4. It is very important to take E-notes. By doing this, you will be better prepared when you have quizzes and tests because you will have your own review material. E-notes are available to use during tests and quizzes!
  5. If you have multiple classes on your schedule, start with the one that you like the most.
  6. Make sure that your study place is quiet and far from distractions.
  7. Keep yourself motivated.
  8. Create your own schedule. Plan carefully the time that you will spend for each class. Remember our rule of thumb: one hour per day per class will keep you on track.

Have a good day!



10 Benefits of Choosing an Online, Virtual High School

1. Convenience

Balance your life by taking classes when you have time. Franklin offers flexibility according to your current lifestyle. If you’re working full-time, no problem. Study when it’s convenient for you.

2. No Stress About Credit Transfers

Franklin courses are fully accredited. To future employers, this degree is as valuable as a traditional one, but gives you an education on your terms. Franklin staff works with you to achieve your educational goals, whether it be credit recovery for one class, or a full diploma. They also work with you to be sure your credits will transfer to any school you choose.

3. Location

Anytime, anywhere studying. No commute necessary. You no longer have to worry about getting to school on time. And you can wear your pajamas!

4. No Sign-Up Timeline

No “school year” determining when you need to complete your courses. No adherence to school holidays and breaks. Sign up anytime to start your education.

5. Self-Paced Learning

Choose your own pace. You’re in charge of when and how much to study. It’s proven to be more effective for independent learners.

6. Support

Franklin programs come with an online tutor and teachers to help support learning and keep you focused. Technical support is also available if necessary.

7. Greater Ability to Concentrate

For shy or introverted students, or those who are easily distracted by other students or noisy classrooms, Franklin is an ideal option. Medical or social reasons are no barrier to your education when you can learn at home.

8. Unique Variety to Suit Your Interests

Franklin offers a wide range of courses, some of which may not be available at a traditional high school. These can prepare you for college courses, or a career. Some unique courses are Introduction to Entrepreneurship, Audio Engineering, Game Design, and a Nursing or Pharmacy Technician Preparation Course.

9. Opportunity to Graduate Early

Driven students can take a more challenging course load and waste no time getting into college or a career sooner than the typical student. Franklin staff works with students to be sure they are on the best path to their educational goals.

10. Flexibility

Taking a month-long vacation? No problem, take your classes with you! Study from a hotel in Mexico, China, or Paris, it makes no difference. And there’s no need to ask permission from your instructors.

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(880) 990-3847 to learn more today!


High School Equivalency Tests Available to You in 2016

There are more options available for students trying to earn their High School Equivalency. A state approved equivalency can be used by adult students wanting to attend college or to pursue better job opportunities. These tests can be difficult, especially if you have not attended school for some time. We highly recommend preparing and studying the material before taking any High School Equivalency Test. Research your state to see which tests are available near you. You can use Franklin Virtual High School’s Prep/Study Courses, which includes an online tutor, to ensure your success by being as prepared as possible!

GED Test

The newest GED Test has been updated for modern needs, including alignment with the Common Core State Standards. ( The GED test covers four subject areas: Mathematical Reasoning, Science, Social Studies and Reasoning through Language Arts. Almost all testing is now done by computer and there is more variety in the types of question styles. These include fill in the blank, drag and drop, hot spot, cloze (replace the missing word), short response, extended response and multiple choice. Each subject can be taken separately in its own module. Since the tests are taken electronically, scores can be available within three hours of completion.

All GED Tests are state-regulated and must be taken in person, at a state approved testing center (usually high schools, community colleges, or actual testing centers) in your area. For more information, go to

TASC (replaced the GED Test in Indiana, New York, W. Virginia)

TASC, the Test Assessing Secondary Completion, can be taken on paper or electronically via computer. Score reporting takes ten days when completed on paper or immediately when taken electronically. The TASC is available at state approved and regulated testing locations.

The TASC, tests the same subject areas as the older version of the GED test, circa 2002. Previous GED Test takers are allowed to combine their past GED score and the score they receive from the TASC test. The Common Core State Standards content is being phased into the TASC, which increases its compatibility with the 2002 GED Test.

The TASC test will be made up of a variety of different question styles, including drag and drop with and without sequencing dependencies, evidence-based selected response, multiple selected response, multiple-choice, an extended essay writing prompt, gridded-response items in math, stimulus-based science and social studies multiple-choice item sets. You can find more TASC test information at

HiSET Test

(Replaced GED Test in: Iowa, Louisiana, Main, Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire)

HiSET, the High School Equivalency Test, is similar to the TASC test. It tests the same subject areas as the 2002 GED Test and the TASC. It can be taken electronically or on paper and testing locations are regulated by the state. The difference between the TASC and HiSET is the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. HiSet is already aligned with the newest standards and there is a second phase planned, once instructional programs are also aligned with the newest standards. The HiSET is almost entirely made up of multiple choice questions, with only one essay required. For more information on the HiSet go to

High School Equivalency tests continue to be the best way to open doors of opportunity for better employment and pursuing a higher level of education. Join us and take the first step to improve your future.

Reach out to a Franklin Virtual High School advisor today to see what option is best for you. Let Franklin Virtual High School’s Prep and Study Courses help you succeed!

Options For High School at Home | Virtual School

Online schooling benefits the student in a number of ways that can positively affect their growth as a student, and as a future adult.  It is always wonderful to hear a home-school parent’s opinion on the opportunities and benefits that online-schooling give their child in preparing for actual independence and educational responsibility, come time for college.

“High school is the time for students to truly take control of their education. Virtual schools help keep teens accountable while giving them the freedom to own their education.”

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Understanding Accreditation

Searching for a good high school for your child is stressful enough, without having to worry about whether the school you are looking at is properly accredited to meet their future education goals.  Of course, the “gold” standard for accreditation in the USA is know as “regional” accreditation (both at a secondary and post-secondary level).

Here is a basic breakdown:

There are 6 national accrediting agencies recognized by the CHEA (association approved by the US Department of Education to oversee accreditation organizations):

  1. New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC):
  2. North Central Association of Schools and Colleges (NCA)
  3. Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges (MSA)
  4. Southern Association of Schools and Colleges (SACS)
  5. Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
  6. Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges (NWCCU)

They are called regional because, as you can see by their names, they support school in a given geographic region.  Schools recognized by these organizations offer “reciprocity” to students that “cross” these regional boundaries.  So if you live in Florida and want to attend a university program in California, and your schools are accredited by their respective regional accrediting organization, your credential (high school diploma for example) will be accepted.

There are at times concerns over the type of school attended (brick & mortar vs online) but the accreditation of the school is not in question in this situation.  So if your goal is to attend a school in New York state, then make sure your child is attending a physical school that is regionally accredited to ensure that your choices are maximized.  New York’s teacher’s unions are strong and they tend to fight online school programs in general, but especially from other states.  However, this is an exception not the norm.   Worldwide online education investment has surpassed $6.6B over the past five years so these programs are rapidly growing in acceptance.  So that takes us back to making sure that certificates and diplomas earned online are through a structured, recognized, state registered, and regionally accredited online school, like Franklin Virtual High School.

Look for more exciting blogs about quality online education programs, and where appropriate, information specially abut FVHS.