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Bridgeway Academy Homeschooling Questions

Your important questions about Bridgeway Academy answered.

Homeschooling FAQs

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Bridgeway Academy

Bridgeway Academy is fully-accredited by the National Association of Private Schools, the Department of Education in Pennsylvania, and COGNIA, which includes SACS CASI, NCA CASI, and NWAC. Students who graduate from Bridgeway Academy will have earned a fully-accredited high school diploma.

What sets Bridgeway Academy apart from other homeschooling academies is that we are extremely flexible. We allow you to work at your own pace and set your own schedule.

Yes! Thanks to our accreditation, students are able to enroll in traditional schools with a fully-accredited transcript. Additionally, Bridgeway Academy alumni have attended some of the most prestigious colleges and universities in the country.

Bridgeway Academy has students from all over the world contributing to our diverse student body! Furthermore, our online platform for middle school and high school allows students to take some courses in their native language!

Bridgeway Academy is very flexible and students can create their own schedule and work at their own pace. We will offer recommendations on pacing.

Due to our belief that every student is unique and learns at his/her own pace, we do not implement or assess students based on any Common Core standards. However, since we adopt programs that are also widely used by the public schools, the alignment to Common Core will exist. Companies are making the alignment to Common Core to appeal to the schools. In many cases, the content is not changed, but the alignment is available for ease in utilization by the schools required to meet the standards set by Common Core. In actuality, some of the publishers we are currently using were written before Common Core even existed, yet there is a notable alignment to the Common Core standards presented on the publisher’s website.

Bridgeway Customized

The Customized package is a great resource for families who are not looking for accreditation and who want to homeschool on their own. It provides fully-customized curriculum based on each individual’s learning style and academic level.

No, the Customized package is designed for the homeschooler who prefers to homeschool independently or who is a member of a homeschool organization and does not include record-keeping or transcripts. However, this service can be added with the purchase of our Records and Support package!

No, by itself the Customized package is not accredited. However, you can purchase the Records and Support package to complement your Customized purchase and take advantage of accreditation, record-keeping, and year-round support. Not sure if you need accreditation? Visit our page explaining accreditation.

No, the Customized package does not constitute full enrollment. However, if you’d like full enrollment with Bridgeway, take a look at our Total Care packages under “Bridgeway Academy.” Total Care programs are customized just like our Customized package, but includes enrollment, accreditation, and more.

Bridgeway Support

The Records and Support package is a great option for families who have already selected their curriculum or are involved in homeschool co-op classes but are not quite ready to go it alone. A Records and Support package means award-winning support, expertise and guidance from your personal homeschool advisor as well as full accreditation and membership in the Bridgeway Academy community. Enjoy full support, professional records, accreditation, homeschool resources, and much more as an official Bridgeway Academy student.

Complete record-keeping and accreditation and unlimited support including homeschool advice and expertise, report cards, transcripts, permanent records, honor roll, community events, and membership in the Bridgeway Academy homeschool family. Up to 7 courses. Grading is not included.

No. The Records and Support package is designed to allow parents who are confident in their curriculum choices to take advantage of complete support, records, and accreditation while using their own curriculum. If you need assistance with curriculum, please check out our Customized Package or enroll in a Total Care program – an all-inclusive homeschool program that includes a full year of curriculum along with unlimited support and full accreditation.

If you choose our records and support package and will be using your own curriculum, we require advisor approval of each course prior to beginning the courses. Along with a completed application of course approval, the following documentation is needed in order for curriculum to be approved: syllabus, hour time requirement per course, and suggested grade level aligned to the course. Upon completion of the course, completion evidence and progress status/competencies must be submitted. High School Courses must include the credit amount as well as specific criteria for progress monitoring. Your advisor will let you know if the course has been approved prior to the start of the course.

Bridgeway Total Care

As an all-inclusive program, Total Care includes everything you need for the school year, personalized to your student, and customized to meet the needs of your family and schedule. This means you receive up to seven courses of curriculum: math, social studies, science, English language arts, and electives. The package also includes all instructor guides, full support, accreditation, and membership in the Bridgeway Academy community. 

Bridgeway’s Total Care programs are all-inclusive and fully accredited. That means you receive our award-winning support, expertise, and guidance along with a full year of curriculum or online courses designed specifically for your student. Worried about records? We’ve got that. Not sure what courses makes sense? We’ve got that too. Have a student with specific learning needs? We have you covered. Trusted since 1989, all of us at Bridgeway Academy are passionate about homeschooling and stand ready to make your job easier.

Because there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all Total Care package, it does take time to get your student’s perfect homeschool package organized and on its way. We ask that you allow up to two weeks to receive your materials or online classes. However, you can speed up that getting-started process by responding quickly to your advisor’s requests, taking the assessments as soon as they are available, and approving or adjusting curriculum recommendations in a timely fashion.

If you receive a course that does not fit, simply contact your advisor within 30 days to request a curriculum change. For our Total Care Live and Total Care Elite packages, please contact your advisor within 14 days to make a change.

College/Dual Enroll

Before enrolling in the Associate Degree program, students will need to have completed two years of English, Biology, Chemistry, World Geography, Health, Personal Finance, Computer, Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, and two years of a foreign language. If these courses have not been taken, your student will have to complete them while in the program, in addition to their college courses.

We are able to work with you and your student to find the courses that your student needs and come up with a schedule that works for them. There are six start dates throughout the school year, though Ohio Christian University has specific times throughout the year when applications are due and courses are scheduled to begin.

We always encourage students to contact the college or university that they wish to attend to confirm that the institution will accept transfer credits from our college partners. Each school is different, and they have their own sets of requirements that they look for from a college transfer course. However, due to these courses being fully accredited, they are generally accepted by most institutions.

The courses are asynchronous in that your student can log in at their convenience. Assignments are handed out on Mondays and are due Sunday night. Upon starting the course, make sure your student reads the course syllabus to know when specific assignments are due and the professor’s expectations.          

Finance and Policies

If the enrollment is cancelled within 30 days of your start date, any tuition fees paid will be refunded in-full*, provided the curriculum is returned to Bridgeway in unused condition. If any materials are used or not returned, the cost of these items will be deducted from the refund. Tuition fees are non-refundable after 30 days from the date of shipping or online class assignment. The family agrees to pay for the full price of their student(s)’ tuition package and record-keeping fees if they do not withdraw their student(s) within the initial 30-day-guarantee period. The family understands that this remains true, no matter which payment plan was selected for their order. Registration fees are not refundable.    * The Live Online Package and Elite Package are only refundable up to 14 days after the start of classes.

If a customer wishes to cancel, or withdraw their student from Bridgeway Academy, a formal withdraw form must be obtained from the family’s academic advisor and submitted according to proper procedure in order for the refund to be issued. If the enrollment is cancelled within 30 days of your order date, any tuition fees paid will be refunded in-full, provided the curriculum is returned to Bridgeway Academy in unused condition. If any materials are used or not returned, the cost of these items will be deducted from the refund. Tuition fees are non-refundable after 30 days. The family agrees to pay for the full price of their student(s)’ tuition package and record-keeping fees if they do not withdraw their student(s) within the initial 30-day-guarantee period. The family understands that this remains true, no matter which payment plan was selected for their order. Registration fees are not refundable.

International families: When a course exchange is requested, Bridgeway Academy does not cover the cost of shipping course materials, whether within 30 days from initial curriculum shipment or after 30 days from initial curriculum shipment. Actual cost-to-ship will be charged, and payment must be made before course materials will be shipped.

There are no shipping fees on Total Care Online tuition packages and Bridgeway Academy Records and Support packages. PLEASE NOTE: If an online student is required to take a course that is only available as a text course in order to meet graduation requirements, the family is responsible for the cost of shipping the materials.

All customs fees charged by the destination country are the sole responsibility of the customer. All shipping fees are always non-refundable.

The default shipping carrier for international shipments is UPS. The base shipping charge for all international shipping is $275.00. Remaining balance, if applicable, will be charged when the final order is shipped.

The finance office does not send tuition reminders or invoices for payment plans. Parents are responsible to have the funds available for processing on the scheduled date.

Customers opting for payment plans will be charged finance fees per-payment, which are included in the payment amount. Customers need to authorize automatic payments on the authorization form that will be provided upon enrollment.

Payment plans are available for most of our tuition packages, except for Pre-K, Kindergarten, Bridgeway Customized, and High School Per Course options. Finance charges will be charged for all payment plans; payment amounts are included in the installment amount.

No tuition or record-keeping fees will be refunded after 30 days following order date or online classes assignment. If enrolling in the Live Online Package or Elite Package, no refund will be issued after 14 days following the start of classes.

Tuition fees are incurred every school year or grade level enrolled per student. A school year includes ten full months of enrollment; extensions are available for an additional fee.

Registration fees are non-refundable and must accompany all new and re-enrollment applications.

Registration fees for each student are due annually.

Shipping fees are not refundable.

We offer a missionary, military, pastoral and multi-student discount on enrollments in any of our full-year Academy enrollments grades 1-12 (Pre-K, Kindergarten and Records and Support are excluded). To learn more about any of these discounts, contact our admissions team at 800.863.1474.

Grade Level Kits

Yes, our Grade Level Kits can be customized by grade level, subject, and publisher.

Yes! Simply purchase our Records and Support Package as an add-on and it will provide all of the accreditation, record-keeping, and support that you need for your Grade Level Kit.

Games, lab kits, books, and more!

Yes, you will receive a digital instructor’s guide that you can download and print which includes pacing and extra learning activities for each subject. All located for you in your Parent Portal!

Live Online Classes

We use the Zoom platform, a leader in video communications. It allows your student to be on camera and engage with the teacher and other students for a truly exciting class experience. Some countries may not be able to access our Live Online Classes (LOCs), due to either country or Internet Provider restrictions regarding Zoom. Please check the list below before enrolling in a LOC to ensure you have access to the platform. Please note that if you live in one of the following countries and opt for using a VPN, we will not be able to assist you or provide you support with technical issues. Restricted countries or regions: Belarus, Burundi, Central African Republic, Cuba, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, Oman, Nicaragua, North Korea, Somalia, Sudan and Darfur, South Sudan, Syria Sanctions, Ukraine (Crimea Region), United Arab Emirates (UAE), Venezuela, Yemen, Zimbabwe. For more information, please contact or visit Zoom’s website directly.

Yes, Live Online Classes are offered for Grades 1-12, and include both core content classes and classes designed for enrichment and exploration.

Live Online Classes meet just once per week, making it easy to create a schedule that works. Classes are recorded, so if your student misses a session, they can easily access the content to catch up. Live Online Classes take place on a full-year, semester, or trimester basis.

Enrollment maximums vary by grade level but classes do fill up quickly, so be sure to reserve your spot early.

Your student can take as many live online classes as you allow. However, class schedules vary and can overlap so be sure to check the schedule before finalizing your purchase.

Trimester classes run for 10 weeks, semester classes run for 15 weeks, and full-year classes run for 30 weeks.

Yes, we offer a Live Online Total Care Package that allows middle and high school students to structure their school year with all Live Online Classes. It includes all of the benefits of our Total Care Program and can include a full year of Live Online Classes or a mix of textbook, Self-Paced Online and Live Online classes.

Yes, your student will have activities and other assignments throughout the week as a follow-up to what was covered in the previous week’s live online class or that prepare them for the upcoming class. Those students who are taking high school level classes will have up to five more rigorous assignments and should expect to spend time independently working everyday.

Students will need a computer with a mic/webcam and an Internet connection that supports streaming.

Self-Paced By Course

Yes! Bridgeway offers over 200 textbook and online courses for students to enroll in!

The great thing about homeschooling with Bridgeway is that students can work through each self-paced course at their pace! Each full-year course has a 300-day limit; however, extensions can also be purchased.

Yes, the registration fee is due annually.

Yes! Bridgeway Academy offers rolling admissions throughout the year.

No, Self-Paced courses are not accredited. However, you can purchase the Records and Support package to complement your Self-Paced purchase and take advantage of accreditation, record-keeping, and year-round support. Not sure if you need accreditation? Visit our page explaining accreditation.

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