After review with by the Board of Directors and in consultation with Scholars Online parents and teachers, we ended our association with AdvancED in June, 2017 and sought an accrediting organization more supportive of our goals and mission. We can now announce that Scholars Online has completed the initial Candidacy for Accreditation process and been accepted as a member of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS), with Candidacy Status. Candidacy acknowledges that our processes and programs meet a rigorous set of standards for online education institutions that include teacher qualifications, course content, management transparency, and financial accountability. Formal accreditation is expected in 2019, after we complete a year of self-study to identify areas for improvement.
Scholars Online has received nominations in multiple categories for the 2018 Practical Homeschooling i-Learn Awards! This is a chance to rate the best curricula for homeschoolers in different grade ranges and subject areas. You can cast your ballots for the best homeschooling programs at the i-Learn Awards Ballot site.
Voting deadline is April 15, 2018, so don't miss your chance to help Scholars Online gain recognition for its courses. We have been nominated in the following categories:
We are delighted to welcome back Mrs. Sarah Esposito as our 2018-2019 Greek I instructor. Mrs. Esposito has been involved in online education since 1997, when she first began taking high school courses from Scholars' Online Academy. As a graduate of the Latin and English sequences and a long time student of Dr. Bruce and Dr. Christe McMenomy, she is a second-generation teacher at Scholars Online.
Sarah received her BA in Classics from Middlebury College in 2006. While in college, she studied Greek and Roman history and archeology in Sicily, Naples, and Rome on the 2004 Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies' Semester in Rome Program. In 2012, she completed her MA at the University of Carolina at Chapel Hill with a thesis interpreting Thucydides' discussions of the Athenian tyrannicides. Other research interests include Greek thought in Vergil's Georgics and Herodotus' portrayals of non-Greek peoples in the Histories.
Mrs. Esposito's experience includes teaching Latin in a brick-and-mortar setting as a UNC Chapel Hill graduate teaching fellow. She has also tutored and coached writing both online and face-to-face for the UNC Chapel Hill Writing Center. This will be her eighth year teaching Greek I for Scholars Online.
Scholars Online has completed the formal submission and review of its application for Candidacy as a member of the Middle States Association of colleges and Schools Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS), and we have met with MSA-CESS representatives. We hope to shortly confirm our candidacy acceptance, with accreditation to include the 2017-2018 academic year. If you have concerns about formal accreditation for your courses in the interim, please contact us. There are a number of options for parents and students who require formal accreditation for scholarship, employment, sports participation, or military service applications.