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INTERFAITH ACADEMY PRELIMINARY STUDENT HANDBOOK School Year 2013-2014 Website: www.InterAcademy.net E-mail: admin@interacademy.net Subject To Revision

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Interfaith Academy Preliminary Student Handbook  2012, Interfaith Academy, and its affiliates and assigns and licensors All rights reserved. Interfaith Academy  is a Trademark of Friends of Faith Church International. Trademarks may be registered in some jurisdictions. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Portions  2012, Interfaith Academy No claim to copyright is made for original U.S. Government Works.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS Page

INTERFAITH ACADEMY STUDENT AFFIRMATIONS..............…..............

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INTERFAITH ACADEMY VISION, COLORS, AND MASCOT……………....

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS …………………………….........

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INTER-FELLOWSHIP AND COOPERATION…………….........................

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SCHOOL ACCREDITATION……………………………….................

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WHY CHOOSE ONLINE DISTANCE LEARNING...................................

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THE IDEAL ONLINE CURRICULUM………......................................

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THE IMPORTANCE OF CHARACTER-BASED EDUCATION……...............

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HOW INTERFAITH ACADEMY ONLINE DISTANCE LEARNING WORKS.......

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INTERFAITH ACADEMY CURRICULUM COURSE SUMMARIES...................

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GRADING SYSTEM………………………………..........................

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PUBLIC AND PRIVATE GRADUATION CEREMONIES……………............

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STEWARDSHIP EDUCATIONAL INVESTMENT AND COST SCALE…...........

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APPENDIX……………………………….....................................

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WHAT THE LAW SAYS ABOUT HOMESCHOOLING...............................

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HOMESCHOOLING IN ALABAMA......................................................

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ALABAMA HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS......................

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ENROLLMENT APPLICATIONS.........................................................

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REFERRALS............................................................................

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INTERFAITH ACADEMY STUDENT AFFIRMATIONS

I was created on purpose for a purpose. I am unique. I am capable of learning. I can do what is expected of me because I believe I can achieve. I believe in myself and what I can learn from my teachers. I am responsible for my thoughts, my words, and my actions. I am respectful to all those I come in contact with today. I am learning and growing everyday. I strive for personal achievement. My potential is unlimited and recognized. I will always do my best. I study to show myself approved and I am not ashamed of my success.

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OUR VISION To be a reputable educational resource that provides a customized instructional system at affordable costs to students, parents, and educators for school and home use.

OUR SCHOOL COLORS* Blue- this represents our covenant loyalty toward Christ as our King and one another as His Body. Gold- this represents the Divine Godhead as our all encompassing foundation and guide.

OUR MASCOT* Our mascot or logo is the Bald Eagle. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: but they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as EAGLES; they shall run and not be weary they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:30-31 The eagle represents strength and power. The Bald Eagle has beautiful features. White feathers cover its head, neck, and tail. Brownish-black feathers cover its body feathers. In all a Bald Eagle has about 7,000 feathers. This symbolizes the strength and unity of our Lord’s Body.

*Interfaith Academy adopted the colors and mascot of Interfaith University, which is an inter-denominational, non-denominational religious post-secondary institution of higher learning.

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Frequently

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Questions

Why Interfaith Academy (IA)? Now more than ever, having the right skills under your belt is very important in today's competitive job market. Interfaith Academy (IA) also known as Friends of Faith Academy Online and Distance Learning provides up-to-date resources that will prepare the student for the jobs of today and tomorrow.

What is Interfaith Academy? Interfaith Academy (IA) is your one-stop educational resource website that provides you with outstanding curriculum based on state-written course of study objectives. Parents looking to adopt a homeschool curriculum or looking to enhance their child's study habits to improve his or her grades can use Interfaith Academy's Online and Distance Learning site. Adults who wish to prepare for GED Prep Tests (High School Equivalency Exams) will also benefit from IA. Designed especially for those of us with fast pace lives, the educators and writers of the IA curriculum have compiled quality educational resources and taken the guess work out of choosing the best curriculum for you.

What does Interfaith Academy offer? IA offers a full slate of courses for grades 3-10 for the following core curriculum subjects:  English  Reading  Science  Math  Social Studies  Health  Character Enrichment Materials per grade level for all core subjects are comprised of 2 units which include: approximately 24 courses, various interactive student activities, learning aides, and assessments (12 quizzes and 3 tests). Supplementary lessons for some core subjects are also available. A myriad of instructional tools are included for teacher's instructional purposes including: Objective Sheets, Answer Sheets, Instructional Aides, Resource Pages, etc.

Who can apply? Interfaith Academy provides resources for students grades 3 - 10. Children who are under 18 years of age must have their parent or guardian enroll them. Persons 18 years or older may enroll for Adult Continuing Education.

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How much time will it take to complete each lesson objective? While we realize there is a lot of flexibility with learning online at your own pace, we suggest that you assume an attitude of diligence when completing your lessons. For homeschool parents, we suggest you follow the suggested time schedule (see your state guidelines) so that your son or daughter can complete their grade level. We respect your autonomy as your child's teacher to go at the best pace suited for your child's learning needs. For adults, the sooner the lessons provided are completed, the sooner you will come to reaching your goal of obtaining your GED.

How do the online courses work? Once you have enrolled in Interfaith Academy, you will have access to the grade level you have chosen. Each grade level's curriculum includes the core subjects (See Question #3). Each core subject has the standard 24 lesson objectives totaling to over 168 course lessons. (Some subjects have additional course lessons.) More Details: Here are some additional details you might want to know about IA curriculum:  there are corresponding quizzes for each weekly lesson objective and monthly cumulative tests;  students may have three attempts on quizzes and tests.

Do I have to grade my child's quizzes/tests? Absolutely not. Quizzes and tests are graded automatically. Assessments may be printed from the student menu and filed in your home school records.

How does Interfaith Academy differ from other online educational sites? Courses are very affordable! The parent/teacher has the flexibility to pay by course, resource, assessment etc. versus making a full tuition payment up front. Parents may purchase Teacher Resources (Weekly Objectives, Answer Keys, and other resources) at their discretion. Interfaith Academy uses PayPal as its secured credit card online purchase provider.

What is Interfaith Home School Association (IHSA)? This association is made up of homeschool parents, friends and partners. This organization will give you an opportunity to continue to support homeschool education and support ongoing school projects and extra-curricular activities for the students.

Once my child graduates then what? This would be answered best by having a strong sense of God’s direction for your son or daughter. At Interfaith Academy, we have high expectations that our students will excel in their academics and complete their high school coursework before the average time it takes. Once a student graduates, he or she may have the opportunity to participate in a yearly graduation ceremony given by IHSA. Contact your Advisor for more information.

Can I earn discounts if I enroll more than one child? Talk to your Advisor.

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How do I make payments for my coursework and evaluations? We accept payments made via PayPal. If you do not have an account, you may go to www.paypal.com and create an account. It's FREE!

Are there any extra curricula activities that my child may participate in throughout the year that allows interaction between distant students? At IA, we encourage our students to become involved in extra-curricular activities as this makes a well-rounded student and prepares them for college and beyond. Currently our students, participate in an gamut of activities that include Videography, Photography, Guitar, Fashion Design, Dance and Drama, Soccer and Basketball. From time to time our homeschool association sponsors field trips, interactive learning co-ops, and we host youth and family conferences annually. We also offer orientation seminars, Friends of Faith encounters, and graduation ceremonies. You may request an itinerary from your Advisor. or representative from IHSA for more details on how you and your family can get involved.

How do I get started? Step One: READ the Student Handbook. (Subject to Revision) Step Two: Complete the Student Enrollment Application. Step Three: Submit the Enrollment Application Online or by Mail. Email: admin@InterAcademy.net Website: www.InterAcademy.net Step Four: Be sure to submit your nonrefundable $35.00 application fee via paypal online, or by mail in the form of a cashier's check or money order to: Interfaith Academy Administrative Offices P.O. Box 95 Tuskegee Institute, AL 36087

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INTER-FELLOWSHIP AND COOPERATION We seek to cooperate with other parents, homeschool organizations, and educators who strive to provide quality education to children, with the goal of preparing them to be all they were designed to be for the betterment of mankind. We believe strongly that every student has certain inherent abilities and qualities that will enable them to become good students. We wish to maintain a mutually respectful relationship with all other schools that have this same basic belief.

SCHOOL ACCREDITATION Inquiries about accreditation can be sent to the following address: Attn: Accreditation Commission: P.O. BOX 95, Tuskegee Institute, AL 36087

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WHY CHOOSE ONLINE DISTANCE LEARNING Online education isn’t the best choice for everyone. But, many students thrive in the online education environment. According to a 2009 meta study from the Department of Education, studies show that students outperform their peers. “Students who took all or part of their class online performed better, on average, than those taking the same course through traditional face-to-face instruction.” Students who mix online learning with traditional coursework (i.e. blended learning) do even better.” Here are several other reasons why we think that online education will be a good choice for you. Choice There are so many ways that we can educate our children. For a long time now, colleges and universities have been offering online degrees. With the growth of the Internet, parents and students alike can make the decision whether or not to choose traditional coursework education or online distance education. It is with great pleasure that Interfaith Academy makes this choice available to parents with students in grades 3-10. Convenience Some critics of online distance learning feel that the idea of "convenience" is a negative one. They wrongfully assume that anything worth earning should be exhausting and barely manageable. We do not necessarily agree. What we do agree with is that students should have the opportunity to learn at their own pace. This flexibility coupled with responsibility allows our students to finish ahead of schedule if they so desire. Accessibility Students who choose online distance learning have their lessons at their fingertips, literally at their fingertips. With the use of technology, students have access to their coursework immediately. Parents who choose Interfaith Academy have access to their child's progress and grades soon after their son or daughter takes an evaluation. Some of the online distance courses connect students with top-notch teachers and guest educators from around the world via our multimedia lessons. On Pace with the Future of Technology More and more students are participating in online distance learning. The number grows every year. More and more secondary schools (high schools) offer some form of online education. Interfaith Academy is right on point with where technology is going.

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THE IDEAL ONLINE CURRICULUM The ideal online curriculum should meet certain specifications: The ideal online curriculum has lessons ready every day; 2. The ideal online curriculum keeps perfect, instant records and auto grades the student's work; 3. The ideal online curriculum immerses the student in character-based education; 4. The ideal online curriculum is the one that is custom-fit for the student's learning needs; and 5. The ideal online curriculum DEFINES, ENGAGES, and RELATES! 1.

Interfaith Academy has a user friendly online distance learning system designed to meet the needs of homeschool parents, teachers, and tutors alike. Even if you are an adult desiring to obtain your G.E.D. then our courses are designed to help you too. We understand that finding the best materials is important, so we have done the homework for you. We have made it our business to provide the basic tools you need for the best learning experience. Each course lesson is based on objectives and learning outcomes that meet state regulation. We offer instructional tools that can be formatted to meet the needs of any learner. We offer weekly and monthly evaluations that are automatically graded. This allows the student to monitor their progress and make adjustments wherever needed.

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THE IMPORTANCE OF CHARACTER-BASED EDUCATION Character can be defined as the mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual; The features or traits that form the individual nature of some person or thing. Character deals with qualities of honesty, courage, or the like-(Integrity). Education is the act or process of imparting or acquiring general knowledge, developing the powers of reasoning and judgment, and generally of preparing oneself or others intellectually for mature life. Character-Based Education can be described as the teaching of children in a manner that will help them develop as moral, civic, well-mannered, behaved, non-bullying, healthy, successful, compliant and/ or social beings. Character Education promotes social and emotional learning, moral reasoning/cognitive development, life skills education, health education, violence prevention, critical thinking, ethical reasoning, conflict resolution and mediation. Character-Based Education most importantly, causes us to be a better overall person and not just have a “head knowledge.” Children need training in both the secular and the sacred areas of life. According to Psalms 127:3, children are a heritage from the Lord and the fruit of the womb is a reward. The word heritage translates “assignment”. Yes, our children are our assignment from God. Those that are placed in our care are our assignment from God. In Proverbs 22:6, the Bible also says to “train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old(matured) he will not depart from it”. [How we shape and mold our children from birth will have a great affect on their future.] Abraham Lincoln once said: “Reputation is the shadow. Character is the tree.” Our character is not just what we try to display for others to see, it is who we are even when no one is watching. Good character is doing the right thing because it is right to do what is right. Booker T. Washington, a great African American Educator and founder of Tuskegee University in the 1800’s simply said, “Character is Power.“

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Martin Luther King, Jr. (Great Civil Rights Leader) said this: “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education.” Everyone has character. Character transcends race, religion, education, position, age, gender, and personality. In the book of Daniel it shows up that he possessed the power to say “no,” to temptation because a purpose had been declared over his life, that perception was made evident thru communication with God and therefore, power was achieved…… Power to do good, power to change the world, power to elevate the minds of those in doubt and despair all around you to a higher call in life. Power to achieve great things for God! Today more than ever we need people who are “of excellent spirit.” People in whom their anchor is purpose from God, leading an entire world/generation with perception thru prayer and consequently exhibiting power in all aspects of their lives. ŸTrue Purpose Is Loyalty To Christ. ŸTrue Perception Is Achieved by Submission To Christ Thru Prayer. ŸTrue Power Is Cooperation With Christ, in the common places and the crises of all days. Character-Based Education is key to our children's success in life.

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HOW INTERFAITH ACADEMY ONLINE DISTANCE LEARNING WORKS Today, there are a lot of options in education. Whether you choose to use Interfaith Academy Online as a home education resource, a continuing education resource or a tutorial resource we feel strongly that what we have to offer will be beneficial and meet your learning needs. We are constantly improving our site, instructional tools and resources so as to accommodate our growing student population. However you decide to use Interfaith Academy we applaud your efforts to upgrade your learning experience. The following pages will help you to navigate through the site.

How to Access the Website To access our site, type: www.InterAcademy.net into the URL address bar.

How To Create a New Account If you are a first time user, click on the LOGIN link. Then click on Create NEW ACCOUNT.

Once you complete enrollment from the front page ofwww.InterAcademy.net (first time user link) you will receive an email for every account created. Follow the link in your email box to sign in. After this has been completed and your account has been verified you will no longer have 14


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to use your email. You may then login from the front page of our site by entering your username and password per account. Note: All student accounts should be set up in each individual student's name for gradekeeping purposes. Are you ready to begin your courses? Great!

How To Access Objectives and Answer Keys Click on the “Teacher Resources” link (on the front page).

Next, click on the grade level that you wish to enroll. For example, click on FOURTH GRADE COURSES.

Once you click on the grade level option, you will be given the choice to enter one of three windows.

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OPTION 3: The “SUPPLEMENTARY LESSONS” window has additional Lesson Objective Questions, Learning Aides, and Answer Keys that may be used during the regular school term or as additional coursework over the summer break. NOTE: While it is not mandatory for the user to purchase OPTION 2, most of our users choose this option because of the helpful resources and answer keys. Simply put, this option requires less work for the user. Therefore, we strongly encourage the users to purchase this option. Once the OBJECTIVE window OR OBJECTIVE AND ANSWER KEYS window has been selected, the user will see a link to make a payment via PayPal.

Once the PayPal payment has been confirmed, full access to teaching materials are granted. The user may continue to next prompt window to view and print down OBJECTIVES AND ANSWER KEYS. You may choose to PRINT one week or all four weeks with any additional resources provided for each UNIT OBJECTIVE.

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Below is what you will see when you click on the link for your WEEKLY LESSON OBJECTIVE. You will see the same for any ANSWER KEY.

Here is a TIP. To keep your OBJECTIVES and ANSWER KEYS organized, you may find purchasing a 3-ring binder useful. Placing the printed forms in sheet protectors prevents them from getting ripped or torn. See our Instructional Video on “Organizing Your Homeschool Classroom.” If you are a TEACHER or TUTOR, remember to PRINT a COPY for yourself and the STUDENT. How To Gain Access to the Quizzes and Tests. Now that you know how access the OBJECTIVES, ANSWER KEYS, and LEARNING AIDES, you are ready to access the QUIZZES AND TESTS. From the front page of the site, choose the grade level that you have enrolled in, for example FOURTH GRADE COURSES.

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Next, choose the COURSE CATEGORY (Science, History, Character Enrichment, Health, Reading, English, and Math) you desire to be evaluated on.

Once you click on the COURSE CATEGORY, you will be given the choice to enter one of three windows. UNIT 1: These quizzes and tests correspond with the first three OBJECTIVES. UNIT 2: These quizzes and tests correspond with the second three OBJECTIVES. UNIT 3: These quizzes and tests correspond with any additional OBJECTIVES included in the SUPPLEMENTARY LESSONS.

The next page you will see will look similar to this:

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After clicking on the QUIZ the page will look similar to the one below. Note that the student will only have three attempts to take the Quiz or Test. There is also a time limit for each evaluation.

Once the STUDENT has completed the Quiz or Test, then you will automatically see the scored grade. Home educators can use this feature to keep records of their child's progress.

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INTERFAITH ACADEMY CURRICULUM COURSE SUMMARIES Third Grade Courses Character Enrichment The student will begin this year studying from the course topic, Stories from the Bible. This lesson includes basic introductions from the following passages: Exodus, Numbers, Joshua, I and II Kings, Daniel, Jonah, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Lesson Topic Overviews includes Baby Moses, The Burning Bush, Hard Times in Egypt, The Sea Rolls Back, Manna-Quail-Water, God's Rules, The Spies, A Talking Donkey, and so much more! Reading Third grade students gain much of their information through reading and listening. They express what they've learned through writing and by visually supported oral communication. Curriculum is developed to assist students with the transition into abstract thinking. English Student will learn to express themselves through narrative writing and learn additional modes of expression through descriptive and expository writing. The English curriculum will integrate reading, literature, writing and language, research and inquiry. Oral and visual communication are included to encourage students to develop self-confidence and assurance in expressing themselves. Math In this course, students compare and order whole numbers, identify two-dimensional figures based on attributes, expand their knowledge of measurement and data analysis, and strengthen computational fluency by applying problem-solving strategies. The third-grade content enables students to use mathematics in other disciplines and to connect mathematics to the real world. Science Third Grade Science includes: physical, life, and earth and space science. In Grade three, the study of science includes: planning and implementing simple classroom and field investigations, describing the layers of earth, observing the force and motion of objects, identifying weather phenomena, organizing weather data into tables or charts, describing the life cycle of plants, and determining the effect of environmental conditions on plant growth and survival. People, Places, and Regions: Geographic Studies This is a year-long course that emphasizes the necessary skills and information students need to become knowledgeable about the physical, human, social, historical, and political world in which they live. In this third-grade course, all four essential strands are interwoven, placing the most emphasis on geography. This course builds upon the geographic knowledge acquired by students from kindergarten through second grade and establishes a firm geographic foundation for them to build upon throughout life. 20


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Health Third grade students will gain a knowledge of interrelationships among mental, emotional, social, physical, and health. They gain a basic understanding of personal health habits, disease prevention, and health information products and services which includes the need for a healthy diet, the importance of regular-health enhancing activity, and the advantages of a positive, healthy environment. Fourth Grade Courses Character Enrichment The student will begin this year studying from the course topic, Old Testament Scripture. This lesson briefly covers the biblical topics of The Creation through Joseph. Lesson Topic Overviews include: The Book of Beginnings, God’s Protection, Father of Many Nations, The Dreamer, and so much more! Reading As fourth grade students transition to a higher level of abstract thinking, they are encouraged to progress toward more independent learning. Teachers use a variety of strategies to ensure growth of necessary skills in reading, literature, writing, language, research, inquiry, oral, and visual communication. The students' vocabulary, comprehension, research, and note-taking skills all increase as they engage in oral reading, recreational reading, and compose descriptive text. English Fourth Grade students will build on previous knowledge to further develop abilities to use their writing skills. They compose descriptive text using newly developed skills in mechanics and grammar. Students will improve research and note-taking skills by organizing information obtained from reference materials. Math Fourth-grade Math builds a foundation of basic number sense, operations, quantitative reasoning, patterns, relationships, geometric and spatial reasoning, measurement, and probability and statistics. The content builds on and expands students’ conceptual understanding of mathematics. Students learn to value mathematics, display confidence in their mathematical ability, solve problems, and make connections between mathematics and other subjects. Science Fourth Grade Science includes: physical, life, and earth and space science. Concepts covered include the functions and uses of electricity; how light interacts with transparent, translucent, and opaque materials; the effects of friction; the ways in which organisms grow and develop; and the appearance of movement of Earth and its moon. Alabama Studies In fourth grade students learn about Alabama's past and are ready to be introduced to the first formal chronological study of history. They study and gain an appreciation for the people, places, 21


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and events that shaped the history of Alabama while they expand their understanding of historical concepts. Health Fourth grade students will gain a knowledge of interrelationships among mental, emotional, social, physical, and health. They gain a basic understanding of personal health habits, disease prevention, and health information products and services which includes the need for a healthy diet, the importance of regular-health enhancing activity, and the advantages of a positive, healthy environment. Fifth Grade Courses Character Enrichment The student will begin this year studying from the course topic, New Testament Scripture. Lesson Topic Overviews include: Basic Facts about the Bible, the Life of Christ, the Roman Emperor, Dinner with Jesus, and so much more! Reading Fifth-grade students develop skills for solving problems and thinking critically by engaging in a variety of learning activities. These students use strategies to comprehend functional, informational, and literary texts as well as increasing their language abilities. Students display knowledge of grammar and usage concepts, while applying mechanics in their writings. English Fifth-grade students will engage in the development a wide range of applied strategies to comprehend functional, informational, and literary texts and to create written compositions. Research and inquiry provide opportunities for students to use search strategies. Through written expression, students demonstrate knowledge of grammar and usage concepts and apply mechanics in their writings. Math The mathematics curriculum in fifth grade emphasizes fluency in computing and problem solving with whole numbers, decimals, and fractions. Students apply basic operations to problem-solving situations with a greater understanding of the meanings of operations and how they relate to one another. By actively acquiring new knowledge of symbolic representation, fifth-grade students move toward an abstract level of thinking. Science Fifth Grade Science includes: physical, life, and earth and space science. In this course students will form an understanding of the relationship between food chains and food webs, compare plant and animal cells, and become more knowledgeable about the forms and transfer of energy. They also begin to compare Earth to other planets in our solar system. United States Studies: Beginnings to 1877 Fifth-grade content standards focus on the United States from the prehistoric period to 1877. The 22


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emphasis is on the geography and history of the United States from the earliest times through the formation and growth of a nation to the latter part of the nineteenth century. Special emphasis is placed on the study of the founding documents and the development of the American republic. Students also become familiar with major events in the periods of the American Revolution, the Westward Expansion, and the Civil War. Health Fourth grade students will gain a knowledge of interrelationships among mental, emotional, social, physical, and health. They gain a basic understanding of personal health habits, disease prevention, and health information products and services which includes the need for a healthy diet, the importance of regular-health enhancing activity, and the advantages of a positive, healthy environment. Sixth Grade Courses Character Enrichment The student will begin this year studying from the Christ Alive Series-Courses I-XI. Lesson Topic Overviews include: the Deity of the Son-Raised and Seated with Christ. Students will use course booklets for each lesson, and gain greater insight concerning the biblical doctrine of Christ. Reading Students' physical, social, emotional, and cognitive changes are apparent as students transition from childhood to adolescence. They explore a wider representation of literature that illustrate the linguistic and culturally diverse society we live in. These students increase their knowledge of research and inquiry strategies as well as compose persuasive essays. English Sixth Grade students will compose persuasive essays with an increased awareness of grammar conventions and writing mechanics as well as importance of using expanded vocabulary. They will continue to broaden their knowledge of research and inquiry strategies and oral and visual communication skills. Math The sixth-grade curriculum is designed to maximize student learning by providing balance between elementary- and middle-level practices. The curriculum assists students as they begin the transition of mathematical thought processes from the concrete to the abstract. Opportunities are provided for students to gain a thorough understanding of decimals and fractions while integrating these number sense concepts into the other mathematical strands. Science Sixth Grade Science is Earth and Space Science. In this course students are challenged to discover their world, their planet, and the Earth's place in the universe. They are provided opportunities to learn important scientific facts and to build conceptual understanding of scientific principles, laws and theories.

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United States Studies: Industrial Revolution to the Present In sixth grade students learn the study of United States history from the Industrial Revolution to the present. Emphasis is placed on economic, geographic, historical, and political changes that have influenced every aspect of life during key events like World War I, the Great Depression, World War II, and the Cold War Era. Health Grade Six Health curriculum addresses the skills necessary to enable students to resist negative peer pressure and to understand the relationship of physical changes to other dimensions of health. The goal of this course is to provide the student with the information they need to live healthy. They also learn specific skills to use in emergency situations, to resolve conflict, and specific information about HIV/AIDS. Seventh Grade Courses Character Enrichment The student will begin this year studying from the lesson topic: People, Places, and Descriptions from the Bible. The remaining objectives II-XI will cover the Miraculous Works of Christ. Students will learn about the miracles(the supernatural deeds) performed by Jesus Christ in the course of his ministry. In this course of study, according to the Gospel of John, only some of these are recorded in the canonical Gospels. John 21:25 states that "Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, ...even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written." These miracles may be categorized into four groups: cures, exorcisms, resurrection of the dead and control over nature. Reading Seventh grade students experience a variety of physical, social, emotional, and intellectual changes. Students attain increased vocabulary skills through reading culturally diverse literature. Teachers incorporate the various areas of reading, literature, writing and language, research and inquiry, and oral and visual communication on a daily basis across the curriculum. English Seventh Grade students will integrate research and inquiry, and oral and visual communication daily across the curriculum. Math The seventh-grade curriculum addresses a number of important mathematical concepts. One of the key topics is rational number operations. Seventh-grade students become fluent in rational number operations and establish skills needed to become successful problem solvers. Solving equations is another major focus of the curriculum as students prepare for further study of algebra. Students continue to engage in thoughtful activities, using hands-on materials and technology to explore important mathematical concepts included in the seventh-grade curriculum. Life Science Life Science is a branch of natural science dealing with the structure and behavior of living 24


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organisms. In this course, students will learn the mechanisms behind maturity and development and will develop and appreciation for the importance of diversity of life while simultaneously understanding the impact their roles as individuals play in the community of life. Geography/Civics In seventh grade students learn civics in a one semester course. They learn about the fundamental values and principles of the constitutional democracy that established this country. They also learn how they can become informed, responsible citizens who participate in civic activities. In the second semester, students take a civics course and learn about the physical and human nature of the world and about relationships between people and their environments. Health Grade Seven Health curriculum addresses the content that enables students to make informed health decisions. This course focuses on the following topics:  puberty and physical development  checking the validity of health information  knowing the responsibilities of parenthood  analyzing how risk behaviors can compromise adolescent health Eighth Grade Courses Character Enrichment The student will begin this year studying from the lesson topic: JOSHUA. Students will explore topics including the appointment of Joshua after the death of Moses, the account of the two spies being sent into Jericho, two memorials built by the Israelites, and so much more! Students will also be challenged to discover the current relativity and application of what they’ve learned from this series. Reading Students' ability to combine prior knowledge with new information is enhanced as they continue developing the necessary self-confidence for meeting high school expectations. They are more accurate in revising and editing and have more opportunities to enhance their skills in reading, writing, discussing, and giving oral reports. Students are more apt to develop their communication skills when teachers in all subject areas coordinate instruction by allowing students to see the relationships between subject areas. English Eighth Grade students will become more proficient in revising and editing as they master grammar and usage concepts becoming more cognizant of the need for good writing skills. Pre-Algebra The major focus of the eighth-grade curriculum is the integration of new and prior knowledge to solve problems dealing with all mathematical strands, with particular emphasis on algebra, geometry, and proportional reasoning. This curriculum offers a more in-depth study of algebraic concepts than in years past. Therefore, this course is subtitled Pre-Algebra. Students who 25


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successfully complete the eighth grade have a thorough knowledge of the skills and concepts necessary for the study of Algebra. Science Eighth Grade Science covers Physical Science concepts including inquiry based chemistry and physics concepts and skills importance science concepts; and requires students to become familiar with certain foundational scientific process and application skills. This course is designed to prepare student for the concepts covered in physics and chemistry courses. World History to 1500 In eighth grade students learn about world history that pertains the time period of prehistoric man to the 1500s. This course covers the migrations of early peoples, the rise of civilizations, the establishment of governments and religions, the growth of economic systems, and the ways in which these events shaped Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Eighth grade Health Grade Eight Health curriculum focuses on providing students with opportunities to practice effective interpersonal skills to enhance relationships. This course addresses issues these students seek as they search for their own identities. Topics discussed in this course include peer pressure resistance skills, accepting responsibility for individual and community health, and recognizing influences on health and cultural differences that affect health behaviors. Ninth Grade Courses Character Enrichment The student will begin this year studying from the lesson topic: Parables of Jesus. Students will explore this topic in its entirety; learning how parables either attracted, interested, or provoked inquiry, sowed seed for future development, or in some cases, left the self-righteous and stubborn self-condemned and in spiritual blindness. Thus, parables sifted the audience and found out the willing hearers. Students will also be challenged to discover the current relativity and application of what they‘ve learned from this series for positive daily living. Reading Ninth graders achieve greater levels of reading, speaking, and writing. They also increase in their social independence while still developing their personal and academic potential. Teachers are encouraged to actively engage students' different learning styles by using a variety of learning activities. For ninth graders, the focus in reading is on world literature in addition to increasing their research skills through supporting a thesis on a topic of personal interest. English Ninth Grade students will expand their control of the writing process. In addition, students manage the research process to support a thesis on a topic of personal interest and increase their media literacy by becoming more strategic consumers of oral and visual information.

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Algebra I Algebra I is a formal, in-depth study of algebraic concepts and the real number system. In this course students develop a greater understanding of and appreciation for algebraic properties and operations. Algebra I reinforces concepts presented in earlier courses and permits students to explore new, more challenging content which prepares them for further study in mathematics. Physical Science Core The Physical Science Core is an inquiry-based core that includes basic concepts and skills from chemistry and physics. The course builds on the basic concepts learned in the Grade 8 curriculum and focuses on scientific facts, concepts, principles, theories, and models that are important for scientific literacy. World History: 1500 to the Present In ninth grade, students continue the study of world history from 1500 to the present. They learn to think critically about the forces that combine to shape the world today and allow them to gain a knowledge of other cultures while appreciating their own unique American history. Health In ninth grade, students gain an understanding of basic health literacy. They develop skills for accessing health information, products, and services for current and future health needs. Students become informed about factors that impact nutrition decisions and knowledge of substance use and abuse, acute and chronic conditions including HIV and AIDS. Tenth Grade Courses Character Enrichment The student will begin this year studying from the lesson topics: The Early Church Parts I & II, and A Life of Victory. Students will cover these topics from the Book of Acts, The Gospels, Corinthians, Ephesians, Romans, and so much more! Lesson Topic Overviews include: Paul‘s Journeys, King Agrippa, The Kingdom, The Armor of God, Faith-The Second Coming of Jesus. These lessons will encourage and strengthen students in their daily walk with Christ, and empower them to spread the message of love from the gospel of Christ to all the world. Tenth Grade Reading Tenth grade students' identities continue to develop as they practice leadership and interpersonal communication skills in school and in their community. Teachers are encouraged to promote activities that include dramatic presentations, writing creatively, and working cooperatively, which in turn enhances students' vocabulary development, critical thinking, use of research skills, and appropriate use of language. Students' written essays have increased attention to mode, purpose, and audience, while their literature focuses on pre-twentieth century American literature. Students' are able to grasp a better understanding of the relationships between the literature read and the history of the United States and the world before the twentieth century. Tenth Grade English Tenth Grade students will practice writing creatively, develop vocabulary, think critically, use 27


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research skills, and appropriate use of language. They will write essays with increases attention to mode, purpose, and audience. They will also become more adept at responsibly reporting the ideas of other in both oral and written form. Geometry Geometry provides students with knowledge about shapes and properties and assists with them with their development of spatial sense, which is critical for further study in mathematics and for everyday life. In this course, students are engaged in problematic situations in which they form conjectures, determine the validity of these conjectures, and defend their conclusions to classmates. Emphasis is placed on the power of deductive reasoning, expressed either informally or formally in a variety of formats. Biology Biology is a natural science concerned with the study of life and living organisms, including their structure, function, growth, origin, distribution, taxonomy, and the theory of evolution. In this course students are taught to use clear and accurate language, keep accurate records, make reports, present oral and written projects, and to participate in discussions regarding the results and conclusion of scientific investigations. United States History I: Beginnings to the Industrial Revolution In tenth grade students study the early history of the United States and the foundations of principles that helped to develop our unique American society. The course begins with the study of the earliest explorations of the American continent and concludes with the period of our nation's past during the Industrial Revolution. Health In tenth grade, students build upon the understanding of basic health literacy skills from the ninth grade. They develop skills for researching information about professional health careers. Students become informed about factors that impact nutrition decisions and knowledge of substance use and abuse, acute and chronic conditions including HIV and AIDS.

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GRADING SYSTEM INTERFAITH ACADEMY

GRADING SCALE

100-95

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B+

84-80

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PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION CEREMONIES Interfaith Academy general holds a yearly graduation ceremony for its students in conjunction with the yearly convention held by Friends of Faith Church and Interfaith University. The ceremony includes a formal, Public Graduation for Interfaith Academy students who complete the necessary requirements for homeschool students in compliance with State law. Students and their parents from all over are welcome to participate in these exercises. These ceremonies are important as this is where we officially confer high school diplomas upon those who have earned them. Public Graduation Ceremonies are free to graduates. Travel, room and board as well as food is at the expense of the graduate. Dates will be announced throughout the year. You may also contact the administrative offices to get this information.

PRIVATE HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION CEREMONIES Students may arrange a Private Graduation Ceremony at their local Church or some other public facility. During these ceremonies graduates get to address the audience and receive their high school diploma as well as any other awards or honors they have received throughout their high school matriculation. Faculty and Staff from Interfaith Academy will be on hand to conduct the ceremony. The Private Graduation Ceremony costs a minimal fee, as well as, accommodations for Interfaith Academy faculty and staff members who attend to assist in the ceremony. Contact your Advisor for details. An application for graduation must be completed and returned to the Interfaith University Office by set deadlines with all fees paid in order to participate in any Interfaith Academy High School Graduation Ceremony. Ask about promotion ceremonies for students in grades 3-8.

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STEWARDSHIP EDUCATIONAL INVESTMENT AND COST SCALE Item

Total Cost

01-06 OBJECTIVES (ALL COURSES) @ $70.00 each 01-06 OBJECTIVES AND ANSWER KEYS (ALL COURSES) @ $100.00 each SUPPLEMENTARY LESSONS*

$420.00

01-06 QUIZZES (THERE ARE 4 QUIZZES PER OBJECTIVE) 01-06 TESTS (THERE IS ONE TEST PER OBJECTIVE)

$240.00

$600.00

$60.00

Many homeschool curriculas charge parents enormous fees. We here at Interfaith Academy have decided to make education affordable and payable. One of our newest payment package option plans allows you the freedom to start payments for Interfaith Academy Courses six months later. Go to www.InterAcademy.net and click on payment options near the bottom of the page and follow the links. This is a simple process that a repesentative from the school can also help you through so that your child can be ready when the new school year begins. You may call our office and arrange to pay all or part of your fees in advance. We also provide a Pay-As-You-Go plan, which we make available to all of our students. Private ceremony fees should be paid 30 - 90 days before the actual event. The application fee is due before the first lesson. We offer an additional discount to students who pay all of their fees up front. *The yearly cost of Supplementary lessons will vary according to the individual's needs. In order to make payments on the site, the user must have a PAYPAL account. PayPal is a service that enables you to pay, send money, and accept payments without revealing your financial information. The sign-up is Free. Fees and expenses are non-refundable unless otherwise stated.

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Here is a sample of a student's yearly cost to access the curriculum at Interfaith Academy. Samantha is a fourth grader. Below is the itemized cost of her curriculum for one school term.* OBJECTIVES AND ANSWER KEYS

AMOUNT

TEACHER'S 401 OBJECTIVES AND ANSWER KEYS (ALL COURSES)

$100.00

TEACHER'S 402 OBJECTIVES AND ANSWER KEYS (ALL COURSES)

$100.00

TEACHER'S 403 OBJECTIVES AND ANSWER KEYS (ALL COURSES)

$100.00

TEACHER'S 404 OBJECTIVES AND ANSWER KEYS (ALL COURSES)

$100.00

TEACHER'S 405 OBJECTIVES AND ANSWER KEYS (ALL COURSES)

$100.00

TEACHER'S 406 OBJECTIVES AND ANSWER KEYS (ALL COURSES)

$100.00

TOTAL

$600.00

QUIZZES AND TESTS

AMOUNT

Note:(There are 24 quizzes and 6 Tests for each COURSE SUBJECT.) FOURTH GRADE SCIENCE

$300.00

(01 A-D; 02 A-D' 03 A-D' 04 A-D; 05 A-F; 06 A-D plus five Tests) FOURTH GRADE CHARACTER ENRICHMENT

$300.00

(01 A-D; 02 A-D' 03 A-D' 04 A-D; 05 A-F; 06 A-D plus five Tests) FOURTH GRADE HEALTH

$300.00

(01 A-D; 02 A-D' 03 A-D' 04 A-D; 05 A-F; 06 A-D plus five Tests) FOURTH GRADE ENGLISH

$300.00

(01 A-D; 02 A-D' 03 A-D' 04 A-D; 05 A-F; 06 A-D plus five Tests) FOURTH GRADE MATH

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(01 A-D; 02 A-D' 03 A-D' 04 A-D; 05 A-F; 06 A-D plus five Tests) FOURTH GRADE READING

$300.00

(01 A-D; 02 A-D' 03 A-D' 04 A-D; 05 A-F; 06 A-D plus five Tests) FOURTH GRADE HISTORY

$300.00

(01 A-D; 02 A-D' 03 A-D' 04 A-D; 05 A-F; 06 A-D plus five Tests)

TOTAL

$2,100.00

TOTAL YEARLY AMOUNT FOR SAMANTHA

$2,700.00

These calculations are based on a basic curriculum package that includes the answer keys but does NOT include SUPPLEMENTARY LESSONS. Payment for each course module is expected before each testing period. Payment for evaluations must be paid in advance before the evaluations are taken by the enrolled student.

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APPENDIX

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WHAT THE LAW SAYS ABOUT HOMESCHOOLING Since many of the Interfaith Academy users are students in home education we feel that knowing the laws and regulations about this will be helpful. The next section has been designated to information about this topic. Although homeschooling is legal in all 50 states, laws that regulate home education vary from state to state. It is important to understand the legal requirements in your state and to be aware of legislative and other legal issues that affect homeschoolers in your community.

This information can be accessed on the official HSLDA website.

What State’s Laws Should I Follow? The law you should follow is that of the state in which you are physically present. Why? When you are physically present in a state, even temporarily, you are subject to that state’s laws, and, in many cases, to the jurisdiction of its courts. This is true even if your legal residency is in another state and you are only living elsewhere temporarily (such as when active members of the military are completing a temporary assignment). Consequently, you could be required to comply with the home education law of the state in which you are temporarily located. If you plan to live in another state for a period longer than a month during the time that public schools are in session, HSLDA generally recommends that you comply with the requirements for home education in that state. This general recommendation applies even if you and/or your spouse pays taxes, own property, and/or have employment in another state.

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HOMESCHOOLING IN ALABAMA Homeschooling in Alabama is different than most states. If you are considering homeschooling in Alabama, learn what your requirements are before you begin.

Home School Parent Education Requirements The state of Alabama has two legal options to make home schooling a possibility. The first option is to be part of a church school, and the second is to acquire a personal tutor. Being part of a church school does not necessarily mean that your child attends school at a church. You could be basically sponsored by a church and then your child actually attends school at home. This form of home schooling does not require a teacher to have any special kind of degree. If you choose to utilize the tutor option, then your chosen private tutor must be certified by the state of Alabama.

Forms and Paperwork Required Different paperwork is required for each of the two home schooling options. For the church school option, a form must be filed with the local public school superintendent. This provided form must also be countersigned by the church school administrator. This form needs to only be filed one time upon starting this home schooling option. It is not at all necessary to file it annually. The principal teacher of the church school must then keep accurate daily attendance records. The only other form required by a church school is one that will inform the state if any student chooses to stop attending.

Kindergarten Home School Requirements Kindergarten home schooling does not require any other special forms than those already indicated, no matter whether a church school or a tutor is involved. Any given church school may or may not offer kindergarten since Alabama’s compulsory school age does not begin until age seven. Home school forms and paperwork simply begin upon starting either one of the home school options.

Testing Requirements For both the church school and the private tutor options of home schooling, no state mandated testing is required for those students that are involved.

Other Useful Information In Alabama, church schooling does not have a required number of attendance days. It is strongly suggested, however, that a church school keep attendance days close to the 175 days that are required by the state’s public schools. Tutors must meet with any students for 140 days a year, with at least three hours per week day being the norm. It is also required that these hours take place between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m

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Alabama High School Graduation Requirements COURSE REQUIREMENTS

The Alabama courses of study shall be followed in determining minimum required content in each discipline. Students seeking the Alabama High School Diploma with Advanced Academic Endorsement shall complete advanced level work in the core curriculum. Students seeking the Alternate Adult High School Diploma shall complete the prescribed credits for the Alabama High School Diploma and pass the test of General Education Development (GED).

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Alabama High School Diploma Credits

Alabama High School Diploma with Advanced Academic Endorsement Credits

Alternate Adult High School Diploma Credits

4

4

4

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

Four credits to include the equivalent of: English 9 English 10 English 11 English 12

1 1 1 1

4

MATHEMATICS

Four credits to include the equivalent of: Algebra I Geometry Algebra II with Trigonometry Mathematics Elective(s)

1 1

Four credits to include the equivalent of: Grade 9 Social Studies Grade 10 Social Studies Grade 11 Social Studies Grade 12 Social Studies PHYSICAL EDUCATION HEALTH EDUCATION ARTS EDUCATION COMPUTER APPLICATIONS**

4

4 1 1 2

1 1 2

1 1 2

1 1 1 1

FOREIGN LANGUAGE***

4 1 1 2

4 1 1 1 1

1 0.5 0.5 0.5

4

4

4

SOCIAL STUDIES*

1 1 1 1

1 1 1 1

2

SCIENCE

Four credits to include the equivalent of: Biology A physical science Science Electives

1 1 1 1

4 1 1 1 1

1 0.5 0.5 0.5 2 3.5

1 0.5 0.5 0.5

5.5 5.5 ELECTIVES Local boards shall offer foreign languages, fine arts, physical education, wellness education, career/technical education, and driver education as electives. 24 24 24 TOTAL CREDITS * All four required credits in Social Studies shall comply with the current Alabama Course of Study. ** May be waived if competencies outlined in the computer applications course are demonstrated to qualified staff in the local school system. The designated one-half credit shall then be added to the electives credits, making a total of six electives credits. *** Students earning the diploma with the advanced academic endorsement shall successfully complete two credits in the same foreign language.

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INTERFAITH ACADEMY

Administrative Offices P.O. BOX 95 Tuskegee Institute, AL 36087 1-404-683-8426 Website: www.InterAcademy.net E-mail: admin@interacademy.net

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INTERFAITH ACADEMY PRELIMINARY STUDENT ENROLLMENT APPLICATION PACKET

ARE YOU APPLYING FOR: ___HOMESCHOOL EDUCATION ___TUTORIAL EDUCATION ___CONTINUING EDUCATION Please read through this application carefully and answer each question accurately. When you are finished please include:  A photo of the person who will be enrolled. Any additional sheets you needed to add to fully answer questions. Any other information about any prior education that you feel will be helpful in helping us to best understand the applicant (i.e. copies of documents, certificates, licenses, awards or honors). Do this only if you desire. Do not forget to subnit your nonrefundable $35.00 application fee (via paypal or in the form of a cashier's check or money order) immediately. This will help to insure a speedy evaluation and prompt response. After we receive all of the above, your student advisor will contact you within 5-7 days by e-mail or phone. Submit the $35 nonrefundable application fee via paypal or by cashier's check or money order: Interfaith Academy Administrative Offices P. O. BOX 95 Tuskegee Institute, AL 36087 1-404-683-8426

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INTERFAITH ACADEMY PRELIMINARY APPLICATION After submitting your enrollment online and reading the Interfaith Academy Student Handbook: Please complete this form as fully as possible. The information you submit will be used to evaluate the student.

Are you planning to use Interfaith Academy Online Distance Learning for: Home Education Adult Continuing Education Tutorials Parent's Name_____________________________________________________________ Address___________________________ City______________ State_____ Zip_____ Home Phone_______________

Work Phone_________________

Cell Phone ___________________________ Child's Name _______________________________________ Age _____ Grade ______ Date of Birth ________________ Child's Current School _________________________ ________________________________________________________________________

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________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ (Please don’t forget to send a photo) If your child is scheduled to graduate, what career path do they plan to pursue after graduation? ___________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________ Will you participate in our yearly graduation ceremony? ____________________ On the attached form list at least five people that you know of who would be interested in Interfaith Academy. Students who refer others who become enrolled students will receive discounts for each referred person (up to a limited amount) who become an actual student. This plan only applies to core curriculum courses. (Please don’t forget to send a photo of your child) I____________________________________________________________ have read the Interfaith Academy Student Handbook and hereby state that I am in agreement with its policies and fully accept them. Parent's Signature ______________________________ Date _____________ Student's Signature ______________________________ Date _____________ Do not forget to submit your $35 nonrefundable application fee via paypal online or by mail in the form of a cashier's check or money order to: Interfaith Academy Administrative Offices P.O. Box 95 Tuskegee Institute, AL 36087

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Referrals: 1. ________________________________________________________ 2. ________________________________________________________ 3. ________________________________________________________ 4. ________________________________________________________ 5. ________________________________________________________

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