Kings High School SmartClass

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Program Factsheet


Gain your High School Diploma online at your own pace, with the help of your dedicated High School Advisor

High School SmartClass is an innovative and exciting program developed through an exciting partnership between Kings and Penn Foster High School. The program offers more than just online learning. It allows students anywhere in the world to complete their High School education by earning a recognized US High School Diploma prior to starting university studies. Students learn through an accredited, multimedia rich curriculum. Crucially, they always have direct personal access to a Kings High School Advisor throughout the course. This ensures a rewarding, individualized private high school experience. The curriculum offers structured flexibility. It starts directly from the point reached by each student to date, with weekly start dates possible. Students can learn at their own pace and have up to one year to complete the program. The program provides access to a range of rigorous courses, including core subjects, many engaging electives and career pathway courses.

Penn Foster High School was founded in 1890 and is one of the world’s most successful and respected online educational organizations. Penn Foster online education programs offer quality learning in a non-traditional environment for students from 9 to 12th Grade. It is the largest high school in the United States with over 60,000 students currently enrolled across all 50 US states and internationally. Penn Foster High School is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools (MSCSS), by the Pennsylvania State Board of Private Licensed Schools and nationally accredited by the DEAC (Distance Education Accrediting Commission).

Program Factsheet

Section 1: The essentials Included in the price

Key facts Start dates: Every Monday Levels available: TOEFL 61 / IELTS 5.5 / Kings Level 5 (Intermediate)* You can take the Kings English Test if you do not have a TOEFL or IELTS level Minimum age: 14 (Grade 9 onwards) Course duration: average 3–6 months per high school year needed Lesson time zones: All time zones with flexible lesson times + self study Credits required for graduation (including those earned before the Program): 21.5 credits (based on 4 years of High School) To receive a High School diploma from the US, you should earn at least 5.5 credits through High School SmartClass Price: US $9,295 US $1,859 for each additional credit

Full access to the High School SmartClass curriculum Online assessment of English level Evaluation and assessment of secondary school transcripts and documents Creation of an Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) based on your graduation plan Weekly personal call to discuss progress and provide guidance Video calls providing guidance for completing writing assignments. On-going personalized support from Kings High School Advisor Live chat guidance sessions with your High School Advisor as required, including live chat Monthly Progress Reports Individualized technical support as required Advising on Kings Premium University options Official High School Diploma

* If you are below this level you can first complete the Kings Essential English SmartClass online.

Section 2: Course structure and content Penn Foster Academic Syllabus Academic modules are delivered online through the Penn Foster learning platform. Learning is facilitated through remote monitoring by a personal Kings High School Advisor. The High School program includes 17 core and 5 elective subjects. A total of 21.5 credits is required for graduation. The school reserves the right to revise the program of study and the instructional materials, and to withdraw or substitute for the supplementary and reference materials offered. The program materials will be available in the approximate order listed below.

Core courses (16.5 credits)

Elective courses (5 credits)

Academic / College Preparation Electives

Orientation (0.5 credit) Human Relations (1 credit) Reading Skills (1 credit) Civics (1 credit) Basic English (1 credit) General Math I (1 credit) Fitness and Nutrition (1 credit) American History (1 credit) Practical English (1 credit) Consumer Math (1 credit) Earth Science (1 credit) Written Communication (1 credit) Biology (1 credit) General Math II (1 credit) World History (1 credit) Physical Science (1 credit) Literature (1 credit)

Algebra I Algebra II American Literature Art Appreciation Chemistry Geometry Music Appreciation Psychology Spanish

General Electives

Business Math Economics English Communication General Science Microsoft Word & Excel

Vocation electives

Auto Repair Technician Child Care Professional Medical Administrative Assistant Small Business Management Veterinary Assistant

Program Factsheet

Core Course descriptions: Orientation

Basic English

American History

An overview of the High School Program, including such topics as your program study materials, using our website, establishing study schedules, building your vocabulary, and preparing for and taking an examination. Also provides an introduction to financial literacy, building personal and professional relationships, career exploration, and essential computer programs.

Fundamentals of English for effective communication. Capitalization, punctuation, grammar, and spelling are covered, with an aim toward writing clearer sentences

Discussion of people, events, and sociopolitical forces that have shaped America, from its discovery to the present. Shows how American history affects today’s events and global conditions.

Identify skills needed to be a confident and independent online learner Describe fundamental skills to help you achieve goals Human Relations Methods of analyzing and improving relations with other people in personal life and working environments. Accents individual productivity, teamwork, working relationships, dealing with frustration, organizing, repairing relationships, and maintaining one’s attitude. Define how human relations can help you in your personal life and your job Describe how to use your human relations skills in the workplace Identify ways to handle issues you may face as you advance through your career Reading Skills A study of techniques applicable to any type of reading. Includes reviewing, predicting, scanning, finding the main idea, and drawing conclusions. Discusses how to determine word meanings by examining context clues, and differentiating fact from opinion to identify bias. Also covers poetry and fiction. Interpret a text by previewing and scanning Create effective writing Interpret works of fiction and poetry Civics Covers the rights, freedoms, and responsibilities of American citizens. Reviews the roots of American government and studies the modern U.S. government — its branches; the Constitution and Bill of Rights; the roles of federal, state, and local governments; political parties and election

Analyze the US government’s influences Interpret the US Constitution Identify the levels of US government Explain the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and the political process

Navigate the writing process, punctuation, and spelling Use nouns, pronouns, and adjective Use verbs, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, and interjections Form a sentence properly General Math I A study of the fundamental operations with whole numbers, fractions, and decimals, preceding the more advanced topics of weights, measures, ratios, proportions, and percents Solve real-world problems involving whole numbers Solve real-world problems involving fractions Solve real-world problems involving decimals Compare the English and metric systems of measurement Explain ratios, proportions, and percents Fitness and Nutrition This course covers a wide variety of topics to help students understand the principles of physical fitness. Topics included are nutrition basics, developing healthy eating habits, the functioning of muscles, posture, the heart and lungs, strengthening body parts, flexibility training, preventing injury, and stress management. Create fitness goals Explain good nutrition Describe healthy techniques for energy balance and weight loss Outline a comprehensive cardiorespiratory fitness routine Develop fitness plans to prevent and recover from exercise-related injuries Identify symptoms of stress and stress reduction techniques

Describe settlement of the colonies in America Identify events from the American Revolution to the ratification of the United States Constitution Recognize expansion and industrialization in the United States during the early 18th century Describe the causes and lasting effects of the American Civil War Analyze how the events leading up to World War I shaped the United States Discuss the effects of the Great Depression and World War II on the United States Recognize changes in America from the 1960s through today Practical English Develops writing skills by emphasizing sentence structure, paragraphs, letters, and compositions. Opens with a study of grammar, including the parts of speech, punctuation, spelling, and word usage. Explains the writing process and emphasizes an individual approach. Organize parts of speech to communicate Explain word usage and how it effects sentence construction Construct a sentence Develop ideas into writing using the writing process Compare compositions, creative writing, and factual writing Consumer Math Study simple ways to apply mathematics to the everyday areas of life, most of them involving money: employment, purchases, home, car, insurance, savings, and investments Apply basic math skills to everyday life Determine best practices for money management Analyze financial areas of your life

Program Factsheet Earth Science

General Math II

Physical Science

A study of the scientific method, the formation of the solar system, the moon’s phases, the movement of the earth, plate tectonics, the formation of the oceans, and erosion. Also looks at chemical principles, rock and mineral analysis, soil formation, and weather patterns

A review of basic mathematical skills provides the foundation for more advanced topics such as order of operations, factors, multiples, powers, roots, equations, and inequalities. Introduces geometry by covering the study of points, lines, surfaces, and solids.

Explain the basic principles and methods of earth science Discuss the various surface processes on Earth Identify features of Earth’s atmosphere and oceans Explain the causes of geologic activity Describe the impact of human activity on natural resources Explain the formation and properties of the solar system and universe

Solve problems using basic operations, factors, multiples, powers, and roots Solve equations with variables, signed numbers, and inequalities Classify angles, polygons, and polynomials Classify triangles, cubes, cylinders, and rectangles

A study of matter and energy: their nature and the relationships between them. Explains the role of atomic structure in chemical and nuclear reactions. Emphasizes problem solving skills and discusses the relationship between science, technology, and the environment. Covers topics such as water, the chemistry of building materials, fuels, natural and synthetic rubbers and plastics, energy in relation to motion and force, machines, sound, light, electricity, and magnetism

Written Communication This course will refresh your understanding of the basic parts of speech and will focus on the importance of organizing your time effectively to create a document from the first draft stage to the final draft stage Construct original sentences and paragraphs Use the writing process to develop writing from prewriting to a final draft Write an original first-person narrative Identify acceptable research types to use for a writing project Outline the process of writing a research paper Determine how and when to properly cite resources Biology This Biology course begins with a presentation on the topic of ecology. The cell and its processes are examined in de-tail. A discussion of genetics and evolution follows. The course provides a detailed description of the biology involved in the structure and function of both plants and animals. The course ends with a lesson on human body systems and disease. Describe the characteristics, chemistry, and ecology of living things Analyze cells and their processes for obtaining energy and reproducing Explain how traits are passed on from one generation to the next Explain how different species of living things have evolved and are classified Identify the characteristics and behavior of plants and animals Describe the anatomy and physiology of the human body

World History When thinking about studying the entirety of world history, it’s easy to see how it appears to be a nearly impossible task. One way of making the vast amount of information manageable to learn is to present the information in a way that focuses on the highlights and large-scale trends seen in history. Your World History course begins with a very brief summary of ancient civilizations. You’ll focus most of your studies on events and peoples in world history from 1450 to the present. Recognize features and achievements of ancient civilizations, and Europe during the Renaissance and Age of Exploration Compare society and politics of world regions during the period of 1500-1800 Explain causes of revolution, impacts of industrialization on society, and factors leading to development of global empires during the period of 1750–1914 Describe how the Great War, Great Depression, and nationalism effected world regions

Explain how objects move when forces are applied Describe the effects of heat energy on matter Analyze waves and radiation Apply the principles of chemistry Determine what scientific principles apply to electricity and electronics Literature Covers the reading of short stories, non-fiction, poetry, and drama. Intended to give a deeper appreciation of the relationship between literature and life, and of the pleasures and benefits of reading Define the short story genre of literature Identify elements of a short story while reading literature Define the novel genre of literature List the basic elements of poetry Identify advanced poetical devices and forms Define the non-fiction genre of literature Define the drama genre of literature

Program Factsheet

Elective Course descriptions: Academic / College Preparation Electives Algebra I A study of basic operations with signed numbers, monomials, and polynomials. Also includes formulas, equations, inequalities, graphing, exponents, roots, quadratic equations, and algebraic fractions. Solve simple equations Solve advanced equations and simple inequalities Graph equations and inequalities Perform operations involving exponents and square roots of monomials and polynomials Solve quadratic equations using factoring and the quadratic formula Solve linear and quadratic equations containing algebraic fractions Algebra II A study of algebraic functions, ratios, proportions, logarithms, variations, progressions, theorems, matrices, determinants, inequalities, permutations, and probability. Solve problems involving ratios, proportions and logarithms Analyze variations, progressions, and theorems Apply matrices and determinants to solve real-life problems Determine inequalities, permutations, and probability American Literature American Literature is designed to help you navigate the works that helped to shape America, particularly some of history’s most notable texts and writing. The speeches, poems, and prose that you’ll read in these pages helped to shape not only American writing, but also the way we read and think today. Analyze informative articles and determine how an author’s claims are developed Evaluate persuasive texts through the author’s stance and rhetorical devices and how these rhetorical devices might advance the author’s point of view on the issue Identify the key components of narratives, including how an author chooses to structure a particular text in order to effectively tell his or her story Analyze the elements of fiction, including citing strong and thorough textual evidence to support a claim and determine a central theme Identify the elements of poetry, including figurative language and how it is used

Art Appreciation

Music Appreciation

An introduction to various forms of art throughout history, from prehistoric to modern; also discusses elements of de-sign, symbolism, and purposes of art to enable students to evaluate the meaning and quality of individual works. Learn about the most important artists of each era, as well as the cultural influences that shaped their approaches to painting, sculpture, or architecture.

Covers appreciating music; roles of composer and listener; principles of music theory and instrumentation; historical periods; varying styles of music.

Outline influences of early civilization on Western art Discover influential artists during the Western Roman Empire, European medieval period, and Italian Renaissance Investigate influential artists during the late medieval period to modern era Determine social and historical forces that shaped art’s “isms” from 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries

Categorize types of musical styles used during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance Discover new forms of music that emerged during the Baroque Era Examine the unique approach to music that emerged during the Classical Era Analyze the Industrial Revolution’s influences on music during the early 19th century Interpret the newly beautiful, emotionally powerful ballet music of the 19th century Evaluate influences and characteristics of American music forms of the 20th century Analyze influences and characteristics of folk music forms of the 20th century Psychology

Chemistry You’ll learn about the composition of matter and how the same building blocks can be rearranged to form countless substances. You will predict properties of different substances and the reactions that they undergo. You’ll be introduced to branches of chemistry like thermochemistry, electrochemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, and nuclear chemistry. Examine terms and processes related to chemistry Use the periodic table to predict the properties, reactivity and types of molecules and compounds that are formed by different elements Use bonding models to predict the type of bonding in a molecule, to accurately draw and name the shapes of molecules, and to write reactions Differentiate among states of matter, use stoichiometry, and apply the ideal gas law Examine acid-base and oxidation-reduction reactions and water’s unique properties Investigate reactions in organic chemistry, biochemistry, and nuclear chemistry Geometry A study of the properties of points, lines, planes, and angles; polygons and triangles; circles; solids. Explain the relationship between points, lines, planes, and angles Define polygons and triangles Describe the principles of circles Classify solids

Provides an introduction to the roots and the development of modern psychology. Discusses states of consciousness, and theories of intelligence, development, and personality. Also, looks at gender roles, stress, psychological disorders, and social factors that affect people in groups. Summarize psychology’s history, science, and biology Describe elements and functionality of consciousness, learning, memory, thinking, and intelligence Explain the stages of human development from infancy to old age Analyze various psychological dimensions of what it means to be a person Explain various principles of social behavior Spanish Includes articulate speaking, active reading, and comprehensive listening. Covers the details of Spanish vocabulary and grammar, and improves fluency through listening to and creating stories. Enables you to learn and use the language for business situations and other purposes. Identify the gender of Spanish nouns; recognize word breaks in Spanish sentences; and use third person affirmative and negative verb forms Form noun phrases that agree in gender and number; use gustar correctly with personal nouns and object pronouns after infinitives

Program Factsheet Use hay and había, the forms of éste, era and eran, present tense forms of regular verbs, the singular command forms, and the present tense forms of ser correctly Place object pronouns correctly in sentences and conjugate the verb comer in the present tense indicative Comprehend the Spanish version of stories which you have heard in English; use the preterite and imperfect tenses correctly, and recognize the occurrence of the subjunctive mood in dependent clauses Respond with appropriate rejoinders to brief questions and comments in Spanish; form the past participle of regular verbs; and use the past participles of at least 11 irregular verbs and the compound tenses General Electives Business Math A review of basic math skills and principles along with a study of various business math topics such as income, maintaining a checking account, interest, installment buying, discounts, and markups. Investigate business problems involving whole numbers Solve business problems involving decimals, fractions, and measurements Examine business problems involving percentages

General Science A look at the basic principles of the entire spectrum of the sciences, including physics, chemistry, and biology. Explores atoms and molecules, light and sound, electricity and magnetism, astronomy, the rise of life on Earth, human anatomy, and genetics. Examine the nature of science and the laws of motion and energy Classify types of matter interactions Categorize types of objects, stars, and galaxies in the solar system Discover formations and geological changes of Earth Investigate Earth’s ecosystem Interpret the reactions of the human body and heredity Microsoft Word & Excel Learn how to use Microsoft® Word™ to create, edit, and illustrate documents. Learn about the most widely used spreadsheet program, Microsoft® Excel.™ Excel™ can perform numerical calculations and is also useful for non- numerical applications such as creating charts, organizing lists, accessing data, and automating tasks. Identify how to create various Microsoft Word documents Identify how to create various Microsoft Excel document

Economics Compares and contrasts the economic systems that people use in various parts of the world. Discusses the function of money, the law of supply and demand, and the role of banks and government within capitalist economies. Explain the fundamentals of economics Describe the role of the consumer and labor force on the economy Describe the role of businesses and governments on the economy Identify the aspects of the global economy English Communication Explains how to avoid grammatical errors when writing sentences and paragraphs; how to make words work for you; and how to improve your image by using the right word in the right place. Navigate word usage through vocabulary and spelling Define root words with appropriate prefixes and suffixes Construct paragraphs with topic sentences, related details, transition sentences, and grammar

Vocational Electives Auto Repair Technician Learn about the automobile repair field, engine parts and operation, and engine types. Includes a practical exercise. Connect your goals to the automotive repair technician profession and its essential knowledge Examine parts that make up the lower-end assembly and how they work Examine parts that make up the upper-end assembly and how they work Analyze work safety and equipment use Apply preventive maintenance and service procedures Child Care Professional Experts explain everything step-by-step: the benefits of child day care, licensing requirements, managing staff, and details on child growth and development. Features Ages and Stages Chart and Student Observation Guide. Explain the need for child care professionals Describe theories of child development Discuss children’s physical, social, and cognitive development

Identify guidance strategies to use with children Identify guidance strategies to use in special circumstances Explain how various factors affect child development Describe how to work with different stakeholders to support child development Describe how observation and assessments are used in child care settings Medical Administrative Assistant Get a look at what it’s like to work side by side with doctors in the rewarding health-care field. Topics include learning strategies, time and stress management, interpersonal communication, and law and medical ethics. Includes supplements on speaking and communication skills. Identify the role of the health information management technician in the medical field. Explain the components and importance of oral and written communication. Summarize the skills and characteristics required of an administrative office assistant Small Business Management Provides an introduction on how to prepare to start your own business and learn the basics of a business plan. Dis-cusses market research and business connections. Outline the steps for starting your own business Analyze how to choose a business Determine your business goals and mission statement Examine networking and business relationships Perform market research Create a business plan Veterinary Assistant Start learning the skills you need to become a Veterinary Assistant. Topics include introduction to animal care, animal behavior, handling and restraint, and veterinary terminology. Includes access to an audio CD, pronunciation guides, and flash cards. Describe qualities, requirements, functions, and professionalism of veterinary practice Identify scientific approaches and characteristics of animal behavior Navigate large and small animal handling and restraint Define veterinary terminology, language, and procedures

Program Factsheet

Indicative timetable 9:00 – 10:30






American History




American History

General Math


10:30 – 11:00 11:00 – 12:30

BREAK General Math


American Literature

12:30 – 13:30


13:30 – 15:00


Practical English



Practical English

15:00 – 16:00


General Math

Practical English

American History


Support Team

Discussion Boards

Scholarship Opportunities

Your support team includes teachers, Student Engagement Coordinator, Guidance Counselor and Registrar. Penn Foster teachers will respond to any questions within 24 hours. They will provide grades for your submitted assignments within 3 working days.

You will have access to discussion boards so you can share experiences, hints and tips with other students.

The Kings Changing Lives Scholarship Program recognizes exceptional student achievement at key life changing moments in their life.

Learning Outcomes

In addition your personal Kings High School Advisor will work with you to provide regular support and advice to ensure you remain on track. See SECTION 3 for more details.

Complete High School education with recognized US High School Diploma in readiness for an undergraduate program Raise English to level required for undergraduate study

As part of this, two valedictorians in each academic semester of the High School SmartClass will be offered scholarships at the point at which they transition to university through the Kings Premium Universities program. Scholarships are awarded for transfer to university as follows:

Assessment Students complete a variety of assignments within the course. Assessment of these leads to the award of their final course grade.

The College of Mount Saint Vincent: $2,500 University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Oshkosh campus: $2,000 University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Fox Cities campus: $2,000 California State University, Fullerton: $1,500

Program Factsheet

Section 3: Your Kings High School Advisor The Kings High School Advisor plays a crucial role in your development. They are the difference between a standard online program and a rich, personalized learning experience which is focused specifically on your needs and abilities. The added value services which the Kings High School Advisor provides for each student are delivered from start to finish:

Before your Program During your Program After your Program Your university options

During your Program, you can expect as a minimum: Daily: Unlimited access to your Advisor via online chat/email/ social media Weekly: A personal call to discuss your progress and offer guidance and support Monthly: An official progress report to you and your parents If you need more access to your personal High School Advisor this is available to suit your needs.

Find out more in our dedicated Kings High School Advisor factsheet 

Next Steps After you have completed your High School SmartClass Program and gained your Diploma you can ask your Advisor about university options with Kings. Completing the program successfully ensures you will have a guaranteed offer from one of the Kings Premium Universities (provided you have met all minimum academic requirements for admission): California State University Fullerton College of Mount Saint Vincent (New York) University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (all campuses) Fisher College (Boston) Southern Oregon University You can also ask your Advisor about scholarship opportunities and guaranteed transfer offers to Top 100 universities, including the University of Wisconsin–Madison (ranked #42) and the University of Rochester (ranked #34)!

Section 4: Technical requirements It’s easy to get started with SmartClass. For the most immersive experience we recommend a modern laptop or PC. But students can also use a smart phone.

Basic requirements Laptop computer/phone/tablet Stable internet connection

Further technical information Browser support

Tablet and Mobile support


Supported Browser Version(s)

Maintenance Browser Version(s)

Microsoft Edge



Microsoft Internet Explorer

9.0 or higher


Mozilla Firefox

35.0 or higher ESR — current version (including a 12-week overlap with the previous version)


Google Chrome

40.0 or higher


Apple Safari

7.0 or higher



Operating System


Supported Browser Version(s)


Android 5.0 +





Safari, Chrome

The current major version of iOS (the latest minor or point release of that major version) and the previous major version of iOS (the latest minor or point release of that major version). For example, as of June 7, 2017, D2L supports iOS 10.3.2 and iOS 9.3.5, but not iOS 10.2.1 or 9.0.2, or any other version. Chrome: latest version of the iOS browser


Windows 10

Edge, Firefox, Chrome

Latest of all browsers, and Firefox ESR

Program Factsheet

Section 5: How to book We’ve made booking a SmartClass course as quick and simple as possible: Book course  Notes on bookings Students must book at least one week prior to the course start date (excluding weekends) If an official English test score is not available, students must first take the Kings level test online to confirm their current English level. This must be taken under exam conditions without dictionary/internet assistance. Please submit this with your application for the most efficient response. Take the test here 

If the minimum level of English is confirmed, a provisional enrollment confirmation will be sent within 24 hours. The following documents must be included as part of the booking: All academic transcripts beginning with Year 9 Copy of ID Proof of English Proficiency (if available)

Kings student “(High School SmartClass) is a program which can help you finish high school in as little as three months, if you have successfully finished grade 10 in your country “My teacher at Kings can see and check my progress from the teachers account and if they notice any problems, I get an email or a message and they discuss these problems with me.

Students will receive final details of their transcript evaluation and the credits needed for graduation 24 hours before the start of their course, along with login details to join the program. Payment can be made via our online payment platform or by bank transfer/credit card. See our How to Book page for further details.

Kings High School Advisor “It is a wonderful experience working with international high school students, helping them through the journey of achieving their goals to get to a top-notch university. Let’s work together to build a successful path to gain solid results!”

“My first goal is to finish the program with good marks and also have good mark in my academic English class. I do not know what major I am going to choose in the college yet.”

Katie Lee Center Director

Beka Chankseliani from Georgia

2138 05/21

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