Frequently Asked Questions
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Keystone Adult Learning (KAL) Program
Will there be any difference between a KAL diploma and a traditional Keystone diploma?
No. Students in the KAL program will receive the same accredited diploma as our traditional high school students.
What makes the KAL program different?
In the KAL program, we treat students like the adults they are. All e-mails and other correspondence will be written with the adult student in mind and teachers will provide feedback on assignments that is specifically geared to the adult learner. In addition, we know that adult students have many time commitments outside of school; therefore, we have streamlined the courses to be more concise.
How much does KAL cost?
KAL program courses are priced comparably to the current high school courses. We understand that adults have many financial commitments, so we have a generous payment plan available to help students.
Do all students 19+ have to enroll in the KAL program, or can they choose the traditional program?
Yes. The KAL program has been designed specifically to help adult students be successful in reaching their goals. All students 19 and older will be enrolled in the KAL program. The only exception will be students who are following a traditional high school plan and will graduate at the age of 19.
Are all courses that are available in the high school catalog available in the KAL program?
While the course lists have many similarities, not all courses are available in the KAL program. Likewise, there are courses available in the KAL program that are not offered in the high school program. If a student wishes to take a course that is offered in the high school program but not in the KAL program, they are welcome to do so at the regular Keystone course rate. The course request will simply need to be made at the time of enrollment with the Adult Learning Enrollment Specialist who can clearly articulate the differences.
Are KAL program courses available in both print and online formats?
Print and online formats are available for the Standard Pathway option. Only online formats are available for the Accelerated Pathway option.
Is The Keystone School accredited?
Yes, Keystone's demonstrated record of success has earned the middle and high school programs it recognition from two of the leading accrediting boards in the country, the AdvancED/Northwest Accreditation Commission and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
Keystone's high school is also licensed by the Pennsylvania State Board of Private Licensed Schools and authorized by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as a diploma-granting institution.
You can be confident that your Keystone education is of the highest quality and that other accredited schools widely accept the work you do. Although we cannot guarantee that Keystone credits are transferable, we rarely have an issue. Should you have a doubt, you should contact your local school officials directly or contact a Keystone Student Services Representative (1-800-255-4937) to work with you and your local school officials to determine acceptance of Keystone credits.
If I receive a Keystone diploma, will I be accepted to a college or university?
The Keystone School has a demonstrated record of student success. Keystone high school graduates have been accepted to well-known and respected colleges and universities including Cornell, Columbia, Duke, The Juilliard School, and Johns Hopkins, as well as many other two- and four-year colleges nationwide.
Will the military accept Keystone graduates?
The Army, Navy, and Marines are allowed to accept 10% of enlistees from Tier 2 schools with a minimum score of 50 on the Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT). The Air Force will only accept enlistees from Tier 1 schools. Keystone is currently listed as a Tier 2 school, and many of our graduates have gone on to start a military career. Schools can be re-categorized by the military at any time, so we recommend that you check with your local recruiter for specifics. Students can gain Tier 1 status by successfully completing 15 credit hours of college courses. Most students can earn this in one semester at their local community college.
Are the courses self-paced?
Yes, students can work at any time and complete as much or as little work as they need. There are no specific due dates, so the student is able to work ahead if needed, or spend extra time on lessons that are more difficult. Although the courses are self-paced, students are required to complete each course within 12 months from the date of enrollment.
What kind of computer do I need to take online courses?
You can take our online classes using either a PC or a Mac. As of right now, Linux, iOS, and Android are not officially supported as an operating system by Keystone. If you are running a current version of Firefox and a current version of Adobe Flash Player, our courses should work just fine; however, there may be issues. If such issues come up, we cannot provide support for them at this time.
What is considered a full course load?
For Keystone Adult Learners in the Standard program, 5 or 6 credits are considered a full course load. Accelerated program student course load will vary based on their remaining graduation requirements, with a target to complete all remaining requirements within one year.
How many hours can a student expect to spend on each course?
For the Standard program, Students should expect to spend about 180 hours on a full year/full credit course and about 90 hours on a half year/half credit course. However, students who are gifted in a particular subject may be able to complete a course in less time, while other students might need to spend more time in some courses.
For students in the Accelerated program, course hours will vary but students should expect to spend 5-10 hours per week to complete the requirements, although time for individual students will vary based on their individual graduation plan.
How am I graded?
For the Standard program, Keystone uses several types of assessments including practice quizzes, short answer and essay questions, objective multiple choice exams, and oral examinations (when appropriate). This mix provides the independent learner with checkpoints to monitor his or her progress through each course. Students are also required to practice various styles of writing to help ensure learning and develop communication abilities that they'll need after high school.
Students in the accelerated program will be graded based on the completion of portfolios, which are graded as Pass/No Pass, course assessments submitted to teaches for grading, and independent study projects.
Does Keystone have certified teachers?
Yes, all Keystone teachers are certified to teach the courses they support. Students can have confidence that Keystone's high school teachers will help their students achieve their potential.
There are many ways for students to contact their teachers. All students can connect with their teachers by phone, fax, email, or in traditional correspondence.
Are teachers different for correspondence vs. online courses?
Sometimes. Regardless of which format they teach, all of our instructors are certified and knowledgeable in their subject area. Their focus in all cases is the same: to help you learn, grow, and achieve your individual potential.
How many times can students contact their teachers?
There is no limit to the number of times you can contact your teacher. It will ultimately be determined by your needs as you manage and organize your studies.
We encourage you to build a working relationship with your teacher that includes instructional support and advice when and if you need it.
How much is Keystone tuition?
Our tuition depends on the number of courses you enroll in. Please view our high school tuition pages.
Do you offer payment plans?
Yes, the High School Keystone Tuition Payment Plan allows you to make monthly payments after an initial down payment. There are no interest payments or credit checks.
Do you offer discounts for students enrolled in a full course load?
Yes, please refer to the high school tuition pages.
Does tuition include textbooks?
Not all Keystone courses require a textbook, but whenever a textbook or a workbook is required, it is included in the tuition. Please refer to our course catalog for details.
Are there limits around how quickly or slowly I can finish a course?
Possibly. If you need to temporarily stop your studies for emergencies or medical situations, contact our Student Services Department at 1-800-255-4937 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What are the technical requirements for online courses?
Our online courses are designed to work on modern browsers and operating systems. Please use the recommendations below to ensure that your computer is properly configured for our online curriculum.
|PC||Microsoft Windows Vista or later||
|Macintosh||Apple Macintosh OS X 10.5 or later||
We recommend using one of the above browsers for Blackboard 9.1.
NOTE: When using Windows, if you are using a 64-bit browser, you need to install 64-bit Java to match. If you're running a 32-bit browser, then you'll need to install 32-bit Java.
Please note that most of our online courses contain Flash, which is not supported in Apple's mobile operating system (iOS). This makes our courses incompatible with iPads (and iPhones).
The following requirements must also be met for Blackboard 9.1:
|Popup Blocking Disabled
|Operating Systems:||Windows Vista or later
Macintosh OS X 10.5 or later
|RAM:||512MB or higher|
|Resolution:||1024 X 576 or higher|
|Media:||Soundcard and Speakers/Headphones
Microphone required for certain courses
|Plugins:||Sun Java 7
Flash Player Version 11 or higher
QuickTime Version 7 or higher
Real Player required for certain courses
Jaws 11 or higher (for accessibility)
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