High School Diploma Program
We offer an optional High School Diploma Program for students seeking a Florida high school diploma. Under this program, we permanently maintain transcripts and award diplomas to students who satisfy our graduation requirements. Your student may be transferred or enrolled into our diploma program at any time, but we recommend enrollment at the beginning of your student's first year for additional support and guidance.
To be eligible for our High School Diploma Program, the student must:
- Be a legal Florida resident;
- Be enrolled at Aspiring Heights Academy prior to turning age 20;
- Be able to meet our high school graduation requirements prior to turning age 21;
- Complete at minimum one full semester at Aspiring Heights Academy; and
- Be able to document high school coursework on official school transcripts and in accordance with our Credit by Portfolio policy.
- Do high school students have to be enrolled in your diploma program?
No. Our High School Diploma Program is optional.
- Can my child be enrolled in the diploma program at any time?
Yes, but students must complete a minimum of one full semester with us and must be enrolled prior to age 20. If you're unsure of your child's high school plans, you're welcome to wait. We recommend you follow our graduation requirements in the meantime. Student must meet our eligibility requirements to be accepted into the program.
- Do high school students have to take statewide assessments?
No. Our students are not required to take Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) or Next Generation Sunshine State Standards (NGSSS) assessments, including End-of-Course (EOC) assessments. Students may want to take EOC assessments to earn credit for a course without having to take the course or if they may enter or return to public school.
- Will you need my child's high school transcripts?
We will only need transcripts if your child is enrolled in our academic or diploma program.
- Will my child receive a diploma?
- Will my child be able to participate in a dual enrollment program?
If your child is in grades 6–12, is enrolled in our Academic Program or High School Diploma Program, and meets the eligibility requirements for initial enrollment in college credit dual enrollment courses, they may be able to participate in Florida's dual enrollment program.
- Do you provide transcripts?
We maintain and provide transcripts for students enrolled in our academic and diploma programs. Students taking courses at FLVS are able to access their transcripts directly from FLVS.
- Can we use our own curriculum?
We do not require any specific high school curriculum. If your high school student is enrolled in our diploma program, however, coursework must be documented in accordance with our diploma program policies.
- Will my child be accepted into college?
No school can guarantee college acceptance. Many postsecondary institutions require applicants who complete a home education program or graduate from a non-accredited high school to submit portfolios and transcripts from their originating sources to be considered for admission. Additionally, the acceptance of diplomas and transcripts from private schools (whether accredited or not) is subject to the requirements of the receiving institution. If you will be enrolling your high school student into our diploma program, we encourage you to reach out to colleges your student is considering attending to ensure they will be accepted for admission. See our Diploma Program Eligibility page for more information.
If you will not be enrolling your high school student into our diploma program, keep in mind that students enrolled at Aspiring Heights Academy are private school students, not home educated as defined in s. 1002.41. Some colleges require students applying as home educated to provide district verification that they completed a home education program. Some colleges accept students who complete high school under an umbrella school without earning a high school diploma as home educated; some require the student to present a GED. We encourage you to reach out to prospective colleges to find out what their admission requirements are.
- Will my child be eligible for a Bright Futures Scholarship?
Provided specific scholarship eligibility requirements are met, students graduating with an Aspiring Heights Academy diploma are eligible for Bright Futures Scholarships.
Diploma and Transcript Acceptance
The acceptance of diplomas and transcripts from private schools is subject to the requirements of the receiving institution. Aspiring Heights Academy is not accredited. Before you enroll your high school student into our diploma program, we recommend that you contact prospective post-secondary educational institutions in writing to ensure acceptance for admission. Below is a sample email.
To: <Institution Name Here>
Attention: Admissions Department
My child is interested in attending <Institution Name Here>. <Your child's name> will be earning a diploma from Aspiring Heights Academy, a Florida private school that has been registered with the Florida Department of Education since 2010. Information about Aspiring Heights Academy and their graduation policies can be found at https://aspiringheightsacademy.com/5491. Will my child eligible for admission at <Institution Name Here>? Please let me know if there are any other requirements for admission that would apply.
<Your Name Here>
Students who have met the credit requirements for graduation but have not achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale may receive a high school Certificate of Completion. Note, however, that a high school Certificate of Completion does not carry any of the privileges of a high school diploma. Students earning a high school Certificate of Completion may have difficulty finding employment and getting into college.
Many colleges and universities require applicants who complete a home school program or graduate from a non-accredited high school to submit portfolios and/or transcripts to be considered for admission. The acceptance of diplomas and transcripts from private schools is subject to the requirements of the receiving institution.