Diploma Program Eligibility
We offer an optional diploma program for students seeking a Florida high school diploma. You may transfer your student into the diploma program at any time, but we recommend you do so by the beginning of your student's senior year at the latest. (Be sure your student is fulfilling our graduation requirements in the meantime.) To be eligible for our diploma program, your 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 a minimum of one full semester at Aspiring Heights Academy; and
- Be able to document core coursework on official school transcripts.
- 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?
- Do high school students have to take statewide assessments?
No. Private and home educated 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 if they may enter or return to public school. Learn More
- Will you need my child's high school transcripts?
We will only transcripts if your child is enrolling into our High School Diploma Program. Students enrolled under our Standard Program do not need to submit transcripts. Learn More
- Will my child receive a diploma?
- Will my child be able to participate in a dual enrollment program?
Maybe. Public colleges and universities are only required to enter into articulation agreements with private schools in their geographic area. However, if your local college will make an exception, and your child is enrolled in our High School Diploma Program, then he or she may be able to participate in a dual enrollment program. Learn More
- Do you provide transcripts?
We maintain and provide transcripts for students enrolled in our High School Diploma Program. Students taking courses at FLVS are able to access their transcripts directly from FLVS. Learn More
- Can we use our own curriculum?
We do not require the use of any specific curriculum. However, if your high school student is enrolled in our diploma program, all core courses, credits and grades documented must be documented on official school transcripts. Learn More
- Will my child be accepted into college?
We cannot guarantee college acceptance. Many colleges and universities require applicants who complete a home education program or graduate from a non-accredited high school to submit portfolios and/or 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 potential colleges to ensure they will accept your child 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 students as defined in s. 1002.41. Some colleges require students applying as home educated students to provide district verification that they completed a home education program. Some colleges accept students homeschooling under an umbrella school as home educated students, but some do not. Your child may need to earn a GED. We encourage you to reach out to potential 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. Learn More
To be eligible for a Florida Bright Futures Scholarship, students must earn a Florida high school diploma, be registered with the district as a home educated student for the current and prior academic year (typically grades 11 and 12), earn a GED, or earn a diploma from a non-Florida school while living with a parent or guardian who is a Florida resident but on military or public service assignment away from Florida. Please visit https://www.floridastudentfinancialaidsg.org/SAPBFMAIN/SAPBFMAIN for more information.
Diploma and Transcript Acceptance
The acceptance of diplomas and transcripts from private schools is subject to the requirements of the receiving institution. As Aspiring Heights Academy is not accredited, we recommend that you contact potential future educational institutions in writing (e.g., state colleges, universities, cosmetology schools, technical schools, military academies, etc.) to ensure they will accept your student for admission. Below is a sample email.
To: <Institution Name Here>
Attention: Admissions Department
My child is interested in attending <Institution Name Here>. He/She 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 diploma 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 are not able to document their core coursework on official transcripts or have not achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale may receive a Certificate of Completion. Note, however, that a Certificate of Completion does not carry any of the privileges of a high school diploma. Students earning a 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.