Frequently Asked Questions

Is Sphinx Academy Accredited?

Sphinx Academy was officially approved for accreditation by AdvancED at the January 20, 2017 Commission meeting.

Is this program only for self-learners and self-motivated students? Will it work for my child?

At Sphinx Academy students do have control over which courses to take, which lessons to start with, and how much time to spend on each lesson. However, their schedule is laid out for the day and any lessons left over are overdue. Learning Coaches and parents are able to keep track of the students’ progress on a daily basis so students do not fall behind without the learning coach noticing and addressing the situation. In most traditional schools, students do not get reminders to submit homework and parents may not be aware of late assignments until they see the grades and it is too late to make it up. At Sphinx Academy, this is not the case. We give our students a chance to be independent, but we are also there for them if they struggle.

For younger students or students who need more attention, our coaches create onsite classes so that students have more option as to the delivery of the different courses. In those cases, students usually participate in the planning process to get them more invested in their own success.

Would this program work for my gifted child?

Sphinx Academy programs are customizable and work very well for a variety of learners at different levels. However, we believe gifted and talented students benefit the most from our program. There are courses tailored specifically for gifted and talented children 6th, 7th and 8th grades. There are extensions with every lesson that provide venues for students to further explore and add to their portfolio.

Additionally, middle school students are able to take high school courses and electives.

Academically gifted high school students may take Advanced Placement (AP) courses. They may also accelerate or take extra courses or electives. Furthermore, they may choose to take college courses for dual credits or seek internships.

Creatively gifted students could start building a portfolio and working on independent projects.

Our flexible schedule permits gifted students to accelerate and/or focus more on their talents. They don’t have to spend time on transitions or waiting for other students to finish.

Would this program work for my special needs child?

We find that most special needs children are also gifted and talented in one or more areas academic or otherwise. Most schools will focus on their weaknesses, but at Sphinx Academy, we balance our approach to make sure exceptional children do not forget their strengths, but take pride in them.

Our courses are flexible and they permit many different accommodations and modifications in addition to the different levels available. Additionally, our tests are not timed. This removes many of the stresses of a traditional setting. Since lecture type instruction is limited, no one has to catch up or wait for others to catch up.

Students with Individualized Education Programs (IEP’s) or a 504 plan are welcome to come and meet with the director of education in order to discuss the individual needs of the student. We will be most open and honest about our ability or inability to provide those needs.

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