The Noah Webster Center for Independent Study was established in 2000, by the Board of Character Corner, Inc., to serve the home school community by offering an accreditation option for home educated high school students. Our purpose is to provide a support structure for home schooling parents with high school students preparing for college.
The Center relies almost entirely on an adjunct faculty. When you enroll your student in the Center; you, as the home teacher, become a part of our adjunct faculty. Through the cooperative efforts of the home teachers, registered tutors, and our staff of counselors and proctors; the Noah Webster Center provides curriculum counseling and mentoring in home education as the foundation for an evaluation and professional recognition through accreditation for the education earned in independent study.
The Noah Webster Center is accredited as a non-traditional educational center, by the Georgia Accrediting Commission. Our accreditation assures that the student’s graduation is identified with a professional recognition and the approval of a professional accrediting group. This accreditation is recognized by the Georgia Board of Regents and The Noah Webster Center is included on the Georgia Student Finance Commission’s list of HOPE-eligible schools. Graduates of the Center seeking college enrollment, who meet the qualifications are immediately eligible for the Georgia HOPE scholarship. Students who participate in joint enrollment programs in the Georgia University System during their junior and senior years are also eligible for the Move on When Ready (MOWR) program.
Our process is relatively simple. Our planning session involves discussion of curriculum options along with counseling to meet your student’s curriculum needs, and to provide a basis for acceptance of the curriculum you choose to use. We discuss teaching methods and testing guidelines, and we gather some information about the teacher and the homeschool. Then we develop the student’s high school plan. Each year, we review the student’s progress against the plan and make adjustments as necessary before mapping out the current year. You are still in charge of your home school; you provide grades for the “at home” work and administer and grade the proctored tests on a quarterly basis. From the data we gather about you the teacher (and any other tutors you might use) along with the results of the testing (at home and under the supervision of our proctors) we create a record of grades that results in an accredited transcript.
The services of the Noah Webster Center include:
High school students in the Noah Webster Center generally complete a college preparatory diploma. Our recommendations follow the course requirements for the Georgia University System, and should prepare a student to enter the college of his choice. Our graduates receive a transcript accredited by the Georgia Accrediting Commission. This accreditation is recognized by the Georgia Board of Regents, which means our graduates meet the entrance requirements for any Georgia state school and can be eligible for the HOPE scholarship immediately. Also, several of our graduates have been accepted into out-of-state colleges. Although we hope that all high school students will continue in our high school program through graduation, we realize that some will choose to transfer to other area high schools. This accreditation does not guarantee that their credits will be immediately recognized.
Another benefit of our accreditation is the availability of dual enrollment programs. These programs allow high school students to take college classes. They earn credit on both the high school and college level. Many of our students take advantage of dual enrollment programs and funding available through the MOWR program.