Brightspire is a fully accredited, diploma-granting virtual school offering full-time and part-time enrollment for students in grades 6-12. Certified teachers and on-demand tutors (see tutor hours below) support students through a highly individualized course of study.
Yes, we are accredited by Cognia, one of the highest levels of secondary school accreditation in the USA. Our credits should be accepted by other high schools in the USA and our diploma should be recognized by any university requiring an accredited high school diploma. Always be sure to check with the school or college where you wish to use our credits or diploma. Brightspire courses are also NCAA approved.
Brightspire courses are NCAA approved, meaning that our courses allow potential NCAA athletes to meet initial-eligibility standards. If you want to practice, compete and receive an athletics scholarship during your first year at a Division I or II school, the NCAA Eligibility Center must certify you as eligible. To gain eligibility students must meet certain academic requirements with NCAA-approved courses. You can read more about NCAA eligibility requirements here.
Brightspire uses Time4Learning’s award-winning curriculum and instructional model, which is accredited by Cognia and approved by the NCAA to ensure students are college ready. Our curriculum features hundreds of engaging, award-winning courses, which include core subjects, interesting career electives, world languages, and honors and Advanced Placement® courses.
Students will have access to our world-class learning management system where they will progress through course content at their own pace. Teachers will check on student progress on a weekly basis, providing feedback on their work. Students and parents can also request time to meet with teachers. In addition, students will have free and open access to 1-on-1 on-demand tutors in the core subjects of language arts, math, science, and social studies, and for Spanish and French language courses.
No, Brightspire does not require an entrance exam. Enrollment is year round, so students may start anytime! Brightspire looks for students who are excited to engage with our school and improve themselves. Start by completing our registration form and one of our enrollment specialists will get back to you right away to explore if Brightspire is the right fit for you.
Brightspire uses a multi-level approach to guide students on their academic journeys.
Yes, we accept transfer credit for courses completed at an accredited high school. We also will accept transfer credits for approved homeschool portfolios.
Students are required to complete a total of 21 credits to receive our standard diploma and 24 credits (which must include 3 Honors and/or AP® courses) for our honors diploma.
Students will have access to each semester-long course for 18 weeks. Students must complete each semester course within this time frame. Students can complete courses more quickly if they want to accelerate through the curriculum and are able to successfully complete the content.
There are no daily attendance requirements. Students access their classwork anytime and anywhere, and progress through the curriculum at their own pace. Students are expected to make regular progress in all courses in which they are enrolled. Our Learning Management System notifies students when their progress is off track in a given course. Teachers also help students stay on track as they progress through courses.
During the enrollment process your student will be advised on which courses to choose based on a number of factors such as their personal goals, potential graduation goals, transferring credits from other schools, and timeline. We will then complete a course planner as part of the enrollment process. Our enrollment support team will be with you every step of the way to help make sure your student is enrolled in the right courses. It is important to remember that if your student is planning on graduating with us, they are responsible for ensuring they meet all the credit requirements for graduation. We will help along the way, but students are ultimately responsible.
To drop a course your student must contact our support team and we can do that for you. If the course is dropped within the first 14 days, Brightspire will grant a full tuition refund. No refunds are granted for dropping a course beyond this grace period. Dropped courses will disappear from your official transcript and not be counted towards your GPA.
Yes, Brightspire offers many AP® classes for students ready to participate in college level coursework. As a virtual school we are not permitted to deliver AP® exams and are not allowed to register for exams on a student’s behalf. In order to register for an AP® exam as an independent student you must contact a school that can administer AP® exams and is willing to accept external students to register and take exams at their school. You can find a full database of approved AP® exam sites by location here.
Yes! On-Demand Tutoring is available for our core courses of language arts, math, science, social studies, and for Spanish and French language courses. These services can be accessed from the chat button while inside your course.
Student On-Demand Tutor Chat Hours
Monday- Friday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. EST
Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. EST
Students can request an official transcript showing their completed courses using Parchment, our online transcript portal, for a fee. Student progress in all classes can be viewed anytime by parents, directly in our Student Information System. When using our system there is no need for official progress reports as students and parents are able to view current progress students are making in each course at any time.
Brightspire can serve many requests for accommodations, but not all. Please contact us to see if we are able to accommodate your needs.