Below are some of the most frequently asked questions regarding The Keystone School.
- Is The Keystone School accredited?
- If our students receive a Keystone diploma, will they be accepted to a college or university?
- Do you require that students enroll in a full course load or do they have the option of enrolling in individual courses?
- How do you work with children who are gifted?
- Can students work at an accelerated pace and move on to the next grade?
- What kind of computer do I need to take online courses?
- How many times can students contact their teachers?
- What are Keystone Progress Reports and what kind of information will I see on the Keystone Progress Reports?
- What are the technical requirements for online courses?
Is The Keystone School accredited?
Yes, Keystone's demonstrated record of success has earned it recognition from two of the leading accrediting boards in the country, the AdvancED/Northwest Accreditation Commission and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
Keystone High School is also licensed by the Pennsylvania State Board of Private Licensed Schools and authorized by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as a diploma-granting institution.
You can be confident that your Keystone education is of the highest quality and that other accredited schools widely accept the work you do. Although we cannot guarantee that Keystone credits are transferable, we rarely have an issue. Should you have a doubt, you should contact your local school officials directly or contact a Keystone Student Services Representative (1-800-255-4937) to work with you and your local school officials to determine acceptance of Keystone credits.
If our students receive a Keystone diploma, will they be accepted to a college or university?
Keystone High School graduates have been accepted to over 140 colleges and universities including Stanford, Yale, Duke, Rice, and Notre Dame; military academies like West Point; state university systems like the University of Washington; and many other two- and four-year colleges nationwide.
If our prior students are any indication, your students have a great likelihood of getting into college with a Keystone diploma.
Do you require that students enroll in a full course load or do they have the option of enrolling in individual courses?
Students can enroll in a full course load or in individual courses. Students choose to enroll in individual courses for different reasons:
To gain experience with online learning
To take courses that aren't available in their regular school curriculum
To get ahead in their studies
To make up for missed classes
How do you work with children who are gifted?
If you want a more challenging program of study, Keystone's innovative, flexible, student-focused education is for you. Keystone students study on their own time and at their own pace, so to the extent that you want to be challenged, the pace of other students is not a factor. Keystone offers advanced courses at both the high school and middle school levels.
Can students work at an accelerated pace and move on to the next grade?
Yes. Keystone helps you to reach your individual potential by encouraging you to study on your own time and at your own pace.
Keep in mind, however, that Keystone policy states that you may not complete a course in fewer than eight weeks from the date of enrollment. (This policy is based on a belief that a course of any material value takes a minimum amount of time for the student to properly absorb, apply, and be assessed on the content.)
What kind of computer do I need to take online courses?
You can take our online classes using either a PC or a Mac. As of right now, Linux, iOS, and Android are not officially supported as an operating system by Keystone. If you are running a current version of Firefox and a current version of Adobe Flash Player, our courses should work just fine; however, there may be issues. If such issues come up, we cannot provide support for them at this time. (See Technical Requirements below)
How many times can students contact their teachers?
There is no limit to the number of times you can contact your teacher. It will ultimately be determined by your needs as you manage and organize your studies.
We encourage you to build a working relationship with your teacher that includes instructional support and advice when and if you need it.
What are Keystone Progress Reports and what kind of information will I see on the Keystone Progress Reports?
The Keystone Progress Reports are sent out every other week. These reports will give you an update on the progress your student has made in the last two weeks, and since they started each course.
The progress reports will show you the following information:
Original Enrollment Date – Courses are due within one calendar year from the original enrollment date, so please be sure that your student is completing work regularly and on pace to finish the course within 12 months.
Last Login Date – The date that your student last logged in to their online course (not available for correspondence courses).
Number of Logins – The number of times your student logged in to each online course during the reporting period (the last two weeks).
Days Since Last Submitted Item – The number of days since your student last submitted work to be evaluated by the teacher. There may be a slight delay of up to three days before submitted work is reported on the progress reports.
Score to Date* – The average score earned on all weighted (required) assessments in the course.
% of Course Complete – The % of required coursework your student has completed in the course. Practice activities do not count towards the % of course complete.
What are the technical requirements for online courses?
Our online courses are designed to work on modern browsers and operating systems. Please use the recommendations below to ensure that your computer is properly configured for our online curriculum.
Platform Operating system Browsers
PC Microsoft Windows Vista or later
Mozilla Firefox 24 or later
Internet Explorer 10 or later
Google Chromebooks are not supported at this time; the Chromebook does not permit the installation of JAVA and this program is required for Blackboard functionality.
Macintosh Apple Macintosh OS X 10.5 or later
Mozilla Firefox 24 or later
Safari 6 or higher (Mac OSX)
Google Chrome 30 or later
We recommend using one of the above browsers for Blackboard 9.1.
NOTE: When using Windows, if you are using a 64-bit browser, you need to install 64-bit Java to match. If you're running a 32-bit browser, then you'll need to install 32-bit Java.
Please note that most of our online courses contain Flash, which is not supported in Apple's mobile operating system (iOS). This makes our courses incompatible with iPads (and iPhones).
The following requirements must also be met for Blackboard 9.1:
Popup Blocking Disabled
Operating Systems: Windows Vista or later
Macintosh OS X 10.5 or later
RAM: 512MB or higher
Resolution: 1024 X 576 or higher
Media: Soundcard and Speakers/Headphones
Microphone required for certain courses
Plugins: Sun Java 7
Flash Player Version 11 or higher
QuickTime Version 7 or higher
Real Player required for certain courses
Jaws 11 or higher (for accessibility)