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Watch this video montage of ANHS' vision and mission statements. see photos of students, view testimonials, and get to know our teachers and administrative staff.  

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Leo A. is currently a senior here at Allied National High School, and started with us as a freshman.  Leo shares his thoughts about online learning, and how ANHS helped him reach his goals by offering academic rigor and scheduling flexibility.

Here is what Leo shared with us this testimonial below, along with his photo:


"ANHS allowed me to pursue my dream of farming while studying.  I convinced my parents to home school me for high school.  I had been home schooled since kindergarten and I really wanted to continue.  My older siblings had attended the local high school but I wanted more time to work with my sheep and in my garden.  ANHS fit our needs.

My main interest in life is farming.  I enjoy all aspects of it including raising vegetables and livestock.  Distance learning works perfect for me.  I am able to do a lesson, and then run outside to move my sheep.  I can process tomatoes while listening to a story.  I can work when it is nice outside and do my lessons after dark.

My future plan is to become a certified electrician.  This will be a nice additional education to have while farming.  My main go9al is to raise livestock by intensive pasture grazing them."

Leo further states, "The best part of my high school experience was being on my family's farm.  Allied National High School allowed me to be home, where I could work and learn at the same time."

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The Spring Semester
Time For A Change, Or Need Single Courses For Credit?

The end of the Fall semester can bring up a number of things for students and their families.  Here at Allied National High School, we find that many families explore online options for their sons and daughters because their present high school doesn’t fit their needs at this time. 
Perhaps the family has to move frequently, and the teen needs some stability in their academic environment.  Sometimes the student is involved with athletics or performing careers that require training and travel that don’t fit the traditional school schedule.  Or from time to time, we find that students don’t wish to be in the current social environment at their present school (bullying, peer pressure, etc).  And in some cases, a parent is looking for specific accommodations that an online school may be able to offer in order to support the student in moving forward and realizing their full potential.

We also hear from parents who have recently discovered that their son or daughter needs a single course for credit – either to recover a failed course, or to improve their GPA.  Sometimes this course may be needed for graduation purposes, and the timeline for doing so has become very short.

Whatever the reasons, a fully accredited online high school may be an excellent choice for many students.  And at Allied National High School, we offer open enrollment with two diploma paths and two different grading options, as well as flexible payment plans. 

One of our recent blogs listed below (http://blog.alliedhighschool.com/2014/10/looking-for-alternative-to-traditional.html) gives suggestions on how parents can assess what is best for their son or daughter, and make a solid and informed decision.

Our Admissions Department would be happy to assist you in looking at alternatives, and offer a candid response as to whether our online high school may be a good fit.  We also offer a Virtual Open House where you and your teen can get to know us better, and see a demo lesson.

Please feel free to contact us anytime between 8 am and 4:30 pm Pacific Standard Time:
800-968-4034, press 9, then ext 8736 / enrollment@alliedhighschool.com

Author:  Tracey Jay, Admissions Representative / 11-28-14

Looking For An Alternative?

Why Online High Schools Can Offer Students a Great Solution


Does your son or daughter wish to do well in high school, but find that there are obstacles in the traditional environment?

Or perhaps they need a single course in order to recover a credit or raise their GPA and the course is not currently offered at their current high school, or in their area?

Whether it is for a full-time alternative, or simply to take a course or two, a fully accredited online high school may be a great solution for many students.

Challenges that many students can face:
  • Bullying
  • Illness or need to be able to study at home
  • Other social circumstances that can make succeeding in a traditional environment difficult
  • Crowded Classrooms
  • Traditional schedules that cannot meet the needs of students involved in performing arts, sports, part-time jobs, businesses, or the desire to graduate early
  • Travel required due to parent’s job or other circumstances, such as remote or rural place of residence
  • Learning challenges that cannot be specifically accommodated in the current environment
  • Single courses that are needed but may not be available or accessible to student
Why consider an online high school?
  • Can allow a student to have freedom to focus on academics and be removed from social stresses
  • A great solution for home school families that wish to have instructors involved at the high school level, or who are looking for a diploma from a regionally accredited high school
  • Gives a student the ability to study from home if necessary
  • May give a student the opportunity to have more focused attention from instructors
  • Can give students flexibility they need in order to pursue a performing career, traveling athletics, a part-time job, etc.
  • May allow a student to travel with family or move to a different area, and continue their academics without interruption
  • Can empower students to accelerate in order to graduate earlier than a traditional school year may allow, or to regain time previously missed
  • Classes that are needed for recovery or GPA increases
    • Courses that are not available at current school of record
    • Classes have filled up, or will fill up during summer session
    • Courses need to be taken during school year due to timing concerns (college applications, graduation, etc.)
  • Individual courses that are needed for home school families:
  • Math & Science courses can be of great assistance
  • Courses that may not be offered elsewhere, or that the parent would prefer to have taught by an independent instructor
  • Electives or Specialized Courses
Tips for choosing the best fit for your son/daughter when considering an online high school
  • Ask all the questions you need to ask! A good admissions department or representative will be happy to respond quickly, accurately, and will be focused on helping you and your family.

Some Suggested Questions Are:
  • Regional accreditation? Does the school have it, and if they do, which one(s)? Where you can independently verify this information?
  • Is there a deadline for enrollment, or does the school offer open enrollment?
  • Are there any statistics that the school can share with you that would be helpful? For example, can they share any assessment testing results as compared to state/national averages (SAT, ACT, etc)?
  • What is the teacher/student ratio?
  • What level of instructors do they have? Highly qualified, credentialed, etc?
  • What level of involvement does the teacher have in the grading process?
  • Do the teachers offer online sessions to meet and review math or science equations that cannot be adequately addressed via email?
  • Can students contact the teachers directly?
  • Can a student speak with a teacher via telephone?
  • What time frames do the teachers adhere to in terms of responding to student inquiries?
  • What types of grading systems are offered? In other words, is there flexibility, or is there a set schedule? If accelerated grading is offered, what does that mean?
  • Does the school offer payment plans?
  • Are the academics rigorous? Ask to see a sample assignment if you can, or be taken on a virtual tour.
Questions to ask yourself as you make these inquiries
  • Do you feel that your son or daughter is going to feel personally welcomed and supported, or just another number among the many?
  • Is the admissions department helpful, clear and responsive? Does the representative ask questions to support you making a decision best for you and your child, or do you feel pushed?
Accreditation – become very familiar with what it means, how it works, and why it is important.  

Regional accreditation is an important topic as it relates to high schools, and there are many sites that can help you learn more. These are just a few suggested ones:
  1. Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regional_accreditation
  2. Best High Schools Online: http://besthighschoolsonline.com/regional-accreditation-for-online-high-schools/
  3. Education Portal:  http://education-portal.com/distance_learning_regionally_accredited_online_schools.html
As you consider your options, we encourage you to contact us at Allied National High School. We would be happy to open our virtual doors to you and your family, answer your questions, and explore the possibilities of assisting your son or daughter in his/her academic ventures.

Contact our Admissions Department at: 800-968-4034, option 1 / enrollment@alliedhighschool.com / fax: 949-215-0178
Tracey Jay, Author
Admissions Representative, Allied National High School
10/2/14

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