FAQsHow it works
Who can enter the program?
Teens: If you’re a teenager, we offer you an opportunity to gain the freedom to pursue your authentic interests and develop your natural talents outside of a traditional high school.
Adults: If you’re beyond your high school years and don’t have a diploma, you can earn one through Astrolabe Academy .
Students who succeed at this program are independent learners with strong interests and desires that lay outside the traditional classroom.
What do I study? What is the curriculum?
You can be a Astrolabe Academy student for any period of time during which you might work, travel, study independently, work with tutors and mentors, acquire skills and complete projects, take classes at the high school or college level, do volunteer work, or engage in any other productive activities. Astrolabe Academy does not offer a program that you attend daily; rather, you work toward your goals independently, knowing that you have support that you can call on at any time. Support can include help in finding necessary resources.
You may simply want guidance in getting from where you are now to a new situation. If, for example, you’re stuck in an ill-fitting high school program and want to be a lawyer, there are a number of ways to reach this goal without completing a traditional stay in high school.
You can earn a diploma based on a portfolio when you’re ready to move on. If you’re ready to move on right away, you can graduate within 10 weeks of entering Astrolabe Academy. If you have the courage and confidence to choose an unconventional educational path, this same courage and confidence will be the basis for your success in reaching your goals. You can follow other Astrolabe Academy students who have been very successful in practical crafts, business, and the arts, and who have reached the highest levels of formal education.
Is this legitimate?
Yes. Astrolabe Academy is a private, alternative, virtual high school serving the U.S. We have a flexible offering to help students who need or want an alternative but have other considerations in planning their schooling. While this program is very non-traditional, our diplomas are just as legal and legitimate as any other diploma from any other school. You should know, however, that, like over half of the private schools in New Mexico, Astrolabe Academy is not an accredited school. This has not been an issue for our graduates nor those of the tens of thousands of other un-accredited schools in the U.S.
I don’t live in your area. Can I still apply?
Yes. You can enroll in our virtual program regardless of where you live.
I’m a homeschool student. How can you help me?
If you are homeschooled, you are most likely free to pursue your interests and are well on your way to becoming a strong, independent, lifelong learner. Astrolabe Academy’s programs can offer you additional guidance, resources and support to help you on your path. We can also simply help you with our transcript service.
This is very different. Is anyone else doing this successfully?
Actually, yes. Wes Beach of Beach High School in California has been doing this for many years. Mr. Beach is a retired public school teacher who has graduated hundreds of students through his programs and is has been an amazing mentor for our graduate early program. There are others.