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Academic Calendar +

Where can I find the Academic Calendar?

Academic Calendars are posted under “Admissions” at the bottom of our homepage.

Accreditation & Memberships +

By whom is Wilson Hill Academy accredited?

AdvancED

Wilson Hill Academy is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI), an accreditation division of AdvancED.

SACS CASI provides nationally-recognized accreditation, the purpose of which is continuous school improvement focused on increasing student performance. To earn accreditation, schools must meet SACS CASI’s high standards, be evaluated by a team of professionals from outside the school and implement a continuous process of school improvement.

SACS CASI accreditation is recognized across state lines, which not only eases the transfer process as students move from accredited school to accredited school but also assures parents that the school is meeting nationally accepted standards for quality and successful professional practice.

Accreditation serves students and their parents by validating a student’s hard work in the eyes of secondary and higher education institutions worldwide. While some institutions welcome students from home schooling or virtual school, sometimes individuals on the admissions frontlines hold biases against such students for a variety of reasons. While these biases are slowly shifting, they may never disappear.

Affiliation with a globally-recognized accrediting body overcomes biases. Accreditation promotes WHA as a recognized brand of excellent college-prep education, which enhances the transcript of all WHA students. Parents and interested community members can learn more about accreditation at AdvancED.org.

NCAA

WHA has obtained NCAA approval for our core courses, which may make it easier for aspiring student athletes to compete for scholarships.

Association of Classical Christian Schools

WHA is a member of ACCS.

 

Book Lists +

Does my student really need the same version (ISBN) indicated on the list?  What if we already own a book(s)?  

This varies to some extent by class.  For science, math or other classes that depend heavily on the textbook, it is important to have the specific version used by the teacher.  For literature, we recommend using the specified ISBN, since a student may have some difficulty following page number references in class.  This is not required, however, and in many classes electronic versions or used versions from other sources may be a cost-effective option.  For any literature or other source material originally written in some other language than modern English, however, it is essential that the version used is based on the same translation/translator.

Where I can find the books needed to purchase for each course?

Book lists are posted as downloadable PDF files on our main website under the “Academics” tab by course or series of courses. Each book list will have an academic year associated with it.  There may be small changes from year to year, so acquiring books for next year based on the current year’s book list may result in unnecessary expense.  It is our goal to post the book lists for the upcoming school year by mid-April of the current school year.  The referenced school year in the book list link will be your key.

Class Wait Lists +

How do wait lists work?

To be placed on the wait list for a course that is currently full, simply pay the deposit amount for that course. We will add you to the wait list for the course and notify you if and when a seat becomes available. In the event that a seat opens, we will contact you to confirm your registration. If the class remains full, we will credit your deposit to any existing tuition balance or refund the deposit.

We also recommend registering for an alternate section. Again, you need only pay the deposit for that course. Then, if a seat opens on the wait listed course, we will contact you to confirm the course of your choice. Both deposits are then credited toward the balance of the course tuition.

Note that when an opening occurs, we process the wait list by considering a number of factors including whether or not the student is a graduating senior, how many other courses the student is enrolled in, what specific time zone challenges the student is facing, etc. along with, of course, the time stamp of the registration.

Course Plans +
Course Schedule +

Where can I find the current course schedule?

The latest course schedule is linked under the “How to Register” page.

 

Graduation +

Does WHA have a graduation ceremony?

Each year we hold a graduation ceremony during LINK. All students who have fulfilled the WHA graduation requirements are eligible to participate. We welcome all other WHA graduating seniors to participate at LINK and other senior activities.

 

Payment Plans +

Does WHA have a payment plan?

We use FACTS to collect deferred tuition payments.  They handle billions of dollars of payments for colleges, universities and private schools throughout the country.  This is an independent service that maintains a secure site for processing recurring charges.  It does save your financial account data, but it is very widely used and has a state-of-the-art approach to preventing incursions (This is hard, which is why we rely on the experts rather than processing payments ourselves.)

Do I have to pay fees to use FACTS?

Not necessarily.  They do charge a small fee ($43/family for monthly payment plans or $10/family for a two-installment plan), but they also allow you to pay your balance in full without additional fees.  (WHA pays a small fee for using this service, but it is well worth it!)

I received an invitation to sign up for a payment plan from FACTS.  Is that real or some kind of phishing scheme?

It is real.  And it is important that you do set up a valid payment plan as soon as possible after you register.  Enrollments with no valid payment plan in place for deferred tuition are subject to cancelation.

My bank (or credit card company) denied payment.  What do I do?

We do not have access to any of the details of your relationship with FACTS other than being able to see account status and balances due.  In particular, we do not have any involvement in fees FACTS may charge for returned payments.  It does look like they will waive those fees in some cases if you respond quickly.  For example, a common cause of returned payments is using an expired credit card, and if you log in and change the expiration date promptly, you can usually get them to waive the fee.

How do I log into FACTS?

There is a unique link sent to you with your invitation to set up your payment plan.  Use that link to establish your account and set up a password.  Once your account is set up, you should use whatever features FACTS provides to help you if you forget your password.

Can I make payments over the phone directly to WHA?

No.  You can make direct payments over the phone through FACTS.  Simply call their toll-free number to get details @ 866.441.4637.

I don’t want to use FACTS.  What are my other options?

The best option if you do not want to use FACTS is to pay in full through GSMU at time of registration.  Alternatively, we can set up an artificial “Balance Due – $x.xx” course for you in GSMU, but that comes with a number of unpleasant side-effects (including our time setting it up and our time again calming you down when GSMU sends its automatic reminder about the “class” that is about to start, making you think we did not get your payment).  Note also that FACTS does include an “invoice” option that allows you to pay them directly by phone or US postal mail.

I live outside the US and am having trouble paying through FACTS.  What can I do?

If this is a problem for you, contact us for wire transfer details.

Registration (GSMU) +

How do I log into Go Sign Me Up?

First, be sure that you are in the right place.  You can follow the “Registration” flag on our main website or go directly to “How to Register“, then follow the “Browse Courses” link to get the registration system.  You should see something like this:

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Second, remember that you must login as parent using your email address as your username.  If you have forgotten your password, you can use the “Forgot your username or password?” link, but do not select the “I don’t know my username” link (You do know it; it is your email address.).  You should see a screen something like this:

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Be sure to enter your email address in both fields or you will generate an error.  The system should send you an email in a few minutes, but be sure to check your spam/junk folder.

 

How do I add new students to a class?

First use the “Add Student” icon to add your students.  Be sure to use a unique email address for each student.  It can be one that you use, but not the one you used for your own account (The system is supposed to prevent that anyway, but does not always do so.).  Please do enter your correct “parent account” email in the appropriate field for each student, as that helps us match families in the rest of our system.  Be sure to enter the graduation year (e.g. “2018” for May, 2018 high school graduation) so we can include you in the correct graduation class.

Once you have added the student(s), select “Enroll” from the drop-down menu next to a student to go back to the “Browse Courses” page and add classes to your shopping cart.  You can register multiple children at the same time by following instructions on the “Multiple Enrollment” selection.

Once you have selected your courses, proceed to checkout and follow directions to pay by credit card.  Note that the actual credit card entry is handled by a merchant processing system (Authorize.net), which does not store your credit card information permanently.  It does, however, do some simple checking of address data against your billing address, so be sure to get that right.

If you select the deposit option, expect an email from FACTS about how to set up your payment plan.

 

How do I see the classes my children are registered for?

This is harder than it should be.  After you log into the registration system (GSMU), there is a “Supervisor Report” option that generates a list of all enrollments.  This can be customized by selecting the “Export to PDF” option and selecting key fields (like course name, start date, start time, etc.) from the menu.  You will have to infer “M/W” or “T/T” from the start date itself.  There is also an “Enrollment Report” that requires you to specify date parameters and then wait while the report is generated off line.  The vendor keeps working on this report, but as of now, it does not include key information such as start time.

 

How do I register for courses?

Please view the “How to Register” page for more information.

Student Email Address +

Why does my student need his/her own email address? 

The email address becomes the (unique) username in Canvas and other systems, and no two users (student or parent) may share the same username.

 

My student does not have his/her own email. What do I do?  

The student may use another email that the parent checks – dad’s email, or a new Gmail account, etc. – set up for this purpose. However, the email account must be both unique and valid.  Many of our systems rely on unique email addresses to distinguish between individuals (both students and parents), so this is not optional.

 

Summer School +

Do you offer summer courses?

We offer summer courses at Wilson Hill Academy, but it is not our intention that everyone should take one.  Each one is designed with a purpose: to provide a little more practice in a subject, to focus on only one subject, to give an opportunity to learn about something new, to spend time with a particular teacher to learn about something they especially love, or to learn something just for fun.

Technology +

What kind of software/technology does my student need?

Your student simply needs a reliable computer with a recent version of an internet browser (Internet Explorer, Safari, Chrome, Firefox, etc.) and a strong internet connection.  All WHA technology runs within the browser on your individual machine.  Tablets or other mobile devices are also supported, but in some cases with a reduction in ease of use.  Note also that access control plug-ins (“nanny software”) may have to be configured to allow access to both the live classroom environment and various features of Canvas, the Learning Management System.

Terms & Conditions +
Transcript Request +

How do I order a transcript?

Please complete the Transcript Request form HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

Tuition +

Where is tuition posted?

Tuition & Fees vary by course and are viewable within our registration system, which is active during our registration period, February – September.  For the 2019-20 school year, most course prices range from $650-$750 per course.

 

 

WHA EDVantage +