CHS School Profile
Citizens’ High School is an accredited, independent study high school. The school was founded in the summer of 1981 to provide people who had not completed their high school education an opportunity to earn their diploma. Citizens’ program is individualized instruction using correspondence for communication between the school and the student. The school observes a year-round calendar. Students begin and complete coursework and grade levels at non-traditional times.
Our student body is comprised of students who range in age from young teenagers to senior citizens and who come from all social and economic backgrounds. We serve a wide variety of special groups: teenagers from home school families in all 50 states; children of American families living overseas; students unable to pursue their education in a resident setting due to unique personal reasons, family or work commitments, illness, or handicaps; and professional athletes and entertainers.
Citizens’ 9th-12th grade curriculum is designed to give each student enrolled in either the general studies diploma program or the advanced/academic diploma program a solid foundation in the academic areas of English, math, science, and social studies. Students interested in a vocational career may also select electives in a wide range of business and vocational subjects. Citizens’ subjects are also available individually for transfer credit to a student’s local public or private high school with independent study/credit recovery programs approved by school officials.
Each subject offered by Citizens’ is built around the latest edition of standard high school textbooks from major educational publishers. These texts have been converted to distance education through the use of study guides which act as a “teacher at home,” offering the student step-by-step incremental learning built around general learning tips, self-check exercises, and general instructions. Exams for each subject are submitted to Citizens’ High School and graded by state-certified teachers.
An official grade transcript from Citizens’ is issued to the student and to any other school as requested by the student when all required coursework is completed and all financial obligations have been met. One unit of credit is granted for successful completion of two semesters work or its equivalent. Each of Citizens’ High School courses are one (1) unit of credit, unless stated otherwise. An official Citizens’ High School grade transcript is not a cumulative academic record and reflects only those credits earned from Citizens’ High School and does not reflect class rank. Given the diversity of our student body, particularly in terms of where and when students last attended high school, we do not have an accurate comparative basis upon which to establish rank in class.
Citizens’ High School has been accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, Washington, D.C. since January 28, 1984. The Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency. If verification of accreditation is required, the DETC may be reached at 202/234-5100 or at their website: www.detc.org.
In addition, Citizens’ is in compliance with Section 1002.42, Florida Statutes requiring the yearly completion of the Florida Department of Education’s Nonpublic School Data Base Survey. Citizens’ is listed in the Florida Department of Education Directory of Nonpublic Schools under District 10, School number 1345.