Do classes change at the semester?
Most Star Academic and Torrey Academy classes are intended to be two semesters in length. Students enrolled in the fall semester of these programs are automatically enrolled and billed for the spring semester. If necessary, parents may change their student's schedule at the semester. Adding a class at the second semester is not always possible due to either enrollment numbers or the advanced nature of the previously-covered material in the first semester. Yet, even in these cases, second semester additions will be considered with permission from administration.
Does Biola Youth Academics allow rolling enrollment?
Yes. Please contact the registration office to inquire about enrolling after a semester has begun.
Does Biola Youth Academics provide textbooks?
No; Biola Youth Academics does not purchase curriculum, and such curriculum materials are not included in the price of the program. A Curriculum Summary Chart with ISBN listings is provided on our website. As a service to our families, we partner with a book distributor to offer a convenient way to order books. Please allow adequate time for ordering materials so your students are prepared to begin coursework at the beginning of the semester.
For easy access to ordering curriculum, please see our books page. Some courses will incur an additional course material fee. Some Star Academics online classes will use electronic textbook options as well as free open sources for course materials. Detailed information on purchasing and/or viewing electronic resources will be on the specific Canvas course website.
Curriculum requirements for summer online courses will be available on the Curriculum Summary Chart as information becomes available. Most of the curriculum used for summer online courses is the same as for Star Academics fall and spring on-campus courses.
Does Biola Youth Academics provide transcripts?
With the exception of BYA Private School Satellite Program, Biola Youth Academics is a supplementary education program, and as such does not provide transcripts, and neither offers nor grants academic credit for classes offered. Enrolled families are either members of a transcript-issuing Private School Satellite Program (PSP) or file their own private school affidavit.* It is through these schools that academic credit is received and transcripts are issued when parents, who remain the primary educators, can demonstrate their student's completion of coursework to warrant granting credit. Biola Youth Academics does provide documentation to parents to help validate the classes such as letters of introduction, course descriptions, course schedule, and full quarter and semester score summaries for select programs.
Additionally, parents whose students are enrolled in Torrey Academy classes are on their honor to report on their student's transcripts the score received. Torrey Academy and its advisors avow that completing a full year of The Inklings, Foundations of American Thought, or Faith of our Fathers is equivalent to completing all three of the following honors level courses: Literature, Bible/Theology, and History/Philosophy. Completing a full year of Logic is equivalent to completing an honors level Logic/Critical Thinking course (other humanities courses may be substituted for one or more of the above.)
* This pertains to California residents only. Residents of other states or countries should check the education laws for the state or country they reside in.
Do I need to be enrolled in the BYA Private School Satellite Program to participate in BYA courses, services, or events?
No, although you are invited to apply to the BYA PSP, enrollment in the BYA PSP is not required for enrollment in any BYA courses, services or events.
Is there a modesty standard?
As we expand our reach to a global K–12 student population, Biola Youth Academics desires to continue to align with Biola University's policies and to empower parents worldwide. Our modesty standard is focused upon upholding core values (spiritual growth, academic excellence, and community) and our specific interest is to create an environment that promotes a Christ-centered community and a Christian witness to the world. We acknowledge modesty runs deeper than a dress standard and begins with remaining pure in mind and heart regardless of the way another is dressed.
Where do students go if they do not have a class?
While on campus, students are to remain under the direct supervision of an adult at all times. Study Hall is available for a fee for Star Academics and Torrey Academy students who have breaks in their schedule. Sixteen-class period Study Hall Cards are available at a reduced rate. Please contact the office for a current listing of campuses offering Study Hall. Please see Elementary Academics FAQ's for grades 1–6 supervision information.
Is there time for socializing?
Yes. Students build friendships and have opportunities for fellowship. There is a designated location for lunch breaks at our campuses where students may socialize in a supervised environment. Special theme days are offered at select campuses throughout the year to promote community, friendships and fun!
What is the parents’ role?
You, the primary educators, play the decisive role in your student(s)' education. We are here to serve and equip you to confidently and successfully instruct your children as you prepare them for their unique calling.
Are your courses accredited?
At this time, no. However, Biola Youth Academics is actively seeking accreditation as a Supplemental Education Program. In over twenty years of BYA courses included in transcripts, alumni have successfully applied and been accepted to universities all over the nation.
If you are planning on homeschooling for some of high school, and then placing your student in a public high school or charter school, consider reaching out to that school directly to learn their standards regarding homeschool courses and transcripts.