1. Is Liahona accredited?
Liahona is accredited by the Northwest Accreditation Commission . Liahona recently completed the required site visit and received the highest possible marks allowing our accreditation status to stand for six years before review. Students may enroll in the accredited track or the non-accredited track. Classes include the same material and homework as the Academy. The accredited track supplies students with transcripts and diplomas. The non-accredited track relies on the student's portfolio and ACT or SAT score for college entrance.
2. What is the procedure for the Extra Curricular Course Credit Request Form?
You should go under the Independant Study tab and click on the Forms link. Click on the Extra Curricular Credit Request Form and print it out. Fill it out completely, then send it in by fax or scanned email. We approve the teacher and request and will notify you by email or phone that your request has been approved. Once you have approval, you would then begin the class. You would need to send in your documentation or some log of some kind. (For math only: you send in 1 proctored test per semester for this class, or 2 tests per year.) Once the class is completed, the listed teacher gives your student a grade by printing off then filling out the Extra Curricular Course Credit Grade Report form. You would then fax or email this form in, pay the fee and we add the course and corresponding grade to your student's transcript.
3. How much does Liahona cost?
Tuition: Annual tuition is $1,665 for the full program of accredited classes for a student in any academic level. For the full program of non-accredited classes, annual tuition is $1,125. Families with multiple family members enrolled may receive a discount. Liahona offers the option of amortizing tuition costs over nine months for your convenience. For further details on program options, tuition breakdown and family discounts, please refer to the "Tuition" link on the DE tab. Textbooks are approximately $200 per year depending upon the academic level and are in addition to tuition.
Registration Fee: There is an annual $50 per student registration fee. If utilizing the monthly payments option, first and last month's tuition is required at time of registration. Should a student drop out and come back mid-year they will be charged another registration fee.
Withdrawal Policy: You have five (5) business days from the time of registration to withdraw your student without penalty. If you drop after the five (5) day grace period has expired, a drop fee equivalent to one month of tuition is required. Once school has commenced, a two week drop notice and a $50 drop fee is required when discontinuing the program. You are responsible for payment of tuition during this period of time.
4. What curriculum do you use and where do I get it?
We feel there is a great need for LDS curriculum for Junior High and High School students. To that end, we have written LDS academic text books for this year's course of study and continue the process of writing and publishing LDS academic text books for future classes. We also search for the best secular books. All classes are supplemented heavily with LDS writers and religious authorities and the standard works are used daily. Books are usually purchased through Liahona, and a booklist is provided each year. If a book is required that we do not have in stock, we will tell you the best place to obtain it.
5. How does the Distance Education Program work and how does this coordinate with my current family home schooling activities?
Weekly instruction in the three core subjects of History, Science and English is available to watch online. Students spend about three or four hours a day, four days a week, watching the classes and completing assignments. Classes are filmed live at Liahona Academy in Pleasant Grove, Utah. The classes are available online approximately one week after they are filmed. The courses are available September through May, for a total of 32 weeks. The week may be watched at any time during this period convenient for the student and family. Students may enroll or terminate enrollment at any time. Students enjoy the classroom setting and our motivational teachers.Parents appreciate that the Liahona program is user-friendly and flexible. Your Liahona students can view their classes while you are working with your other children. The pace can also be adjusted to accommodate family vacations, illness, or other scheduling disturbances. Holiday breaks are taken at Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter.
6. How long does it take for my student to get used to the Liahona program?
Depending on your student's background, it can take up to six weeks for a student to adjust and feel comfortable.
7. How do I adjust Liahona to fit my student’s age, challenges, or strengths?
There are many different learning styles and each student's needs are different. Parents may adjust any assignment to better meet a student’s individual level and strengths. For example, if you feel an assignment is not challenging enough for your student, you may make the assignment more difficult. If you feel an assignment is above your student's level at this time, you may certainly change the requirements to best allow him to be successful in completing the assignment.
8. Who corrects my student’s homework assignments?
Tests, etc., are corrected in class so your student will correct his work along with his online class. Students enrolled in accredited classes email their scores and assignments to Liahona. The scores are then entered in the gradebook on the secure portion of our website. For students enrolled in non-accredited classes, parents correct homework and assign grades.
9. Can I start the Liahona program mid-year? If I've enrolled late, may I view classes from the beginning of the year?
Liahona will accept students mid-year. We are looking at the feasibility of having courses available on demand. However, please be aware that it can be overwhelming for a student to feel like they are trying to “catch up”. It is generally better for your student to begin wherever the Academy classes are in their studies. You as the parent can adjust the assignments to compensate for the missed material as your student is adjusting to the subjects and the program.
10. Can I get previous years’ programs?
At this point in time, we do not offer past years’ programs. However, we are exploring the logistics and feasibility of having courses available on demand.
11. What if I want to take only one class?
You may enroll in just one class. For details on program options please refer to "How it Works" section.
12. If I have a problem accessing my online course, how do I contact someone at Liahona?
The office staff may be contacted by telephone (801) 785-7850 or via e-mail.
13. Where are the classes filmed?
We film classes at the Liahona Preparatory Academy in Pleasant Grove, Utah.
14. Will my student have interaction with other students?
Yes, they may attend Fall Youth Conferences held at Aspen Grove, Utah, or the Summer Super Trips. They may also interact via email.
15. Who is the staff at Liahona?
The teachers and staff at Liahona have been involved in home schooling or education for years. They have taught at private schools and colleges and some have taught seminary and institute for the LDS Church Educational System. They are well-qualified in their areas of expertise and most are long-term employees of Liahona.