Charleston Acceleration Academy: Frequently Asked Questions

Is Charleston Acceleration Academy a school?

Yes, the Charleston Acceleration Academy is a tuition free public charter school under the South Carolina Public Charter School District.  We work in partnership with the Charleston County School District to give you options to fit your real life needs to ensure you achieve your goal of a high school diploma. We are your partner to help you succeed outside the traditional high school classroom.

In other words: “Charleston Acceleration Academy provides academic and support services to young adults either at risk of not earning a high school diploma or wishing to return to their education.”


What’s a Graduation Candidate?

That’s what we call you – the young adult enrolled in our school– because you’re here for a purpose: to graduate. It’s not just checking a box or showing up. Our Graduation Candidate’s (or GCs for short) are fierce, independent and dedicated to their success.


What are the eligibility requirements for Charleston Acceleration Academy?

Anyone at a high school level (grades 9 to 12) not actively enrolled in school and under the age of 21 is eligible. However, requirements can vary based on individual circumstance so CALL US to learn.


Is this the GED program?

NO WAY! You get your official high school diploma certified from the state of South Carolina. Along with a ton of career pathing support and a collaborative, innovative learning environment. It’s the real deal with Charleston Acceleration Academy.

Can’t I just get my GED?

You could…but a high school diploma gets you way more opportunities and money, so why would you do that? And this school is no cost to you. GED’s cost. They cost time, money and don’t get you the options you need and deserve in your life. Check out OUR SCORECARD to see the difference.


What is a personalized learning plan?

We work with you to create your “personalized learning plan”. Depending on your goals (military, college, promotion, job, starting your own business), we help you create your specific course plan that gets you to your diploma. You’ll know what to work on, why and what’s next. You’ll see your path to graduation, so there is no wondering if you’re close. (You won’t get that level of service in a GED program!)


Can you help me get a job?

You bet! Getting a high school diploma sets you up for incredible career success way beyond just a GED, and we offer real and effective career support to our Graduation Candidates. This means help writing your resume, getting internships, part-time or full-time jobs, as well as career exploration. You bring the passion and drive; we’re here to support you in your success.


What if I don’t have transportation to get to the Academy?

We have you covered, providing public transportation passes to any Graduation Candidate who needs assistance getting to and from the academy and some van-based pick-up and drop off service if you’re super dedicated to the school.


Do I have to be in a classroom, or can I do course work at home?

Both. Our model lets you do some of your work at home, some of your work at our academy, and accelerates you toward your diploma.  Our online blended learning model gives you the flexibility to do your coursework anywhere with internet access. As always, you’ll still have access to the Academy building and we’ll see you in our sites for your scheduled on-site hours each week.


What if I can’t be in a classroom all day?

Real life happens, and we get it. We’re flexible around scheduling.

There are minimum requirements for time on-site and course progress, so a schedule is tailored to you so that you are hitting your target dates as part of your personalized learning plan.


Am I going to be left to work online by myself? Is there any support?

NO! Wait, Yes!

What we’re trying to say is Graduation Candidates are supported in every way, with access to highly qualified staff as well as certified social workers and guidance counselors. You can work with other GCs, one-on-one with Content Coaches, or by yourself.


I’ve never been that good at school. How will this be any different?

We use an education model and tech-savvy content rather than the old-school textbooks and 6-classes a day approach. You do one course at a time and master it – with help from your Coach – so you can truly learn at your pace and feel the positive success with online and in-person support.


How does this help me for real life?

We start you on the path toward the next step in owning your success. You get high-end support that really ensures you get the leg-up for success on your terms. Work with a Career and Life Coach, develop a plan that’s specific to your life and goals, practice interviewing and meet local leaders and employers.


What if I need help passing a major test?

We offer tutoring and standardized testing prep courses for state testing, the ACT, and the SAT.


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