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5 Benefits of Enrolling in an Online Latin Course for High School Credit

Posted by Sterling Staff on Nov 15, 2021 2:06:00 PM

The current pandemic might have introduced a lot of people to the benefits of remote education, but our educators at Sterling Academy have long known the value of online learning. In addition to offering flexible scheduling and diverse, customized instruction — all within a safe environment — our rigorous curriculum also provides students with the opportunity to explore quality courses that might not be available in more traditional schools.

Consider, for example, Latin. Many schools have eliminated Latin from their offerings despite the fact that studies show even a rudimentary understanding of Latin greatly improves students’ cognitive development. Take a look at five important benefits of taking an online Latin course for high school credit:

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How Do Online High School Science Courses Work?

Posted by Sterling Staff on Nov 3, 2021 10:23:51 AM

If you’re considering enrolling in an online high school science course, you might be wondering how that works. High school science, after all, is most often a hands-on experience, necessitating collaborative work and integrating personal research with professional instruction.  

Here at Sterling Academy, however, “online” doesn’t mean hands-off. We offer a comprehensive and experiential science curriculum that combines carefully curated video lectures with practical lab training, ensuring that our students become critical thinkers and are well-prepared for all postsecondary science education if they choose. Here’s what you can expect:

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4 Reasons to Take French 3 Online

Posted by Sterling Staff on Oct 28, 2021 9:40:00 AM

In today’s competitive educational landscape, multilingual competency can give aspiring students a substantial advantage over their peers. Indeed, numerous studies indicate a positive correlation between learning a second language and academic achievement, with students who study a second language improving their college admission test scores with each year of advancing language study. (And just for comparison: studying other subjects for multiple years shows no similar advantage.) Furthermore, many admissions counselors look for advanced language instruction on a prospective student’s application as an indication of his or her commitment to hard work and appreciation of academic value. But learning a second language doesn’t just influence access to higher education; research also demonstrates that multilingual college graduates often have higher salaries and better job security than those with mastery of only one! With digital technologies providing faster, easier access to language courses coupled with the fact that many believe French to be the “Language of the Future,” there’s really no good reason to not take French 3 online. Here’s a short list to prove our point:

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Why Game Design Classes for High School Students Are a Good Choice

Posted by Sterling Staff on Oct 18, 2021 9:11:01 AM

There is really no such thing as a standard high school curriculum anymore. Yes, completion of certain basic math, science, language arts, and history classes are usually included as part of most secondary education requirements; but beyond a few core courses, high school education can — and should be — centered on the passions and interests of individual students. Rather than simply preparing them for future success, high school should inspire students to dream, stretching their imaginations so that they are able to recognize and assess endeavors they might never have otherwise contemplated. Thus, part of a good education is exposing kids to new ideas through unique and unusual electives. Here are five reasons to consider game design classes for high school students:

 

  1. Game Design Classes for High School Students Inspire Creativity


    In contrast to many foundational courses, coding and programming are inherently creative processes, demanding curiosity, imagination, innovation, and agility rather than mere memorization. Game design classes for high school students, in particular, rely on abstract thinking, as well as experimentation, to foster ideas, develop a story and bring concepts to life. Research shows that having an outlet for creative expression increases a student’s confidence, encourages the development of advanced problem-solving skills, decreases his or her anxiety, and leads to a deeper understanding of a subject.

  2. They Teach Logical Thinking


    The goal of any educational program is to inspire understanding. And understanding stems from logical, critical thought. Because the essence of computer programming is decomposition, taking a problem and breaking it into smaller parts so that it can be figured out, game design classes for high school students are the perfect vector for teaching computational thinking, the foundation on which more advanced thinking evolves.

  3. Game Design Classes Strengthen Communication Skills


    Coding is essentially a type of language, and studies show that learning a new language actually builds brain matter, providing enhanced cellular connections that enable increased cognitive processing and safeguard against age-related brain deterioration. The result: game design classes for high school students help to open and protect students’ minds so that they can better understand the world around them.

  4. They Improve Career Opportunities 


    Being able to code is a very marketable skill. Game design classes for high school students teach essential computer programming skills that many future employers look for in employees. A background in coding opens doors for students in college and beyond.

     

  5. Game Design Classes for High School Students are Fun


    Of course, coding is also fun, providing students with an outlet to explore, design, and create without limit. Adding courses that spark the interest of students and are enjoyable allows kids to relax for at least part of their school day, better preparing them for other courses which might be less appealing.

The Sterling Academy Difference

At Sterling Academy, we believe students need access not just to quality core classes, but to electives that excite and engage them. Our game design courses offer learners the opportunity to explore a potentially marketable (and lucrative) interest while at the same time instilling in them fundamental academic skills that will serve them throughout their lives. Please contact our Enrollment Office to learn more about what makes Sterling Academy different from other online institutions.

 

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Benefits of Taking a Trigonometry Course Online

Posted by Sterling Staff on Aug 19, 2021 11:18:00 AM

After the COVID-19 pandemic forced many schools to transition to online learning, some students struggled to adapt while others thrived. If you or your child is interested in continuing online learning but your school is no longer offering remote options, then searching for an online-only school can help. Alternatively, if you have never experienced remote learning before, then trying a single class to see if you like it better than traditional classroom learning can help you discover your ideal learning environment. Taking core classes such as Mathematics or English can be a great way to start. As an example, here are some of the benefits of taking a trigonometry course online:   

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Finding the Right Algebra 2 Online Courses for Your Student

Posted by Sterling Staff on Aug 11, 2021 2:00:18 PM

Whether you’re looking to transition to online schooling full or part time, finding the right course for yourself or for your child can be difficult. Given the sheer number of online schools available, it can be challenging to find the best option. Finding core classes such as Mathematics, English, and Science can be especially hard because curriculum varies by state and school district. Luckily, there are some simple criteria that can help you make an educated decision. Whether your goal is to get ahead in your high school requirements, retake a class you didn’t pass, or free up more time for other classes, here is some advice on how to find Algebra 2 online courses from reputable and rigorous online schools:  

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Supplement your geography lessons with these fun-to-play online games

Posted by Sterling Staff on Nov 9, 2015 8:30:00 AM

Geography is one of those middle school subjects that involves learning lots of place names and other facts. It can feel overwhelming and, for some kids, a bit dry. There’s no need for that, though, because geography lends itself perfectly to online games and other interactive resources.

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How Principles of Entrepreneurship help students pursue their entrepreneurial spirit

Posted by Sterling Staff on Nov 2, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Not so long ago, most people’s vision of the ideal career was one where they could remain, safe and comfortable with one company, until the day they retired. People expected to work for someone else, and that was OK. Now, however, more and more young people realize they can be in charge of their own destiny. They want to work for themselves.

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Not all online schools are flexible

Posted by Sterling Staff on Oct 26, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Greater flexibility is one of the key reasons so many families are switching to online schools for their children’s education. But just how flexible is the online school you’re considering for your middle and/or high school students? There are distinct differences among online schools, so it is crucial to ask whether or not your students will have full control over their study schedule.

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You can still enroll in online school at mid-semester

Posted by Sterling Staff on Oct 19, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Leaving one school and moving to a new one can be a concern for both parents and students. When the change takes place mid-semester, more questions arise about making the transition a successful one. This is an excellent time to consider switching to online school.  

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