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6 Best Online French Courses For High School Credit

Thanks to the wonders of the internet, attending school from home is easier than ever.

In this post, I’ll show you six of the best accredited French courses online that will give you high school credit, so you can study French from the comfort of your own home!


1. Sterling Academy

Sterling Academy

Price: $450 tuition for full credit (2-semester) course plus $100 enrolment fee

Sterling Academy offers three years of high school French. Levels I, II and III are each two semesters long, but if you need to enroll for only one semester, they give you that option as well.

Other than the fact that it’s online, Sterling Academy’s curriculum is fairly traditional. The website states that each class consists of “vocabulary practice, writing assignments, quizzes, unit tests, and mid-term and final comprehensive exams.”

Sterling’s major draw is its reasonable tuition price. If you only want to enroll in one year-long French course, you pay $395, plus a $100 enrollment fee. If you want to enroll for only one semester, you pay $225 in addition to the enrollment fee.

2. Apex Learning Virtual School

Apex Learning Virtual School

Price: $700 for full year

Apex Learning Virtual School offers four courses, French I, French II, French I Honors and French II Honors.

Honors courses appeal to students who are more serious about French studies than those who simply need to meet graduation requirements. The courses move at a faster pace than the basic classes, so the students cover more information, often at a greater depth.

Keep in mind, honors classes are not equivalent to AP classes. Kids will not take the AP exam or receive AP credit. This can be a major benefit for students who are passionate about French but don’t want the pressure of taking an AP class.

Apex Learning’s courses often operate similarly to brick-and-mortar schools. There are lessons, reviews, quizzes and exams.

All four last for a full year and cost $700 each.

3. The Keystone School

Keystone School

Price: Cost varies depending on course

The Keystone School offers French levels I through IV. One huge benefit of taking one of their online courses? No textbook required!

Like the other programs on this list, each French level at Keystone is divided into two semesters.

However, a unique feature of this school is that semesters aren’t necessarily the same length as a traditional school’s. Students can enroll at any time throughout the year and squeeze in or spread out the hours over any length of time. This is great for students who, for one reason or another, might decide in October or April that they want to take French online.

Each class consists of 120 credit hours, or 60 hours, per semester. Keystone also provides 30-45 hours’ worth of outside study materials per course.

Although students have teachers for their classes, the program intends for students to do most of their work independently, so they can finish tasks on their own time.

Keystone also recently developed the Keystone Plus Program for students who need a little more guidance. This arrangement includes built-in scheduling, class placement support and academic intervention.

Keystone’s main priority is to provide a French education that meets the rigorous standards of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). This means students will learn reading, writing, speaking, listening and culture in each class.

4. Forest Trail Academy

Forest Trail Academy

Price: Tuition information available here

Forest Trail Academy only offers French I and II. Although Forest Trail provides students with a strong education, no honors or AP classes are offered. The school does offer AP classes in other subjects if your homeschooled child wants to take the APs in subjects other than French.

This school’s biggest selling point is the availability of academic advisers. While all these schools want to help your child succeed, these advisers are especially invested.

Between the advisers who look at each student’s overall educational experience and the AP classes in courses other than French, I recommend Forest Trail Academy more for homeschool students than traditionally educated kids who just need to take one or two French courses online.

5. NorthStar Academy

Northstar Academy

Price: Tuition information available here

NorthStar Academy is a Christian online institution. It’s a great option for students who want to learn from home but still want a religious education.

This school offers French levels I through III as well as AP French Language and Culture. All four courses are two semesters in duration.

Even though numerous schools across the country offer AP classes, not all provide AP electives. I know my high school sure didn’t! I was passionate about French as a teenager and would have loved to take an AP French course.

AP French Language and Culture is a strong choice for students who not only want to learn about grammar and vocabulary but also want to learn about Francophone countries and their inhabitants from “authentic” sources.

Authentic sources are materials created by native Francophones for speakers of the language, as opposed to activities created by textbook publishers for French language learners. Of course, a huge aim of this course is to prepare kids for the AP French examination in May.

The cost of one yearlong course with NorthStar Academy is $615. The school does offer discounts to families who enroll in courses through their brick-and-mortar schools or have at least two kids enrolled with NorthStar. If parents work for ministry-related non-governmental organizations or for the military, students may also receive discounts.

NorthStar also offers multiple payment plans for families.

6. Connections Academy

Connections Academy

Price: Free

Connections Academy is a little different from the other online schools on this list. It’s not a private school, but rather an online network of public schools.

Yes, public schools. You know what that means? Tuition is free! Youpi!

Resources are provided online. You pay for any additional materials you might want and the cost of optional field trips. The field trips are a benefit of being connected to a local Connections school.

Connections Academy has partner online schools all over America, making it easy to find partnered schools near you.

It seems silly that a school needs to be near you if the offerings are online. However, each school must meet the requirements of the public school system in the state where you live. Due to these standards, Connections Academy clarifies that it’s not technically a homeschooling program.

Connections Academy offers high school French for levels I through IV, and each class runs for a full academic year. The academy’s website gives a thorough explanation of what topics, vocabulary and grammar are covered in each level.

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