Frequently Asked Questions:
What makes JCFA different from traditional high schools?
- Our schedule: JCFA is able to offer a more flexible schedule for students. JCFA’s school year runs year-round from July to June. Students come to school for approximately three and a half hours a day with the option to attend additional class periods before and after the scheduled school day.
- Our curriculum: JCFA uses Edgenuity, an online curriculum provider, to deliver direct instruction. Students are typically enrolled in three classes at any given time, and earn credit when they have demonstrated mastery of the material in the course.
- Our faculty and staff: JCFA recognizes the importance of a small student-to-faculty ratio. In each classroom, JCFA has a subject area teacher and at least one subject area tutor ensuring a student-to-faculty ratio of 10:1.
Who is eligible to attend JCFA?
- Students who reside in Louisiana, are between the ages of 15-21, and are over-aged and under-credited, or who are otherwise classified as “at-risk” are eligible to attend JCFA.
- Students who attend JCFA have non-academic barriers that have impacted their academic successes. This may include a student who: serves as the primary caregiver to an adult or sibling; is a parent; is economically disadvantaged and works to support their household; speaks a primary language other than English; has exceptionalities or health impairments that have hindered his or her prior academic successes; and/or needs a more flexible and supportive environment.
How do students earn credit?
- Credits are awarded upon completion of the required coursework in each subject. In this way, students may earn credits at their own pace. Students should earn at least six credits in twelve months, but may earn far more.
Do students earn a high school diploma?
- Students earn a high school diploma after their successful completion of the state’s requirements including but not limited to: Carnegie unit accumulation, passage of high-stakes testing, completion of the FASA form, and/or obtaining at least one industry based certification connected to a high-growth career cluster.
How long does it take to complete?
- The amount of time it takes a student to complete high school varies depending on the student’s academic record. A student entering JCFA with no credits can complete the high school graduation requirements in 36 months or less. Students determine how quickly they can graduate based on their dedication to completing courses.
What is the application process/ how do I apply?
Residents of Louisiana ages 15-21 who are over-aged and under-credited, may be eligible to apply. The enrollment process consists of:
- Submitting the completed application and required academic records;
- Participating in the TABE test, which measures a student’s fundamental skills in math and English;
- Completing an interview with a member of JCFA’s faculty or staff;
- Attending and participating in a new student orientation program.