Keystone’s Online KAL Program: A flexible fit for adults seeking a high school diploma


There are many reasons why people leave high school without a diploma. Some students, for example, miss several days, or even weeks, of school due to illness, moves or family issues. They fall behind and never catch back up.

Others think that earning a GED will be quicker and easier than going to class every day.

Poor grades may discourage a student, who simply decides to quit; and there are people who just don’t like school.

More important than the decision to leave school, however, is the decision to go back. Beginning on Jan. 23, 2017, the Keystone School is giving adults who want to earn their high school diploma the flexibility to finish high school from home.

Why does an adult need a high school diploma?

The first reason is simple: money. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, a high school graduate can earn, on average, over $185 more each week than someone who doesn’t have a diploma — that’s $9,620 a year. That’s extra income that any person could use.

Opportunities like attending college and work promotions become real possibilities. More of life’s doors start to open.

Pride plays a role, too. A high school diploma is a big moment in all of our lives. Reaching that goal is a genuine achievement, regardless of age.

“The benefits are significant,” says Elizabeth Jones, Keystone’s Deputy Head of School, Adult Learning. “Adults with a high school diploma have a higher income potential and can be proud that they reached such an important milestone.”

How does someone find time for school if they’re busy working or raising a family?

Many hard-working adults want to earn their high school diploma but have a difficult time seeing when they’ll have the time. They already struggle with long hours, uncertain schedules and tough commutes just to earn a living each day.

Keystone’s Adult Learning (KAL) program, however, offers the flexibility to fit into busy lives.


  • School is always in session. The KAL program is online and students can work on their courses at any time. If 2 p.m. or 2 a.m. is the best time to get schoolwork done, KAL offers that flexibility.
  • The student chooses the courses to take — and not to take. Students can take as many or as few KAL classes as they want. When someone wants to earn that high school degree, she can dive into KAL’s Standard Pathway with a full course load that includes core subjects, electives and world languages — or just take one or two courses at a time. Can the student do this on the standard pathways? If yes, okay
  • Some students can even accelerate. If a student has a long work history, earned 12 or more high school credits in the past and is highly motivated to get a diploma fast, she can choose KAL’s Accelerated Pathway. A student can earn a high school degree in a year or less in the Accelerated Pathway program. Is this true? If yes , okay

“Keystone’s flexibility allows adult learners to create a plan that meets their specific needs,” Ms. Jones says. “They can do school work after their day job ends, or after they put their children to bed at night. The flexibility is a key benefit to Keystone’s Adult Learning program. It can be overwhelming to think of going back if an adult has been out of school for quite some time — but Keystone has the option for students to only enroll in one or two courses to get started. This can help adult learners take small, but important steps toward reaching their goal of earning a high school diploma.”

How do students get the work done?

On any given day, an adult student can work on assignments, email teachers, administrators or advisors or ask instructors coursework questions.

“Teachers are available to support adult learners when they have questions — they only need to reach out their teacher by phone or email to request assistance,” Ms. Jones notes. “Student Services are also available to assist with non-academic questions. Keystone’s guidance counselors can assist with the college application process or answer questions regarding college or career planning.”

Since the program is flexible — adults can enroll at any time of the year and complete courses on their own schedule — there may be some days when students just don’t have time for schoolwork. That’s fine, too.

How do students pay for the program?

Keystone offers a generous tuition payment program for adult learners. If a student needs to pay incrementally, KAL will work to make sure that happens.

Does this diploma “count” as much as a traditional high school diploma?

Some people may be hesitant to pursue a high school diploma as an adult because of the concern that, for whatever reason, achieving a degree later in life is somehow worth less to a college or an employer. This is not true.

Your options are not limited by a diploma from Keystone’s Adult Learning program — they expand significantly. An adult who earns a Keystone high school diploma has met the same requirements that any of our traditional students must achieve, as well. There is no difference in quality.

In fact, Keystone graduates generally meet college entrance requirements and have a strong history of acceptance into post-secondary programs.

Where can adults who want to earn a high school diploma get more information about the KAL program?

For more information on the Keystone Adult Learning Program or to enroll today, visit Keystone online at or call 1-844-363-5206 today.



How To Get Your Children Motivated To Do School Work


How to get your children motivated to do school work

It’s easy to spot the things that your child enjoys. Kids are naturally motivated when they have a passion for an activity or truly look forward to a project. Think about your own work life — when you are assigned a project that excites and motivates you, you want to work on it all day long. When you have a task you consider dull, tedious or uninteresting, the work may sit on your desk for a week (or longer).

Just as you had to train yourself to tackle the projects that you’d rather hand off to the office intern, your child has to learn how to complete schoolwork even when she’d rather do anything else. This is especially true for students who receive an online education — the flexibility and freedom provided by the digital learning environment can be a double-edged sword if procrastination becomes a regular problem.

Motivation isn’t always easy, though. We’ve compiled some strategies for you, as a parent and learning coach, to use when your child seems less-than-engaged with the day-to-day responsibilities of an education.

6 ways to get your child motivated today:

Switch the Routine.

Nobody enjoys getting stuck in the same routine every day. For many students, a rigid schedule can be one of the biggest drawbacks of traditional schooling. Luckily, online education allows your family to have a great deal of flexibility — take full advantage! When the brain gets a change in its routine, it feels more stimulated, challenged and open to taking in information. Something as simple as switching the order of subjects or where you review a lesson for the day can work wonders.

2. Use the “When You” Rule.

The “when you” rule is a concept that all kids can grasp. Adults know it all too well because we get paid by the “when you” rule — when you put in a week’s work, you get a paycheck.

You can teach your child that she can earn rewards for doing well in school. For example, you can motivate a child to study by offering them the opportunity to do something fun after school — when you finish your math lesson, you can go spend time with your friends.

3. Small Things Can Lead to Big Successes.

Encourage your child to break their tasks down into small, doable parts. For example, if your daughter has to read an entire chapter of a textbook, you may encourage her to break it up into a page at a time. Adults have found that the Pomodoro technique is very effective in getting business work done — that’s when you use a timer to break the day into periods of work followed by short breaks — because it breaks up heavy concentration into small segments at a time.

When you want your kids to get motivated to do schoolwork, that can enjoy the same benefits by breaking up their schoolwork down into small pieces.

Create Structure.

Structure doesn’t go out the window just because you and your family pursued online education. Add some expectations into your child’s school day.

You may opt to have a time each day that you help your child with schoolwork, such as right before dinner. Also, simply having one specific work station for your child is a great idea.

“Making independent learning feel like school is important,” K12 Student Success Advisor Megan Strittmatter says. “You are working from home, but having a designated spot in the home that feels like school can make students much more productive.”

5. Acknowledge Good Work

Everyone wants to receive praise for doing good work. Heap praise on your child when she does well in school. Be sure to praise the work that she does, too. For example, even if your child is naturally very bright, praise how hard she worked to prepare for a test instead of complimenting her natural-born talents. That will help motivate her to try even harder in school, develop that work ethic and earn your praise again.

6. Set Attainable Goals

As much fun as it can be for a child to work towards a goal, you don’t want to set expectations too high — you may discourage a youngster who can’t live up to the height at which the bar has been set.

“Having an end date to the school year helps get parents and students on the same page, facing that one goal together,” Elizabeth Jones, supervisor of Student Success Advisory at Keystone, says. “Getting this direction established will answer questions like, ‘Where am I going and what am I doing with this class?'”


Want to learn more about online education?

If your child is an athlete, actor, musician or just wants the flexibility that an online education can provider, please visit The Keystone School online today.