Online learning on your terms. Choose YOUR pace @DolphinSTEM

A small online community school making waves!

To ensure rigor and depth of complexity within the curriculum, we incorporate challenging curriculum standards. Designed to meet your needs for 21st-century skills, our general education curriculum incorporates rich multimedia, dynamic learning activities, direct instructional videos, virtual labs, and multiple embedded instructional supports in the instructional content.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Dolphin STEM Academy accredited?

YES!  Dolphin STEM Academy is fully accredited by Cognia, a global leader in school and teacher advancement.   We are registered in many states to provide students with an opportunity to access state scholarships.  Due to our accreditation with Cognia, your child’s education with us is valued and accepted at universities, colleges, and other public and private K-12 schools.

How is Dolphin STEM different from other virtual schools?

  • Dolphin STEM is a small online school, so you won’t get lost in the crowd.  We provide opportunities to meet with a teacher 1 to 1, build reading comprehension and fluency through our Intensive Reading program, and get quick assistance with Math skills in our Math Lab.
  • Unlike many virtual schools, we assess our students 3 times per year!  We administer the NWEA MAP Growth assessment for Science, Math, Reading, and Language Use, and  the results are used to help you grow academically and achieve your goals!
  • The curriculum is customized to meet your unique learning needs, and you’re able to work at a pace that works best for you!
  • We provide ongoing student support throughout the year.
  • Parents are supported throughout the year with regular parent conferences and monthly family resources.
  • We offer two program tracks to ensure accurate course placement.  The adaptive program allows students to fill in the gaps of learning from previous years, while the traditional program provides standards-based grade level curriculum.
  • Students can gain key leadership skills such as independence, grit, determination, and intrinsic motivation!
  • We are interactive collaborators! Join in and get involved in our special events such as online clubs, Summer and Winter STEM Camp, Online STEM Clubs,  Pi-Thon Math Challenges and Tournament, STEM Writing Week, Pi Day Celebration, and STEM Week!
  • Our curriculum is 100% online for 6th – 12th graders and contains built-in support to make learning easy and fun!  The curriculum contains built-in support including guided notes, text to speech read aloud, interactive graphing paper and functions for Math, dictionary tool to help define words, and more! Videos, games, and quizzes also help to reinforce the lesson content.  For English language learners, there is also a translation tool to allow you to translate text in the courseware into your native language–over 20 languages are available!
  • Our private school students participate in our school intersession period and orientation to gain key skills to succeed such as note taking, study skills, research and writing, citation format, reading for meaning, and more.
  • Our key focus is college prep for STEM careers.  We provide a variety of opportunities to specialize in STEM fields through course content, practical experience, and certifications.
  • Students take the MAP growth assessment three times per year which provides a correlation to predicted ACT and SAT scores.  We also provide college entrance exam preparation in high school.
  • We LOVE STEM!  We help to develop passions in STEM fields and nurture the critical thinking skills that are required in STEM careers.

Do you offer Special Education courses?

We offer regular, gifted, honors, and accelerated courses. To enroll, complete the application form and submit previous school records along with your consent for records from other schools.

Is this a good fit for my child?

Our online program works best for students who are motivated to learn and achieve success. Students who need repeated prompting to complete assignments may struggle. We also recommend that students have reading comprehension skills that will enable them to understand the lessons. The curriculum has the ability to narrate the lessons using the “text to speech” function. Struggling readers will likely have difficulty mastering the curriculum.


When does the school year begin?

You can enroll today!

We admit students year-round! If you’d like to use the traditional school year, the school year begins in August every year. Dolphin STEM private school students must complete their school year in 8 months. Homeschoolers have 10 months of access to the curriculum.

How much is the tuition?

Dolphin STEM’s tuition rates are affordable!

The private school tuition is only $3999 plus a $100 application fee.  We offer a 0% interest monthly payment plan as well.  Enroll today!

There are a few options for the Homeschool curriculum. We offer a 0% interest monthly payment plan as well.

What is the difference between the online private school and online homeschool program?

The full-time private school is for students who want to be registered with a private school and have the guidance and support of certified teachers and academic counselors.  Private school students receive support from our staff for the academic school year August through May, but are able to use the curriculum through July if necessary.  The curriculum is based on the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards; state specific standards can be also be used, just let your academic advisor know during your enrollment conference.  California students can also tailor their courses to California requirements for entry into the California public university system.

Independent study homeschoolers purchase the curriculum and use it independently as homeschool students.  Please discuss homeschool requirements with your local school district or state Department of Education.

We can provide state specific courses, including California A-G courses!