Making waves in STEM

Dolphin STEM Academy is fully accredited by Cognia!

Traditional or Fast-Track Online High School

Dolphin STEM Academy

A small online private school making waves!

Come STEM with us!

*Flexible and Self-paced
*College and Career Prep
*Student Clubs and Organizations
*Academic Study Skills
*Life Skills, Adulting, and Personal Accountability
*STEM Capstone
*National Honor Society
*Honors, Advanced, and Dual Enrollment Courses

Accredited Online High School

If you are a High School student who:

  • wants to prepare for college and your future career

  • prefers a personalized curriculum to fit your learning needs 

  • excels in a small-school environment with self-pacing options
  • is motivated and ready to experience specialized STEM courses at an accredited online school

then enroll in Dolphin STEM Academy’s online high school!

We are a small online learning community, dedicated to helping students develop a passion for STEM. Don’t settle for a one-size-fits all education!  Our goal is to provide you with a unique learning experience that will prepare you for your future career.  Choose between a traditional 4-year online high school diploma, or speed up and get a fast-track US online high school diploma!  

Step 2

Meet with our admissions team and create your personalized curriculum during orientation.

Step 3

You’re all set to dive into your courses!  We’re always here to support you!

Click the tabs below to learn more!

High School 

YOU decide.  Like the idea of graduating high school with college credit?  Then our dual enrollment program is for you.  Ready to train to start a career in IT after high school?  Do you prefer the traditional 4-year high school sequence of courses?  Or are you ready to speed up and graduate from high school fast?
The choice is YOURS.  Online high school, your pace, your way!
Traditional or Fast-Track High School
Your unique style of learning deserves a unique online high school experience! You can choose the traditional 4-year online high school graduation pathway to earn your high school diploma online, or choose to graduate high school fast–in as little as  2.5 years with a year-round school option!  Fast-track online high school diploma students have the opportunity to enter the workforce or job market early, and still pursue career specialization courses at Dolphin STEM while still in high school!
Wondering about the workload for online high school? Students typically work in the online high school curriculum for about  3 to 5 hours daily, four days per week, and take a fifth day for offline learning activities which may include directed independent study such as a passion project, independent research, community service and volunteering, physical education and sports, music, cooking and nutrition, art, and more.  Whether you choose the traditional pace or the fast-track to graduate high school early online will help determine your daily workload.
Flexible scheduling allows you to progress through your courses at your own individual pace.  General education courses include Math, Science, English Language Arts, and History/Social Studies.  Electives can be selected from our course list, but we also have the option for student-created electives through directed independent study.  So if you’re passionate about a subject and want to learn more, or if you just want to explore a topic, you can create a course around it in a directed independent study as an online high school student at Dolphin STEM!
Teacher support and live help
As a small, online high school with students across the globe, we take the initiative to develop a personalized learning experience for you, to give you the support and guidance you deserve! Our teachers and learning support specialists hold live office hours and can also be quickly reached via email. You can also message your teachers directly within the online curriculum.
Our team helps to guide your academic development by supporting ‘checks for understanding’ throughout the school year. This support is available for both traditional and fast-track online high school students who want to graduate high school early.

Career Specialization Certificate

Grab hold of the opportunity to specialize in a career field while still in high school with our C2P3 College and Career Prep Pathways Program! Use your course electives to gain knowledge in your career field as a private school student in our accredited online high school.
Interested in computers and coding?  We’ve got hundreds of electives to choose from including CompTIA A+ and Networking, Computer Science, Robotics, and more! You can participate in our Technology Student Association to better prepare you for your career.  If you’re interested in Networking or computer help desk as a career, our teachers can help you prepare for the CompTIA industry certification exams!
Are you interested in a health science career such as medicine, pharmacy, nursing, dentistry, psychology, etc.?  Choose from Medical Terminology, Health Science, Anatomy and Physiology, Nursing, Psychology, and more to earn a specialization certificate in Health Sciences!  You can join our HOSA Health Occupations Student Association and participate in national competitions too!

National Honor Society

We are pleased to announce the Dolphin STEM Academy chapter of the National Honor Society!  Students gain leadership skills while excelling academically, volunteering for community service projects, and holding offices within the student organization.
Ready for a rigorous high school curriculum?  We offer Regular, Honors, Advanced, and Dual Enrollment courses online to help prepare you for your future!  Our College and Career Advisors will help you craft a plan that works best for you to earn your accredited online high school diploma!

Graduation Requirements

You can benefit from a wide range of electives to choose from—you’re sure to find specialty electives to help develop your STEM passions! Our electives are an eclectic mix of general elective courses, directed independent study, and specialized STEM learning opportunities.  From 3D animation and graphic design to marine biology and robotics, your favorite electives are just a click away!  As a Dolphin STEM Academy private school student, you will receive a student user account for the Adobe Creative Cloud!
In addition to electives, you can participate in a wide range of STEM clubs and events such as Pi-Thon Math Challenge and STEM Writing Week.  Showcase your intellectual skills in the Dolphin STEM Academy chapter of the National Honor Society. Compete in various STEM competitions–globally and locally!
  • STEM learning continues with our online STEM clubs and events like GeologyRocks!, Marine Biology, Pi-Thon Math Challenge, Engineering Design, Coding, STEM Writing and more!
  • Student organizations such as the National Honor Society, #STEMpreneurs, HOSA (Health Occupations Student Association), TSA (Technology Students Association), FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America), and the Student Newsletter Advisory Council help build 21st century skills such as executive leadership, project planning, decision making, and teamwork.
Our goal is to help YOU to achieve your dreams! Join our High School program!
Earn College Credit in High School
through Dual Enrollment
Don’t waste time and money–take a dual enrollment course and get BOTH high school and college credit for the course!  That means you can graduate from college sooner and with less expenses!  In addition to dual enrollment, we offer CLEP Test Prep.  CLEP is managed by The Collegeboard–the same company that manages the SAT and AP exams.  With the CLEP tests, you can get college credit based on your passing score!
Get started with your options today!
College and Career Planning – C2P3 
Don’t waste time or money.  We’ll show you how to achieve your goals at your own pace.
Dolphin STEM’s College and Career Program provides you with a career survey and personality profile to narrow down career options that may be a good match for you. We help you plan for your future and create SMART goals.  College-bound students narrow down their college lists based on their likelihood of acceptance, and college tuition and fees financial considerations.  Our online software will keep track of your grades, recommendation letters, test scores, extracurricular activities, and your college applications.  Career-bound students will benefit from our career certification prep programs such as CompTIA A+ and Network.
In addition, you will have the opportunity to specialize in a career field while still in high school with our C2P3 College and Career Prep Pathways Program! Working with our college and career advisement team, you will complete a career interest survey to find careers that match your interests and personality.  Simply choose your career of interest and enroll in 3 electives in the pathway, and you’ll receive a C2P3 Certificate of Completion as well as a special designation on your high school transcript!
  • Optional accelerated pacing for Math and Science courses to give you the opportunity to take additional higher level courses such as Calculus, Statistics, Physics, and Anatomy and Physiology.
  • Annual assessments that provide a predicted ACT score and informs of your strengths and weaknesses with the college entrance exam.
  • Our test prep courses to increase your confidence and knowledge to achieve a higher score.
  • An option for dual enrollment at a U.S. college to earn both high school and college credits simultaneously while you are still a high school student.
  • Graduation counselors to guide you through the process of preparing for and applying to colleges and universities.

Assessments and Enrichment

At Dolphin STEM Academy, we are committed to your academic growth and development. To ensure your progress, we administer an assessment at the beginning of your academic year and continue assessing throughout the year using the NWEA MAP suite of assessments, general core assessments, and student ‘checks for understanding.’  The assessments pinpoint your strengths and challenges, and identifies what is needed for your individual continued academic growth.  NWEA MAP assessment results are integrated with our customized general core curriculum and provide a rich array of data for teachers to help advance student learning.  THE MAP RIT score also lets us know if you are on track for benchmark scores on the ACT/SAT.

Curriculum DEMO (brief)

Curriculum DEMO (longer narrated version)

Need college admissions help?

Our college admissions program will help you plan for your college major, narrow down your list of colleges, prepare your college admissions documents, and more!  We will assist you in planning your college and career based on your decision to pursue the traditional or fast-track online high school diploma for early graduation.

Enjoy all the benefits that Dolphin STEM’s online high school has to offer!

College Admissions Lifesaver Sessions 

    • Career Match Personality Assessment
    • College Admission Apps: CommonApp, Direct Application, CoalitionApp, State App
    • Improving Your College Admissions Essay
    • Extracurriculars and Such: How to Improve Your Chances of Admission to College
    • Funding College
    • Mastering the SAT and ACT 

C2P3 College and Career Prep Pathways Program Brochure

Frequently Asked Questions

YES!  Dolphin STEM Academy is fully accredited by Cognia, a global leader in school and teacher advancement.  We are also accredited by the South Carolina Independent Schools Association.  We are registered in many states including Tennessee and Florida.  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.
  • 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 3rd – 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!
  • In August and January, our private school students participate in our school intersession and orientation, and gain key skills to succeed during the school year such as notetaking, 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.
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.
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.

You can enroll today!

We admit students year-round! If you’d like to use the traditional school year, the 2021-22 school year begins on August 2, 2021.  Students must complete the school year within at least 10 months.


Dolphin STEM’s tuition rates are affordable!

There is a $99 application fee and the annual tuition fee is $3599.  We offer a 0% monthly payment plan as well.  Enroll today!

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!

Dolphin STEM

Inspiring passions in STEM.  Educating a new generation.
Dolphin STEM Academy
Inspiring passions in STEM.  Educating a new generation.

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Erin, mom of a 5th grader

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Mrs. Debbie and her team have been awesome through this entire school year and I appreciate your support and patience with me!
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Dolphin STEM

Inspiring passions in STEM.  Educating a new generation.
Dolphin STEM Academy
Inspiring passions in STEM.  Educating a new generation.
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