High School

High School.  Accelerated or Traditional.  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 the needs of 21st-century students, our general education curriculum incorporates rich multimedia, dynamic learning activities, direct instructional videos, virtual labs, and multiple embedded instructional supports in the instructional content.

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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 up for the challenge of a heavier courseload to graduate early? The choice is YOURS.
Accelerated or Traditional High School
Students can graduate in as little as  2.5 years with a year-round school option!  Schedule courses according to your needs–short courses every 9 weeks, or full-length courses with a heavier courseload.  Enroll in courses of your choice to satisfy graduation requirements and college admissions.
Or take the traditional route and graduate in 4 years.  Participate in internships, certification courses, learn a trade–achieve your goals!
8th grade students can begin enrolling in high school courses if they are academically and social-emotionally prepared.
College and Career Planning 
Don’t waste time or money.  We’ll show you how to achieve your goals at your own pace.
Our 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, our C2P3 College and Career Prep Pathways Program gives you the opportunity to specialize in a career field while still in high school!  Simply choose your career of interest and enroll in 3 electives in the pathway, and you’ll receive a Certfiicate of Completion as well as a special designation on your high school transcript!
Dual Enrollment – Earn College Credit in High School
Dual Enrollment options are available!  Don’t waste time and money–take a dual enrollment course and get BOTH high school and college credit for the course!  That means your can finish up with college sooner and with less expenses!  In addition to dual enrollment, we offer CLEP Test Prep.  The CLEP Tests are owned by The Collegeboard–the same company that owns SAT and AP exams.  With the CLEP tests, you can get college credit based on your passing score! Speak to our certified guidance counselor about your options today!
Teacher support and live help
As a small, online community school with students across the globe, we take the initiative to develop a personalized learning experience for all of our students so they get the support and guidance they deserve.  Our teachers and learning support specialists hold live office hours for student support Monday – Thursdays. Students can also message teachers directly within the online curriculum on the exact page that they need help with!   Our team helps to guide student academic development by providing ‘checks for understanding’ throughout the school year.
Wondering about the workload for online school? Students typically work on the general education core and enrichment courses for 3 to 5 hours daily for 4 days per week, and take a 5th day for offline learning activities which may include service learning/volunteering, physical education and sports, music, cooking and nutrition, art, and more.  Flexible scheduling allows the student to progress through the courses at an individual pace.  General education courses include Math, Science, English Language Arts, and History/Social Studies.
Students benefit from a wide range of electives to choose from—they are sure to find specialty electives to help develop their STEM passions! Our electives are an eclectic mix of general elective courses, foreign language enrichment courses, and specialized STEM learning opportunities.  From 3D animation and graphic design to marine biology and robotics, your favorite electives are just a click away!  All private school students receive a student user account for Adobe Creative Cloud!
In addition to electives, students can participate in a wide range of clubs.  Blog and fine tune graphic design and animation skills with our digital media production club. Gain leadership experience as a member of the student council. Showcase your intellectual skills in our Honor Society. Compete in our various STEM competitions–globally and locally!
  • STEM learning continues with our online STEM clubs and events like GeologyRocks!, Marine Biology, Pi-Thon Math Challenge, Coding, STEM Writing and more!
  • Student organizations such as the National Junior Honor Society, #STEMpreneurs, 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 prepare every Dolphin STEM Academy student to achieve their dreams and live their passion! Join our High School program!

Assessments and Enrichment

At Dolphin STEM Academy, we are committed to student growth and development. To ensure student progress, we screen all students at the beginning of their 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 the strength and challenges of each student and identifies what is needed for individual continued 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 lets us know i if your child is on track for benchmark scores on the ACT/SAT.

Course Catalog

Graduation Requirements

Dolphin STEM Academy STEM Honors Diploma requirements (other Diploma options available):
  • 3-4 Credits of Math
  • 3-4 Credits of Science
  • 4 Credits of English/Literature Studies
  • 3 Credits in History to include World History (1), US History (1), American Government (0.5) and Economics
  • 1-2 Credits in World Languages (must be 2 credits in the same language)
  • 1.0 Credit in Computer Science
  • 1.0 Credit in Fine or Performing Art
  • 1.0 Credit in Physical Fitness, Nutrition, and Health and Wellness
  • Electives
  • OPTIONAL:  STEM Capstone Project and 2 Credits in STEM Specialization
  • Total Credits Need for Graduation:  24
Click below for a list of our general ed and elective courses.  

Curriculum DEMO (brief)

Curriculum DEMO (longer narrated version)

National Honor Society

  • 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.
Honors and Gifted
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.
Honors and gifted students have a real solution! Don’t settle for a 30-minute pull-out session or an extra project at the end of the year at public school.  At Dolphin STEM Academy, we truly nurture honors and gifted students by providing challenging coursework throughout the school year.  Use your critical thinking and problem solving skills while focusing on coursework with a greater depth of knowledge.
College Prep
Our entire education program is centered on college preparedness and continuing education.  STEM careers are  demanding fields that require a solid foundation in Math and Sciences.  To prepare you for this challenge, Dolphin STEM Academy offers so much!

It's your time to shine!

Our STEM Approach
Tired of Robotics and Coding classes as a STEM program?  At Dolphin STEM Academy, we take STEM seriously.  STEM goes beyond robotics and coding programs.  Our students have passions for health and medical fields, digital media, sustainable engineering, animation, programming, graphic design, marine biology and zoology, nanotechnology, and more! Private school students receive a student user account for Adobe Creative Cloud and learn to use the components in our #STEMsynergy sessions! With exciting STEM courses and live #STEMsynergy sessions, you’ll never be bored!
Dive deeper with self-study of your favorite STEM areas and teacher-supported skill development.  Enrolling in our online school gives you the advantage of flexibility of scheduling, a self-directed learning pace, and access to a variety of your favorite courses!  Explore STEM careers during our “STEM Talk” sessions.  Learn about pathways into STEM career fields, internship opportunities, and more!
STEM Projects
One thing that sets our students apart from other private school students is their passion for their STEM area.  Dolphin STEM Academy students engage in a deep study of their field and also take a hands-on, practical approach in their learning.
Through service learning, students design an independent or collaborative project that can positively impact a local or global community.  Students are empowered and motivated to provide solutions to ongoing issues.  A teacher mentor will help guide students through their project.

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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