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Citizens High School
Nelson Mandela Academy

"Education is the most powerful
weapon which you can use
to change the world."
-Nelson Mandela

It's Time To Change The Way You Learn

Orange Couch Civic Engagement courses that help you make an impact in your community

Reasons why Nelson Mandela Academy is right for you:

Featured Courses

  • Read 3 Books in 4 Months, Earn 1 Credit
  • Student choses their Directed Reading Subject
  • Subjects are theme-based, such as racism, Gender Base Violence, environment, human rights, education reform, local issues, and other student civic related passions
  • Sixteen 23 minute episodes featuring survivors of Gender Based Violence
  • Write or present 8 blogs/vlogs for one credit or two CEU’s
  • Credits transferable to your local high school
  • CEUs for workforce training and professional development
  • Want to learn more about the Orange Couch Conversations and how you can earn credit?  Click here to learn more.

  • This course focuses on facilitating difficult but necessary, conversations between friends, family, and strangers
  • The blueprint for the conversations take place using five key commitments: Compassionate Empathy, Courageous Listening, Painful Conversations, Social Reckoning and Spiritual Reconciliation

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High School Dual Enrollment (Coming 2022)

Dual enrollment is an opportunity for high school students to earn college credits taken through the Nelson Mandela Academy while still being enrolled in your local school or CHS.  As a dual enrolled student, you are enrolled in both a high school and a college course concurrently.

  • 100% online, most classes worth 3 college credits and 1 high school credit
  • Allows students to receive high school and college credit simultaneously
  • Students can accumulate college credits prior to entering college
  • Can helps students explore areas of interest for future majors in college
  • It can significantly decrease the cost of college tuition

High school Juniors and Seniors are eligible to participate in dual enrollment classes.  Nelson Mandela Academy considers exceptional freshman and sophomore students demonstrate readiness for college-level coursework.

  • Credits you earn as a dual enrollment student can transfer to a two-year or four-year college.
  • Take dual enrollment courses can save you time and money when completing your Associate’s and/or Bachelor’s degree
  • Dual enrollment can help students prepare for a successful career
  • Most courses are general studies courses that will apply to any college major

Dual American and South African High School Diploma

A dual US 24-credit diploma or double diploma program is when you earn two high school diplomas, one from your local high school and one from the US-based Citizens High School.  Both diplomas can be earned at the same time or at different times.

Step 1 – Discuss

Decide why you want a 24 credit US regionally accredited high school diploma? 

  • You want to apply to a US or international university and a US high school degree enjoys a high level of respect and recognition among the world’s higher education institutions.
  • Creates and easier acceptance path toward university acceptance. Shows that you are ambitious and well-prepared for success.
  • A US diploma offers more choices in terms of universities to apply too.
  • A US diploma will broaden your knowledge; skill set and study areas of interest that are not available at your local school.
Step 2 – Download the international student Dual High School Diploma Explainer. 

It is free explainer that give specific details how to complete your dual diploma program and transcript evaluation of your local curriculum.

Step 3 – Dual Diploma students will be required to take a minimum of 6 credits utilizing CHS faculty and curriculum

CHS recommends that the below 6 courses for minimum requirements:

  • English 3 and English 4
  • US History
  • US Government
  • 2 Electives
Step 4 –Begin taking 1 or 2 of the above minimum course requirements

You will earn U.S. credit while taking classes in your native country

  • You can enroll at CHS and immediately start taking classes while you are obtaining your official or unofficial transcript from your local school.
  • CHS suggests your first US courses to take be College Readiness (elective). This course will prepare you to research the university of your choice and well-prepare the student to begin and complete their university application journey.  The College Readiness course helps students develop a solid foundation for academic success after high school. 
Step 5 – Verify Transfer Credits to US Diploma Program

Complete your transfer credit evaluation and send the completed form to our Student Services team for final review of the courses you have taken at your local high school and what courses you will need to take to complete the US 24-credit program.

Online Individual Courses

$ 79 Per Course Per Month
  • Monthly tuition ends when your individual course is completed
  • Self-paced, take your time or accelerate your learning
  • 4,8,16-weeks course length, or take up to a year to complete

Diploma Program

$ 129 2 Course Per Month
  • Monthly tuition ends when your individual course is completed
  • Self-paced, take your time or accelerate your learning
  • 4,8,16-weeks course length, or take up to a year to complete

Live outside the United States?  Use our Currency Converter link to check the current exchange rate.

Apply for a CHS Nelson Mandela Academy Scholarship

To apply for a scholarship to go towards a single course or a full high school diploma, fill out the form below to learn more. 

Become a Leader in Civic Engagement

  1. Enroll in a Nelson Mandela course or complete the scholarship request form
  2. Follow the course as a guide to make an impact in your community in the manner you feel most comfortable
  3. Talk with others in your community on how they too can make an impact for positive change

Nelson Mandela Academy is part of Citizens High School and is fully-accredited

We are regionally accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). 

Citizens High School is Regionally Accredited through the Middle States Association of Colleges & Schools.

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We have been accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission for nearly 40 years.

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CHEA is a private, nonprofit organization that coordinates accreditation in the United States.

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We are a registered  private high school in compliance with Florida Department of Education state standards.

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For nearly 40 years, CHS has helped adult students achieve their goal of earning an accredited high school diploma so that they improve their career prospects and potentially enroll in a college or vocational school. Now you can easily achieve your goal, without spending lots of time or money.

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Hear from some of our students

The teachers were excellent, always willing to help and even offer tutoring to me. The courses were excellent. They were not easy, but not impossible for me to manage by myself. So, (choosing) Citizens High School was one of the best decisions that I have made.

Neredys Cruz, CHS Puerto Rican Graduate

I think that a memorable moment was my first time I had to do a stop and discuss meeting with my professor of chemistry. I called her her on her number and it was like a call with a friend telling him what I learned. I really liked that.

Cristian Nita, CHS Romanian Graduate


Yes.  Once you finish an individual course, it is up to you when you start your next course!

No.  You can just take individual courses one at a time or finish your degree at your own pace!

You can enroll with Nelson Mandela Academy at any time.  Just click HERE to start the enrollment process.

It is up to you.  You can complete a course in as little as 28 days, or you can take longer if you desire.

Yes.  All of your course work can be done from your smart phone once you download the Canvas  Student App.  You can view the course, watch videos, email teachers and complete quizzes from any place at any time. 

Once an assignment is received by your instrucgor, they have 24 hours to action your assignment and post the results.

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Online High School Options

Whether you need a full course path to get an accredited High School diploma, or just want to take some Individual Courses, we have exactly  what you need.  

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