Young Parents Academy
Whether you are a teen mom, teen dad, or young couple, Citizens High School believes you deserve the advantages that come with having a fully accredited high school diploma. With CHS, you don’t have to choose between parenting or being a successful student… Our Young Parents curriculum allows you to earn high school credit for the real-life learning that comes with raising children.
Courses like Cooking, Directed Reading in Parenting & Child Development, Parenting & Child Development Practicum, and Life Skills all offer ways to keep your graduation on track with innovative, flexible coursework. Learn at your own pace with activities and assignments that actually fit in with the the day-to-day activities of parenting. Coursework can be completed any hour of the day, and some are as simple as posting on social media sites.
No more childcare worries. No need to figure out transportation or work schedules. With CHS nothing stands between you and your future success.
Young Parents Academy Overview
A program designed with you in mind
Being a Teen Mom or Dad can have its challenges – managing school, work and being a new parent. That is why this program was designed with YOU in mind. Our program helps young parents continue their high school education in a fun and engaging way. All of these courses make it possible to be a parent and earn your high school diploma.
Work at your own pace and document daily activities such as cooking and parenting for credit. You can also learn new life and parenting skills in this program.
Features of the Young Parents Academy
- Young Parents Academy electives allow students to earn High School credit for some of the learning that takes place while parenting and applies credits towards your high school diploma.
- Students can attend High School full-time, part-time, graduate from Citizens High School or from your local High School. You can be a stay-at-home parent homeschooler, we’ll help you tailor the program to meet your academic and life needs.
- Young Parents Academy electives encourage you to learn about parenting and early childhood development in a fun and practical way. Our courses are designed to promote lifelong learning while awarding the student credit for some of your everyday parenting activities.
- Our certified faculty members are here to guide you throughout your cooking journey. We’re available Monday through Friday and respond to your messages within 24 hours. This gives you the flexibility to learn on your own schedule.
Directed Reading in Parenting and Child Development
Our Directed Reading in Parenting and Child Development course gives students the freedom to choose what they read and how they apply it. Students will read and reflect upon primary works in parenting and child development. Over the course of a year, students will read four books or equivalents on child basics, parenting, baby healthcare, quality childcare, and learning readiness. The application of learning will be displayed through project-based activities and open discussion forums with assigned Learning Coaches.
What is the Teen Parent Cooking Elective Course?
Our Cooking course uses project-based learning to give you credit for the nutritious meals you cook each day for you and your family. You are given the freedom to explore cooking skills, recipes, and meal ideas – either as an individual or in a group. Over the course of a year, you will prepare 26 meals while documenting your process in a 3-5-minute video submission submitted every two weeks.
Parenting and Child Development Practicum
Our Parenting and Child Development Practicum course allows you to earn credit for being your child’s first teacher. You earn credit for applying knowledge learned about parenting and child development during everyday moments – inside and outside of the home. Milestone development-focused activities allow you to prepare your child(ren) for lifelong learning & exploration.
Through bi-weekly video submission you will be graded on positive parent-child interactions; such as talking to your child, engaging, playing, and parenting techniques.
It is important to note that the Practicum course is not meant to be on-the-job training or an apprenticeship, but is rather an educational process of guided experiential learning designed for your personal growth as both a student and a parent.
Young Parents Academy Life Skills Courses
Learn new life skills and earn high school credit that counts towards your diploma. You get to select your favorite skills from our course catalog, or choose your own and ask your instructor to approve it. Document your learning by using video or presentations to show off your new life skills. The course can be taken alone, in a group, or with friends. You can even start up a club at your local high school and take the course to earn high school credits. This is your chance to innovate the way you graduate with Citizens.