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Sterling Academy, a global private online secondary school, is starting a student-driven website focusing on the school, its students, and educational issues relevant to online secondary education. Principal J Lee Harshbarger, whose office is in Ypsilanti, Michigan, took the steps to make the website a reality after Connor Jacobsen, a freshman from Sacramento, California, expressed interest in creating one on the student chat line with the school. After Harshbarger followed up with a…Read More
The Hour of Code is coming up for Sterling Academy on December 7, 2017, at 4pm EST! Sterling Academy hosts the Hour of Code each year during one week in December. What is the Hour of Code? It is a way to learn the basics of what is involved in computer programming. Coding is a way to speak to the computer in order to give it commands; it is the language that a computer needs in order to make software, websites, games, and apps function. The picture above was…Read More
Many students in Sterling Academy wonder if there is a way to get to know one another. While some students are busy completing their courses, others wonder if there is a feature that allows students to communicate. Homeroom is a feature which has been developed to provide those connections. Homeroom has one opportunity called the chat line, where students can chat live in real time with each other in the school. While students can chat at any time, the principal will…Read More
Many people across the world are interested in learning a new skill such as playing a musical instrument. However, the obstacle that gets in the way is finding the time to do so. My name is Adan Barrera, and my family has started a music group. We first began during Christmas break because my brother and I received an electric guitar as a gift. Every Saturday morning, we continue to practice and improve our instrumental skills. Back then, my family…Read More
Sterling Academy's World Language Department has become a surprising draw for students considering online learning. Among the main reasons for this attraction is Sterling’s unique selection of languages that many traditional schools have discontinued or never even offered. According to Latin teacher Claudia Heilman, “Schools are trying to cut costs by canceling extra classes outside of [the] basic curriculum. Latin teachers are also difficult to find outside of major hubs…Read More