Frequently Asked Questions - Trailblazer Academy

The Trailblazer Academy offers high school students the opportunity to take online college courses at Ohio Christian University through Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO). What this means is that students can take online college courses while still in high school!
Is Ohio Christian University Accredited?

Yes. We are fully accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and the Ohio Board of Regents. View additional information about OCU's accreditation and recognition.

Are the courses taken at Ohio Christian University transferable?

Ohio Christian University is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the Ohio Board of Regents. Completed course work is fully transferable to other colleges and universities. The applicability of completed courses taken for a particular major will be determined by the school in which you transfer.

How long do the classes last?

Each course is 13 weeks in length. For those students taking courses online, the first week of each online class will have an orientation consisting of online course navigation and paper formatting (APA style) guidelines.  For classes taken on the university campus, there will be one day of orientation before the semester begins.

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How much does it cost?

100% state funding is available to Ohio public high school students.

Partial state funding is available to Ohio private high school students.

Significantly reduced tuition is available for homeschool, out of state and those students not using state funding. Tuition is $150/credit hour in addition to the cost of books and course fees.

How many courses can I take?

Qualifying seniors may take up to 25 credit hours in a year as a full time student. If a student is taking any courses at their high school, the number of college semester hours allowed are reduced based on how many courses they are taking at the high school.

What courses should I take?

It is important for you to plan your course work carefully with your high school counselor, especially if you are using a college course as credit for both high school and college credit. Courses should be chosen that will further your educational and career objectives. It is not unusual for high school students to change or be unsettled in their educational or career objectives. Therefore, there is wisdom in taking classes that will meet the general education requirements at most colleges or universities.

Will the courses taken at OCU be included in my high school grade point average?

Your high school or school board will determine whether, and the manner in which, grades will be included in their students' grade point averages. Typically, if you are taking courses under Option B, your college grades will be included in your grade point averages.

What is the relationship between the high school Carnegie Unit and a College Credit?

One high school Carnegie unit is the equivalent to 5 semester hours in college. It also means that in order to complete a Carnegie unit of a subject, you may have to take two classes to complete the 5 credit hours needed. For example, to receive credit for a Carnegie unit of English, you would need to take English Composition 1 & 11, which are both 3 semester hours and would be 1.2 Carnegie units.

Can I take evening classes?

Yes. Students may take day or evening classes if available in our Traditional Undergraduate Program (excludes our Adult and Graduate Studies courses).

Will the college send progress and attendance reports to the high school on a periodic basis?

A progress report will only be sent to the high school if a student is failing a course at midterm. Students have the ability to monitor their own progress through the available resources provided.

What are the consequences of withdrawing from a college course?

Withdrawing from a college course after the course has begun may affect the completion of graduation requirements and should be discussed with your high school counselor and parents, or guardian. A high school official, parent (or guardian) and Trailblazer Academy representative must sign the Change of Schedule form indicating their awareness of the students intent to drop before the college will process a withdrawal. If under Option B funding, the cost paid for you by the state will be recovered by the high school from you or your parents (guardian) depending on your school or school board policy and practice. The amount of financial liability is determined by the date you withdraw from the class.

What are the consequences of failing a college course?

If a student fails a course, they are suspended from the Trailblazer Academy program for one semester. The student can apply again for the program after one semester.  Additionally, failure of a course could prevent your graduation completion if the failed course was for a high school requirement. The failed course also becomes a permanent part of your college record. Your high school will provide you with counsel on this matter.

If a student fails a college course, who pays for the course?

Students participating in the Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Program, together with their parents, must be aware of the social and academic consequences of participation. Students who fail a class will be required by their high school district, community school or nonpublic institution to pay for the failed class. You should contact your high school counselor about your district's policy.

Can a student repeat a failed class under this program?

If a student fails a course, they are suspended from the Trailblazer Academy program for one semester. The student can apply again for the program after one semester and will be allowed to re-take the failed course. If the student fails the course a second time, the student can no longer participate in the Trailblazer Academy program. 

May a high school student participate in any college activities?

In general, no since students participating in the Trailblazer Academy program continue to be high school students. If there is an activity or college group/organization you are interested in, it is best to first speak with your family and second with Ohio Christian University's student development office.

Do the online classes meet at a scheduled time?

No. While there are deadlines for weekly assignments, there are no scheduled class times. You may log on for the discussions at any time as long as you complete the work assigned by the scheduled due date. So, you may log in at 6am or 6pm to do your work. It's totally up to you!

How do I communicate with my online professor?

Professors provide multiple forms of contact for the students, and often communicate through discussion forums and email.

How can I get started?

Fill out the printable application and either mail it to the address provided or fax it to the number listed on application. For faster application, fill out the form online at http://www.ohiochristian.edu/trailblazer-academy/apply.