TPS – The Potter’s School is a non-profit regionally accredited (Middle States Atlantic Commission candidate) online school that provides a full range of core and elective courses for grades 4 through 12. Each year TPS serves thousands of students in over 70 countries.
- TPS was established in 1997 to offer academically rigorous full scope standards-based course options for independent students (e.g., homeschoolers). In steadfast commitment to that mission, TPS gradually evolved into a regionally accredited online K-12 school.
- TPS serves students as a school for our Diploma Program students and as a course provider for students not in our Diploma Program but enrolled in one or more courses.
- The course standards and process for placement, matriculation, teaching, participation, assignments workload and pace, and evaluation, and credit are the same for all students in the course, regardless of enrollment status. Enrolling in a TPS course is an intentional decision to choose the academically rigorous full-year externally-evaluated course over other alternatives.
- For Diploma Program students, we offer two tiers of diploma: Standard and Honors, with differentiated four-year requirements for each tier. Only TPS Diploma students are part of a TPS graduating class.
- Graduation in the TPS Diploma Program signifies that the student meets or exceeds TPS credit standards in all subject areas for all four years of high school, in addition to meeting the credit standards for each course. Diploma Program status is indicated on the transcripts provided to colleges. It should be considered as denoting a higher overall sustained accomplishment and indicator of college academic success.
- Currently, the Diploma Program is too recently offered to provide meaningful statistics for class rank, colleges attended, and scholarships earned. Anecdotally, many students over more than two decades have reported themselves as “TPS graduates” attending U.S. Ivy League schools, every U.S. military academy, top-tier state colleges, and ranked Christian colleges.
- TPS follows a two-semester 32-week academic year that starts in late August and ends in mid-May. In keeping with our academically rigorous full-scope standards, we do not offer partial, shortened, condensed, or relaxed credits.
- Courses are taught live (synchronously) with audio, video, interactive slides, a shared whiteboard, and other interactive presentation tools. Weekly live participation is required.
- TPS functions at the upper end of the academic spectrum: 18+ AP certified courses (more than half of our AP exam scores are 4/5); 15+ dual credit college courses (certified and transcripted by Belhaven University); 25+ Honors courses (where “Honors” requires specific academic criteria above an existing non-honors course).
- Courses are designed and regularly reviewed to conform to external standards (e.g., College Board, IGCSE, professional associations) for learning objectives and measures of performance.
- Course grades are substantially determined by exams, essays, and labs or projects formally evaluated by the teacher. Tests are proctored and assignment due dates are enforced with grade penalties.
- Course transcript grades are not weighted. A student who chooses the challenge of a TPS Honors course might reasonably have earned a letter grade higher (5-10%) in the TPS non-honors course.
- TPS AP-certified courses are intended to prepare the student for the AP exam. AP exam scores should be considered when reviewing a TPS transcript with AP courses (most TPS AP students earn 4/5 scores). Where there is no corresponding AP exam score for external validation, TPS recommends that the course be considered as an Honors course for review and comparison purposes.
- TPS is faith-based non-denominational Christian. The course content and resources are determined by academic scholarship rather than denominational agenda. Students are not required to affirm a statement of faith.