An introduction to our
online school
from our superintendent
michael pinkston
Online School
STEP 1 – Request Information
Please complete the inquiry form and our Admissions Director will be contacting you shortly.
STEP 2 – Application
Ready to Apply? Then please complete the Admissions Application and we will coordinate with you for a family interview.
STEP 3 – Diagnostic & Course Selection
Completing the Online School onboarding process including the diagnostic test and course selection will be provided after Steps 1 & 2.

Interested in credit recovery through our Online School? Please email us!

The support our family receives from the CHS Online Director is above and beyond our expectations! Mrs. Mercado addresses our questions and concerns immediately and is a bridge between the physical campus and the online experience.

– Carrie | CHS Online School Parent

the castle hills online school difference

1. CHS partnership with Renewanation, the “best-in-class” Christian curriculum and online school learning platform.

2. CHS Online School Coordinator available for personal support, coaching, and advice to students and parents along with our Online Parent Newsletter providing detailed information and announcements.

3. A unique “Synchronous (Live) Instruction” model with dynamic classroom interaction with teacher and peers. Recorded sessions are available when students are absent or sick. Courses meet Monday – Thursday with 1:1 student/teacher support for skill extension and academic enrichment available every Friday.

4. Degreed and certified Christian teachers with an average years of experience exceeding 20 years.

5. Dual accreditation through ACTS (Association of Christian Teachers and Schools) and Middle States (regional accrediting body).

6. Biblical worldview immersion in every course.

7. Access to our Parent Online Portal to check grades and student progress.

8. Accommodations provided for students with documented learning differences.

9. Excellent Christian textbooks (BJU Press) and a scope and sequence in learning similar to CHS On-Campus instruction.

10. Guidance counselor services available for high school students in Texas along with access to our Career Direct Assessment, ASVAB career assessment, PSAT, and other college guidance support.

1. CHS Online School Director available for personal support, coaching and advice to students and parents.

2. Online School Parent Newsletter provides detailed information and announcements regarding information and opportunities available to online students and families. Also provides tips and advice for parent success.

3. Official grades are maintained on a CHS report card for all online students. A CHS transcript will be provided for all high school courses. Students may earn a CHS Diploma upon completion of graduation coursework requirements.

4. Help desk technology support available to students.

5. Recognition in our CHS Online School Honor Roll.

6. Opportunities to participate virtually in school chapels, school assemblies, and special programs.

7. Library hours available to students by appointment.

8. Participation in after school activities such as STEM Club, Art Starz, and the CHS Christian Music Conservatory.

9. Interested Online Students are included in our annual yearbook available for purchase.

10. CHS school-wide fun family events and activities such as the PTF Fall Festival, parenting sessions, and PTF membership.

11. Guidance counselor services available for high school students in Texas upon request. Students in Secondary School also have access to our Career Direct Assessment, ASVAB Career Assessment, PSAT, and other college guidance support.

12. ADDITIONAL ENRICHMENT OPPORTUNITIES

  • Virtual Chapels available weekly for all grades.
  • Access to IXL online math skills program and Accelerated Reader program.
  • Participation in CHS team sports for Grades 6-8 (schedule permitting).
  • Students enrolled in CHS Online School with at least five core academic classes may participate in CHS fine arts classes and extracurricular activities if they meet the required rehearsal or practice guidelines set by the extracurricular organization. High school activities are governed by TAPPS, TPSMEA or another organization, those guidelines will be followed. All Fine Arts (electives) will require in-person daily class participation for Grades 7-12.
  • Students living locally may participate in annual fall spiritual retreat, mission trips, and community service opportunities in Grades 7-12.

With online learning, parents commit to the responsibility of being an integral part of the student’s learning environment. Parents are vitally important to student learning and academic success through online school. The oversight and support of parents is necessary for both achievement and accountability for a successful online learning experience.

As a parent, you also have the full support of your student’s online school, as well as the support of our CHS Online School Director. Parent involvement may differ according to the grade level of your student, as well as the independence and maturity of your student.

A parent’s commitment to providing online school learning support includes the following agreement:

  • Our/my family acknowledges support of The Christian School at Castle Hills CHS Online School.
  • We/I pledge to cooperate and actively support the teachers and school personnel in all aspects of our children’s academic and behavioral performance. We/I will exercise support and confidence in the teachers and administration of the school.
  • We/I agree to pay all our financial obligations to CHS on or before the due date as indicated on the Enrollment Contract. Additionally, we/I will prayerfully consider supporting the school over and above tuition and fees, including financial gifts and in-kind contributions, as God gives us the ability and means.
  • As parents, we/I agree to fulfill the following requirements including providing adequate internet for my child’s learning, supporting and insisting upon academic integrity in my child’s education, and providing daily checks and support for my child’s education.
  • We/I agree to support CHS Online Policies and Procedures including, but not limited to, the following areas: communication, academic standards and integrity, discipline, dress code, personal conduct online and all other policies and procedures as set forth in the Policies and Procedures Manual.
  • If we/I become dissatisfied with CHS Online staff, policies, or decisions in any respect, we/I will seek to resolve the matter according to the Matthew 18 Principle by going directly to that person rather than spreading criticism, rumor, or accusation, and encouraging dissention or discord. If the matter cannot be resolved, we will quietly unenroll.

Additionally, a parent’s commitment to providing online school learning support also includes the following:

  1. Parents must be engaged on a daily basis in the following ways.
    • Ensuring the student is on task and following a daily schedule. Address off-task behavior and hold student accountable.
    • Seek support from teachers when a student does not understand an assignment or lesson. Pursue advice from the CHS Online School Director for helping the student get the most out of their learning experience and achieving success.
  2. Ensure the integrity of test scores by monitoring test taking, not making answer keys available to students, or allowing students to use outside resources when completing assessments. Matthew 15:19 (ESV)
  3. Provide a safe and quiet learning environment in which study habits are enforced daily.

In partnership with CHS ad iLumenEd Academy (ILA), we are committed to each student’s academic growth and achievement. iLumenEd’s online learning requires a level of responsibility from the students that can help each one be successful.

  • Students will ensure access at home to a strong Wi-Fi.
  • Students will be prepared and ready to learn and agree to turn in all work in a timely manner (these are not self-paced courses).
  • Students will come to class on time and not leave once class begins. If there is an unforeseen circumstance, students will let his/her teacher know immediately. Students understand that tardiness and absences are documented.
  • Students will follow online school etiquette which includes but is not limited to making sure that they dress appropriately and modestly for all classes (no hats, hoods from hoodies, pajamas, or inappropriate messaging on clothing) and treat others with respect in the course, classrooms, or labs.
  • Students will sit at an area that is not distracting to him/herself and classmates which includes keeping pets free from the schoolwork area.
  • Students will log in daily into their school account.
  • Full-time students commit to attend classes synchronously.
  • Students must have a working camera and headset. Once class begins, a student may NOT turn the camera off. During live courses, students are expected to have their camera always turned on. If the camera begins having technical difficulties, parents will purchase a new camera.
  • Students will make sure that his/her face is completely shown during a live session.
technical requirements
To access our Online School program, you will need a computer with an internet connection and some required hardware installed.
Internet Service
Students must have an Internet connection with a minimum of 5 mbps download speed and a minimum 1 mbps upload speed.
Check your internet speed HERE>>
Headset/Microphone
It is recommended that students have a headset with microphone.

Printer & Scanner
Students must have access to a document scanner and printer or utilize a phone or tablet to take and upload pictures of assignments.
Recommended Browser
The Google Chrome browser is strongly recommended. Download the latest Chrome browser HERE>>
Hardware & Operating System
Windows
Operating System: Windows 7+ (Windows 10+ recommended, not Windows 10S)
CPU: 1.4GHz Intel® Pentium® 4 or faster processor (or equivalent)
RAM: 2GB of RAM (4GB+ recommended)

macOS
Operating System: macOS 10.11+ (macOS 10.14+ recommended)
CPU: 1.83 GHz Intel Core Duo or Faster processor
RAM: 2GB of RAM (4GB+ recommended)

Chrome OS (Chromebook)
Operating System: Chrome OS current stable release (Currently 83)
CPU: 1.1GHz Intel® Celeron® or faster processor (or equivalent)
RAM: 2GB of RAM (4GB+ recommended)
Other Concerns
1. Pop-up Blockers can affect your ability to access our Online School platform. 2. Internet Security Products, such as Norton, can inhibit your online experience. 3. Software firewalls installed on your device often will cause accessibility problems. 4. Firewalls must have the following ports open to both TCP and UDP traffic: 80, 8080 and 443.

Have questions?

follow us!

for the latest happenings at chs!