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Frequently Asked Questions - General

Unfortunately, no. As of right now, only tuition paid to a post-secondary school is eligible for a deduction. You can see more information here:

Absolutely. In fact, our graduates are proudly serving in every branch of the United State Armed Forces.

Like enlistees from any accredited high school, home school or alternative school, TAA graduates must score 50 or higher on the Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT,) a portion of the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVB) that measures reading comprehension, word knowledge, math facts and arithmetic reasoning. That’s higher than the absolute minimum score (which ranges from 31 in the Army to 45 in the Coast Guard) but in line with what enlistees must currently achieve on the test to join the military in the current competitive recruiting environment. Please refer to this document for more details.

You can learn everything you need to know about what we expect of you and what you can expect from us by reading our student handbook.

When you are registered for a class, you will receive an email by Monday morning with login instructions. If you do not see this email, you should:

1. Check your spam folder
2. If our email is there, please mark our email as "not spam" so future emails show up in your inbox
3. If our email is NOT there, please contact us at

Our complete school offering is entirely web-based and supports most major operating systems and web browsers. Our recommendations are as follows:

TAA Recommends MINIMUM Recommended Version
Operating System Microsoft Windows


XP, Vista, Windows 7


Most major distros and kernels
Google Chrome


Internet Explorer


Version 1

Version 2

Version 7

Version 3

Version 9.1
Plugins and Players
Adobe Flash

Adobe PDF Reader
Version 9

Version 6
Productivity Apps
Microsoft Office


Google Docs


Connection Speed
High-speed Internet Connection
Cable or DSL
Screen Resolution
1280 x 1024 or higher
1024 x 768

Minimum hardware specifications that support the software and systems defined above is also required. Most modern computer hardware, manufactured from approximately 2001 or later, should be sufficient.

No. We are a completely independent private online high school, and have no relationship with any other American Academy school. We were founded and are located in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Our entire team - founders, investors, board members and employees - have never had any connection with another American Academy school, including those schools who operate in Miami, Florida.

The American Academy's responsive student service representatives are standing by to answer your questions, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM mountain time, Monday through Friday. Call us at 1-888-364-6940 or email us at

Yes! The American Academy is accredited by the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC). In order to earn accreditation through the NWAC, The American Academy had to document compliance with all of their standards in areas ranging from school vision, curriculum, instruction, and school leadership, to student services, facilities and finance, and continuous improvement. The NWAC is one of 6 regional accrediting bodies in the United States, each of which is widely recognized as conducting the most rigorous review and accreditation for U.S. public and private school programs.

The American Academy offers more than 200 core and elective online courses. Classes start every Monday; you can work through them at your own pace with the help of a licensed instructor who you can contact by email and online chat. You'll have up to six months to complete your course. Each course is worth .25 credits (1/2 of a semester credit).

Yes. We want you to be happy with your purchase, but of course you have 10 days from your date of purchase to request a refund. Please call us at 1-888-364-6940 to request a refund.

If your request is received within the 10 day policy, The American Academy will refund your entire purchase, less any amounts paid for materials shipped to you. We do not accept refunds on materials.