Coby Cathey, president of Resolute Academy graduated from Harding University and East Texas State University.
Coby has served as a teacher at the middle school and high school levels. While teaching Astronomy at Newman Smith High School in Carrollton, TX, he created the Newman Smith Space Project. The project was an interdisciplinary all-school activity, involving over 2500 students in a mission to create a space simulator that would house 4 student astronauts, 72 hours. The project received regional and national attention as an innovative and landmark experience for students and educators alike. As a result, Coby received local and national recognition including awards from NASA and the National Science Teachers Association.
Coby served as an assistant principal and principal in several at-risk schools. He repeatedly saw students that were negatively impacted by the state testing as he describes in his own words.
“I would see students that had completed all of the required coursework, yet could not pass the state testing. There were a variety of reason, but the unfortunate thing was these students were being held back, unable to achieve their dreams, left with a bad taste about the educational system.
Initially, I thought they should just try harder. I developed several instructional strategies to assist students in the process, eventually achieving a 91% passing rate for the at-risk students. However, many students continued to struggle and eventually give up.
The problem with the current testing structure is that it lines students up and a certain percentage, those at the bottom, are going to fail. And it has to be this way, because if all students were able to pass, then people would say the test was too easy.
The weakest members of society, those with the smallest voice, at-risk and disadvantaged students, are the ones that are suffering the most in the current system.
One size fits all systems never work for all people. Resolute Academy is designed for those students and parents who want a different option: a home school experience that honors the individuality of the student.
I created Resolute Academy to see that students receive the recognition for their 12 years of work and dedication. It is my prayer that every student that has a negative feeling about education finds a way to see their full potential and find a path that works for them. I believe Resolute Academy can be that path.”
Coby has also conducted training sessions for educators and administrators on a wide range of topics including classroom management, safety, student motivation, parenting and curriculum design.
Resolute Academy is an affordable, accredited, self-paced online education.
Resolute Academy is accredited/approved by the following agencies/organizations.
Ai-Accreditation International, (firstname.lastname@example.org)
NCPSA-National Council for Private School Accreditation
ACTS-Association of Christian Teachers and Schools (Kim Evans – email@example.com)
TEPSAC-Texas Private School Accreditation Commission
Ai is approved by NCPSA, which is a member of the International Alliance of Accredited Schools. The NCPSA includes 18 private school accreditors including Ai, which is also approved and named by the US Office of Homeland Security for the acceptance of International Students to study in the USA and listed by the US Department of Education. The Alliance has 3 Regional Accrediting Members, NCPSA, NAIS (National Assn. of Independent Schools), and CIS (Commission on International Schools-Headquartered in Belgium and accredits British, French, Germany, and other European Schools around the world. Ai accredits schools throughout the USA and in over 20 other countries.
The purpose of the ACTS Accreditation Program is to establish high, uniform standards among ACTS member schools. Achievement of accreditation status represents a standard of excellence that is recognized by other institutions and the constituency of the community in which the school is located. Accreditation requirements identify educational and spiritual criteria which establish high expectations for Christian schools. Parents seek accredited schools because they believe such schools offer a quality program. Likewise, the larger communities of business and higher education value the standard of excellence established by school accreditation. To become accredited by ACTS, a school will complete a self-study evaluation and open their school to an on-site visit by a qualified team of educators who will examine its program to determine whether it is being operated within the published guidelines of the accrediting agency. ACTS standards are similar to those of other recognized educational accrediting agencies and are designed to meet or exceed the minimum standards for accrediting associations, such as, the Regional Associations, FAANS, TEPSAC, OPSAC and NCPSA.
The Texas Private School Accreditation Commission (TEPSAC) helps ensure quality in private schools by monitoring and approving organizations that accredit the various non-public elementary and secondary educational institutions in the state of Texas. Since 1986, the Texas Education Agency, through the Commissioner of Education, has recognized the accreditation responsibilities of TEPSAC and its affiliated non-public schools and associations. Subsequent to the establishment of TEPSAC in 1989, direct accreditation of non-public schools by the Agency was phased out and discontinued.
Normal educational methods are extremely expensive. Costs for books, classrooms, full-time staff salaries, desks, lunchrooms, and the other trappings expected in a normal school setting add up quickly.
Resolute Academy uses the latest technologies and class management systems to ensure that we keep our overhead costs as low as possible. By offering all of our classes online, with heavy emphasis on videos and tests that students can review on their own time, we’re able to slash the cost of a typical credit hour to a small percentage of what it would normally cost.
Is Resolute Academy a private school or a home school?
Resolute is a private school. Students work from home, at their own pace, under the supervision of their parents. Many parents and students want a home school expeirence, they just don’t know where to start. We provide the curriculum, conduct assessment and remediation, and maintain records. Just like in a home school, parents are responsible to see that students are doing their work consistently and with integrity.
Is This a REAL high school diploma?
Yes, this is a real diploma. Hundreds of Resolute Academy graduates have gone on to community colleges, better jobs, military carreers and 4 year universities. Yes, this is a real high school diploma — NOT a GED, NOT a certificate of completion.
What if I live out of state?
In today’s educational world, living in one state and graduating from a school in another state is no longer unusual. With distance learning, satellite classes, video courses, online classrooms, military families, job transfers, government employee assignments, etc., it is not uncommon for students to have these arrangements. No residency is required. No on-site attendance is required. All Resolute graduates, regardless of their places of residence, are awarded a diploma from Resolute.
Will colleges accept a Resolute diploma?
Yes, colleges DO accept the Resolute diploma and Resolute Academy graduates are attending community colleges all over Texas. Admission to college is determined by the requirements of each college and varies. Such requirements include a high school diploma, SAT/ACT scores, and other factors unique to the university. A high school diploma isn’t a ticket to college and a diploma doesn’t guarantee admission. It just states you have completed the necessary requirements to graduate from high school.
Can I take classes from Resolute Academy?
Resolute Academy offers many solutions to help students complete class work and earn credits. From nationally accredited curriculum like A Beka, ACES Curriculum to our proprietary curriculum developed by Texas Certified Teachers aligned to the TEKS, we help students find the solution that works best for them to complete the process as quickly and efficiently as possible, enabling them to achieve their goals and move on to the next level. Our online curriculum is accessible to Resolute students 24/7 and students often comment about how much they enjoy the self paced features which give them total control over the process.
I still need a class(es) in order to have all of my credits. Can I still get a diploma?
Yes. Send us your transcript. We will be happy to help guide you in the next step of achieving your dreams, now.
Is a Resolute diploma better than a GED?
Here are a few things you should know about getting a GED.
- In most states, generally, you must be 18 to take the GED without restrictions. Sometimes 17-year-olds are allowed after filing a special form, and if they can show special need. Different states have different rules.
- Here’s a very important question — how will you USE your GED? For example, if you are applying for military enlistment, the GED is almost useless. And there are other problems associated with it, such as scholarships and grants.Most PRIVATE scholarships, trusts, organizations, and scholarship committees automatically make graduation from a recognized secondary institution a prerequisite for granting their scholarship money. This is a SCHOLARSHIP, and having a GED is not enough.
- It is unfortunate, but true, that the GED has a stigma attached to it. Having a GED sends a warning to the those concerned that you had trouble in school — you were thrown out, or you got pregnant, or you were in a treatment center, or you were violent, or you were on drugs, or you couldn’t get along with others, or you couldn’t conform, and you were generally different. Ultimately it means you had to settle for less than normal.
How much does it cost? Can I just buy a diploma?
Resolute Academy has a one-time enrollment fee of $497. You can’t buy a diploma. When you enroll, you will receive an email with your login and password to the class website within 24-48 hours. When your transcript is submitted and reviewed, you will receive an email listing the classes you need to complete to receive your diploma. The rest is up to you. Every graduate will receive an attractively bound diploma.
What if I have all of my credits?
If you have all of your credits, that is great! You are very close to graduating. You will still need to take our Comprehensive Exams, be assessed and demonstrate mastery. You can’t just pay and get a diploma. You must pass the Comprehensive Exams and we will support you in the process.