Satellite Middle & High School
Director: Shelly Zackus
8 Westowne Street, Suite 803   Liberty, Missouri  64068
(816) 415-4822   fax (816) 792-1574

A Nationally-Accredited, Alternative Program
offering credit-recovery courses and
a full curriculum leading to a diploma.

A distance-based education program available in Liberty, Missouri
or anywhere in the country by mail.

It's NEVER too late to GRADUATE!



Satellite is nationally and locally accredited by AdvancED (nationwide),
the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation
and School Improvement (NCA CASI),
and the Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation (CITA).


Satellite Middle & High School offers 6th-12th grade curriculum
for a wide range of students including:

  • Adults of all ages who want to earn a high school diploma
  • High-school students who need credit recovery courses to graduate from their school
  • Youths unable to attend a traditional school for disciplinary, medical, or other reasons
  • Teen parents
  • Youths who work full-time or have full-time family commitments
  • Home-school students wanting supplementary curriculum
  • Above-average students wanting accelerated or college-bound course work
  • Remedial students who need modified curriculum
  • Alternative or at-risk students
  • Those who need a diploma to enlist in the military or join a union
  • Individuals who have earned a GED but desire to earn their diploma
  • Students who are socially unhappy in their current school


Satellite Middle School
Grades 6-8

Satellite offers 6th-8th grade curriculum for students ages 11-14. Students complete four core courses per year.  Each course consists of 32 homework chapters and four quarter exams.  Courses cost $138 each ($69 per semester), plus a one-time $25 registration fee.   Students may enroll anytime during the year and may work on courses through each summer.  Grade 6: Language Arts 6, Integrated Math 6, World History, Integrated Science 6. Grade 7: Language Arts 7, Integrated Math 7, U.S. Presidents & U. S. Government, Integrated Science 7.  Grade 8: Language Arts 8, Integrated Math 8, U. S. History, Integrated Science 7. Remedial math and language courses are available as needed.

Satellite High School
Grades 9-12

Satellite High School offers students the opportunity to take credit recovery courses for their high schools or to transfer to and graduate from Satellite with a nationally-accredited diploma.  Students ages 14 through adult may enroll, regardless of past educational history.  Adults of all ages are welcome and encouraged to enroll. Students may enroll and order courses any time, year round. Satellite offers over 100 remedial to college-bound courses so it's easy to choose the courses that you want and need! 

High School Credit Acceleration or Credit Recovery Courses

Students still enrolled in other schools may take courses through our program for any reason, including: credit acceleration, early graduation, the opportunity to take courses not offered by their own schools or that won't fit into a student's schedule, and credit recovery courses if students are short credits needed to graduate from their current high schools.  Students may order one or more courses at a time. The cost is $69 per half credit, $138 per whole credit, plus a one-time $25 registration fee.  Each half credit course consists of 16 chapters plus two quarter exams and a course final.  Each full credit course consists of 32 chapters plus four quarter exams and a course final. Work and test reviews are mailed directly to the student.  The student completes the assignments at home and mails them back to Satellite.  Required tests for each course are mailed to the student’s high school counselor (or other approved test monitor) for the student to take when ready. Courses may be ordered and completed any time, even during the summers.  There is no minimum time required to complete each course, nor any deadline. An average student can complete a 1/2 credit course in 3-4 weeks, but students may go slower or faster than this pace as needed.

Graduating from Satellite

Students may also transfer to and graduate from Satellite. We require a total of 20 credits to graduate: 4 each in English, math, history, science, and electives.  Students may transfer in up to a maximum of 15 credits from a former high school(s). However no more than 4.0 prior elective credits may be applied to our graduation requirements.  Prior credits earned are counted toward the credits needed in each core area to earn a diploma through Satellite.  For example, if a student has 2.5 prior English credits, he/she would need to complete 1.5 more English credits from Satellite. We will need a copy of a student's transcript in order to determine which prior credits may be counted toward Satellite's graduation requirements.

To earn a Satellite diploma, students must complete the following specific graduation requirements as part of the 20 credits needed to graduate: Personal Finance (1/2 credit math), U.S. Government including the constitution exams (1/2 credit history), health (1/2 credit elective), 1 credit fine arts (elective), and 1 credit practical arts (elective). Other than these specific graduation requirements, students are allowed to choose any of the courses we offer to meet the 4.0 credits in each core area.  However,  students may not  take a course from Satellite if they've already passed it at another high school.   We highly recommend that students planning to go to college also take the following courses if they've not already had them: Improve Your Writing, Grammar, U.S. History, World History, Algebra, Geometry, Consumer Economics, Biology, and Chemistry.


Students may enroll and order courses any time, year round.  Courses cost $69 per half credit, $138 per whole credit, plus a one-time $25 registration fee.  Each half credit course consists of 16 chapters plus two quarter exams and a course final.  Each full credit course consists of 32 chapters plus four quarter exams and a course final. Work and test reviews are mailed directly to the student.  The student completes the assignments at home and mails them back to Satellite.  Required tests for each course are mailed to a test monitor in the student's area for the student to take when ready.

Satellite students may take one course at a time or several and in any order they choose. Educational minors (under age 17) must earn a minimum of 2.5 credits per semester. All other Satellite students are allowed to proceed at their own pace.  An average student completes 1/2-1 credit per month.


Help with Assignments: Satellite personnel are available and willing to help students with any course.  Students may contact us in writing, by e-mail, or by phone and will receive a response within one to two business days.

Test Monitors: Each student will need to arrange for a test monitor (proctor) in his/her area.  Course tests will be mailed to your proctor to administer to you.  Your proctor will mail your exams back to Satellite.  If at all possible, your proctor should be a teacher or counselor at your high school. If no personnel at your school are willing to serve as your proctor, please contact our office for additional information.  Your proctor cannot be related to you or live in your home. Students must show a picture ID to their proctor each time they take an exam.

Refund Policy: It is our mission that student enjoy and benefit from their courses.  However, we understand that circumstances may arise wherein a student may change his/her mind about registering with Satellite or completing a particular course. Therefore, we have the following refund policy:
Refund of Registration Fee: The $25 registration fee is non-refundable.
Refund of Course Fees:  Students may receive a full refund for any course ordered if the student returns the course in its original condition to our office within five business days after receiving the course.  Postage fees paid to send the course to the student, if applicable, will be deducted from the refund.  If more than five days have elapsed or if any assignments or tests have been completed, the student will not be entitled to any refund for the course.

Satellite Middle & High School is accredited by
AdvancED (nationwide), the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), and the Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation (CITA). CITA alliance members also include the following: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and the National Council for Private School Accreditation. While our credits have been accepted by all branches of the military as well as hundreds of high schools, colleges, and universities, we advise that you check with your local high school, college, or institution to confirm acceptance of our credits before enrolling in our program.

School Purpose and Mission Statement : We believe all students can and must learn at high levels of achievement and become responsible citizens.  It is our purpose to offer students the opportunity to complete credit recovery courses or earn their high school diploma. It is our mission to accomplish this by providing a challenging and appropriate curriculum so that students acquire the skills and knowledge necessary for responsible citizenship and productive higher education and/or work capabilities to benefit our society.  It is our objective to achieve this educational goal through cooperation, communication, and collaboration with students, families, colleagues, and community members. 

We are here for you, the students.
We want to help you learn and help you earn your high school diploma.
It's never too late to graduate!


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