National Diplomas 

Help more students achieve high school graduation with Workforce Preparation through a personalized partnership!


Not all students thrive in the traditional classroom, but every student is capable of earning a high school diploma. EdOptions Career Academy provides a fully accredited online high school program that empowers students to graduate on time with their cohorts, explore post-secondary possibilities, pursue personal interests, and prepare to obtain industry recognized credentials.

EYC Career Academy is ideal for students who:


  • Are behind in credits and need a path to high school graduation
  • Require a flexible schedule
  • Thrive in an environment focused on real-world application
  • Are ready to move forward in a career
  • Plan to attend college, a trade school, or vocational program

got a new job or promotion following graduation

of alreadyemployed students received a pay increase

plan to continue with or have enrolled in post-secondary education or
vocational training

*Based on 2019 Smart Horizons Career Online Education library alumni survey

Empowering Students to Define Their Own Success


Our flexible, personalized online learning platform pairs application-based digital content with highly qualified, state-certified virtual teachers for a skill-focused academic experience that helps more students reach the high school graduation finish line. Expand options and provide alternatives for struggling students without overstretching school or district resources.

Holistic Support

Students are surrounded with online support, including an academic coach, certified teachers, monthly skill-building webinars, and 24/7 online tutoring options.

Applicable Learning

Unlike other programs that make students pass academic pre-requisites before they can experience their electives, our students choose a ‘career major’ and take courses in their major right away to ensure engagement

No ‘F’ Grading

Our supportive approach to learning means students have up to eighteen months to master the course material and receive remedial training when they need it.

Provide Relevant, Application-Based Learning


A high school diploma opens critical doors to career opportunities and financial stability. But when students fall into a pattern of failure in the classroom—whether due to testing issues, learning styles, family struggles, health issues, or any other barrier—the ‘fight-or-flight’ response can take over and lead to dropping out.
EYC Academy partners with schools and districts to offer students like this an alternative route to graduation that puts real-world application at the center of learning.
  • Curriculum places career major courses first to reengage frustrated learners
  • Core courses incorporate real-world skills like financial literacy and resume writing
  • Frequent benchmarks help students experience small successes and build confidence
  • 24/7 course access with instant feedback
  • Makes school work for students’ schedules

Did you know?

High school graduates earn a national average of $8,000 more per year than individuals who drop out.*
EYC National Diploma is accepted by over 150 post-secondary institutions.
See the complete list here.

*The Alliance for Excellent Education, 2019

EdOptions Career Academy Course Catalog


Our course catalog offers 40 career-focused courses across 10 career tracks plus 14 core academic courses. No matter what students’ long-term goals are, our comprehensive program supports dropout prevention and ensures students are ready for what’s next.

Career Tracks

Each track includes a series of four career-preparation courses designed to build industryspecific knowledge and hone 21st century workforce skills.*

Home Care Professional

Learn the skills needed to manage the personal care of patients, including first aid, skin care, muscle maintenance, and medication administration.

Child Care and Education

Prepare for a career as childcare worker by learning about child development, family relationships, effective program operation, and
healthy childcare environments.

Hospitality and Leisure

Master the competencies required to work in hospitality settings like hotels, resorts, golf courses, parks, and more including customer service, safe food handling procedures, and event planning.

Certified Protection Officer

Gain an understanding of protection and security principals including legal and ethical issues, crime scene procedures, and crowd control to prepare for employment as a security or protection officer.

Office Management

Prepare for a successful career in clerical and office settings with coursework focused on business communication, time management,
budgeting, and teamwork.

Homeland Security

Understand the principals and skills required for employment in the homeland security industry, including emergency planning, crowd control, advanced first aid, and more.

General Career Preparation/ Professional Skills

Build the foundational interpersonal, communication, and time management skills necessary to be successful in a variety of career fields.

Commercial Driving

Prepare to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License and secure employment as a truck or commercial driver.

Retail Customer Service

Learn and refine skills related to customer experience, effective selling techniques, and diversity awareness necessary for employment in the retail industry.

Food and Hospitality

Prepare for a career in the food service, restaurant, or hospitality industry by studying safe food handling practices, U.S. food service regulations, and effective communication techniques

*Edmentum does not administer industry credentialing. Coursesare intended to prepare students for third-party certification or credentialing exams.

Empowering Youth and Communities Inc. is a 501c3 organization (dba EYC Academy of St Louis) and was founded in 2018 by a group of educators with 75+ years of combined experience in education as previous administrators in special education, local alternative schools, and supplemental educational business.

EYC Academy is a non-public school, approved by Missouri DESE and is globally accredited through Cognia Global Commission (formerly AdvancEd). Serving the St. Louis, MO metro area, EYC Academy offers a one-to- one blended, in center and digital learning environment to day school students 6th-12th grade. Because our nationally approved curriculum is digital and our teachers can teach virtually, this allows us to deliver services anytime, anywhere across the globe. Enrollment is on-going and can be full-time or part-time. Other services offered include therapeutic services that can be scheduled during the school day, as well as cognitive and academic assessments, school advocacy, one-to-one tutoring for all ages and subjects either in-center, virtually or combined, college planning and application assistance, test-prep and proctoring, and national diploma and career certificate programs.