Jump Start Virtual Semester

October 12, 2020 — January 15, 2021

This innovative “Beacon at Home” program offers students the opportunity to begin college studies, earning up to 9 college credits in just 10 weeks. Jump Start also provides critical value-added support and coaching!

What Is Jump Start?

Jump Start LogoBeacon’s Jump Start program is an all-online course of study designed to give students who learn differently the opportunity to begin their college coursework at home — while growing academically and connecting socially with other students, in and out of the classroom.

Each online class is held three days a week, running 90 minutes per session. Jump Start also includes personalized academic coaching, fun extracurricular activities to network with other students. In-depth student and parent engagement are offered through Beacon’s acclaimed Navigator PREP program.

All courses are taught by experienced members of the Beacon College faculty selected for their expertise in online instruction.

Who Should Enroll?


If you’ve been admitted to Beacon and plan to enroll in spring or fall 2021, you can complete up to three basic required classes from home through Jump Start — while meeting and studying with other Beacon-bound students. You’ll participate in an early orientation, too, which will let you begin your “on-campus” student career at Beacon with confidence.

If you’re sitting out the fall term at another college, Beacon’s Jump Start program will enable you to complete up to nine credits in required studies. Jump Start’s comprehensive support and coaching services also will help develop study and organizational skills that are key to future academic success. Courses are transferrable to most colleges and universities.


Beacon’s Jump Start offers you the opportunity to explore your interests and test your abilities in a very welcoming, supportive and highly personalized online environment. You’ll experience the expectations and workload involved in college, while learning to self-advocate and better understand your unique learning style.

Applying for Admission

To participate in Beacon’s Jump Start program, you must have a diagnosed learning disability, such as dyslexia, ADHD or related conditions. If you do not have an official diagnosis, please email Alexander Morris-Wood or call 352-638-9777 to arrange for an evaluation.

If you have already applied and been accepted to Beacon College, you need only complete our Jump Start Application.

Academic Courses

Introduction to E-Learning
Before beginning online classes, you will participate in a personal orientation session to introduce you to Canvas and strategies for successful virtual learning, and to review the course syllabi.

  1. Learning Essentials & Self-Discovery • 3 credits
    In this course, you will explore how your choices directly impact your opportunities for greater success in college and life. Topics include: accepting personal responsibility, discovering self-motivation, mastering self-management, employing interdependence, gaining self-awareness, adopting lifelong learning, developing emotional intelligence, believing in oneself, and identifying individual learning styles and effective learning strategies. You’ll develop your critical thinking skills through self-assessments, case studies, guided journaling and an individual research project.
  2. College Mathematics • 3 Credits
    NOTE: Your placement in one of the following four courses will be based on your academic background and a placement test.

    • General Education Mathematics:
      A general education course that offers a solid foundation in the basics of college mathematics. Real-life applications, conceptual understanding, problem-solving, using technology appropriately, and critical thinking are emphasized and integrated throughout the course.
    • Mathematic Strategies:
      Computational review and practice prepare you for the demands of college-level math through a focus on whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percentages, ratios, proportions, practical applications, and word problems. You will learn to use a basic scientific calculator to facilitate learning and provide assistive technology.
    • Intermediate Algebra:
      An introduction to solving systems of linear equations and inequalities, polynomials, factoring, radical and rational expressions and equations, and functions and graphs. Topics in exponential equations and sequences are also included. This course emphasizes contemporary application problems.
    • College Algebra:
      An in-depth treatment of solving systems of linear equations and inequalities, polynomials, factoring, radical and rational expressions and equations, functions and graphs, exponentials and logarithms. Topics in combinatorics and probability are also included. This course emphasizes contemporary application problems.
  3. Technology in Global Environments • 3 credits
    This course presents an introduction to current technologies on a global scale. You will acquire computer skills and build a stronger foundation in word processing, presentation software, and web communications. Your studies will also introduce you to business applications and digital media programs. Class work focuses on productivity and creative projects. This course will help you advance your computer literacy in both academic and work environments.

Weekly Schedule & Calendar

The Jump Start program has been designed to give you a comfortable daily schedule with opportunities to eat and complete tasks between each class — no matter what part of the country you live in! Class sessions also include time off during the Thanksgiving and end-of-year holidays.

Jump Start’s 90-minute classes run Monday, Wednesday and Friday
12 noon – 1:30 p.m.       Technology in Global Environments
3 – 4:30 p.m.                    Learning Essentials & Self-Discovery
6 – 7:30 p.m.                    Math Course (see course options above)

Courses will be conducted during the following weeks:

  • October 12 – December 18 (shortened week of Thanksgiving)
  • January 6 – January 11

Value-Added Support Beyond the Coursework

Weekly Academic Coaching:
You will engage in weekly 1-to-1 academic coaching sessions. You’ll be asked to define your goals, review your performance, identify your strengths and weaknesses, and discuss ways to achieve those goals.

Group Coaching:
You will learn how to become a better and more effective student by working collaboratively with your academic coach and other students on active reflection, planning and time management skills.

Office Hours:
You can meet with your professors during virtual office hours on a weekly basis. These sessions will provide opportunities to receive individualized support in order to master concepts and class-based skills.

Writing Center:
You will have access to the professional staff at Beacon College’s acclaimed Writing Center for support. Meetings can be scheduled with a writing consultant to work on starting and organizing your writing assignments.

Navigator PREP:
In Navigator PREP, you and your parents will work with a transition counselor on developing strategies for your successful transition to on-campus college life before entering Beacon College or another college or university.

Navigator PREP

Navigator PREP is offered to all Jump Start students and their parents to provide support and new insights as you begin your transition to college-level studies.

To help open lines of communication and understanding about your LD, you and your parents will be asked to start by together completing Beacon College’s Transition Questionnaire: Assessment and Results. Your responses will help guide Navigator PREP services.

The following monthly services and connections also are part of the Navigator PREP experience:

  • 2 virtual student sessions
  • 1 virtual parent session
  • 1 webinar for parents
  • 1 interactive student webinar to increase social connections
  • 1 newsletter discussing policies, procedures, and college updates

Social Integration

The Beacon Jump Start program also offers opportunities for you to build your social skills and network with other students. These include:

  • Engaging in an exclusive Jump Start social media group
  • Participation in monthly interactive webinars on Navigator PREP
  • Weekly sessions with fellow students and coaches
  • Jump Start Directory to increase connections

Spring 2021 Early Orientation for Beacon-Bound Students

Jump Start students who have deferred their enrollment to Beacon can participate in an extended Early Orientation program before the start of the Spring 2021 semester on campus. This program offers increased time to move into your residence hall and early events/workshops to better prepare you for the Spring term.

You’ll also meet individually with members of the Beacon support team to begin creating a proactive entry plan before the start of classes. Your parents will participate in workshops conducted by Beacon faculty and staff introducing them to the College’s resources and how they can best support as you begin college campus life.

Cost of Attendance, Financial Aid & Scholarships

Jump Start’s comprehensive program costs include tuition, fees, coaching, extracurricular programming and support services, and participation in Navigator PREP.

Your actual cost of attendance will depend on the number of credits taken:

1 course (3 credits)………..……………..$6,360

2 courses (6 credits)……………………..$10,620

3 courses (9 credits)……………………..$14,880

Based on your personal circumstances, you may qualify to receive federal aid. If you are interested in being considered for federal financial aid, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Assistance (FAFSA) as soon as possible if you have not already done so. A minimum of six credits must be taken to receive federal aid.

Beacon College also offers generous college-funded need-based awards and scholarships for students enrolling in Jump Start. The FAFSA is required to be considered for these awards.

Because Beacon’s programs serve students with diagnosed learning differences, our tuition and fees may qualify your family to receive valuable medical tax benefits.