Dale Carnegie's Communication & Interpersonal Skills for Success

Duration: One-semester course offered in spring (17 weeks, starting spring 2021).
Suggested High School Credit Value: 0.5 credits.
Suggested Grade Level: 9th grade level and up.
Tuition: $489 for HSLDA members / $539 for non-members (all resources for this course included with tuition).

Description: HSLDA Online Academy has partnered with Dale Carnegie to offer Communication & Interpersonal Skills for Success. This live, interactive semester course focuses on preparing young adults for the real world by developing the communication, interpersonal, and leadership skills needed for success. Due to the highly interactive nature of this class, students are required to have their webcams and microphones on during class.

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Live Online Class Session Schedule

Fall: August 23, 2021 - December 17, 2021

Spring: January 10, 2022 - May 6, 2022

Class Section

Weekly Meeting Time


Section 1
Fall: Closed
Spring: Open

Wednesdays, 1:30–3:00 p.m. Eastern

Mrs. Alejandra Baker

Section 2
Fall: Closed
Spring: Open

Mondays, 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Eastern

Mr. Samuel Mattioli

Additional class times may be added to the schedule later in the registration period. Please note: all class times are subject to the availability of each individual instructor. See this page for more information. If you have questions, please call 540-338-8290 or email academy@hslda.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What topics will I learn about in Communication & Interpersonal Skills for Success?

    Communication & Interpersonal Skills for Success will help students learn critical life skills and tools for communication, interpersonal relationships, leadership, and more!

    The five primary objectives of this course are:

    1. Enhance communication skills
    2. Increase interpersonal skills
    3. Build self-confidence
    4. Foster teamwork and leadership skills
    5. Develope effective attitude and stress management skills

    Every week, students will learn different principles relating to these objectives, learn how to apply the principles, and review how they applied previously learned principles in the previous week. 

  • How much homework is in Communication & Interpersonal Skills for Success?

    We estimate that the course work load will take 3-4 hours per week. 

    During a typical week in the course, students will complete the following coursework:

    • 90 minutes of live class instruction
    • About 2 hours of pre-live class session work
    • Application of material learned in class in daily life situations
  • What books will I use in Communications & Interpersonal Skills for Success?

    At the beginning of the course, students will receive access to the course materials and an in-depth PDF containing all necessary reading materials. Unlike other HSLDA Online Academy courses, no additional books are necessary.

    Students will need access to a stable internet connection to be able to stream audio and video as well as share their own audio and video. Students are required to have their video cameras on for all live class sessions. 

  • How can I earn college credit for Communication & Interpersonal Skills for Success?

    Students who successfully complete Communications & Interpersonal Skills for Success will receive a Final Grade Report after the course ends and may be able to earn college credit by talking directly to colleges and universities they are interested in.

    Students who plan to complete the course for college credit are expected to attend a minimum of 12 of the 16 live class sessions at the regularly scheduled time. Communications & Interpersonal Skills for Success is approved by the American Council on Education and can be approved for a two college credit communications/speech class. 

    If your preferred college/university won't accept Communication Skills for Success for college credit, many admissions counselors favorably view this course on student transcripts because it shows that the student is trying to improve their interpersonal relationship skills. 

  • Am I ready to take Communication Skills & Interpersonal for Success?

    This is a high school level communications course, targeted for students in 9th grade and above, and it is assumed students are able to read, write, and follow instructions at the high school level. Students should be prepared to practice and apply what they learn in this course in their daily lives. 

    It is also assumed that students will take the initiative to be responsible for their own work and actions. Students must come prepared for class, complete expected assignments, study for their assessments, be positive in their interaction with their peers and teacher, and meet the deadlines set. 

    If a student wishes to earn college credit for this course, it is recommended that they wait until their junior or senior years as college credit is dependent upon individual colleges and universities. 

  • What is a Live Online Class Session in Communication & Interpersonal Skills for Success?

    In every HSLDA Online Academy course, students meet weekly with their instructor and classmates in an online classroom for additional teaching, discussion, Q&A, or group activities. The class sessions are interactive and are conducted using a web meeting software with video, audio, chat, and application sharing capabilities.

    Scheduled, real-time sessions in the online classroom are not the only form of instruction available in a HSLDA Online Academy course, but are offered in addition to lectures or other instructional materials that students are able to access online at their convenience. Attendance at live class sessions for Communication & Interpersonal Skills for Success is strongly encouraged.

    When they register, students will need to select a particular class section and live class meeting time. Additional class sections may be added to the schedule at a later point in the course registration period. Registered students will be notified of any changes to the live session schedule.

  • What if I have a schedule conflict with Communication & Interpersonal Skills for Success?

    While all live class sessions are recorded for later viewing, attendance for Communication & Interpersonal Skills for Success is required unlike other HSLDA Online Academy courses.

    If a student is unable to attend a live class session during the semester, they should contact the instructor to arrange for make-up work. It is not recommened to miss more than two live class sessions for this course.

  • What is the tuition for Communication & Interpersonal Skills for Success?

    This 17-week course normally costs $800+, but HSLDA Online Academy is able to offer this course in partnership with Dale Carnegie for less than $500! Please visit our tuition and discounts page for a full summary about course costs.

    HSLDA Members save $50 on one-semester courses!

  • Can adults take Communications & Interpersonal Skills for Success?

    Because HSLDA Online Academy serves high school students who are minors, registration for this course is limited to high school students who are younger than 20 years old. 

    Dale Carnegie offers several versions of this and similiar courses for adults. Adults and students 20 years and older are encouraged to find a course directly with Dale Carnegie