EDUPRIZE Online Instruction
Q. Can I change from the on-line program to the in-person or vice versa?
A. We ask parents for a semester long commitment for their children in grades 4-12. In grades K-3 we ask for at least a quarter commitment to their chosen program. We must staff these positions and any change to student placement will be based on space available and student need.
Q. What technology does my child need to be successful in the on-line program?
A. You will need a computer or chromebook with camera and sound for each child enrolled and you are responsible to provide adequate connectivity for your child to participate.
Q. Will the school provide devices (chromebooks, hot spots, etc.) for my child’s use?
A. In short, no. This is a part of what the family agrees to provide.
Q. Are there set hours that my child will be on-line?
A. Yes! Check the website and grade level links for your child’s schedule of synchronous class meetings (instruction) and break out group sessions (small group intervention). Children must attend these daily and attendance will be taken.
Q. If my child is doing Edgenuity, can he/she work “ahead”?
A. Student progress will be closely monitored by each teacher and the program director. Students must complete certain content and minutes per course as a minimum (per their teachers’ directives) to be prepared for classroom and breakout meetings. Should a child choose to work ahead, they may do so, but most importantly must complete assigned content and must not fall behind.
Q. Can my child sign up for additional electives?
A. Our grade level general course description outlines the courses your child may select. Should you choose to vary from those selections, you must work with your on-line Director and principal of record.
Q. Will my child with special needs receive services on-line?
A. Our SPED team will work with each child/family to provide the services needed per their IEP. These may be on-line or in person, based on what is best for the child/family.
Q. Does my child have to come onto campus for testing?
A. Your child will need to complete benchmark testing at the beginning, middle and end of the year on campus and must attend mandated state testing in the spring. We will work with you to ensure a safe and supportive environment for your child by appointment to achieve this.
Q. What do I need to get my child started in the on-line program?
A. You must be enrolled though our enrollment coordinator and assigned a program instructor. You can see on our website the teachers of record listed by grade and department with their schedules and meeting patterns. You must also attend our welcome meeting to get student materials and receive internet safety requirements and complete the internet safety course. You also will receive lots of information at the welcome meeting regarding passwords to content and access to class meetings.
Q. What happens if my child is not attending daily instruction or completing assignments?
A. We will keep you informed of your child’s progress. If your child is not being successful on-line, we will try to reassign them to in-person learning. Parents must understand that this is a partnership and they are a necessary part of their child’s on-line success.
Q. Will my child be taking tests and assessments to gauge their success regularly?
A. Yes, teachers will constantly monitor student work and mastery of content. Students who are not initially successful on any assessment will receive on-line intervention through break-out group sessions and/or additional content practice.
Q. How do I know my child is progressing/participating?
A. In grades K-5, the synchronous instructor will have “eyes on” your child during each session. They will “real time” answer questions and ask children to respond to prompts and practice items. There will be ability for each teacher to encourage and gauge your child’s participation and needs during these sessions. Further, each teacher will communicate with parents regarding any concerns or work that is due. In grades 6-12, students will be expected to complete an average of about one hour of course content, per course, per day. That means you should plan on completion of all assigned Edgenuity content plus synchronous, prescheduled weekly meetings, for instruction and support, with your teacher of each course.
Q. How can I see my child’s grades and receive communication from his/her teacher?
A. Google classroom will display grades, assignments turned in or missing, and a message board that can be used for contact with the teacher.
Q. What happens if I forget my password?
A. For grades 6-12, you will contact the EOI director, Alison Cox. For grade K-5 you will contact the teacher directly.
Q. How do I know the school’s adopted code of conduct?
A. Our student handbook is on our web page and contains our policies and consequences should there be an infraction.
Q. Why does EDUPRIZE have more structure (and less flexibility) to their on-line program with specific progress each day and required weekly to daily synchronous instruction?
A. Most on-line programs are not successful because there is often limited interaction between the teacher and student. We know that students engage and succeed more with specific directives, set time lines, and regular interaction. In the younger grades, the on-line program is exactly what in-person students are being taught and they can even participate with those other students. In the 6-12 space students will participate with other on-line students during class meetings for direct instruction in addition to completing Edgenuity content on their own.
Q. Will students be able to pick up materials and attend testing at their closest EDUPRIZE location (Gilbert or Queen Creek) after the initial orientation and testing?
A. Yes, initial testing, orientation and material pickup will be held at the Gilbert campus only but future testing and material pickup will be at your closest EDUPRIZE location by appointment.
Q. What electives will be offered this school year?
A. Please see the course offering document for specifics.
Q. How will my child complete orientation and testing if he/she starts after the first day of school?
A. The On-Line Program Director for your child’s grade level will contact you to schedule orientation and testing.
Q. Is in-person orientation and testing mandatory?
A. Yes, except for cases with extenuating circumstances which will be handled on a case by case basis.