ESAO FAQ
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EXTENDED STUDIES AT ACADEMY ONLINE FAQ

 

Why do students take these courses?​ ​​

​We think our program offers opportunities students can get just anywhere! We’re innovative, dedicated, and committed to student success! In short, our courses provide you with…

  • Flexibility: Online, hybrid, condensed schedule

  • Challenge: College-level & dual credit, honors, AP, certifications, vocational

  • Networking: Use tech. to connect with students within and beyond your school

  • Opportunity to pursue goals: Take courses that correspond to your interests

  • D20 teacher support: All of our courses are taught by instructors who also teach for another D20 school

 

Who can take these courses?​ ​​

Any student enrolled full time in a high school can take these courses. School counselors will assist students in applying and will help adjust student course schedules accordingly. Currently your family does have to hold residency in Colorado; however, students outside of District 20 can enroll in our classes on an open seat, tuition basis. Sometimes, the district of full time enrollment will pay the tuition of $250 per course per student. 

Extended Studies courses cannot be taken for credit recovery purposes, so students who failed a course cannot take the same course with us.

 

What is a hybrid course?

A hybrid course is mostly online with some in-person classes; attendance is required at the scheduled class meetings. Specific class times are published in the Course Catalog

 

What is dual college credit?

​Dual college credit refers to students earning high school and college credit for classes taken while in high school. College credit availability varies by course.
 

Extended Studies at Academy Online has formed partnerships with the University of Colorado and Colorado State University - Pueblo that articulates many of our courses with college courses. The tuition for the college credit opportunity is just $75.00 per course for Univeristy of Colorado and $49.00 per credit hour for CSU-Pueblo; tuition costs for each course are listed in the Course Catalog. While it's not required to take the course with dual credit, we strongly encourage students to sign up for college credit when available because of the low tuition costs, the transferability of credit to many other colleges and universities, and because the courses (even when taken only for high school credit) are still aligned with a college-level curriculum.

 

How does it work? Your teacher or the Extended Studies at Academy Online program coordinator will help you sign up for college credit after the start of class. Once you sign up, you’ll pay tuition fees as well as access your course records through the college. Your teacher submits grades to the university granting credit for the course; refer to the teacher’s policies on grading and dual credit requirements. You will have a corresponding university transcript and university records that function just as though you were a student attending class on that campus. Processes for transferring credit to another college or university are the same as if you were a student enrolled at that credit-issuing campus.

 

Students can earn college credit with a passing grade; however, the University of Colorado system only recognizes grades of C and above as evidence of a student being in good academic standing. This means it is really important for students to earn at least a C in the course if they are applying for college credit when available. We strongly recommend that students withdraw from the class by the deadline set by the college if the grade becomes a concern.

 

How do I participate in class? What are the attendance requirements?​ ​​

​Academy Online students are expected to attend and participate in their online courses at least as fully as they would attend and participate in a traditional classroom course (an average of 70 minutes per class, per day with homework equivalents). Participation in courses often consists of contributing to discussions, turning in assignments on time, asking questions, responding to communications, joining synchronous sessions, and so on, as directed by the teacher. For state reporting requirements, students in courses that are active October 1 (or the designated date) must log in and complete the October 1 assignment. Some courses have in-person class meetings when your attendance is required; absences for these class meetings are noted in the same way as if you were absent from one of your traditional classes at your high school, and consequences for unexcused absences follow your high school’s policy.

 

For more information on specific attendance policies, see the Extended Studies at Academy Online Student Handbook. Students who are frequently absent from their courses (whether by lack of participation in online components or absences from in-person meetings) may be subject to truancy policies and phased back into their in-building classes for direct real-time, in-person, building-based interventions.

 

Are courses self-paced?​ ​​

Generally, no. Extended Studies at Academy Online courses are teacher-directed with posted deadlines for assignments (usually weekly). Some courses also have in-person meetings, so it’s important that students have reached a certain level of learning in order to be fully engaged. While some courses may run at an intensive or condensed pace, semester deadlines for course completion apply. Academy Online does not grant Incompletes.   

 

How many courses can I take?​ ​​

​Students taking courses through Extended Studies at Academy Online can usually take up to four courses per semester while keeping their full time enrollment with another high school. We recommend taking no more than two courses per semester at first, just to make sure that the non-traditional environment works for you.

 

Generally, students who take Academy Online courses obtain a release period during their primary school schedule; they might not take a study hall or other elective class in order to maintain a typical total course load of 7-8 credits per semester. A student’s total number of courses per semester cannot exceed 8 without incurring a fee of $250 for each course over 8. Decisions about course loads and schedules should be made between the student, parents, and school counselor.

 

Do the courses meet HEAR and NCAA requirements? Graduation requirements?​ ​​

Our courses meet the same HEAR and NCAA requirements as published by the district list of active courses. See our Course Catalog for details on which courses specifically meet Higher Education Admission (HEAR) guidelines and NCAA requirements. The student's full time school determines the type of credit to which the course applies (for instance, "core elective" or "unrestricted elective"). 


Does it cost anything to take a class?​ ​​

​Our courses are offered, in general, free of charge with the following provisions:

  • Overload courses: When a student is taking more than 8 D20 courses per semester, the cost is $250.00 per course, paid for by the student.

  • Out-of-district tuition: Non D20 students incur a tuition fee of $250.00 per course, paid for by the student or by the school district of the student’s full time attendance.

  • Dual credit tuition: Students seeking University of Colorado credit (if applicable) pay a reduced university tuition of $75.00 per class. Students seeking Colorado State University credit (if applicable) pay a reduced university tuition of $49.00 per credit hour.

  • AP exam fees: Students taking AP courses and the corresponding exam incur a $95.00 exam fee, as set by CollegeBoard.

  • Course fees: Few courses have fees for supplies, materials, transportation (for field trips), etc. These fees are listed in the fee schedule on the website.


Will the course count toward my GPA?​ ​​

Yes. Any course you take through Academy Online will appear in Infinite Campus as well as become part of your high school transcript and factor into your cumulative grade point average.

 

What student support systems are in place?​ ​​

In addition to the support of your teacher, the Extended Studies at Academy Online program operates under the Academy Online High School umbrella, with the support of a principal and a program coordinator. Students also have the support of their primary school counselors and special services staff to include TAG coordinators, special education teachers, interventionists, and so on.