General Online Policies and Procedures
Criteria for Enrollment
Online courses can provide opportunities for students to attend anytime from anywhere; however, studies have shown that often students are unprepared for the challenges inherent with this method of delivery. The online student must take responsibility for his or her own learning. In an online education program, the capacity for self-directed learning is crucial. While instructors and fellow students can provide some support, the online learner is expected to have internal motivation to manage his or her own learning during the course of study and have a basic grasp of Internet navigation skills. We enroll kids in Kindergarten through 12th grade, including adult learners.
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Registration Fee is non-‐refundable. 50% Tuition is refundable within the first 5 days.
Only through continuous communication and progress can students be successful in an online course. Within each course the instructor outlines the weekly minimum work requirements through the use of pace charts. These are agreed upon when the course starts. Students may, of course, work faster than originally projected on the pace charts.
It is essential that the student and instructor maintain regular contact. To ensure that our students are aware of this commitment, the process outlined below will be followed:
Students will have the ability to “make up” the assignments that had zeros added in the place of all missed assignments by either:
Students should notify the teacher when a past due assignment is made up.
All work that is made up (to change a zero) may carry a 20% penalty.
Students may request a delay in the pace charts by writing the teacher in advance. If there are extraordinary circumstances that prevent this advance notice, students may appeal the zero marks.
Plagiarism / Honor Code Policy
Advantages’ students are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with five fundamental values: honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility. Students are to act so that they are worthy of the trust bestowed on them by teachers and peers, conduct themselves honestly, and carry out their responsibilities with honor and fairness.
Cheating, stealing, plagiarism (passing off another’s work, words, or ideas as one’s own) and lying (including willful distortion or misrepresentation) are considered honor offenses.
Cheating includes: copying another person’s work and representing is as your own; acting contrary to the teacher’s instructions regarding collaboration; seeking unfair advantage (examples of unfair advantage include reading other sources in place of the assigned work, use of notes on a test, getting exam questions from an earlier test taker, programming a calculator/iPad/phone for use accessing answers; and aiding or abetting another student in cheating.
Students who engage in academic dishonesty should expect serious consequences. At a minimum, students involved in breaches of academic integrity will receive a failing grade for the assignment with the possibility of a lower or failing course grade.
In addition, multiple incidents of academic dishonesty may be referred to the school administrator. Repeat offenders will be recommended for expulsion.
Course Extension Policy
Students are enrolled for either 6 months or 12 months. If a student needs additional time to complete the courses, extra time may be added for an additional fee.
If a family elects to be on the payment plan, payments are due the first of every month. If two payments are missed, access to curriculum will be denied until account is paid in full. Transcripts will not be issued if account is not current.
Students who are NCAA candidates must articulate with admissions that they are a student athlete and a NCAA candidate. This must be disclosed prior to enrollment.
Online classes may not be taken on a pass-fail basis.
Incomplete grades may be given at the discretion of the teacher. Refer to the student’s home school’s policy about the timeline for the completion of incompletes.
Report Cards and Progress Reports
Grades for classes will be posted within three days of the final being submitted. Unofficial transcripts can be printed via ASSIST. Official transcripts can be ordered by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Final exams must be proctored.
Academic dishonesty in online classes will not be tolerated. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty on homework or in test-taking, including the attempt to get credit for another’s work, assisting another student in such an attempt to otherwise obtaining answers illicitly or illegally.
Students engaging in academic dishonesty will receive a zero on the assignment with no option to make it up. In addition, teachers will refer incidents of academic dishonesty to the administration for disciplinary action.