Online Learning is Hard! You must have a high level of self-discipline and be able to manage yourself in order to stay on-track to finish your course work and be successful. It is not Facebook, video games or surfing the Internet. It is HARD Work. Flexible Scheduling You are able to work on your coursework 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can work on weekends, holidays, and school vacations. Need to Login and Work Daily Students need to work at a minimum pace of two lessons per day to stay on track to finish at the 9-week end date. You can work ahead. All Lessons are Online Most everything you need is provided through the PEAK Learning Management System for middle school and high school. Elementary students will receive supplies via UPS. Email is the Primary Means of Communication Check your email several times each day. Sometimes time sensitive information is emailed to the student. Respond within 24 hrs. Online Requires Attendance Reporting Students must make two (2) teacher contacts every week to be present for five (5) days and the teacher determines if the student is making progress. Contact can be by email, phone call, or face to face in the support centers. Minimum Work Required Set up a Routine for when you are going to work and where you are going to work. Stick to that routine as much as possible. Psychologically you will focus better with a routine. Students will receive a progress calendar for each course they take from an SPS Online teacher. Students are expected to put in 2-4 hours a day working on their coursework. At a minimum, students are required to progress through their courses at the pace laid out in the progress calendar in order to complete the courses in a 9-week period from the date the student started the course. In order to remain scheduled in a course, the student must complete 4 graded assignments in each 10 school day period (approximately two weeks). The 10-day period begins from the time the course is available to the student and then for every subsequent 10-day period until the course is completed. Set up a Routine Set up a Routine for when you are going to work and where you are going to work. Stick to that routine as much as possible. Psychologically you will focus better with a routine. Take Notes Take notes on the text you read or videos you watch just like you would in class. Advocate for Yourself Ask questions if you don’t understand. Stay in contact with your online teachers at all times. Learning Center Learning Center attendance is optional unless the teacher requires it. If the student is struggling academically or with their pace, the teacher may require attendance. Use this time to check in with your teachers or use it as a place to complete schoolwork. This also counts as teacher contacts for attendance purposes.
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