Summer school online can start early
Parents, summertime is coming. Have you given any thought to helping your students recover credits, improve their GPA, or create space in their schedule for the fall?
Why wait for May or June to arrive to help students get ahead? Many Summer Schoolprograms fill up, or have enrollment deadline dates.
There are a number of things that you can do to plan ahead.
First, high school counselors and school administrators are the best resource!
Here are a few suggestions on how you can prepare yourself for a phone call with the Counselor or Administrator at the student’s school of record, and how you can proceed from there:
1. Speak with the student’s high school counselor or administrator about their academic needs.
a. Does the student need to improve a grade in a single course? If so, which specific course or courses? English 10A? Algebra 1B? Get clear on the details and why.
b. For college-bound students, does the student need to take an additional semester course to increase their GPA for college application or graduation purposes?
c. Or would the student benefit from working on a credit that would create space in their schedule in the fall so they can add a special class of interest? (music, AP, etc)
2. Ask the high school counselor or school official what the criteria is for what is known as a “transfer of credit”, or “single course for credit”. Ultimately, you will want the course your student takes to be transferred back to their full-time high school’s transcript, so be sure to find out what is acceptable to them. More questions to ask:
a. What type of regional accreditation is needed? i.e., WASC, SACS, NCA, etc.?
b. Does the school offering the individual course need to be in a brick and mortar setting, or does the school of record allow online courses? Online courses offer more flexibility for you and the student, so this is good information to know.
c. What is the date the student can begin coursework, and most importantly, when is the date by which the school needs to receive the transcript showing successful completion of the course?
d. Is there any other criteria that you need to be aware of?
3. Find out which schools, programs and courses are available, and start your research early – some programs are limited to a certain number of students, some courses are not available, and some have strict entry deadlines and attendance requirements.
4. When speaking with a school you are considering for a course or two for credit, ask as many questions as you need to!
a. What type of accreditation and approvals does the school have? Can you find it on their website and independently verify that they are regionally accredited?
b. Schools offering courses will very often have a process for you to follow in order to ensure that the course will be transferred for credit. What are the forms that need to be completed?
c. How does their program work? Is it online? Are there set days & times for classes, or is the schedule flexible? Are there teachers, and what are their qualifications? What is the required teacher response time? What type of student progress reporting and support is available? Will the school send you progress reports and also keep the school administrator updated, if that is what is requested?
d. Can the school support you in determining how long the course will take, how many hours per week the student must work, and assist you in expediting the mailing of the final transcript to the student’s school of record?
e. Does the school offer payment plans, or is all tuition required up front? Can they work with you if you have a budgeting concern?
f. Is a representative of the school willing to answer any questions you have and assist you in the enrollment process? Very often, the first phone call will tell you a great deal about what you need to know and the ongoing experience you and your student will have.
Fortunately, there’s a great solution: Allied National High School!
Allied National High School enrolls students year-round, is regionally and nationally accredited. We are 100% online, have payment plans, and offer two types of grading to accommodate a variety of start dates and completion deadlines. You can enroll your student right now, and have them “ease” into the course they need to complete, then accelerate once the school year has finished. This may give them some time they didn’t anticipate having available to enjoy their summer break.
Enrolling early may also relieve some of the pressure students can feel if they start a summer school session in June or July. Additionally, students who enjoy other activities can still do so with ANHS, as they can work through a course during whatever hours work best for them. A student can enjoy summer days with friends and family and do their studies at night (or vice-versa), and parents don’t have to drive them to class, either!
Call us today at 800-968-4034 for more information.