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.

  • Am I self-directed, highly motivated, and self-disciplined?
  • Can I set a personal schedule and complete assigned work by the required dates?
  • Are my writing and communication skills better than average?
  • Can I read and follow detailed instructions on my own?
  • Am I already comfortable with using the Internet as a means of communication and research?
  • Do I own or have access to a computer with Internet access and email?

Our experience shows that like most web applications, your machine should have:

  • At least 4GB or RAM.
  • A recent version of the browser.
  • Chrome is recommended over Firefox. Internet Explorer is least recommended
  • DSL Internet connection or faster.

The browser producers define the minimum hardware requirements.

Academic Policies

Refund Policy

Registration Fee is non-­‐refundable. 50% Tuition is refundable within the first 5 days.

Progress Policy

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:

  • If the student does not submit the expected number of assignment(s) and/or log on within a period of seven (7) consecutive days, the student and parent or school will be notified via an internal and external email of his/her unacceptable pace for submitting assignments or participating.
  • If the student does not respond to the first notification by submitting assignments within seven (7) days, the instructor(s) will make contact with the student again and parent or school, this time by a phone call and another internal/external email.
  • If the student does not respond to the second notification within two (2) school days, the parents and/or partner school (along with the Academic Advisor) will be contacted and zeros will be added in the place of the missed assignments.
  • If the student does not respond by submitting assignments within seven (7) days of the third notification and addition of zeros, the teacher will assume that the student does not intend to remain in the course. The student’s name will be sent to the Advantages Administration to be dropped from the course. If a student is dropped, there will be no refund of monies paid for the course. A student may be reenrolled after an interview and payment of $50 at the complete discretion of the Advantages Administration.
  • If a teacher does not notice the delay in a student’s work, he/she must start at the first notification step.

Students will have the ability to “make up” the assignments that had zeros added in the place of all missed assignments by either:

  • Working ahead and having time to make up the zeros slowly along the way, OR
  • Filing for a possible extension from the teacher at the END of the course when all other coursework is done according to the pace chart. Students will be granted extensions on an individual basis. Additional fees may be required.

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.

Payment Policy

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.

NCAA Candidates

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.

Pass-Fail Option

Online classes may not be taken on a pass-fail basis.

Incompletes

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 transcripts@advantagesschool.com.

Final exam

Final exams must be proctored.

Academic Dishonesty

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.