Upcoming Events for Students, Parents, and Educators

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We’re excited to share a list of upcoming events for students, parents, and educators. From FAFSA assistance to professional development, ASU Prep Digital and Arizona State University are ready to help—and fill up your calendar!

Take a look at what’s coming up:

Black History Month at ASU

Join ASU all month long for a variety of events that aim to celebrate and educate students on the significance of Black History Month. From panels with Black women entrepreneurs and civil rights digital poster making, to Netflix watch parties and learning how to play Mancala, there is an event for everyone. Visit the events calendar to learn more and register for individual upcoming events.

 

FAFSA Drive-In Event

Need help filling out FAFSA? High school seniors, and their families, are invited to attend a FAFSA drive-in event on February 24 from 3-6 pm at South High School. If you missed the first event, be sure to check this out!

*COVID-19 precautions: Please wear a mask and plan to stay in your car. All volunteers will be wearing masks and taking other precautions.

*Bring your laptop/device/MiFi if you can. Limited devices will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

*Be sure to bring your social security and/or alien registration numbers, as well as 2019 tax returns & W2 for both parent and student.

Limited slots will be available for those without an appointment, so be sure to register in advance!

 

Professional Development Boot Camps 

Educators are invited to take part in two 6-hour professional development training boot camps over popular spring break weeks, hosted by the Arizona Virtual Teacher Institute. Each boot camp is broken up into 3 workshop-style sessions over the course of three days. Can’t make all three sessions? Don’t worry—recordings and materials will be shared via email with those who register. 

Blended Learning Models

Topics: Playlists & Hyperdocs, Flipped Classroom, and Station Rotation

Dates: 

Register for March 9-11, 9-11 am AZ

Register for March 16-18, 9-11 am AZ

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Ed Tech

Topics: Online Assessment Tools, Student Engagement Tools, and Collaboration Tools

Dates:

Register for March 9-11, 12-2 pm AZ

Register for March 16-18, 12-2 pm AZ

 

Free Meals for Students

Every Friday, ASU Prep and ASU Prep Digital families are invited to pick up 5 free breakfasts and 5 free lunches for children in their household under 18. No proof of enrollment is required. Please visit one of the designated pickup locations listed below:

ASU Prep Phoenix Campus

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

735 E Fillmore St

Phoenix, AZ 85006

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ASU Prep South Phoenix Intermediate Campus

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

5610 S Central Ave

Phoenix, AZ 85040

Upcoming Events at ASU Prep Digital and ASU

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As the fall semester comes to a close and we look ahead to the spring, we’re excited to share a list of upcoming events for students, parents, and educators. From networking opportunities to talent shows and everything in between, ASU Prep Digital and Arizona State University are ready to help you fill up your calendar!

Take a look at what’s on the horizon:

ASU Innovation Week 2020

Now to December 11, you’re invited to virtually participate in Innovation Week at ASU. This week is designed to take attendees through the innovation journey—from idea to implementation—while giving you opportunities to network and learn new skills in a range of sessions covering different topics. In fact, ASU Prep Digital will be hosting two of its own sessions: ASU Prep Digital Code Academy and ASU Prep Family University. Each session will feature a different topic and project, so visit the website to learn more and reserve your spot!

REMOTE K12

On January 9, 2021, ASU will be hosting REMOTE K12, the Connected Teacher Summit. This free, virtual event will provide K-12 teachers with effective techniques, tools, and insights geared toward online/blended learning while giving attendees the opportunity to engage with colleagues from all around the country. Teachers can even earn an ASU-certified Professional Development Credential by attending the event and filling out a post-show survey. Visit their website to learn more about this event and the sessions that will be offered.

ASU Prep Digital’s Got Talent

January 14, 2021 will be a night to remember as you cheer on your fellow Sun Devils during ASU Prep Digital’s Got Talent! Stay tuned to our social media for more information as the event gets closer.

Free Meals for Students

Every Friday, ASU Prep and ASU Prep Digital families are invited to pick up 5 free breakfasts and 5 free lunches for children in the household under 18. No proof of enrollment is required. Please visit one of the designated pickup locations listed below:

ASU Prep Phoenix Campus

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

735 E Fillmore St

Phoenix, AZ 85006

 

ASU Prep South Phoenix Intermediate Campus

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

5610 S Central Ave

Phoenix, AZ 85040

Enrollment Deadlines

Not part of our community of learners yet? There’s still time to join us! Applications are now open for the spring semester, but spots are filling up fast. Check out the deadlines below and begin the application process by visiting our website.

  • December 18 is the last day to enroll early as a full-time student and begin on January 11, 2021. All required documents must be submitted by the deadline in order to have your application reviewed.
  • Interested in taking concurrent courses with ASU? Be sure to submit your course request by the following deadlines for each session:
    • Session A: Submit by 12/31/20 for a 1/11/21 start date
    • Session B: Submit by 2/26/21 for a 3/15/21 start date
    • Session C: Submit by 12/31/20 for a 1/11/21 start date
Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to get updates on upcoming events!

How ASU Prep Digital Met the Rising Demand for Online Learning

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It’s no secret COVID-19 has affected every part of our daily lives, forcing us to rethink the way we work, connect, and educate. As schools began to close around the country in the early days of the pandemic, parents helped their children shift to a remote learning experience and took an active role in their education. When the spring semester ended, school districts and families alike had difficult choices to make: do we resume in-person learning come fall? Parents took the time to weigh their options, and many turned to schools with proven success in online education—schools such as ASU Prep Digital. So how did ASU Prep Digital meet the rising demand for online learning?

Expanding the program to include grades K-12

ASU Prep Digital was founded in 2017 with several goals in mind. They aimed to not only prepare students for college acceptance with a rigorous curriculum that combined university courses with online high school, but also personalize the learning experience, giving every student the tools and support needed to be successful both in and out of the classroom. 

When students across the country were forced to finish out their spring semester virtually, ASU Prep Digital sprung into action and began the process of expanding its program to welcome elementary and middle school students in the fall. Families looking for stability after a rocky spring gravitated toward ASU Prep Digital, increasing their enrollment by almost 700 percent.

Introducing the Arizona Virtual Teacher Institute

Students aren’t the only ones learning to adapt to hybrid or remote learning environments. Teachers have also had to make the transition, which includes learning new tools to enhance their online classrooms and discovering ways to keep their students engaged through a screen.

Recognizing the need to support teachers across Arizona during this difficult time, Arizona State University, the Arizona Department of Education, the Helios Foundation, and Governor Doug Ducey’s office collaborated to bring the Arizona Virtual Teacher Institute to life. Managed by ASU Prep Digital, the Arizona Virtual Teacher Institute provides a flexible menu of training options for schools and teachers throughout the state, free of charge. With a range of topics and sessions, teachers can learn how to thrive and adapt to the ever-changing educational landscape through the pandemic and beyond. Visit their website to learn more and to see a calendar of the sessions.

Presenting at virtual conferences 

Though large gatherings have ceased for the time being, ASU Prep Digital has still found ways to share their experiences and expertise with educators all around the world. The annual ASU + GSV Summit was held virtually this year, making it even more accessible for those who may not have been able to attend in person. ASU Prep Digital hosted several sessions during the conference, speaking to their success in transforming K-12 education with the help of Arizona State University. You can learn more about this year’s event and register for the 2021 summit by visiting their website.

ASU will also be hosting REMOTE K12, the Connected Teacher Summit on January 9, 2021. This free, virtual event is designed to provide teachers with effective techniques, tools, and insights for online/blended learning while engaging with colleagues from all around the country. Teachers can even earn an ASU-certified Professional Development Credential by attending the event and filling out a post-show survey. Check out their website to learn more about the event and sessions that will be offered.

And this week, ASU Prep Digital is presenting at EdPalooza, a virtual conference hosted by ExcelinEd that aims to connect policymakers and educators in an effort to retool education. The three-day event will feature EdVision keynote speakers, EdTalks, and more than 100 Palooza sessions where attendees will be able to interact virtually and learn about the latest education trends, technology, and solutions. Visit their website to register and learn more about the event.

Looking to learn more about ASU Prep Digital’s growth and the future of education? Check out these posts:

Upcoming Deadlines at ASU Prep Digital

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If you’ve been wanting to join the community of learners at ASU Prep Digital, now’s your chance! While we have open enrollment all year long for our part-time program, we are currently enrolling for summer and math programs, as well as for our full-time program beginning this fall. Here’s a list of upcoming deadlines to mark on your calendar:

Summer Session 2 – Enroll by June 26

Our second summer session runs from July 6 to July 31. And if you live in Arizona, we have exciting news! Arizona residents can enroll in high school summer courses for free. Visit our summer school page for more information.

Math Momentum – Enroll by June 26

New this summer is our Math Momentum program, a 4-week course where students in grades K-12 will work toward mathematical skill mastery, complete with a highly qualified math instructor, access to math content, and live online tutoring sessions via video chat. Like the summer session, this course runs from July 6 to July 31. Visit our page to learn more about the program.

Full-time Fall Session 1 – Enroll by July 13

If you’d like to take six courses with a full semester (18 weeks) to complete them, enroll by July 13 for an August 3 start date. 

Not ready to enroll just yet? Here’s another full-time fall enrollment deadline to keep in mind:

Fall Session 2

6 courses with 16 weeks to complete – Enroll by July 27 for an August 17 start date

Still weighing your options? Schedule a call with an admissions advisor and they will be happy to answer any questions you may have and provide you with information to make an informed decision for your family. We look forward to welcoming you into our community!

ASU Prep Digital: The Best Online High School in Arizona

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It’s no secret that ASU Prep Digital empowers students to take charge of their education and propels them toward university admission by introducing college courses in high school. But is it the best online high school in Arizona?

Let’s take a closer look and find out.

Concurrent Enrollment

Not only does ASU Prep Digital offer over 40 online high school courses, it also gives students access to over 200 university courses through Arizona State University—and they’re all available for concurrent high school/college credit. Each student works with his or her Learning Success Coach to design a personalized pathway to guide them through high school, into college, and on to a career. This accelerated track makes it possible for students to take college courses and earn credits that will count toward their major while still in high school, which saves them time and money when they enroll in college.

Curious about what concurrent enrollment is like? Check out these two student stories: Alexis and Caleb

Personalized Instruction

The best online high school in Arizona doesn’t just teach its students—it personalizes the instruction so that every student can succeed, recognizing that everyone learns differently. ASU Prep Digital also applies adaptive learning technologies, making it easy for students to move at their own pace and work at any time, from anywhere in the world. 

Interested in how courses work at ASU Prep Digital? Check out one of these course tours from the perspective of a student, teacher, or parent!

Layers of Support

ASU Prep Digital students are motivated, independent learners, but it doesn’t mean they won’t be supported on their journey. From their online teachers and university professors, to their Learning Success Coaches and families, students receive guidance whenever they need it. 

You can meet the staff here.

Student Performance

On top of being successful both in and out of the classroom, the community of learners at ASU Prep Digital outperform students at the other major online high schools in Arizona:

ASU Prep Digital proves that its commitment to providing an immersive, adaptive, and supportive learning experience pays off and helps students accelerate their education. 

But there are so many other components that make ASU Prep Digital the best online high school in Arizona, including: 

  • AdvancedEd accredited and NCAA approved.
  • Implementation of virtual reality and augmented reality lessons.
  • Collaboration with teachers and classmates using live lessons, video, audio, and text.
  • Plenty of opportunities for socialization, including virtual clubs and in-person meet ups.

 

Convinced yet? Begin the enrollment process here or schedule a call with an admissions advisor who will be more than happy to answer any questions.

Social and Emotional Learning Gives Students an Advantage in Life

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In high school, students learn about the Civil War, the basic properties of a cell, the structure of a sentence, and the right way to solve algebraic equations. But to get through high school, college, and the rest of their lives, they need a little more than that. This is where social and emotional learning (SEL) comes into play, and it may just be the most important aspect of a student’s high school career.

“I have a student named Lucas who recently moved to a new town,” Lisa Edgar, a Learning Success Coach (LSC) at ASU Prep Digital, said. “He expressed sadness over not having any friends and we discussed ways he could use his communication, sympathy, and empathy skills to find new friends and be a good friend to those kids when he found them.”

Not too long after their conversation, Edgar received a call from an overjoyed Lucas.

“I picked up the phone and he excitedly said, ‘I got a new friend, Ms. Edgar!’ and it was clear how thankful he was,” Edgar said. “This is why social and emotional learning is so important. It encompasses preparing whole students for the next phase of their life.”

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is defined as “the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.”*

 

According to a recent study**, there is a 6 percent improvement in high school graduation rates and an 11 percent improvement in college attendance and degree attainment among students who receive SEL training. These students are scoring higher academically and reaping “lifelong monetary benefits for their healthy adult lifestyle.”

 

So how does teaching a student to communicate effectively and express sympathy contribute to their success in college, careers, and everything in between?

“Kids can’t go off to college and careers with just good grades and a good GPA to get them by,” Edgar said. “They need soft, transferable skills to be successful in life. This includes teaching them how to form friendships, how to be confident, how to deal with stress, and how to set goals.”

SEL training has been embedded into the instructional model at ASU Prep Digital since day one, specifically in the LSC role. In their core classes, students are being prepped for academic success. With their LSC, students are being prepped for social and emotional success. The combination of the three enables students to achieve their full potential in school and, more importantly, in life.

“The ‘whole student approach’ is at the core of what the LSC does,” Edgar said. “ASU Prep Digital has been ahead of this. We stress the importance of educating the whole student because we know it’s not just about the academics—it’s also about college and career readiness. It’s great to see the educational system getting on board with this.”

Schools across the country are beginning to incorporate SEL training into their curriculum as more research proves that it’s “critical to a child’s development, as it directly correlates to success and happiness as an adult.” ASU Prep Digital will continue to place an emphasis on SEL training, preparing students for college, careers, and everything in between.

 

Learn more about how we embed SEL training through our Own It! Program and how to get your child started with us.

 

* Definition from the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)
** Study performed by CASEL, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Loyola University, and the University of British Columbia

Staff Spotlight: Learning Success Coach

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Every student has their own unique vision of what their path to success looks like. At ASU Prep Digital, each student is assigned a Learning Success Coach in order to support their specific needs, from setting goals to figuring out what learning style best serves them and planning their path to college. Whether they want to become a better leader, be more independent, or manage their time more efficiently, their Learning Success Coach is committed to helping them achieve personal growth.

In the first meeting, your child will introduce themselves and express any fears, expectations, or ambitions before they begin designing their schedule. Are there any issues or obstacles they faced in their previous school that prevented them from achieving success? This is the perfect opportunity for your child to open up and allow the Learning Success Coach to get to know them on a personal level.

As they discuss what the future holds for them, they will develop short and long-term goals, and the Learning Success Coach will help them create a plan to stay on track. Does your child have the desire to start their own business or pursue a professional sport? Sharing important insights like this will allow them to craft a high school experience that will best support these goals. The Learning Success Coach will also guide them as they begin exploring potential college majors and career pathways. Whether they want to enroll in college courses in high school or plan a visit to campus, the success coach will help your child stay organized with applications and deadlines.   

After establishing a strong understanding of your child’s needs, the Learning Success Coach will work closely with you and your child’s teachers to establish the personalized learning environment that best suits them. Providing background information and context around your child’s specific situation allows teachers to better relate to your child. Students can customize their schedule based on their activities outside the classroom, giving them the flexibility to focus on their passions. For example, if their goal is to play soccer professionally and devote more time to training in the mornings, they can plan to study and complete coursework in the afternoon.

Additionally, they’re in control of setting their own pace based on their unique learning style, whether they want to spend more time on a challenging topic or move ahead quickly without having to wait for the rest of the class to catch up. The best part is, your child will be supported every step along the way. Teachers and learning success coaches are available to communicate with students based on their preferred method of contact, whether it’s through video chat, email, phone call, or text message.

If your child is ready to take charge of their education, we’re ready to welcome them into our community of independent learners. Schedule a call with an admissions advisor today and help them reach their full potential.