What Makes the Best Online High School Experience?

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As more students and school districts transition to online learning, it raises an important question: What makes the best online high school experience?

While the answer may vary depending on who you ask, there are a few components that enable students to be successful in their online high school journey. Let’s take a look:

Flexibility

Many students turn to online learning because they desire more flexibility, and the best online high school experience allows students to create a schedule that accommodates their needs both in and out of the classroom. At ASU Prep Digital, students can work anytime, from anywhere, which means more time to learn new skills, discover new hobbies, or get a head start on a future career. Curious about how flexibility helps the community of learners at ASU Prep Digital? Check out this story of Caleb, a senior who is working toward his dream of becoming a drone pilot.

Support

While online high school requires students to be independent and self-motivated, it doesn’t mean they won’t get help along the way. Academic and emotional support are essential to a student having the best online high school experience. Students normally receive support from their families and teachers, but at ASU Prep Digital there’s an additional source of guidance. Each student is paired with a Learning Success Coach who will help them make the most of their high school experience and prepare them for college and future careers. Want to learn more about the role of a Learning Success Coach? Check out this blog.

Socialization 

We’ve already debunked several socialization myths in online learning because it’s no secret socialization is an integral part of having the best online high school experience possible. From virtual clubs and study groups to in-person meet ups, online high schools like ASU Prep Digital provide students with plenty of opportunities to make friends and create long lasting bonds. Interested in what socialization looks like for an online student? Check out this story of Hannah, a senior who has immersed herself in the ASU Prep Digital community.

The best online high school experience gives students the tools they need to succeed in every area of their life—and it’s what ASU Prep Digital has been doing for its students since it opened its digital doors in 2017. Learn more about Arizona’s best online high school here and begin the enrollment process today.

How Do Online Classes Work?

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Can you believe it’s almost January? In between dreaming about winter break and finishing your classes strong, you’re probably starting to think ahead to next semester. If you’re trying to figure out how to juggle classes, a social life, and extracurriculars, we have a solution for you—online classes.

But how do online classes work?

We’re glad you asked. Unlike classes in a traditional high school setting, you won’t meet multiple times a week. Instead, you’ll meet once a week for a live lesson where you will be able to ask questions and participate in group discussions with your instructor and classmates. And if you’re wondering how the rest of your school week will go, that’s up to you.

Even though you’ll only meet once a week per class, you’ll still be responsible for completing assignments and studying independently throughout the week. But the best part is that you can do this anytime, from anywhere.

Online classes give you the freedom to create a schedule that fits your needs. This means you can do all of your work for one class in a single day, or divide it up among the week. It also means that you can factor in extra time for a class you’re struggling in or work ahead so you have time to practice the piano before a big recital.

You’ll be able to view your grades at any time, making it easy for you to make adjustments and meet with your instructors if you’re struggling. 

At ASU Prep Digital, you’ll also be assigned a Learning Success Coach. Your LSC will not only help you develop short- and long-term goals, but also work with you to create a personalized pathway that will take you through high school, into college, and on to a career. 

How does enrollment work?

If you’re interested in taking online classes, you can choose to enroll part-time or full-time. 

Part-time means that you would still take classes in a traditional school, but you would take one to three classes online, giving you the freedom to complete them at school in a lab or in the comfort of your home. 

Full-time means that you would be taking four or more classes online. This means you can complete your coursework anywhere, at any time, and not have to worry about physically going to school.

There has never been a better time to enroll in an online high school. From setting your own schedule to getting a head start on college, online learning is a great option for students who want to maximize their education.

Want to dive further into the anatomy of an online class? Check out these ASU Prep Digital course reviews:

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Introductory Chemistry at ASU Prep Digital

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Have you ever wondered how forensic scientists test substances collected at crime scenes? Or how oil spills occur? If you’re naturally curious and always searching for answers to some of life’s biggest scientific questions, our chemistry course is for you!

Introductory Chemistry, an ASU Prep Digital course powered by Smart Sparrow, teaches the fundamentals of chemistry by engaging you through scientific thinking and problem-solving.

This course, like BioBeyond, pushes the boundaries of what online science classes can be while keeping students entertained and engaged all semester long.

Through 24 real-life case studies, nine guided reading lessons, eight virtual lab experiments, and four PhET mini-simulations, you will learn a year’s worth of high school chemistry and the concepts and theories applied to fields such as environmental science, medicine, and forensics.

For students interested in these fields, this course is one of the first steps toward making those dreams a reality.

“I’m quite interested in the medical field, so it’s exciting that I get to learn about how chemistry contributes to medicine and how we use it to treat patients!” Olivia Fish, an ASU Prep Digital student currently taking the course, said.

The course uses adaptive technologies to personalize your learning pathway and provide immediate feedback and real-time guidance. And since we’re in the business of making sure your classes are informative and fun, you’ll earn points throughout the course as you master new concepts. Completing virtual labs and reports, challenges, quizzes, and tests will contribute to your overall score.

When exploring each case study, you’ll take on a role in a team of scientists trying to solve a problem. But don’t worry—we won’t leave you to fend for yourself! As you go through the lesson, you’ll learn all of the necessary concepts needed to crack the case.

Get ready to master concepts such as logarithms, nuclear chemistry, and chemical reactions so you can help test the safety of water sources, detect cancerous cells in the body, and uncover the source of unexplainable diseases.

“My favorite part of the course so far has been the real-life case studies,” Fish said. “I love the scenarios where we’re given patients we need to treat because we learn how to treat them with different medicines!”

This course is designed to engage and entertain you while you discover the many ways scientists use chemistry every day. And for those with a career pathway in mind, such as education, engineering, communication, or science, this can be the first step toward fulfilling grade 9 requirements and preparing for a future college major.

“I would definitely recommend this course to others, especially those who want to go into a science-related field after college!” Fish said. “While some topics might be a little hard to understand or not click at first, don’t give up or force yourself to get it finished. Reach out to your teacher and ask for help so you understand the topic fully.”

Ready to take the course? Check out our course catalog or schedule a call with an admissions advisor to get started.

Looking to add another class to your schedule or start preparing for next semester? Check out a few of our blog posts for inspiration:

Course Spotlight: Guitar Class with Warren Eallonardo

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When putting your schedule together for the semester, you probably have courses like English, chemistry, algebra, and world history at the top of your mind. But have you ever considered adding a little music to your day? Here at ASU Prep Digital, students can sign up for a guitar class and begin their journey to rock stardom.

This class is designed for students who have never picked up an instrument but have always wanted to learn how to play. “The course that we have starts students off by showing them how to hold the guitar, so it’s perfect for someone who has never so much as touched the instrument before,” says Warren Eallonardo, the guitar class instructor. “From there, it provides a steady and gradual build of skills to familiarize beginners with how to play.”

Like every class at ASU Prep Digital, this course features a live lesson each week, giving students the opportunity to connect and check on their progress. “While written feedback to their performance videos can be beneficial, the live lessons are the best place for that,” Eallonardo said. “I had just taught the class’s first chord, and one of my students was getting a lot of ‘fret buzz’ from his guitar. Because he had his camera on, I could see that his fingers were too high on the neck, and I was able to hold up my guitar and show him where to move his fingers to eliminate the noise. When he heard the result, he lit up. Teachers live for those moments!”

And the students are appreciative of the face time, too.

“My favorite part about the class is the live class meetings,” John-Louis, ASU Prep Digital junior, said. “It gives all of us students a chance to express our concerns toward the curriculum, and things that we don’t quite understand.”

But just because this isn’t a core subject, it doesn’t mean hard work and a considerable time commitment aren’t required.

“Every week, we practice rhythm for 30 minutes and general research and practice for an hour,” John-Louis said. “Sometimes it’s difficult to find time to do these things, but I’ve found that merely messing around with the guitar and doing research is when I learn the most.”

The course would not be as successful as it is without Eallonardo’s spirit and love for music, which translates into his teaching.

“Music has always been—for lack of a better word—medicinal for me,” Eallonardo said. “It simply and plainly improves the quality of my life. The fact that it now gets to be a part of my job is a dream come true.”

Interested in checking out the unique courses we offer? Browse our course catalog and get a taste for our Guitar 1 class, featuring John-Louis, below:

 

Four Reasons Why Online High School is Right For You

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It’s no secret that the traditional brick-and-mortar style of high school does not work for every student. Whether it’s feeling underwhelmed in your courses, being afraid of falling behind, or not enjoying the rigid school day structure, it can be easy to write your high school experience off as a loss. However, you can take charge of your education and future by enrolling in an online high school. If you’re on the fence about making the change, here are four reasons why online high school is right for you:

You have an unusual schedule that requires more flexibility.

Do you want more time to devote to your passions outside the classroom? Online high school enables you to do classwork on your OWN time, making it easier to adjust your schedule based on what you have going on each day. Have a part-time job that starts in the afternoon? Carve out time to work on your assignments in the morning. Are you on a sports team that has early morning practices? Hit the books in the afternoon. And if your family is planning a vacation, don’t worry about taking time off school! As long as you have internet access, you can take classes and complete coursework anywhere in the world.

You want to be challenged.

If you’re looking for a more engaging classroom experience, online high school is right for you. Here at ASU Prep Digital, we leverage technology to offer students alternatives to the average classroom experience, including lessons utilizing virtual reality and interactive assignments. If you’re looking for an even more rigorous schedule, consider starting down the path toward your college major by adding a university course to your plate. Through ASU Prep Digital, you can take classes with Arizona State University and begin earning college credit while you’re still in high school.

You prefer working at your own pace.

In a traditional high school class, you’re expected to keep up with the rest of your peers. This leaves little opportunity to work ahead or spend more time on a particular topic if you don’t fully grasp it. In an online high school, you can set your own pace and decide how much time you spend on a particular subject each day, thanks to the freedom of creating your own schedule. If you’re feeling ambitious, complete future assignments and give yourself breathing room later in the semester. On the flip side, if you feel yourself struggling, you can reach out for help without feeling like you’ll fall behind.

You desire a personalized learning environment.

Ultimately, an online high school provides one signature component that sets it apart: personalized learning. At ASU Prep Digital, you will be provided with a Learning Success Coach who will be with you every step of the way. In addition to helping you design a course schedule that fits your needs and learning style, they will help you set goals both in and out of the classroom. Your path to success is your own and you will have support from your LSC, teachers, and parents to ensure you reach your full potential.

As long as you have a love of learning, an appetite for innovation, and a desire to create a path to college and beyond, online high school is right for you. If you’re ready to make a change, get started today.

Why Should You Enroll in a Concurrent Course in High School?

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Spring semester is right around the corner, which means it’s time to start thinking about what classes you’ll be adding to your schedule next year. As you explore various course descriptions and determine what classes you need before graduating, consider taking a concurrent course.

Concurrent enrollment is an excellent option for high school students. It allows you to enroll at a university and take courses that count toward high school and college credit. Still on the fence? Here are a few reasons why enrolling in a concurrent course in high school is a great idea.

 

Save time and money.

Concurrent courses offer an accelerated path to college and careers. This is your chance to take university courses and earn credits in your major while still in high school, saving you both time and money when you get to college. You’ll not only earn credits while exploring potential majors but also participate in the university experience and prepare for the future workforce.
 

Explore college.

It’s never too early to start thinking about college. A concurrent course gives you a taste of the college academic experience. You’ll learn from real university professors and collaborate with other students. At ASU, concurrent high school students have access to a wealth of resources, including mentorship and instruction from a world-class faculty that includes Nobel Laureates, MacArthur Fellows and Pulitzer Prize winners.
 

Learn how to communicate with professionals.

Taking concurrent courses in high school opens up new channels for communicating. Email, chat, discussion boards and video conferencing are common in college. You’ll quickly learn communication etiquette and how to properly correspond with professors and classmates in a professional and efficient manner.
 

ASU Prep Digital offers high school students the chance to take concurrent courses with Arizona State University. Check out the course catalog and find a class that fits into your schedule next semester. You can also explore the career pathways, which will put you on a personalized and accelerated path through high school, into college and on to a career.

Top 6 Questions About Enrollment at ASU Prep Digital

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With the start of the new school year comes a lot of decisions to finalize your class schedule. If you’re considering enrolling as a student at ASU Prep Digital, here are answers to some of the biggest questions we hear about enrollment.

 

1. When is the deadline to enroll?

The only deadline is for students who are full time and live in Arizona. For part-time students (those taking courses to supplement their schedule) or students who live anywhere outside of the state of Arizona, we offer rolling enrollment at ASU Prep Digital. Rolling enrollment means that you can sign up for courses at any time throughout the school year. For Arizona full-time students, enrollment for the Fall semester closes on September 4th.

2. How much do courses cost?

We get this question a lot and the answer is, it can vary based on a few different factors. We created this tuition calculator to help determine what tuition will cost for you.

3. How do I start registration?

When you’re ready, just visit the enrollment page and click “sign up as a student” to get started. If at any time you need assistance during the process, please do not hesitate to reach out to our Admissions Team, at 844.692.3372.

4. How long does registration take?

Not long at all! Plan to spend approximately 10-15 minutes to complete the application process. Once submitted, you’ll hear from an Admissions Advisor within 24-48 hours to verify your account information. After that, you will be paired with a Learning Success Coach to discuss your learning goals and course selection for enrollment at ASU Prep Digital.

5. What paperwork do I need to register?

This can vary based upon whether or not you are a full-time, part-time, out-of-state or in-state student. All students must submit a birth certificate, a copy of valid parent photo ID, an unofficial transcript and signed FERPA form. An Admissions Advisor will speak with you about any additional documents required.

6. Do I need my transcripts to register?

If you have any high school courses under your belt, yes. This will help us ensure that you have met the prerequisites for certain courses. Your transcript will also serve as a guide so that we can schedule you in the courses that align with your graduation plan.

 

If you feel ready to take your first online course, getting started is easy. If you or your parents have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our Admissions Team, at 844.692.3372. They’re real faculty here at ASU Prep Digital (they’re really nice) and they’re ready to help you through the process.