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Elementary School Program

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Grades K-5

Our online elementary school program provides families with the opportunity to access a world-class education from the comfort and safety of home. We combine hands-on activities with online lessons to create an engaging experience personalized to your child’s needs. Parents collaborate with our certified teachers and Learning Success Coaches to support student success and foster curiosity in an instructor-paced model that encourages students to reach their full potential.

Remote Teachers

We’re a Different Kind
of Online School

Like most online schools we have a flexible schedule that allows students to work anytime, any place. But we’re also a world-class university with the technology and teaching resources that make our student experience unique.

  • A model that surrounds students with support and creates a warm, safe space where they can be vulnerable enough to take risks in their learning
  • Real collaboration between parents and teachers
  • A Learning Success Coach is assigned to help students focus on the future, pursue passions and develop a vision for the type of student they want to be
  • Engaging curriculum that combines the best of online and offline, hands-on activities in layers of learning that foster deeper discovery
  • Discussion-based assessment

The ASU Elementary Student Experience

Lesson
Live Lessons

Each day includes live lessons with an online teacher

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School
Whole Class Time

This includes discussion, community building and learning

Hands
Small Group Time

Reading, project check-in, tutoring and targeted instruction

Video
Individual Time

Flexible and independent work time to complete assignments

Study
Study Time

Students work on the computer and complete offline activities

Practice
Parental Guidance

Parents serve an active role as a learning guide throughout the day

what students are saying

The transition to digital learning has been seamless…questions are answered quickly, and there are many layers of support at ASUPD.

– G.G.

While there is no in-person interaction, there is still a lot of social learning that is introduced.

– E.K.

There is so much we love about ASU Prep Digital. The teachers and staff are at the top of our list. They really do pick the best of the best.

– N.C.

I was worried about my child being too isolated, but he has made many friends. The clubs are also fun and a great way to interact with other students.

– K.C.

They truly foster a partnership with my child and our family.

– P.D.

In addition to caring teachers who go the extra mile for their students, ASU Prep Digital’s unique, individually focused curriculum is outstanding in its ability to keep kids engaged and learning.

– E.H.

Sample Activities Grades K-5

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Daily Class Huddle and Content Review

We start the day by getting the whole class together for a live video home room session on Zoom. This is designed to build community, foster student friendships, improve social and emotional learning, and share in a mini inquiry lesson to get those thinking caps warmed up.

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Get Your Wiggles Out

Time for students to organize their supplies for the day, grab a snack and get ready for the first live lesson.

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Daily Live Lessons – Content varies by class need

English Language Arts – story of the week and mini lessons on reading comprehension, vocabulary, phonics, fluency, and grammar. Math – mini lessons on number/math talk, inquiry practice, skill, vocabulary, and word problems. Science – mini lessons on inquiry, discussion, and vocabulary. Social Studies and Writing – mini lesson and connecting concept of the week.

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Zen & Zest

A chance for relaxing, restroom breaks, royal robot battles and giving someone a hug.

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Sun Devil Learning Time

Check your weekly/daily goals, this is the time for independent learning, personalized learning on adaptive software, collaborative group projects and live learning in small groups.

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Specials Lunch

What makes this time so special? It’s a chance for students to pursue their passions, whether that’s music, art, athletics, or something else. Our Specials and Lunch times are scheduled according to each teacher’s unique schedule. Specials are scheduled for 30 minutes and Lunch is scheduled for 45 minutes. 

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Spark Time - NEW in Fall 2022

In an effort to provide K-5 students with optimal personalized learning experiences, all elementary students will participate in Spark Time a minimum of twice per week. During this time, students will meet in groups developed for their individual academic achievements. Students will be remediated or challenged with like-minded individuals to work on grade level or advanced curriculum.

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Clubs

This is optional time for students to participate in clubs. Our clubs are driven by student interest and change each semester. Club schedules are unique to each club. Some clubs will be held in the morning and some are held in the afternoons.

How do I enroll or learn more?

We are currently enrolling students. You can begin the enrollment process by filling out an online application.

Want to learn more and have the chance to ask questions? Join us for an online information session where we’ll dive into the details. Follow the link below to a calendar where you can choose a date that works best.

Frequently Asked Questions

Elementary School

Do students participate in state-wide high stakes testing?
Yes. As your school of choice, ASU Prep Digital appreciates your participation and attendance during annual state testing. These in-person exams are held once a year. You can find more information on our testing page.
Are there any differences between K-5 and 6-12 online learning?
K-5 students spend more time in the group setting and with their teacher in Zoom. These students begin the day on Zoom with their class for homeroom and their lesson, then they have a break, and in the afternoon teachers will pull small groups of students into Zoom for targeted, personalized support. 6-12 students have less synchronous time than K-5. The amount of synchronous and asynchronous time can be customized to meet the needs of our partners.
When does elementary school start? What are the enrollment deadlines?
You can find all the enrollment information here, including start dates and deadlines. Our enrollment deadlines for Fall 2020 have passed. If you'd like to get on the wait list please choose the full-time application and fill it out online. 
What curriculum is used in elementary school?
The curriculum in each class is personalized by the teacher, aligning with the Arizona state standards. The teacher will integrate live video chat lessons, publisher-created online lessons, workbook style activities, hands-on projects and teacher created content. 
What subjects are taught in elementary school?
English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Art, PE
Can advanced elementary students take middle school classes?
Yes, we personalize the learning so each student is working up to their potential. Students are allowed to work at their own pace and accelerate beyond current grade level.
Are there standardized state tests in elementary school?
Yes, AzM2 is the statewide achievement test for Arizona students. Arizona public school students in Grades 3 – 8 and grade 10 (cohort 2023 in 2020-2021 school year) will take the grade level AzM2 assessments in English Language Arts and Mathematics.  Testing dates are in the spring each year. All students are responsible for taking the in-person state standardized tests.   
Is Kindergarten a full-day program?
Yes our program has scheduled activities throughout the day. Although we do not offer AM/PM options, online learning allows for a flexible schedule.
How many students are in each class?
In a virtual environment we personalize the learning to be a class of one. On average, each K-5 teacher is assigned 30 students. 
What are the age requirements for Kindergarten and First Grade?
Kindergarten: Any student enrolling in kindergarten must be five (5) years old on or before Sept 1 in the school year for which you are enrolling. First Grade: Any student enrolling in 1st grade must be six (6) years old on or before Sept 1 in the school year for which you are enrolling.  
What are the technology requirements?
Students need to have a computer with a modern browser and internet access.  The following items are suggested for all courses:
  • earbuds
  • webcam
  • printout of course pace chart and syllabus
  • calendar/planner
  • pencils and college ruled paper for students who would like to take written notes
There are a few materials and downloads needed for particular courses (mainly electives) and a tech and materials spec document can be requested for any course.   Devices (We recommend devices less than 5 years old)
  • Desktop
  • Laptop
  • Chromebook
  • Microphone and webcam
Operating Systems
  • Windows 10 and newer
  • Mac OSX 10.6 and newer
  • Linux
  • ChromeOS
Internet Speed
  • High speed internet (recommended)
Supported Browsers
  • Edge (latest version)
  • Safari (latest version)
  • Chrome (latest version)
  • Firefox (latest version)
Supported Browser Plugins and Settings
  • Javascript enabled
  • Flash - latest version is recommended
  • 1024x768 is recommended
  • Pop-up blockers should be disabled
  • Cookies should be enabled.
Please contact support.asuprep.org for further assistance.