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FAQs

Academics

What is Canvas?
Canvas is a learning management system that serves as the landing space for students to access course content, view course announcements, submit assignments, collaborate with peers, and message their teacher .
What is the home page / landing page in Canvas?
The home page in Canvas is also considered the landing page--a place where students can find teacher contact information, a link to schedule 1:1 support, find live lesson times, and the zoom link for live lessons. In addition, students will find recordings for all the live lessons to replay content for extra support or view for the first time when it is most convenient for the student. The home page/landing page will also include the list of Playlist links for students to easily access as needed. For K-5 students, there will be a daily schedule listed on the homepage so that students and guardians can conveniently find the schedule for each day. Additional information to support these young learners will also be found on this page.
What is the weekly playlist?
The weekly playlist includes weekly class expectations including activities/projects to support students’ mastery of the content in a more meaningful way. Often students will have a choice of the type of activity they will complete to demonstrate their knowledge. In addition, the playlist will include opportunities for students to collaborate with each other and will encourage students’ creative thinking.
Are there live lessons that students have to attend?
We have an expectation for live lessons to be conducted weekly for our students. All live lessons are recorded and located at the bottom of the home page. To meet the needs of students with varied schedules, we do not require attendance at the live lesson. However, students are encouraged to view the recording if they are not able to attend live.
How does a student start a course?
Every course in our Academy starts with the New Student Orientation. We employ a scaffolded approach to prepare our students to begin their course and equip them with the best skills and knowledge that they’ll need to be successful. Students will begin with the welcome module by exploring the platform and topics such as Netiquette and Digital Citizenship. These modules are critical for learners to be reminded of as they start their online journey. The New Student Orientation also has how-to videos and guides for navigating the Canvas platform. Once students complete their orientation, the course shell will be available for students to reference throughout the year as needed.
What is ALEKS?
ALEKS is a research-based, online learning program that offers adapted math content tailored to individual student needs. This online learning platform helps educators and guardians understand each student's knowledge and learning progress in depth, and provides the individual support required for every student to achieve mastery. ASUPD supplements the ALEKS curriculum with a wrap-around curriculum that takes a deeper dive into the content.
What does a unit look like?
Each unit has the same structure: lesson, discussion board activity, assessment, and a section to self report/reflect. We also embed “check for understanding” assignments that are low stakes quizzes to ensure student mastery and to provide formative data to the teacher. When a student needs more support, they are given feedback and additional opportunities to demonstrate mastery.
Are assignments interactive? Is everything auto-graded?
Many assignments are interactive in nature--opportunities for students to engage with their classmates as well as receive immediate feedback on their progress. There are some items in each course that are auto-graded in Canvas. Other assignments, particularly free response and open-ended assignments that are graded by the ASUPD teacher.
What is a DBA?
A DBA is a Discussion Based Assessment. The most simplistic way to think of this is as an oral quiz between the teacher and the student. These required assessments occur two times per semester and are another example of a synchronous opportunity. This time is one-on-one, scheduled, graded, and includes a rubric. The purpose of the DBA is to help enhance the teacher-student relationship, check for academic integrity, and to determine what the student has mastered in the course so far.
How is this different from a traditional high school?

In a traditional school, your class schedule and day is planned for you. Most often, what you learn each day is decided by someone else. At ASU Prep Digital, you decide what your day looks like. Need extra tutoring in math...go for it! Feel like working all day just on your biology project...that works too!

We encourage a personalized pace, and we will support you if you advance more quickly or need extra time to be successful. To get a detailed look at a day-in-the life of our students, check out the student story videos.

Student Stories

What is a Learning Success Coach?
ASU Prep Digital’s unique teaching model places the student at the center of an intricate web of multilayered support. Learning Success Coaches (LSCs) play several roles, including school counselor, academic advisor, college and career advisor, emotional support counselor, and academic coach. All ASUPD students are assigned an LSC upon enrollment.
  • The LSC monitors student progress daily, acting as a liaison between instructional staff and families. They call, text, or meet in Zoom with students to set goals and develop work plans to ensure success in courses.
  • The LSC provides a holistic perspective of the student’s overall course load. They support learners with course planning, college applications, and more.
  • While Learning Success Coaches are not tutors, they work closely with the instructional staff, collaborating to set attainable learning goals and identify challenges.
  • The LSC team collaboratively hosts a weekly homeroom to build community. They keep students up to date on school events and teach a curriculum based on social/emotional wellness, study skills, and college/career counseling.
  • LSCs coordinate events to keep students connected to one another. This includes Digital Recess, Career Spotlights, and local face-to-face events.
 
Are the courses 100% online?

Yes! Your coursework is entirely online and you can study anywhere in the world with internet access. Most courses include some activities away from the computer such as reading and writing, interviewing someone or conducting research for a project. But even those projects will be submitted online.

That’s not to say we don’t like to socialize! We will host face-to-face events at Arizona State University and other ASU Preparatory campuses through the year. These experiences include leadership workshops, special interest groups based on academic interests, Night of the Open DoorFuture Sun Devil Family events and various summer programs.

Will I have a real teacher for every course?

Yes! While we love technology and innovation, we know teachers are the driving force behind your learning experience at ASU Prep Digital. You will interact regularly with a highly qualified, instructor for each course, as well as have ongoing conversations with your Learning Success Coach. We might be a little biased, but we think our teachers are AMAZING!

Is it okay to work ahead?
Absolutely! The full curriculum is available to you on day one. We encourage all students to work at the pace that meets your learning needs. At ASU Prep Digital, we will continually challenge you to be the co-designer of your educational experience and finishing a course early is just one perk of attending school with us. On the flip side, you might need extra time to complete certain projects or assignments. You will work together with your teacher and Learning Success Coach to customize your learning experience that works for YOU!
What is the time commitment for a college level course?

The Arizona Board of Regents, the governing board for ASU, NAU, and the U of A, has a policy for how much time students should invest in their courses: “A minimum of 45 hours of work by each student is required for each unit of credit.” Therefore, in a 3-credit course, students should expect to invest 45 hours in class meetings (or the online equivalent), as well as 90 hours doing homework and assignments—a total of 135 hours.

Will there be weighted grades?
You bet! ASU Prep Digital has a catalog of courses that include weighted grades for honors and college-level courses.
What are the graduation requirements?
Just like all Arizona high school graduates, we ensure that each student meets the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) university admissions requirements. You are required to complete 4 years of English, 4 years of mathematics, 3 years of lab sciences, 3 years of social sciences, 2 years of the same foreign language, and 1 year of fine arts and other electives to meet the graduation requirements. A total of 24 credits are needed for graduation. What sets ASU Prep Digital apart from traditional school is HOW you earn your graduation requirements. You will work at your pace - on your schedule - and with the opportunity to earn college credits along the way.

Concurrent

Can I take a class on ASU’s campus?
Yes. Please confirm registration with your LSC or Advisor. You will need to complete this form and email it to immunizations@asu.edu.
How do I drop my class?
Be sure to notify your LSC or Advisor ASAP via email, phone, or text. Please do not contact the university to process the withdrawal.
When is the add/drop period?
This depends on the session in which you are enrolled. For A and B session courses, it is 24 hours after the start of class. For a C- session, it is a few weeks after the start of class. Locate the ASU calendar here.
When is tuition due? (Non ASU Prep Digital tuition-waiver students)
Tuition is due before the start of your ASU course. You can pay via the ASU Prep Digital Student Portal.
How does the ASU Prep Digital tuition waiver work?
For full-time students enrolled in at least 4 ASU Prep Digital courses, a tuition waiver will cover the $600 tuition cost per course, up to two courses a semester. You will still be responsible for a $75 course fee per course, and materials. If you do not pass your course, or drop outside the add/drop period, you will be charged the cost of tuition.
What can I do to prepare for my course?
Don’t hesitate to contact your LSC or Advisor with any questions. Read this checklist for student success.
How do I know what books I need?
Books and materials list are listed in the syllabus. Access your syllabus and course via my.asu.edu. Recommended textbook sources: chegg, amazon, ebay. Make sure that you search for books using the ISBN number provided in your course syllabus. Note: while older textbook editions may be more inexpensive, verify with your instructor if you will need the latest version.
Where do I get my books?
You can rent or purchase via Amazon, Chegg, or other sources. Here’s a video to help.
How much weekly time investment is involved?
ASU recommends you spend 6 study hours for every 1 credit hour of enrollment in a 14-week academic semester. If you are in an accelerated (A or B session) course, this amount will be higher. For example, if you are taking a 3-credit course, you will need to spend at least 18 hours/week (+ 3 hours for “class time”) outside of class working in your course. If you are taking an accelerated (7-week) course, the weekly time investment will be more. Read more here.
How do I set up my new ASU email account?
Follow the steps to activate your ASURITE ID, then set up email forwarding here.
I logged into my.asu.edu and don’t know how to use it.
Review this helpful page that explains the various functions.
I logged into my.asu.edu but do not see my class.
Your course should appear after registration is confirmed. If you do not see your course in the week prior to your course start, notify your LSC or Advisor immediately.
I do not know my ASURITE ID. What do I do?
Please contact your LSC or Advisor.
Help! I am having technical issues related to login or course problems.
Notify your LSC or Advisor. You may need to call ASU’s Tech Support line: 1-855-ASU-5080
Where do I go to access my course?
Login using your ASURITE ID to http://my.asu.edu using your ASURITE ID and password. Access the how-to here.

Student life

What is the balance between synchronous and asynchronous courses for High School learners?
This may look different for every custom partner or custom proposal to fit their needs. Typically, our students are expected to be working in the course for 5 hours/week, so if we say that a live lesson is roughly 45-60 minutes, then the scheduled synchronous time is 15-20% of the time spent in the course. We encourage live interaction between students and teachers daily, and we accomplish this by incorporating an open door policy for teacher support as well as collaboration opportunities for students.
Will I be sitting in front of a computer all day?

Absolutely not! While your curriculum is based online, you will complete offline activities such as lab work, research, reading, and collaboration with community, university and business partners to help deepen your understanding through experiences that engage you outside the virtual classroom.

What does a typical day look like?

This depends on you, your schedule, and how you best learn. While you'll have a pace chart that guides what work is due weekly, it's up to you to structure your days. You may find yourself working in a course, attending live lessons, doing offline research and participating in student clubs. There are countless opportunities and ways to tailor your schedule.

While you will attend online classes with peers throughout the world, you will also have face-to-face opportunities in your community through academic and social events. To get a detailed look at a day-in-the life of our students, check out the student story videos.

Student Stories
How will I interact with other students?
In numerous ways! Amazing teachers, technology tools and rigorous college prep coursework lay the foundation for a unique learning experience. At ASU Prep Digital, we help you gain the knowledge and training that will allow you to connect with peers both locally and across the globe. You will have the opportunity to complete projects, collaborate in live lessons, engage in discussion posts and more, with your online peers.
What time does school start and end each day?

Nope, it doesn’t work that way at ASU Prep Digital. While your teachers will plan specific times to meet with students to conduct live lessons, collaborate, or host tutoring sessions, your day starts and ends when YOU decide. To meet the rigor and demands of a college prep curriculum, a typical full-time student spends approximately 30 hours per week engaged in courses.

Some students love this freedom while others may struggle to figure out a groove. Don’t worry...you will have your very own Learning Success Coach to help you every step of the way.

What if I fall behind and/or struggle?
Finding your groove and navigating multiple classes and the rigor of college prep courses can sometimes be challenging. We get that. So much that we provide you with a Learning Success Coach that will be there to guide you during your entire high school experience. Our goals for you are simple: graduate high school, seamlessly move on to attain your college degree, then compete in the global job market and contribute to your community. What do we do if it seems the work is too advanced? Contact your teacher for any questions about the coursework.
Can I join sports, clubs or extracurricular offerings?
Yes. Students will have both online and on-site opportunities through Arizona State University and other ASU Prep Academy sites to participate in extracurricular offerings. Here are examples of our online extra-curricular opportunities: Elementary Clubs
  • Spanish Club
  • Club Mix It Up
  • Sparky Broadcasting
  • Stem Club
Middle School
  • Veterinary
  • Math Challenge
  • NJHS
  • Fitness Club
  • Literary Club
  • Sun Devil’s Digest
  • Science
  • Student Government
High School Clubs
  • Book Club
  • Forks Up Lounge
  • National Honor Society
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Writing Club
  • Drama
  • ASUPD Blog
  • Student Government
  • Mu Alpha Theta
  • Psychology
  • Science Club
  • Here 4 U
  • Diversity Club
  • Gardening Club
  • Art Club
  • Amnesty International Club
  • Gaming Club
  • Change of Elements

Parents/Guardians

Is ASU Prep Digital Accredited?
Yes we are! We are accredited through AdvancED.
Is ASU Prep Digital NCAA approved?
Yes we are! ASU Prep Digital courses are approved by the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
Can my child walk in the graduation ceremony?
Yes! Every student who is graduating from ASU Prep Digital is invited to participate in all senior activities, including our graduation ceremony. Please visit https://asuprep.asu.edu/graduation for more information.
Is my child a good fit for ASU Prep Digital?

While we believe that there is no one size fits all approach to learning, we are committed to using the best innovations in digital learning to meet the needs of all learners and create a customized experience for each and every student.

Let’s talk about your specific child and learning needs.

What are the expectations for family involvement?

We love our ASU Prep Digital families and we know they play an essential role in the success of our students. We ask that each of our families take an active role in the education of their child as well as our school community.

We partner with families to attend orientation and Individualized Learning Plan conferences four times each year. ASU Prep Digital also offers both online and face-to-face opportunities to keep our families involved throughout the school year.

How many college credits can my child earn?

There is no set limit on number of college credits a student can earn. Your child will have the opportunity to take Arizona State University online courses while supported by ASU Prep Digital faculty.

Additionally, If you enroll in ASU Prep Digital full time and successfully graduate with at least a 3.0 GPA, you meet the requirements for admission to Arizona State University. You will also meet the Arizona Board of Regents admissions requirements for the other state universities. Our College Going Advisor will support you every step of the way as you make your post-secondary plans.

Can my child transfer to another ASU Prep Academy?

Yes. Students have the option of transferring to another ASU Prep Academy. Due to the rigor of the curriculum, and to ensure a change doesn’t impact academic progress, you would discuss the transfer with your child’s Learning Success Coach. The student would need to meet the enrollment requirements and be added to a waitlist, if one existed, at the school they were wanting to enroll at.

What are your attendance requirements?
While you gain flexibility in your learning in an online environment, faithful attendance is still important. We have dedicated an entire page to information about attendance so that you will know what is expected with relation to daily attendance, holidays, sick days, and how to record your attendance.

Enrollment

What’s the difference between part and full time?

Part-time students complete a single course, or a few courses as a supplement to their coursework at another school or homeschool studies. These can be high school, university or concurrent courses.

Full-time students complete all of their coursework at ASU Prep Digital.

We serve students in grades K-12 and we award high school diplomas to qualifying seniors. Full-time students have the opportunity to accelerate their path to college and careers by taking concurrent university courses that earn them both high school and college credit.

Am I eligible to enroll?

We are currently enrolling students in grades 9 through 12. If you're looking for a head start on college, while working from anywhere on your own schedule, then we'd love to chat and see if ASU Prep Digital is a good fit!

We are seeking students ready to become global thinkers and leaders who are excited about taking charge of their future by improving leadership skills and building a portfolio of work that will give them a competitive edge as they move into college.

Unfortunately, you are not eligible to enroll after your 21st birthday. While ASU believes all students can be successful and is committed to surrounding them with the support needed to achieve their goals, this is a rigorous college-prep program. It is not designed for students who need to make up credits quickly or those seeking a GED.

Is ASU Prep Digital a good fit for me?

We believe that EVERY student can achieve a post-secondary education and have designed our coursework and mentorship programs to make that belief a reality. If you want access to world-class coursework embedded with adaptive digital technology, ASU Prep Digital is right for you.

Don’t sweat it if you’ve never taken an online course. We have an in-depth student orientation course that you will take before you start your courses that will set you up for success. You’ll also have a Learning Success Coach that will be with you every step of the way during your high school career to help you achieve your goals. To get a detailed look at a day-in-the life of our students, check out the student story videos.

Student Stories
How do I enroll?

We are thrilled you want to be a part of ASU Prep Digital! Click here to enroll.

Have a few questions? No problem! Please reach out to us:

When is enrollment?
Right now! Enrollment is ongoing throughout the year. Please visit the enrollment page for a full calendar of dates and deadlines.
How much does it cost?
Full-time Arizona students can attend ASU Prep Digital tuition-free. We are an Arizona public charter school.   For part-time and out-of-state students, we have tuition-based options. You can visit the tuition calculator for an estimate, but understand there are many factors that that influence tuition.   Please contact an admissions advisor for a personalized price quote.   Schedule a call »
Can I transfer credits after I’m enrolled?
It depends. Contact Tracy to talk specifically about your transcript and how we can incorporate any academic credits to your transcript. Tracy Hansen Admissions Advisor hansen.tracy@asu.edu Toll Free 844-692-3372

Elementary School

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.
What elementary school supplies will I need?
You can find a complete list of supplies at the links below.
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.  
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.

Middle School

What middle school supplies will I need?
You can find a full list of supplies here.
When is middle school enrollment? How do I enroll?
Enrollment deadlines for middle school are the same as high school. You can view the latest info here. To get started, just fill out the online enrollment form. Once submitted, we'll review and send you an email with instructions on how to upload your required documents. After we collect all the state required docs, you'll be assigned a Learning Success Coach who will help you get started.
What is a typical weekly schedule for a middle school student?
Students should expect to spend 5-7 hours per course, per week.  Most students take 5 courses per semester. The schedule is flexible and students can work when they want. There are scheduled live lessons in each class, one per week. Some students like to do all subjects each day, some prefer to work on a single subject each day.  
How do students interact socially?
Students will have collaborative live lessons as a whole class and in small groups using Zoom. They will also have one-on-one lessons and feedback sessions with their teacher.  We also offer middle school clubs where students can socialize both online and at optional in-person events.   
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.
Can middle school students take a single course? Or attend part-time?
We are currently only enrolling full-time students for the upcoming semester. However if you have special circumstances, please contact an admissions advisor to discuss.
Will middle school students need to purchase any materials?
Most middle school courses include all the materials you will need online. There are some exceptions such as electives (guitar) or science (common kitchen supplies for labs).
Am I able to take all high school courses as an 8th grader?
While students are encouraged to work ahead and may take courses above grade level, taking ALL high school courses in this case would change your enrollment status to 9th grade.   
Is there a new student orientation?
Yes, all middle school students will complete one week of New School Orientation similar to our high school students. This will help students become familiar with the systems and software as well as learn some of the strategies needed to become successful online learners.  
Does our middle school offer honors courses or a gifted program?
Students are able to move through courses at their own pace and can begin taking high school courses as soon as they are ready. We personalize the learning for each student instead of grouping them under any specific label.   ASU Preparatory Academy meets the needs of all children, including those who are gifted students by utilizing Personalized Mastery-Based Learning where students are not limited to grade level curriculum,  but continue to learn by demonstrating mastery on State Standards at their pace. This allows students to accelerate in one or more content areas as they are ready.  In addition, students may expand their learning with Project Based Learning, which provides an opportunity to solve real world problems. The commitment to this personalized approach to meeting the standards prepares students for college, career, and life. Personalizing the grade-level curriculum through adaptive software programs combined with opportunities to leverage deep learning and the ability to take courses outside the current grade level (ie - a 4th grader taking Algebra 1).
How many courses does a middle school student take per semester?
Students take up to five courses per semester.  Usually four core courses (Math, English Language Arts, Science, Social Studies) and one elective. The total course load is determined by their session start date.  
Can middle school students take high school electives?
Yes, any student that is prepared for high school curriculum is encouraged to take high school electives. Parents should speak with their Learning Success Coach about student readiness and maturity.

School Partnerships

How difficult is it for students to navigate Canvas?
Like any new technology platform, it is expected that students may need support as they begin their course. Teachers will help guide students during the live lesson through the content and expectations of the course. In addition, the Learning Success Coach will play a major role in helping students learn how to submit assignments and access resources within their course. Canvas continues to become more user friendly and incorporates icons to represent different types of content. In addition, we streamline our ASUPD content within Canvas so that students have consistency in the platform and are able to build familiarity with the system quickly.
In what models are students supported by LSCs?
Brick and mortar, hybrid, and full-time online students are all supported by LSCs.
How do you recruit an LSC?
We recruit LSCs through word of mouth and in our existing network and faculty connections. We are very much embedded in the ASU community, as well as the broader K12 community. We frequently have individuals that recommend this program to a student and then wind up wanting to work in that space. ASUPD seeks candidates who often have a background in counseling or teaching.
Is an LSC full time or part time?
LSCs are full time staff members.
What does the teacher role look like in an online environment?
The teacher role in an online environment vs a brick and mortar school is very different. Our teachers are not juggling the synchronous needs of 30 students, 5 times a day. This leaves more time for teachers to ensure that each and every student has a personalized pathway to success in their class. At ASUPD we have a variety of different learners and thus, have a different strategy for each student. Some students join every lesson and are pretty independent. The communication with these students looks a bit different than a student that may be struggling and needs daily contact from their teacher. Since these students are not getting the big group experience as much, the teacher is able to focus their time on personalizing support for each student.
What does a teacher’s schedule look like when they are not in a live lesson?
Teachers spend their days conducting one-on-one calls, completing DBAs with their students, providing asynchronous feedback on assignments, and meeting with small groups. Teachers also spend time progress-monitoring, customizing pace plans with struggling students, and building relationships with their students and families. They are also coordinating with learning facilitators and LSCs to get extra touchpoints with their students on Zoom when possible.
Do you survey students to get a sense of engagement? What’s working for them in a digital environment?
Yes, we send out teacher and LSC surveys one time per semester to obtain student and family feedback. We use this feedback to learn more about what our students need and to continue to grow our practice and increase student and family satisfaction and learning. Other informal surveys and conversations are conducted by ASUPD teachers and LSCs throughout the semester to gauge student interest and seek feedback.
Does the LSC have a tie-back to the brick and mortar school? Is there some alignment there?
Yes, the LSC has a close relationship with the local school administrator or facilitator and has the ability to send grade updates and course progress as needed. In addition, the LSC will reach out to the brick and mortar school to seek additional support or insight when needed. We also encourage local schools to keep an open line of communication to alert the LSC of critical student information when needed.
What are the technical requirements and materials needed?
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
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Virtual Reality (VR) /Augmented Reality (AR) Some courses have Virtual and Augmented Reality experiences which are best viewed with devices that are AR/VR enabled. These experiences can have large file sizes and it is recommended that they are downloaded over wi-fi. Minimum Devices:
  • iPhones 5S
  • Samsung Galaxy S5
  • Newer VR/AR enabled devices (Recommended)
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Does the price change if we decide we don’t want an LSC?
We can work creatively with our partnerships to meet the needs of the school and develop a customized package of services.
What is a Learning Success Coach?
A learning success coach is a learner’s individualized support while enrolled at ASU Prep Digital. Even our part time students are assigned an LSC. Learning success coaches monitor progress, connect with students’ goals and support learning needs.
What is the difference between concurrent enrollment and dual enrollment?
Our concurrent courses are similar to dual enrollment in that learners can receive both high school and college credit but our concurrent courses are actual university course curriculum taught by ASU faculty members.
Do you offer credit recovery?
Our courses are built to be College Preparatory, so while not a credit recovery curriculum, some of our courses offer targeted remediation pathways for learners who need it.
What does adaptive mean?
ASU Prep Digital defines adaptive curriculum as any course that provides a unique path and experience for each student. In some courses technology adapts the path based on student behavior and performance. In other courses, data is provided that allows teachers to personalize and curate the learning experience.
How many hours per week are students expected to work in each course?
There is a different time commitment for each learner because students progress at their own pace. As an average expectation, students should allow 5 hours per course, per week.
Are we able to remove full lessons from your curriculum?
Yes this is possible. Schools often customize the curriculum to meet their needs.
Can we augment the curriculum to add our own assignments?
Yes! Our learning management system allows you to intuitively add assignments, assessments and supplemental materials to the course content.
Can you provide scope and sequences for all courses?
Yes, please ask your school partnership contact.
What is your course build pedagogy?
For our new course releases, we develop our courses using Understanding by Design's framework and utilizing a discovery learning approach. We also leverage immediate feedback to redirect a student towards understanding and transfer of learning. To learn more, please watch this Two-Minute Course Tour video.
Can the courses work in any LMS?
Our courses can be hosted in most modern learning management systems, including Canvas, Buzz, D2L, Moodle, Schoology, Blackboard, Edmodo, Google Classroom, etc.
How are the courses hosted?
ASU Prep Digital hosts courses in the Canvas learning management system, but our curriculum can be loaded into any school’s LMS.
What student information system does ASU Prep Digital use?
Starting in Summer 2020 Session 2 all of our students will be in Infinite Campus.
What Learning Management System does ASU Prep Digital use?
Our full-time students operate in Canvas but our curriculum is LMS agnostic so it can be imported into any platform.
How does ASU Prep Digital partner with schools?
  • Teaching - We can help fill staffing gaps with online instruction from experienced, certified high school teachers and ASU professors.
  • Online Course Licensing - We offer 40+ high school and 200+ university online courses for use with your teachers or ours. Explore our course catalog or take a two-minute course tour.
  • Training and professional development - We offer face-to-face and web-based professional development on blended learning and virtual instruction.