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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 .
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 are a college prep school with an expectation that 100% of our students graduate and earn college credit while in high school. 

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?
In grades K–5 you’ll need to ask your teacher. In grades 6–12, 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.


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 More information can be found here.
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 books 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 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 and don’t know how to use it.
Review this helpful page that explains the various functions.
I logged into 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 using your ASURITE ID and password. Access the how-to here.

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.
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.
When does elementary school start? What are the enrollment deadlines?
You can find all the enrollment information here, including the start date. Our elementary program has open enrollment and we have new students starting every week.
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
  • Chrome(latest version)(recommended)
  • Edge (latest version)
  • Safari (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 for further assistance.


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. Please contact an admissions advisor for a personalized price quote.

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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 Toll Free 844-692-3372

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
  • Chrome(latest version)(recommended)
  • Edge (latest version)
  • Safari (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 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.


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 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.

Research Evidence

Is there direct evidence to support ASU Prep Digital effectiveness?

Tier 3 Promising Evidence for effectiveness of ASU K-8 Fully Digital Online Learning: EDataSci (2023). ASU Prep Digital Academy: Evidence of Effectiveness

Tier 2 Moderate Evidence for ASU Exact Path Curriculum Century Analytics (2018). Impacts of Edmentum’s Exact Path on Student Mathematics Achievement

Tier 2 Moderate Evidence for ASU’s Exact Path Curriculum Century Analytics (2018). Impacts of Edmentum’s Exact Path on Student Mathematics Achievement
Are online and blended learning recognized as evidence-based practices?

Meta Analysis
U.S. Department of Education, Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development (2009), Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning: A Meta-Analysis and Review of Online Learning Studies. Washington, D.C.

The meta-analysis found that, on average, students in online learning conditions performed better than those receiving face-to-face instruction.

Meta Analysis
Means, B, Toyama, Y., Murphy, R., Baki. M. (2013). The Effectiveness of Online and Blended Learning: A Meta-Analysis of the empirical literature. Teachers College Record, 115 (3), 1–47.

The meta-analysis found that, on average, students in online learning conditions performed modestly better than those receiving face-to-face instruction.

Meta Analysis
Bernard, R.M., Abrami, P.C., Lou, Y., Borokhovsk, E., Wade, A.,  Wozney, L., Wallet, P.A.,  Fiset, M., and Huang, B. (2004). How Does Distance Education Compare with Classroom Instruction? A Meta-Analysis of empirical literature. Review of Educational Research, 74(3), 379–439.

Effect sizes for asynchronous applications favored distance education.

Effect sizes for synchronous applications favored classroom instruction.
Is online learning an evidence-based practice for English and Math using the stringent ESSA rules of Tier 1 and Tier2 evidence-based criteria, such as found in the What Works Clearinghouse?

What Works Clearinghouse, (2021).  (Sahni, S. D., Polanin, J. R., Zhang, Q., Michaelson, L. E., Caverly, S., Polese, M. L., & Yang, J.)  A What Works Clearinghouse Rapid Evidence Review of Distance Learning Programs. ERIC. 

Programs that used more innovative approaches—programs that were adaptive may offer the best opportunity for success in remote learning.

A meta-analysis found that, on average, students in the distance learning programs improved in the English language arts outcome domain.

Additional strong evidence for distance learning improvement in Mathematics had previously been documented by WWC. Citations for Tier 1 and Tier 2 mathematics studies evidence are cited below:

Heppen, J.B., Walters, K, Clements, M., Faria, A., Tobey, C., Sorenson, N., Culp, K, Garcia, G. (2011). Access to Algebra I: The Effects of Online Mathematics for Grade 8 Students. ERIC

Bottge, B.A., Ma, X., Gassaway, L., Toland, M.D., Butler, M. and Cho, S. (2014). Effects of Blended Instructional Models on Math Performance. Exceptional Children, 80 (4), 423–37.
What are appropriate grades for digital learning?
Research supports the effectiveness of distance learning from elementary to college level courses. Distance learning is particularly effective in post-secondary education and has become a staple of college curriculum.

Distance learning is effective for elementary and secondary students, yielding significant effect sizes compared to traditional classroom instruction.

Research in middle schools has been an active area of investigation and this research reveals high effectiveness in grades 7-9.
Is there a research consensus on the effectiveness of online learning?
Academic reviews of research comparing online to face-to-face learning have consistently found that digital learning performs as well as or better than face to face. Gains in online learning should typically not be attributed to the modality but rather on attributes of the instruction. 

Attributes that make a difference include instructional design, degree of personalization, and direct guidance in giving feedback. These and other aspects of the medium can contribute to a positive, equivalent learning experience (Simonson, M. (2019). Research in distance education: a summary. Quarterly Review of Distance Education, 20(2), 31-43.)

Online learning research continues to identify strong evidence for factors that make online learning work, such as the philosophy and theory of learning, context of the intervention, variation in the presentation of material (e.g., synchronous/asynchronous), additional learning time, opportunity for collaboration, quality of staff support, end economic efficiency of the modalities.
How do online and blended learning improve student outcomes?
Effective digital learning provides multiple pathways to improved student outcomes.

Approach to Curriculum. Researchers in learning science emphasize that the “active ingredient” of online learning is not the technology platform. Experts agree that the effect of instruction on learning depends on the curriculum, the instructional methods, and the quality of staff.

It is thought that online and blended learning achieve their effect indirectly through technology insofar as technology enables large scale implementation of personalized, adaptive learning methods such as intelligent tutoring, online guided discovery learning, ability of students to pursue curriculum at their own pace. Technology enables these things but technology itself is not the reason for effectiveness. A district can’t merely put computers in front of children. Success depends on the knowledge and talent of staff who implement an effective learning program.

Geographical Factors. Rural students with lack of access to mainstream or upper-level coursework (blended learning) sometimes fail to thrive due to the sheer unavailability of coursework. Some of online learning’s effectiveness stems from increased availability of curriculum.

Student Characteristics. Many students prefer technology for learning, homework, and time management. Success depends on psychological factors such as self-regulation, resilience, and self-efficacy.
What outcomes has distance learning been shown to influence?
Standardized achievement tests. Online learning has been shown to be effective in Reading, ELA, and Math. Student growth is comparable to other instruction methods, and in some cases moderately better.

College readiness. Online math instruction (Heppen, et. al, 2011) has been shown to precipitate significantly greater pursuit of advanced mathematics compared to classroom instruction. Advanced mathematics is an important factor in college admission.
How do I respond to reports that online learning is not effective?
You should clarify the claim being suggested. There are certainly many studies meeting WWC design standards that indicate online learning programs as effective or in some settings more effective than traditional instructional methods.

A claim that there is “no evidence” for effectiveness of online learning may have been the case twenty years ago, but it is certainly not true today.

Much of federal funding for elementary and secondary schools is linked to evidence based on ESSA evidence standards. Research indicating the effectiveness of online learning meets ESSA evidence standards.

State Testing

What action do I need to take to sign my student(s) up for testing?
ASU Prep Digital automatically registers all eligible students for state assessments and there is no action required on your part to register them. In November/December, LSCs will be confirming testing intent and locations. In January, you will receive an e-mail notification of your testing location with some additional information. During the months of January and February, families will have the opportunity to request a location change (if desired). In February and March, our staff will be reaching out with testing reminders and more detailed test day information.
Are there any exemptions to the state testing requirement?
As your school of choice, ASU Prep Digital has a responsibility to both state and federal education agencies to administer state testing to at least 95% of our students. The Arizona Board of Education does not provide any publicly funded student the opportunity to opt out of state testing.
My child cannot attend all testing sessions for his/her grade level. Will there be makeup days?
ASU Prep Digital is working diligently this year to ensure that families have ample time to adjust testing weeks and locations if needed.  We recognize that some families may still require last minute changes to their assigned testing date and time. Some of our testing sites (primarily in the Phoenix area) will have the flexibility for makeup days.  For sites that do not have this flexibility, we will recommend the next closest testing site as a potential makeup session.
Do all ASU Prep Digital students participate in state testing?
Students in grades 3-8, 9 and 11 who are full-time and ADM funded (state funded) will participate in state testing.  Students who pay tuition or are on the ESA Scholarship (Empowerment Scholarship) waive the right to participate in state testing.
What precautions are being taken for Covid-19?
Mask requirements will vary by location based on the most current, local guidance.  At most sites, the decision to mask will be up to each individual.  Additionally, we will ensure any shared equipment is properly sanitized before and between uses. **At our Window Rock and Tuba City locations, masks are currently required.
What accommodations will be given to my child with an 504 or IEP?
Since IEP and 504 plans are unique to each student, accommodations will vary based on a student’s individual needs.  Any accommodations listed in the State Assessment section of the IEP or 504 will be given to the student.  Common accommodations include: extra time, stretch or restroom breaks, testing in a small group, access to text-to-speech technology, the ability to use scratch paper, use of a diabetic monitor, and use of noise canceling headphones. Please refer to your student’s plan or as your student’s service provider for more information.
What are the dates of testing?
The primary testing window will take place during the weeks of April 3-7 and April 10-14.  Most of our testing sites will test during just one of the two weeks mentioned above. Additionally, we will be offering early ACT during the week of March 27-31 at a few locations.
What are the locations for testing?
We plan to have over 40 different testing locations throughout the valley and the rest of the state.  In order to make testing accessible, these locations may include ASU campuses, hotel conference rooms, community college campuses, local libraries, and community centers. Sites that we currently plan to offer include: Phoenix, Glendale, Goodyear, Scottsdale, Anthem, Tempe, Chandler, Mesa, Gilbert, San Tan Valley, Maricopa, Casa Grande, Tucson, Green Valley, Sierra Vista, Benson, Douglas, Gila Bend, Yuma, Nogales, Wickenburg, Bagdad, Prescott, Show Low, Payson, Cottonwood, Flagstaff, Tuba City, Kayenta, Chinle, Window Rock, Holbrook, Thatcher, Globe, Kingman, Bullhead City, Lake Havasu, Colorado City, Clifton, and Page.
What are the hours of testing?
Testing hours will vary depending on the exam being administered and on the student taking the exam.  The times below will be the norm at most of our testing locations.

AASA sessions will start at either 9:00 am or 1:00 pm (not all sites will have an afternoon session available). These exams are untimed, but are estimated to take between 1.5 - 2.5 hours to complete each day.

AzSCI sessions will start at 9:00 am.  This exam is untimed, but is estimated to take between 2 - 2.5 hours to complete.

ACT Aspire sessions will start at 9:00 am.  This exam is timed.  We anticipate ACT Aspire sessions concluding between 2:30 pm and 3:00 pm.

ACT sessions will start at 9:00 am.  This exam is timed. We anticipate ACT sessions concluding between 1:30 pm and 2:00 pm.

**Timed exam sessions may look different for students with documented accommodations.
Is my child able to bring snacks/water to testing?
Yes, we strongly recommend that students bring snacks/water to testing.  For students taking the ACT and ACT Aspire, we recommend sending students with a full lunch since the exam sessions extend into the afternoon. Students taking ACT and ACT Aspire will have a designated lunch time during the test but will not be permitted to leave the testing facility during that time.
Will my child’s pace charts be modified due to instruction missed for state testing?
Yes, during the two week testing period, only one week’s worth of assignments will be due to accommodate the testing schedule.
Do these tests in any way affect my child’s grade or transcript at ASU Prep Digital? Will colleges see these scores?
These tests do not have an effect on grades or transcript, but scores are used as an indicator for future placement and advisement. The scores generated can also assist you in determining readiness for future college courses. Scores become part of the student’s academic record.
What should I log for attendance during state testing week?
Time spent traveling to/from testing, test preparation, as well as actual time spent testing can count towards your attendance logs that week.
Are families required to attend the testing location closest to their home address?
No; we are happy to switch families to the location of their choice.  If you see another location on the list that works better for you, please let your LSC know as they reach out in November and December so we can reassign your testing location early.  Space is limited at each location, so please reach out with requests as soon as possible.
Who can I speak to about the state testing requirements?
K-8 Director of Academics - Laura Maloney 

9-12 Director of Academics - Mike Kasper 

Testing and Data Coordinator - Amanda Coronado

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 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