Frequently Asked Questions about Online Learning

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If you’re new to online learning this year, or considering it as an option for your student next semester, chances are you have quite a few questions. Whether you’re wondering what the expectations are for family involvement or curious about how socialization works, we’ve got you covered. Here is a list of answers to frequently asked questions about online learning:

Are the courses 100% online?

Yes! One of the major benefits of online learning is that students have the freedom to complete their assignments anywhere, at any time, and at their own pace.

Can students participate in extracurricular activities?

Absolutely! Just like traditional schools, online schools, offer a variety of clubs and activities for students. In fact, students are encouraged to submit additional club ideas that match their interests.

What are the expectations for family involvement?

At ASU Prep Digital, it’s common (and encouraged!) for families to take an active role in their student’s education. For younger grades like K-8, this may mean a more hands-on approach and daily check-ins, especially if your student is new to online learning. For students in grades 9-12, this may mean giving them more freedom and checking in on a weekly basis.

How is online learning different from traditional schooling?

The major difference between online learning and traditional schooling is flexibility. In a traditional school setting, students learn at the same pace as their peers and follow a set schedule for their courses. Online learning allows students to not only complete coursework on their own time, but also work at a pace that best suits their needs. Whether this means working ahead to complete a class early or spending a little extra time on a topic, students have the freedom to make that choice for themselves!

 

Have more questions? Check out a full list of FAQs on our website and additional posts about frequently asked questions about online learning:

Girl Scout Summer Adventures Proves to Be a Virtual Learning Success

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The best online program for girls emerged from Girl Scouts, ASU Prep this summer

By Amanda Fessler

On the heels of the COVID-19 pandemic, all students – those who didn’t finish the recent school year in-class to those who will start school for the first time – face a very different set of circumstances than previous years. School administrators express that more than ever, mental, emotional, and social preparedness is paramount.

To address the pandemic’s impact on education in Arizona and replace in-person programs canceled due to social distancing guidelines, Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council (GSACPC) partnered with ASU Prep Digital to create a unique, online program for K-12 girls this July.

The new program, “Girl Scout Summer Adventures,” is structured so girls can connect socially and emotionally during this time of isolation and support their formal education at the same time. It’s all about setting girls up for success by enriching their socially-distanced summers at home and helping them prepare for the coming school year. Through the program, which is tailored to each grade level, girls are working with new friends, having fun, and tackling new skills through age-appropriate activities and experiences.

 

The four-week pilot leads girls through a choose-your-own-adventure journey exploring life skills, STEM, entrepreneurship, and outdoors. With a mix of live and recorded sessions and downloadable content, girls have been able to go at their own pace and on their schedules. The program is guided by GSACPC program staff and licensed educators. And since Girl Scout programming complements the academic curriculum, participants in grades 7-12 have had the opportunity to earn free summer school credit.

 “As an organization that positively impacts academic achievement for girls, we feel an obligation to innovate our program model so we can continue to support girls during this monumental time when their education is in upheaval,” said Christina Spicer, GSACPC Deputy Director. 

Thanks to a long-standing history with ASU Prep Digital– the local accredited online high school affiliated with Arizona State University– once the pandemic began impacting schools, GSACPC rapidly went to work to develop the Summer Adventures program in partnership with the school.

GSACPC was also able to coordinate special, behind-the-scenes live visits for girls by tapping into some of their other dedicated partners. From business owners, arts and culture organizations, to VIP visitors, session experiences have included Q&As with female role models like Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego to cooking class with a pro chef and touring an observatory.

Parents and guardians are praising the quality of the program:

 

A parent who is also a teacher noted, “It is an impressive amount of planning, organizing, and implementing! Both my daughters are excited about the line-up for their [grade] levels, and I hope to sit to the side for a lot of it, too! One of their material boxes arrived in the mail today, and I’m in awe of the badges and journeys incorporated and provided. You should all be commended for creating such a professional, age-appropriate, packed-with-fun program.”

A longtime Troop Leader shared that she has never seen such excitement from girls in her troop, “Six of my [Troop’s] Girl Scouts registered for the Summer Adventures program, and they are having so much fun! They send me pictures and talk to me about all the exciting projects they’re doing.”

To make the program accessible to all girls, a fee was not required to participate. A donation of $100 for the full 4-weeks was suggested, but families were able to determine how they could support the program. GSACPC hoped to serve 250 girls through the July pilot session, and 416 girls are currently registered.

“ASU Prep Digital helped us learn how to offer Girl Scout programming within a Learning Management System. We look forward to using this knowledge as we continue to adjust our program delivery model to meet the needs of girls,” said Spicer. 

With this success underway, GSACPC plans to continue assessing how programs like this might catalyze deeper partnerships with all local schools to support formal education outcomes for girls, especially as school districts are looking at their plans for returning safely to the classroom.

What’s it Like to Attend Arizona’s Best Online High School?

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Arizona is home to many things: the Grand Canyon, the Arizona Cardinals, and Arizona’s best online high school—ASU Prep Digital.

Founded in 2017, ASU Prep Digital has quickly become Arizona’s best online high school, succeeding in bridging the gap between high school and college, equipping part-time and full-time students with the tools they need to earn their diploma, and helping them get on an accelerated path to university admission.

But Arizona’s best online high school does more than that.

ASU Prep Digital empowers students to take charge of their education in a number of ways:

  • Offering 40+ online high school and 200+ online university courses.
  • Giving students the freedom to work online, any time, from anywhere in the world.
  • Introducing adaptive learning technologies that personalize the self-paced coursework.
  • Promoting collaboration online with teachers and classmates using video, audio and text.

On top of being dedicated students, our community of learners are also athletes, creatives, musicians, and so much more.

Want a sneak peek into what it’s like to attend Arizona’s best online high school? Check out the day in the life of Olivia, an ASU Prep Digital junior who has found the perfect harmony between being a rockstar student and a talented violinist.

What Makes the Best Online High School Experience?

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

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

Flexibility

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

Support

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

Socialization 

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

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

The Benefits of Taking Summer Classes

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With summer right around the corner, it’s time to start making plans. While it might be tempting to sleep until noon every day and spend countless hours binge watching the latest Netflix craze, there are ways to be productive—and you don’t even have to leave the couch! Taking summer classes may not sound fun at first, but here are a few benefits that are sure to change your mind:

Boost your GPA

For those who are looking for a way to get ahead of the competition, taking summer classes can be an excellent way to accelerate your academic career and bump your GPA up! Your GPA is calculated based on the quantity and value of your grades, which means that doing well in summer courses has the potential to increase your GPA and help you stand out on college applications.

Explore your passions

During the regular school year, your main focus is taking core classes, such as English, math, and science. Luckily, taking summer classes will give you the opportunity to explore fun electives that you’re passionate about! Courses like digital photography, game design, or guitar have the power to set you on track for a future career pathway while helping you earn some extra credits.

Graduate high school sooner

If you’re longing to begin your college career, enrolling in summer classes can help you get there faster. Using your summer to knock out additional courses not only gets you one step closer to high school graduation, but also shows prospective colleges you have drive and a great work ethic.

Earn College Credits

Not only can taking summer classes help you graduate sooner, it can also help you save time and money in college! Set yourself up for success by enrolling in concurrent courses, which allow you to earn high school and college credits simultaneously. And at ASU Prep Digital, you can take ASU courses with real ASU professors, giving you a taste of the college experience before stepping on campus.

Credit Recovery

If you struggled in a class during the regular school year, summer is a great time to recover those credits so you can graduate on time. Many schools allow students to retake courses, but some may not offer the subject you need. ASU Prep Digital works with schools to enroll students in the classes they need to stay on the path to graduation.

 

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Did you know that if you’re a full-time Arizona student at ASU Prep Digital, you can take high school summer courses for free? Check out the details here.
And if you’re a resident of Riverview, Orange, San Diego, or Imperial county in California, ASU Prep Digital and BEST Academy are partnering to provide tuition-free, online courses this summer. Learn more about it here.

ASU Prep Digital: The Best Online High School in Arizona

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

Let’s take a closer look and find out.

Concurrent Enrollment

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

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

Personalized Instruction

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

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

Layers of Support

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

You can meet the staff here.

Student Performance

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

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

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

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

 

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

How to End the Semester Strong

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As you begin counting down the days to the end of another semester, now’s the crucial time when some ‘A’s are made and others undone. Focus on your assignments, work hard and the last day will be upon you soon enough. In the meantime, here are 3 helpful tips on how to end the semester strong.

Stay on track

So far, you’ve been studious, passed your tests and have the grades to prove it. Don’t slack now just because the end of the semester is near. Stay focused on your studies; there are still enough tests and assignments left to skew your grades if you perform poorly. To ensure you stay on top of your classes, keep a close eye on your calendar of due dates, continue studying with your peers and make the time to give every assignment your full attention. Finish strong!

Refresh your study techniques

With summer just around the corner, it can be tough to stay focused while you study for your last few tests. Consider changing up your techniques in order to reinvigorate your studying and end the semester strong. Join a study group, study in a new location or create a game to help you memorize material. If you haven’t already, determine what type of learning style you prefer—visual, auditory, kinesthetic or reading/writing—and try a new technique that targets that specific style. Switching your routine can make learning more engaging and effective. For more ideas, check out Three Study Tips for Online Students.

Thank those that helped you along the way

When the last assignment is turned in, the final test is finished and your semester is officially over, don’t forget to recognize those that helped you get through all the late nights, tough assignments and difficult lessons. It could be your mom or dad, your teacher, a study buddy or even just a friend that cheered you up during stressful moments. Whoever was there to offer a hand, there’s no better way to guarantee their support next semester than to thank them.

You’ve worked hard all semester and the finish line is in sight. Remember to stay on track with your hard work, refresh your study habits and thank your faithful support system. You’re on your way to end the semester strong and set yourself up for an even stronger one next time.

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