Introducing the new and improved Global Academy
  • A new vision for online learning

    GPS Global Academy is reimagining how we approach online teaching and learning. Full time online K-12 students will be able to learn online with the following supports:

    • A high-quality, standards-aligned online curriculum taught virtually by GPS teachers.
    • Regularly scheduled live, virtual lessons - Teachers will lead lessons at least twice per week. These lessons will provide opportunities for students to collaborate, practice essential skills, and receive individualized or small-group help.
    • Virtual field trips and engaging demonstrations
    • Virtual office hours - Students can receive individual help and tutoring from a teacher when they need it. 
    • Live open lab hours - Students may opt to come to Global Academy and receive help in person, or just work in a quiet lab setting
    • Access to guidance counselor services

Elementary

  • A new option for elementary students

    Elementary (K-6) students will take all core classes plus electives at one time, with a small, dedicated group of teachers. 

    Students will be scheduled into classes for the full academic year (but may still transfer to a brick-and-mortar school if desired) and will attend virtual classes on a consistent schedule, at least two days each week.

    Full-time students and parents must participate in an intensive onboarding process upon enrollment, so that they are ready to fully participate in the learning activities.

    In addition to scheduled classes, teachers will be available for one-on-one or small-group support, as well as during virtual office hours.

     

    What is the time commitment for elementary students?

    • Kindergarten students should work on their schoolwork for 2 hrs/day
    • 1st through 6th grade students should work on their schoolwork for around 4 hrs/day

    What will students be doing during that time?

    • Virtual classes will be between 45 and 90 minutes via WebEx, with built-in breaks to step away from the computer
    • Small group and individual support with their teacher via WebEx
    • Independent work time in Buzz, our learning management system

     

Junior High & High School

  • changes to our secondary program

    Junior high and high school students may take classes in one of two models (or a combination of both):

    • Synchronous model, where all students work at the same pace as their classmates and meet with a teacher regularly for virtual lessons.
    • Asynchronous model, where students work at their own pace and meet with their teacher for content support as needed.

    Students have access to support via mentoring sessions, open lab (in-person and virtual) hours, and guidance counseling services.

     

    What is the time commitment for secondary students?

    • Junior high and high school students should work on their schoolwork for 5 hrs/day, which includes class time, teacher support, and independent work

    What will students be doing during that time?

    • In the synchronous, teacher-led model:
      • Virtual classes will be 60 minutes apiece via WebEx. Each class will meet virtually 2x per week.
      • Small group and individual support with their teacher via WebEx
      • Independent work time in Buzz, our learning management system
      • Students will have a schedule similar to what they would take in a brick & mortar school.
    • In the asynchronous, student-led model:
      • Students will work on their coursework independently in Buzz
      • Students will reach out to their teacher for individual support as needed

What makes a successful online student?

  • The following characteristics are true about the most successful online students. Our program, along with family support, will help build success in the areas a student most needs.

    • Technology skills: The student has strong computer skills and knows how to use Google Docs, email, and their web browser.

    • Work & Study Habits: The student rarely needs reminders or assistance in completing routine assignments and has good independent study habits.

    • Learning Style: In general, the student is self-directed and does not require real-time feedback from teachers regarding basic directions and follow-up support.

    • Technology/connectivity: The Student has consistent access to a computer with reliable internet service at home.

    • Time Management: The student has demonstrated effective time management skills in doing research, studying, and preparing for tests or quizzes.

    • Interest & Motivation: The student has an interest in their course material and a positive attitude toward online learning.

    • Reading & Writing skills: Student is reading on or above grade level and demonstrates success with a variety of writing assignments.

    • Support services: Outside of school, the student has parental support.

    Source: Online Learner Readiness Rubric, Michigan Virtual. Available online at: https://michiganvirtual.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Online_Learner_Readiness_Rubric.pdf.

Student Expectations for Full-Time Online Learning

    • Attend the on-boarding meeting with your mentor

    • Attend and engage in all virtual classes as well as small group and individual support sessions

    • Meet with your mentor once a month, at a minimum.

    • Maintain a study schedule and spend at least the following amount of time working on your courses:
      • 10 hours per week for Kindergarteners
      • 20 hours per week for 1st through 6th graders
      • 25 hours per week for 7th through 12th graders

    • Keep up with assignments, tests, and quizzes

    • Communicate with your teacher and mentor regularly and whenever you have a problem

    • Try your very best!

Expectations for Parents to Support their Full-Time Online Learner

  • Learn how to enroll - Click here! GPS Global Academy

Frequently Asked Questions

  • If we've already enrolled for 2020/21 and would like to move to full-time online, what do we do?

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    Starting June 30, families of students who attend a GPS school may use the selection tool found in the Infinite Campus parent portal.

    Out of district students will need to complete an online registration form, selecting Global Academy as your school of choice. Please follow these specific instructions found on our website.

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  • Is this the same as remote learning?

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    No. Global Academy classes use a structured accredited curriculum actively taught by teachers. All work is required, and the teacher will play a more active role in student learning. Full-time students are expected to meet with their teacher at least twice a week as well as work through online lessons and complete assignments.

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  • Will a district device be provided?

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    Yes. Full-time students will be able to check out a Chromebook from Global Academy upon enrollment.

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  • Do I need to have internet access?

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    Yes. Global Academy’s curriculum is almost entirely based online, and students will need to have access to the lessons and their interactive content. Global Academy will have opportunities for students to come to campus in-person to receive help, but students will spend most of their work time at home.

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  • What grades will this be for?

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    GPS Global Academy will be for students in Kindergarten - 12th Grade.

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  • How much interaction will students have with their teacher?

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    Students will have scheduled class times during each week of the school year, where they will have the opportunity to interact with their teacher and fellow classmates. They will also have access to their teacher during daily office hours, or in person at an open lab.

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  • Who will teach the curriculum?

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    For elementary students, the teacher will take the lead in teaching the curriculum, and students will engage in online practice activities mostly on their own. For junior high and high school students, a teacher will still lead the learning but there will be a greater emphasis on student self-directed learning as appropriate.

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  • Will there be substitute teachers?

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    There may be substitute teachers brought on when one of our teachers needs to be out for an extended period of time. In the event that a student’s teacher is not at school one day, another teacher will be available for individual support.

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  • What will the schedule be, start end times for the school day?

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    The full schedule will be developed in July, but we anticipate that school hours will begin at 8:00 am and end at 3:00 pm. Online lessons and activities are available at all hours of the day.

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  • Will there be interaction with other students?

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    Yes - teachers will hold virtual lessons for their classes. These lessons will contain many opportunities for student discussion and connection.

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  • How will my student get support from their teacher?

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    Teachers will be available for support during scheduled virtual classes, via WebEx during the school day, and during mentoring and scheduled open lab tutoring hours. 

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  • Will special education students be able to enroll in GPS Global Academy?

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    Yes. We are designing our schedule and training our staff so that they are able to provide services to students and support them in their general education online classes.

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  • Where can I learn more about the curriculum being offered through GPS Global Academy?

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    A tour of our curriculum will be released on our website as soon as it is available. 

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  • Will my student have access to additional supports they need?

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    All full time students will be assigned a virtual mentor who they will meet with once per week. This mentor may be their teacher, or may be another teacher or administrator at Global. Students will have access to their teacher during office hours and open lab hours in addition to their regularly scheduled classes. We will provide services for English Language Learners and for students with special needs. Students will also have access to a guidance counselor whenever needed.

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  • Will there be access to extracurricular activities?

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    Students at Global Academy can be eligible to participate in extracurricular activities at their home school as long as they stay current with their coursework.

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  • If my student is in elementary school will they have the same teacher all day as they do on campus?

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    Yes - The student will have the same teacher for all core subjects (ELA, math, science, and social studies) but may have a different teacher for electives.

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  • Will junior high and high school students receive credits upon completion of their course?

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    Yes - junior high and high students will receive credits upon completion of each class. These credits are posted to the student’s transcript and can be transferred to any of our junior highs or high schools at a later date. If students wish, they can take a complete course sequence at Global Academy through high school graduation.

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  • Is it possible to enroll for the full-time online learning option and then return to my home school?

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    Yes. We recommend that students wait until a quarter or semester break, but families may make arrangements with their destination school on an appropriate return date.

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