GPS Global Academy FAQ

  • When and how do students choose their classes?

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    Full-time students

    After students complete the Online Enrollment process they will meet with their Global Academy counselor to design their academic plan. As part of this planning process students will prioritize which courses they want to take, including deciding whether to take on-level or honors classes or if credit-recovery classes are needed. Once the Orientation course and all required forms are complete, students will be immediately scheduled into their first 5-6 courses. 

    Concurrently-Enrolled students:

    As part of the concurrent enrollment process, students and parents will be sent a link to request the class(es) they wish to take. These requests will be sent to their counselor at their home school who will review and make any adjustments needed. Once students complete their orientation course and any needed paperwork/forms, their course will be scheduled at the beginning of the next enrollment period, which take place every two weeks throughout the year.

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  • Will my student take live, teacher-led classes or asynchronous, student-led classes?

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    Students in grades 1-6 will be given a full schedule of live, teacher-led classes. They will receive a consistent daily schedule containing classes in English, Math, Science, and Social Studies with built-in breaks, small group intervention time, and opportunities to participate in special area classes.

    Students in grades 7 through 9 will be scheduled into live, teacher-led classes for English and Math. Science, Social Studies, and elective classes will be in the asynchronous, student-led format.

    Students in Kindergarten as well as grades 10 through 12 will be scheduled into all asynchronous, student-led classes. These asynchronous classes will be facilitated by teachers and students may arrange live meetings or email for help as needed.

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  • Is there an Orientation to get to know how the courses work?

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    Prior to receiving classes, students will be required to complete a 30-45 minute orientation course within Buzz, our learning management system. This course will cover the basics of online learning, how to navigate our courses, the basics of submitting attendance, and more!

    In order to stay up-to-date with any updates or changes to our courses and systems, students will be required to take this orientation course once each school year.

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  • How long do students have to complete their courses?

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    Elementary students will take a full schedule of core courses and electives over the course of the entire school year with intense support from their teachers. Live class sessions, delivered via WebEx, are scheduled 4-5 days per week to help students progress toward mastery of the standards.

    Junior high and high school students are given a maximum of 18 weeks (which includes holidays and school breaks) to complete each semester class. Students work at their own pace and may finish sooner if they wish, with many finishing in 9-12 weeks. All students are required to work for an average of 5 hours per week, per class. However, students may choose when and where (in the United States) they would like to complete their work each week.

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  • Do you offer course extensions?

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    The maximum course length we provide is 18 weeks, and students are provided with this amount of time when they begin their class. A 1-week extension will be considered if highly extenuating circumstances exist.

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  • How is attendance recorded?

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    As students progress through their coursework they will find activities labeled "Submit Attendance" embedded throughout. Upon completing these very short activities, credit for their time will be tabulated in our systems. Parents will receive weekly progress reports and emails, text messages, and phone calls if their student is not meeting the attendance requirements.

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  • How do final exams work?

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    At the end of each semester course,  7th-12th grade students will be required to take and pass a final exam. These exams are taken in-person at the GPS Global Academy campus and cover all of the standards learned in the course.

    The prerequisites and requirements for taking the final exam are detailed in our final exam policy

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  • What are the technology requirements for Global Academy classes?

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    All students are required to use an internet-connected personal computer or Chromebook. We do not support mobile phones or tablets. We very highly recommend that students use the Google Chrome browser to ensure all features work properly.

    GPS Global Academy will check out Chromebooks to students upon request, or students may use their personal PC if they prefer. Click here for information about the Chromebook check-out policy and procedure.

    Elementary students are required to have access to a printer at home so they can print out required class materials. For secondary students, a printer is not required but may be helpful for students who prefer paper copies of reading and research materials. 

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  • How do parents access their students' grades, performance, and activity on the Buzz platform?

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    Parents can access Buzz via their Infinite Campus parent portal. Click here to view the instructions

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  • What is a credit recovery course?

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    In credit recovery courses, students take a pre-test at the beginning of each unit. Depending on their pre-test result, the student may be exempted from some lessons covering content they already have mastered.

    Credit recovery classes are only available to students who have previously failed an original credit course. When students finish, their original grade on their transcript is replaced with an X and the credit recovery class grade is posted. Thus, the final transcript will reflect that the student completed this version of the course.

    Instead of credit recovery, students do have the option to retake the original course they failed. Upon completion, the lesser grade on the transcript will be completely replaced with the higher grade.

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  • Do Global Academy students participate in state and district testing?

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    All GPS Global Academy students must participate in state and district assessments. Participation in these exams is a condition of enrollment (as detailed in state law), and students who do not participate may be subject to withdrawal from our school.

    These assessments provide parents and teachers with valuable information about student's learning and some even provide opportunities for college scholarships!

    Students will participate in district benchmarks online, from home. All state assessments, including the required Civics Exam, must be taken on-site at the GPS Global Academy campus. 

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  • Can I attend EVIT while also attending Global Academy?

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    Yes! Students may simultaneously attend the East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT) while taking classes through GPS Global Academy. Transportation is provided through our district high schools. 

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