What schools are a part of One Schoolhouse?
Our school is not a consortium school — can our students still take classes and faculty still take professional development courses at One Schoolhouse?
Yes. Students and faculty do not need to come from consortium schools. About 5 percent of students come from outside of our network of schools, and many of our faculty come from outside of the network.
How do schools register their students?
For school year courses, we encourage schools to centralize registration within their school to one person. This will give the school internal control over registration of their students: registration for school year courses opens in January.
- Tuition for school-year courses must be paid by the school that enrolls the student from their permanent school program;
- Schools can still pass some or all of this cost along to families at their schools, but from the One Schoolhouse perspective, schools will be responsible for tuition for their students; and
- Schools may not charge any person more for One Schoolhouse than the stated tuition rate that the school pays—that is they may not “up charge” families for online courses through One Schoolhouse.
How many students are in each student online course?
Course sections range from 10-25 students, with an average of 17 students per section.
How do schools handle grade point averages and transcripts?
Each school handles grades and transcripts slightly differently. Many schools add One Schoolhouse courses onto their student transcripts, while the other schools attach the One Schoolhouse transcript to their own transcript. Some factor grade point averages into student GPAs, others do not. Some weight AP courses; others do not. We encourage you to discuss this topic with One Schoolhouse Director of Academics Corinne Dedini: firstname.lastname@example.org. Corinne has helped many schools determine policies that fit well with their school culture and policy guidelines.
How do students access the course?
Students will receive a username, password, and instructions on accessing the Learning Management System via email on the day before the course begins.
How do students connect with classmates and teachers?
Students connect with classmates and teachers through written and video discussion boards, email, text, and video chat, and engage in a combination of these on a weekly basis. Most work is done within our Learning Management System. The primary method of communication between student and teacher is email, so students should be sure that they have provided the school with an email address that they check daily. Teachers also hold weekly virtual office hours, post their phone number and Skype username, and always respond to students within 24 hours.
How difficult are the courses?
Courses are not easy! Students should expect that courses will be vigorous and academically challenging, designed to challenge college-bound students. Overall, students should expect to spend 6-8 hours a week working on a school year course (8-10 hours for an AP course). Our best advice is to encourage students to be proactive and ask for help immediately as soon as they need it.
How “tech-savvy” does a student need to be to take a course?
Many of the technologies used by One Schoolhouse teachers will be ones that students have used before, or will be similar to other technologies that a student has likely experienced. A student who is familiar with the internet and social networking should find the technology to be straight-forward and relatively easy to use. Before each class begins, students are asked to complete an Orientation that will introduce them to the standard learning technologies used at One Schoolhouse and to the help and support that they have. We encourage students to spend 2-4 hours working through the Orientation to One Schoolhouse. If and when teachers introduce new technologies in their classes, the teacher will provide adequate training for the technology.
Does the student or our school need any special computer or software?
In order to provide a consistent experience to all our students, One Schoolhouse requires that student computers meet certain minimum standards to successfully participate in our online courses. Please see our Technology Requirements & Policies for more information.
Where do I purchase textbooks and software for my courses?
We send out a course resources list one month before the start of the course. The list contains detailed information regarding required software, textbooks, and lab supplies, and provides an optional link for purchasing the materials. While students are expected to have the correct items, there is no set website for textbook purchasing. Some courses do not have textbooks.
What will the assignments be like?
Assignments will vary from course to course, but often include reading assignments, instructional videos, essay writing, collaborative and individual wiki projects, practice problems, discussion board postings, asynchronous video threads, and live video sessions. While group projects can be difficult with time zone constraints, we believe that this is necessary skill to learn. Students are encouraged to regularly communicate with fellow group members regarding schedules, meeting times, and project progress, in order to make sure the project remains on track.
How do students take tests?
This also varies from class to class. Classes may have assessments online, partly online, or not online at all. Your teacher will ask you to arrange for a proctor at your home school for major assessments. Proctors must be arranged well in advance. The proctor ensures exam security and can call One Schoolhouse if the student encounters a problem while taking the test.
When does the work have to be done for a class?
Teachers assign a week or two of work at a time, and post deadlines for all assignments. Successful students are self-disciplined and report that they log into their online class daily.
What if a student has a question? How do they reach their teacher?
Students must never hesitate to ask a question or ask for help. Since they do not see their teacher every day, the teacher may not know if the student is confused or has a question. There are a variety of ways a student can contact a teacher. Students may always email, call, instant message or Skype message a teacher to ask a question. Teachers will post the various ways to reach him/her. They will respond within 24 hours. Our best advice is for students to be proactive and ask for help as soon as it is needed.
Who are the teachers?
Our teachers are experienced teachers in their disciplines and adept at creating and managing personalized online learning spaces. More than 90 percent of the teachers have taught in independent schools. All of the teachers have taught at top schools around the country.
If students are in an AP course, are they required to take the AP Exam?
We expect but do not require you to take the AP exam. A student will take the exam at the student's home school. Students will be expected to contact their home school’s AP coordinator to make these arrangements in the spring. Our teachers will continue to offer review and help sessions after classes officially end until the date of your AP exam.