Part-Time and Tuition-Payer Online StudentsTuition-Payer EnrollmentTuition-Payer enrollment is for Arizona high school and junior high students wishing to take one or two classes online with Chandler Online Academy while maintaining full schedule of classes at another CUSD or non-CUSD school. Students can take courses they have previously taken online to improve their grade average (grade replacement), replace a failing grade and earn credit required toward graduation (credit recovery), or take a course for the first time online to open space in their schedule during the normal school day for a different class or activity, or work to get ahead and graduate early.
Part-Time EnrollmentPart-Time enrollment is for students enrolled in less than a full schedule of classes at a CUSD brick & mortar (in-person) school and complete their schedule by taking classes online with Chandler Online Academy. Part-Time enrollment with COA is only available for students taking less than a full schedule of 6 classes at the brick & mortar school. Part-Time students may enroll in a maximum of six 0.5 credit online + brick & mortar classes combined, per semester. Any additional 0.5 credit online classes beyond the first 6 classes (including all in-person and online classes the student is enrolled in for the semester) will cost $160.00. Part-Time students must pay $160.00 to take a course for grade replacement or credit recovery, and must register for these classes as a Tuition-Payer student with COA.Examples:A student taking 4 classes at his/her brick & mortar school could take 2 classes online, for a total of 6 classes without a cost; a student taking 5 classes at his/her home school could take 1 class online with no cost for a complete schedule of 6 classes, but the student would have to pay $160 if she/he needed an additional online class, for a total of 7 classes, or if the 6th class was one the student had taken previously. Students must have approval by a school administrator/counselor at the brick & mortar school in order to enroll as a Part-Time student with COA.
Continuous EnrollmentTuition-Payer and Part-Time students can enroll with Chandler Online Academy to start an online course(s) any time during the normal school year until April 3rd for Seniors and April 17th for 7th -11th graders. It is in the student's best interest to start a Part-Time Schedule at the beginning of a new semester. It is very difficult to finish all course work and earn sufficient credits to stay on track for promotion to the next grade level or to graduate high school if a student makes schedule changes after the first 2 weeks of the semester. It is highly recommended that students wait to begin a Part-Time schedule at the start of a new semester or in early August or mid-January, at the latest.For Tuition-Payer and Part-time Students, the online course begins when the student receives the Welcome Email with the link to the e-Learning Classroom:
- The Welcome Email that initiates the online course and daily assignment due dates will be sent to the student and parent email accounts within 1 day of the payment (Tuition-Payer students) or counselor approval (Part-Time students).
- Students must be prepared to begin working within 1-2 days of receiving the Welcome Email.
- Part-time and Tuition-Payer students must submit all assignments/assessments by the due dates in each online class or risk; being withdrawn from the class, receiving point deductions for assignments submitted after the date they are due, and receiving a failing grade in the class.
Tuition InformationPart-Time StudentsThere is no cost for Part-Time students taking up to a total of 6 online and "in-person" classes at COA and another CUSD school. Part-Time enrollment is not available for grade replacement (students wishing to re-take a course for a better grade) or credit recovery (the student previously failed the class). Students taking an online class for a replacement grade or for credit recovery must enroll as Tuition-Payer and pay the $160 fee for each 1/2 credit class.Tuition-Payer StudentsArizona students enrolled in a full schedule of classes (6 classes per semester), or those needing to replace the grade for a class previously taken, can enroll in courses with Chandler Online Academy at the cost of $160.00 per half credit class.
Course Length and AttendancePart-Time StudentsPart-Time Student courses typically start within the first 2-3 weeks of a semester and end just before final exams begin at CUSD Brick & Mortar schools (early December or early May). A student who enrolls to take online classes part-time before the school year starts will begin the online class(s) in the first week of school, when she/he receives the Welcome Email, and she/he will have assignments due each week throughout the semester until the target end date of the course that will occur in early December (Fall semester) or early May (Spring semester). Part-Time students must submit assignments when they are due each day and will need to spend a minimum of 5 hours per week, each week throughout the time they are enrolled in an online class, reading through lesson materials and working on the assignments and assessments due in each online class.This schedule gives students close to a full 18-week semester to complete the online class(s). Part-Time students typically need more than 9 weeks to complete each 0.5 credit online class because they are taking additional classes at a Brick & Mortar school. Students can choose to work at an accelerated pace, with the option to finish a class in as little as 5 weeks. Enrollment in online classes with COA is open throughout the year, however each school may have a deadline by which a schedule change can be made each semester. Students are required to work with their Guidance Counselor at the Brick & Mortar school to determine if online classes are appropriate in meeting student academic goals, and when the online classes can be incorporated into the student's schedule.Tuition-Payer StudentsTuition-Payer students complete each 0.5 credit class in 9 or 18 weeks. Students can choose to work at an accelerated pace, with the option to finish a class in as little as 5 weeks. Tuition-Payer Students are required to log in and work in each class a minimum of 5 hours each week and submit all assignments & assessments when they are due each day throughout the length of the course. Students need to work a minimum of 5 hours each week to complete all assignments/assessments by the due date and earn a passing grade.
Final ExamsAll students taking an online class from Chandler Online Academy are required to take the final exam under the supervision of a test administrator. It is the student's responsibility to schedule to take the final exam before the end-date of his/her class. Final exams must be completed by the Target End Date for each online class.Steps to schedule a final exam:
- When a student has completed all assignments & assessments due in the class, she/he will submit the "Final Exam Clearance" assignment.
- The online teacher will check to be sure the student has completed the assignments and has an overall passing grade in the class.
- If the student has met these requirements to be eligible to schedule to take the final, the teacher will grade the "Final Exam Clearance" assignment with a 100% score.
- A 100% on the "Final Exam Clearance" assignment will give the student access to the next page in the online class, the "Final Exam Scheduler." On the "Final Exam Scheduler," the student will click the link to open the form where she/he will select a date, time, and Testing Center location (Basha High School or Chandler High School) and submit the request electronically.
- The student will be scheduled according to his/her requested day, time, and location preference indicated and Testing Center availability, and a Confirmation Email with the date, time, and location where the student will take the final exam will be sent by email to the student.
Parent Involvement & SupportParents play an important role in supporting a student who is taking one or more online courses from home. We strongly encourage parents to check-in with their student each week by asking the student to log in and show them the "Due Soon List" and the "Grades" page for each online class the student is enrolled in. The "Due Soon List" is a list of all assignments and assessments due within the next 7 days. The "Grades" page for each class (Click "Grades" under the name of any course the student is enrolled in from the student's online school homepage) shows all assignments and assessments due to complete the class, the due date for each assignment, when a student has submitted each assignment, and the grade the student received on each assignment. The "Grades" page also shows the student's overall grade in the class and the percent of the assignments/assessments the student has completed.*** Remember, all assignments must be submitted by the date they are due. *** Students may lose the opportunity to earn full or even partial credit on assignments that are not submitted by the due date, according to the teacher's Late Work Policy (found in the first folder of each class).It is the responsibility of the online student and parent to be aware of school and course policies. Students must submit all coursework by the due dates and complete all assignments, assessments, and final exam by the Target End Date of each online course. Not doing so will result in a failing grade on the student's official transcript.Withdrawal/Schedule Change Policies
- Up to 5 days after the course start-date:
Students may withdraw and receive a refund or change their schedule.
- 6-21 days after the course start-date:
Students may withdraw and receive a W for the class. There are no refunds after day 5 following the course start-date.
- 22 or more days after the course start-date:
Students who withdraw or who do not complete all coursework including the proctored exam will receive an F for the class. There are no refunds at this point.
RefundsThere are no refunds 5 days after the course start-date. It is strongly advised that students log in regularly (at least 5 days a week) to finish work that is due each week. A $25 processing fee will be deducted from your refund when it is credited back to your original form of payment.
- Involuntary Withdrawal:
Students who engage in behavior that is considered misconduct (i.e. plagiarism, see the Student Handbook, Student Code of Conduct section) may be withdrawn and will not be eligible for a refund.
If a Tuition-Payer student does not complete a course, she/he may request to purchase an extension to complete the remaining coursework within 1 week/7days of the original Target End Date. The charge for extensions is $50.00 per class, per week. To be considered for an extension, students must have completed 75% of the course assignments/assessments and have an overall passing grade in the class (as indicated on the student's course "Grades" page).
Extension requests are considered on a case-by-case basis and take many factors into account. Determining factors include: input from the online course teacher; the type of assignments and the original due dates of any assignments that have not been submitted by the target end date; the student’s effort, attendance, and integrity throughout the duration of the course. Students who consistently spend at least 5 hours a week working on the online course and who regularly submit complete and intelligently-crafted assignments that demonstrate effort and familiarity of the online lesson content and concepts by the due dates each week throughout the 9 or 18-week class, have the best chance at being approved for an extension.Click here to request more information about requesting to purchase an extension.