Student Handbook.

Admissions + Enrollment

All students interested in taking a class from Educational Advantage must first submit an enrollment application or be a current student with Educational Advantage. Being a currently student of Educational Advantage means that you either have tutoring schedule set up or plan to set up a tutoring schedule upon course enrollment.  Students at Educational Advantage can enroll in a course by coming into or calling our office.  Students who plan to complete their course independently, and who do not plan to get support or help at Educational Advantage, are required to submit at enrollment application found at educationaladvantageonline.com, and can then come into or call our office to enroll in the necessary classes.

All students are automatically enrolled in a student orientation course detailing course navigation, policies, and expectations. Students are strongly encouraged to complete this course before they proceed to their other coursework.

Digital Literacy + Orientation

Some level of digital literacy is expected when taking an online course. Namely, that students own or have consistent access to a computer with reliable internet service, have downloaded the necessary software/media players, and can navigate the internet and word processing software with relative ease.

Online learning has a steep learning curve for many students. To help alleviate some of that stress, all students are auto-enrolled in a student orientation course that details how to log in, communicate with  teachers, navigate courses, check grades, as well as other details that will improve their academic experience.

Attendance

While attendance is not taken on a daily basis, student progress is consistently monitored. Within the first week of course enrollment, students can expect to complete a Student Success Plan where they will define goals for course completion with each teacher and discuss any obstacles that may prevent the achievement of those goals. Lesson due dates may be adjusted based on that conversation. Students are expected to meet all course/lesson due dates. If a student becomes inactive in his/her course, they will be contacted by their teacher and/or school administrators.

Withdrawal

Students will be permitted to withdraw from a course within 30 days of enrollment, unless a final exam has been requested. If you withdraw from a course within 30 days, you will receive a 50% credit towards a new course only (no refund or forward credit for other Educational Advantage services). After 30 days, no credit will be issued. Students who fail to complete courses and/or withdraw will receive an incomplete in their course.

External Credit

An official transcript detailing all courses taken from another school and/or institution are required as part of the application process if you plan to graduate from Educational Advantage. Your eligibility to register for classes may be delayed until we have received a transcript.

Repeat Courses

Students may not receive subject area credit for the same course twice.  A repeat course will only earn elective credit.  If a student retakes a course, either to earn a better grade or to improve comprehension, he/she may do so.  The letter grade received for this repeat class will be included in the overall GPA (grade point average), but will not remove the original letter grade.  Students seeking to retake a class and transfer the credit to a different institution are strongly advised to seek the district policy of their school.

Exams

All courses have a final exam. Before the final exam can be requested, all assignments must be completed and graded. Students must take the test at Educational Advantage, or by an approved proctor.  This means that students cannot take the test at home, but must schedule and go to Educational Advantage or a facility where an approved person serves as a proctor on behalf of Educational Advantage. Final exams may be a combination of computer and teacher graded portions and will be graded within three business days of completion.

Plagiarism + Academic Integrity

Academic integrity means that students respect the ideas of others through proper citation and references. It also means that students are completing their own work and aren’t sharing or purchasing answers or assignments with/from other students.  Plagiarism is the act of copying another’s work and passing it off as your own. Either form of dishonesty will be penalized with a failing grade on the assignment, and possible withdrawal from the course. If student feel they have been wrongly accused of plagiarizing, they may file an electronic petition with adequate evidence supporting their case.  Petitions will be processed in 7-10 business days of submission.  All student work is sent scrutinized by a plagiarism software.

Diploma Eligibility

In order to be eligible to graduate and receive a diploma from Educational Advantage, students must complete at least six full credit courses at Educational Advantage (25% of graduation requirements). At least two of these courses should be completed before your senior year.

Course Completion

Courses are designed by semester (1/2 credit per semester) and are comprised of a variety of lessons, assessments, projects, and assignments. Each course is designed and paced to complete in a maximum time frame of nine months, though students may work through the content at a faster pace. Each lesson will have a designated due date. Falling behind on lesson completion will alert the teacher and prompt a conversation about the barriers to progress. In the event that a student needs longer than nine months to complete a semester course, a petition form can be submitted. Petition forms for course extensions will not be accepted during the last 14 business days of course enrollment. Course extensions are $50 and extend the course for roughly 90 days.

Transcripts

Notices of course completion will be sent both electronically to parent/guardian on file as well as the appropriate school counselor. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that this transfer credit is applied by the counseling team at their school.

Expectations

Course expectations are defined by each teacher and reviewed at the beginning of the course. If at any time you are unsure of what you’re required to do, contact your teacher or school administrator.

Generally speaking, students are expected to maintain consistent progress in all courses, complete the student orientation course, maintain high levels of academic integrity, avoid plagiarism, and understand school policies.

Individualization

We understand and embrace the fact that each student has different strengths and weaknesses and our best to provide a unique learning experience for all students.  The best way to enjoy a truly individualized learning experience is through a blended learning approach, whereby students enroll in an online class with Educational Advantage (or a different institution if necessary), and schedule consistent time each work to work with our highly qualified instructors.

Part of our job is to ensure that students are set up with courses and completion timelines that account for their credit needs, learning ability, and any other circumstances that may play a role in the successful progress and completion of a course. If at any time students are frustrated with their courses, they are strongly advised and encouraged to contact their teacher and/or school administrator to discuss ways to improve their learning experience.

IEP

If students have an IEP [Individualized Education Program] or 504 plan, they are strongly encouraged to submit a formal copy if they plan to schedule time at Educational Advantage. All accommodations listed therein will be reviewed by our administrative team and teachers, and followed with strict fidelity. If students don’t have a current IEP, but think they qualify for one, our team can direct you in the steps to take to move forward in that process.

Internet Safety

Internet safety includes refraining from accessing unauthorized content or disclosure of information, transmitting inappropriate content, hacking, etc. Disciplinary action will be taken upon the first offense and may include course withdrawal, suspension, or expulsion.  Depending on the offense, local authorities may be notified.

Student Success Plans

When registering for a new class, students are required to submit a student success plan to each teacher that details how they plan to successfully complete the course. Essentially, this plan is a list of reasonable and realistic goals defined by they student that will lead to success in their course work and course completion. This plan will be submitted and reviewed by the responsible teacher to ensure that students have reasonable goals and stay on track. Students will have the opportunity to revise this plan should the need arise.

Petition

In the event that students wish to contest any area of their learning experience, a formal petition form must be submitted. Petitions forms are submitted electronically (educationaladvantageonline.com) and should be filed in the case that a student needs to drop a class after the 30 day drop period has expired or needs a course extension. Petitions are generally resolved within 7-10 business days after they are received.

Materials

All course content is available online. In the event that there is a required materials list, you will be notified in the course catalog entry. These materials will incur additional fees.  If students are working at Education Advantage with a consistent schedule, they may be able to check out and/or access these materials in lieu of purchasing them.

Course Timeline

Semester courses are active for nine months before expiring. A course extension can be purchased for $50 by submitting a petition form (educationaladvantageonline.com). Petition forms for course extensions will not be accepted during the last 14 business days of course enrollment, nor are second extensions available. If, after purchasing a course extension, you encounter a non-academic, personal emergency that prevents you from completing your course within this timeline, you must fill out a petition form to disclose your situation and present a realistic timeline for course completion. Cases are handled individually and are generally resolved within 7 business days.

Academic Acceleration

Semester courses are active for nine months, however it is possibly to complete the courses in a shorter amount of time.  Students are not penalized for completing courses in less than the nine month life of their course.  If a student completes a course in an usual amount of time, they may be notified and their coursework reviewed for authenticity.

High School Graduation Requirements

The following are graduation requirements for students seeking to graduate from Educational Advantage:

[4] English
[3] Math
[3] Science
[3] Social Studies
[1.5] Fine Arts
[1] Career + Technical Education
[.5] Computer Technology
[.5] Financial Literacy
[.5] Health
[1.5] Physical Education
[5.5] Electives

Total: 24 credits

*Please note: These may not be the same graduation requirements at your school

Assessments

As a private institution we do not require our students to take formal standardized tests if they are not on a graduation pathway with Educational Advantage. We do, however, encourage our students to take the EXPLORE in 8th or 9th grade, the PLAN in 10th grade, and the ACT in 11th and/or 12th grade (or equivalent). These three tests are part of the ACT series aimed to both test current knowledge and prepare students for high school and post-secondary success.  These tests are timed and are comprised of four sections: English, reading, math, and science with an optional writing section (some colleges/universities require the writing section). These tests are not written or scored by Educational Advantage, but can be taken off the record at Educational Advantage (not formally shared and not usable for college applications). Upon scoring, a formal report is provided to show student aptitude in each area as well as national placement amongst other students in their age group. Arrangements can be made to take these tests with your teacher or our administrative team.  Help can also be provided for students who wish to register for and take the ACT formally (to be used for college applications).

Feedback

We love hearing from our students! Whether you’re voicing a complaint, applauding a teacher, or suggesting a new course, we want to hear what you have to say. You can submit comments via our main website 24/7, emailing info@educationaladvantage.com, calling (435.649.3933), or stopping by.

Technical Support

While we would like to think that our system will always run smoothly, we know that that’s not always the case. If you need technical support you can submit a contact form online, email your teacher, and/or call a member of our administrative staff (435.649.3933). We realize that technical glitches can be very frustrating and may temporarily prevent you from working on your courses. We take all technical matters seriously and strive to fix them as quickly as possible.

Digital Safety

Cyber-bullying
Cyber-bullying involves abusive and/or humiliating acts bestowed upon another individual electronically, for instance via email or social networking sites. Cyber-bullying will not be tolerated and should be reported to the teacher, administrator, and/or director immediately. Students who are aware of cyber-bullying but who may not be directly involved should still report violations.  Students involved in cyber-bullying may be subject to disciplinary action, suspension, and possible expulsion. Local authorities may also be notified.

Bullying + Hazing
Bullying and hazing involve abusive and/or humiliating acts bestowed on another individual and both are against the law. No kind of bullying and/or hazing will be tolerated and should be reported to the teacher, administrator, and/or director immediately. Students involved in bullying and/or hazing may be subject to disciplinary action, suspension, and possible expulsion. Local authorities may also be notified.

Harassment
Forms of harassment include:

  • The act of making physical and/or sexual advances, exerting pressure, or engaging in unwanted touching or other behavior.
  • Using obscene gestures, explicit and offensive language including teasing, joking, or innuendos direct and offensive comments, jokes, or innuendos regarding the race, ethnicity, religion, gender, culture, or sexual preference of another individual

No kind of harassment will be tolerated and should be reported to the teacher, administrator, and/or director immediately. Students involved in harassment may be subject to disciplinary action, suspension, and possible expulsion. Local authorities may also be notified.

Retaliation
Any form of retaliation, included but not limited to intimidation, harassment, or reprisal should be reported to the teacher, administrator, and/or director and will be reviewed. Parties involved may be subject to disciplinary action, suspension, and possible expulsion.  Local authorities may also be notified.

Student Collaboration

Students have the opportunity to work collaboratively via discussion boards, summer trips, and when attending Educational Advantage. We are actively other opportunities for students with similar interests to network socially and academically.

Parent/Guardian Involvement

We encourage parents/guardians to make a habit of monitoring their students’ progress. This can be done by logging into their account, communicating with the teacher and/or administration, and participating in the goal setting exercise (Student Success Plan) at the beginning of each course. We have found that students who have involvement from a parent/guardian/mentor, who are interested in their academic success, typically earn better grades and complete their courses in the designated time frame.  When student attend sessions at Educational Advantage, we sent the parent/guardian on file notes about what the student accomplished and where they are in relation to completing their course; these notes are sent after every session.

Technology Requirements

Browser: Firefox, Safari, Chrome, or Internet Explorer
Software Installations: Adobe Flashplayer, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Quicktime Player

Payment + Fees

Application Fee: There is a one-time $30 application fee due with the application. This fee is waved for students that set up a regular schedule at Educational Advantage.

Course fees: Each semester course is $200; a $150 course fee and a $50 administrative fee.  The administrative fee is waived for students that set up a regular schedule at Educational Advantage.

Educational Advantage: If you need help with your courses, you can come to Educational Advantage for support. Services can be arranged by filling out an enrollment form and selecting the schedule that makes the most sense for you.  Our office hours for the 2017-18 school year are Monday-Thursday 9-5:30; 9-3:00 Friday.  We follow the Park City School District schedule and close on all school holidays/closures.