Q: Who can enroll in Chandler Online Academy?
A: Any junior high or high school student with a primary residence in Arizona can enroll in Chandler Online Academy as a part-time, concurrent, or full-time student. Students who are enrolled in a full schedule of classes at another school and only want to take one or two online courses from home can enroll as Part-time Students. Students who would like to take less than a full schedule of classes at their in-person brick & mortar school and some online with COA must first obtain approval from a school official (counselor, administrator) and then complete the "Concurrent Enrollment" application on the Enroll Now page. Students who wish to take all of their courses online from home can enroll in the Full-Time Program. Visit the Programs section for more information or go to Enroll Now to complete the appropriate online enrollment form for either Part-time, Concurrent or Full-time enrollment.
Q: Can I enroll my home-schooled student in the Full-Time Program with Chandler Online Academy.
A: Enrolling a home-schooled high school student in our full-time e-learning program is a great way to ensure that your student is receiving a comprehensive high school education that is aligned to Arizona and and National Common Core Standards. It is also a good way to make highly qualified and experienced teachers who specialize in the subjects they teach available to your student so you don't have to specialize in every subject. However, your student cannot be simultaneously registered with AZDE as a home-schooled student and enrolled in a public school. Before enrolling a home-schooled student as a full-time online student with COA, it is necessary to notify the Arizona Dept. of Education of the change in home-schooling status.
Q: How much does it cost to take an online class with Chandler Online Academy?
A: Part-time students who are enrolled in a full schedule of courses (6 half credit classes per semester, 6 credits per year) at another school pay a tuition of $160.00 for each 1/2 credit online course. There is no tuition fee for full-time or concurrent students for up to 7 classes per semester. A parent/guardian reports attendance each week for full-time and concurrent students. This attendance report is submitted to the Arizona Department of Education for funding and to verify the student's enrollment status.
Q: How do I pay for a class?
A: Payment is made online as part of the online enrollment application for part-time students. After completing the enrollment application in the "Enroll Now" section of our website, the CUSD Community Education website will appear and payment information can be entered in our secure payment portal.
Q: Are there refunds if a student doesn't finish a class by the course end-date?
A: There are no refunds after the third day following the course start-date. If a student does not complete the course within the 9-week course session, an extension can be purchased at the cost of $50.00 for each additional week.
*Additional information on attendance can be found on the Attendance & Progress Requirements page
Q: Can I work at my own pace?
A: Yes and no. Students have 9 weeks from the course start-date to finish all 1/2 credit courses. In order to help students stay on pace to finish all coursework before the end of the 9 weeks, there are due dates for all assignments and exams. Students are required to turn in work on or before the due date for each assignment/assessment, but are able to log in any time of day or night, any day of the week, in order to review and practice lessons, and submit assignments and exams. Students can work ahead of schedule and they can work more quickly through lessons that are easier for them and spend extra time on material that is more challenging.
Q: Do I have to log in every day?
A: Students need to log in to each class a minimum of 5 days a week in order to stay on top of all work that is due and to maintain enrollment in the program. These 5 days can be any day of the week, including Saturday and Sunday.
Q: Does my teacher take attendance?
A: COA teachers and administration monitor how frequently students log in to classes and how much time they are logged in to their courses to help students stay on track and to stay in compliance with state laws (we are required to withdraw any full-time student who does not log in for 10 or more consecutive days). However, attendance is only taken for full-time students and it is reported each week by a parent or guardian through the parent portal. Parent/guardian reporting of attendance is required for full-time program enrollment.
Q: How much time will I need to spend working on my online class/es?
A: Each class is designed to take students a minimum of 75 hours to complete. Distributed over 9 weeks, students will need to spend 8-10 hours a week working on each course they are enrolled in. Full-time students take three 9-week classes at a time so they should expect to spend a minimum of 24 hours a week working on their online courses.
*Testing information is on the Testing page under Academics
Q: Do I have to take the final exam in person?
A: Yes. Chandler Online Academy proctors the final exams for our online students. This means students schedule a day and time to come to Chandler Online Academy's Testing Center to take the exam. Scheduling the proctored exam is done within the course when all course work has been completed, or by completing the "Schedule My Exam" form on the Testing page of this website. Students need to bring a photo ID to check in.
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