Summer School 2021
Commonly Asked Questions (and Answers)
ARE THERE CLASSES AVAILABLE FOR ELEMENTARY LEVEL STUDENTS?
Yes. Information about the new A2 Virtual Elementary Summer Success program can be found here. https://www.a2schools.org/Page/17294
CAN A MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT TAKE A HIGH SCHOOL COURSE DURING THE SUMMER?
Incoming 7th-8th grade students can take a high school course as long as the prerequisites are met. Students can take any elective course that doesn’t have any prerequisites. Please keep in mind that all high school courses will earn a grade that goes on the high school transcript no matter when the course is taken.
WHAT SCIENCE COURSES ARE AVAILABLE TO MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS?
- High School Science Prerequisites
- Biology A = students need to have completed 7th Grade Science
- Earth Science A/HSS = students need to have completed 7th Grade Science
- Chem 1 and Physics 1 = students need to have completed 8th Grade Science
HOW CAN MY MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT COMPLETE ALGEBRA 1 THIS SUMMER?
If by “complete Algebra 1” it is meant taking Algebra 1B, this can be done by taking that class through A2Virtual (overseen by an AAPS teacher). This would be a typical one summer session class with five weeks to complete the class (6/28-7/30).
If by “complete Algebra 1” it is meant taking both Algebra 1A AND Algebra 1B, this could only be accomplished by taking Algebra 1A through Michigan Virtual (required fee) and following this with Algebra 1B, either continuing with Michigan Virtual or switching to A2Virtual. This is not recommended as it compacts 36 weeks of work into five (8) weeks. This works out to about 33 or 34 hours/week for the typical students. It is also not recommended because the Michigan Virtual course does not include the over 200+ prerequisite topics that are covered in Math 8 and AC Algebra 1 in the AAPS middle schools and the online version through A2Virtual+
WHAT IF I WANT TO TAKE MORE THAN ONE CLASS?
This is technically possible, but strongly not recommended. If it is assumed that an online class takes seven (7) to eight (8) hours/week, compacting 36 weeks of work (two one-semester classes) into five weeks results in a workload of about fifty (40-50) hours/week. While specific amounts of time required vary from student to student, approximately fifty hours/week is a very demanding regimen for any middle school student. (Note: Because the summer session for Michigan Virtual online classes is eight weeks long, the amount of work time per week is proportionately less.)
WILL MY SUMMER COURSES EARN A GRADE AND EFFECT MY GPA?
Yes, all courses taken during the summer through A2Virtual+ will earn a grade. Any high school level course will have the grade presented on the student’s high school transcript regardless of when the course was taken. A student’s cumulative GPA begins in the Fall of Freshman year. However, there are colleges and universities which recalculate the GPA based on all courses that appear on the transcript.a
CAN A STUDENT TAKE AN ONLINE COURSE THROUGH A2VIRTUAL FOR CREDIT/NO-CREDIT?
No, A2Virtual+ does not offer any course for credit/no-credit during the summer.
WILL THERE BE A PROCTORING REQUIREMENT THIS SUMMER?
No, students will not have a proctoring requirement nor will the District Common Assessment be given this summer due to the school shutdowns because of COVID-19. Students will be expected to complete all assessments and assignments within the course which is equivalent to a full term of learning.
WHAT IS THE TIME COMMITMENT FOR TAKING AN ONLINE CLASS?
Each student learns at a different rate, however, we find that most students fall into a range of 90-110 hours per course (half a credit). Taking a full credit, two courses, requires a commitment of approximately 35-40 hours a week. Think of it as a full-time job for five weeks.
WHEN IS THE LAST DAY TO ENROLL FOR SUMMER TERM?
Summer term 2021 begins on June 28, 2021, it is best to enroll by June 25 to ensure that the class will be available on June 28 when the term begins. However, students have until Friday, July 2 to add or drop a A2 Virtual+ or Edgenuity summer online course. The deadline to drop a Michigan Virutal Summer course is June 14th. Students who register after the term begins will not be given additional time to complete the course. The online courses are finished on July 30. There are no extensions for summer.
IF A STUDENT TOOK THE CLASS DURING SPRING TERM THIS YEAR (or another term) AND WANTS TO REPEAT IT, DO THEY HAVE TO DO ALL THE WORK IN THE COURSE?
Yes, A2Virtual+ only offers full curriculum courses. If a student is taking a course again (under the no-cost option or from another term) then they will be completing all the work that is regularly offered. This would be the same if a student retook a class in the building. Students should be able to move more quickly if they have retained learning from another term. Students will receive a grade for our courses so it is important that the student is committed to putting his/her best effort forward and completing the entire class.
IF A STUDENT TAKES A MICHIGAN VIRTUAL COURSE WILL THEY GET A GRADE ON THE TRANSCRIPT?
Yes, if the course is selected through the summer enrollment option with A2Virtual then a grade will appear on the transcript. Families who enroll directly with Michigan Virtual will not get the course on the transcript. If the course certificate of completion is given to counselors after taking a course directly with Michigan Virtual, then the course will appear as a transfer in credit and no grade will appear only credit.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN A2 VIRTUAL+ CLASS AND AN EDGENUITY CLASS?
There is only a format difference when taken through A2Virtual. We offer full content courses. Because we want to fully align with the AAPS curriculum we look at the format that is closest. Edgenuity does have more videos. Both earn full high school credit. We do not offer any recovery versions of courses. This is where the confusion usually comes from because Edgenuity has been used for recovery in a different manner. You can expect a quality course when choosing either of these with A2Virtual.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MICHIGAN VIRTUAL, A2 VIRTUAL+, AND EDGENUITY?
Taught by AAPS teacher
Aligned with Michigan Standards
Aligned with AAPS curriculum map
Course runs June 28-July30
Course runs May 21-July 30
Click here to see samples of how each course is set-up and functions.