Summer School Options to Help Your Student Be Ready for Fall If you’re evaluating ways for your student to continue learning this summer, you’re not alone. Many families are contacting us with questions about how they can address various learning scenarios right now including: Helping students who failed a class recover the credit they lost. Providing students with the opportunity to graduate early or pursue a lighter schedule next year. Giving students the opportunity to improve a grade in a specific subject and raise their overall GPA. Supporting student athletes with NCAA-approved courses. Keeping students inspired over the summer with the opportunity to take an elective or a course in a subject that interests them. Supplementing a homeschool curriculum. Building confidence for students in a specific subject. Filling gaps in learning at a student’s current grade level. This is only a snapshot of the many ways online learning over the summer helps students catch up and get ahead without the pressure of juggling multiple classes, compromising extracurricular activity schedules, and managing social pressures during the school year. The good news is it’s not too late. Here are some frequently asked questions from parents that our Apex Learning Virtual School (ALVS) Student Support Specialists are answering about summer learning options. What does my student need? You’ve been engaged in your student’s education, and ultimately, you’re the best resource for helping us understand how we can help your child learn over the summer. Does your student need to catch up? Keep up? Get ahead? Your observations of—and dreams for—your student will help us match you with the right resource. What’s the difference between Courses and Tutorials offered over the summer? An accredited ALVS Course gives your student the opportunity to earn a credit toward high school graduation in nine weeks over the summer. Tutorials help students catch up on concepts they missed in a specific subject without earning a credit and prepares them for their next grade level in that subject. Does my student need a Course or a Tutorial? If your student needs to earn a credit toward high school graduation, they will need a Course. Middle school students also benefit from taking Courses as it prepares them for the rigor of high school and gives them the opportunity to explore a different subject. However, if your student struggled with—but passed—a subject this school year, they may need support with concepts they didn’t understand, and our Tutorials work well in this situation. Tutorials help students build confidence in a specific subject. This confidence reduces anxiety and negative self-talk and prepares students to engage with a specific subject at grade level when they return to school in the fall. How do Courses work over the summer? Condensed into nine weeks over the summer, ALVS Courses help students retake classes they failed and recover the credits they lost. Courses also offer students the chance to improve their GPA by giving them the opportunity to get a better grade in a specific class—even if they passed the first time. Other students appreciate the opportunity to earn a credit over the summer to help establish a lighter schedule during the regular school year, graduate early, or demonstrate their work ethic and commitment to learning on college applications. How do Tutorials work? Tutorials help students by identifying and filling grade-level gaps in learning. For example, your student might have had to skip over a concept during the past school year to keep up with unit work. Tutorials help them rewind to the missed concept, practice it, and master it. While Tutorials aren’t for credit, your student will be assessed before and after to show them their progress, which helps them build confidence. Does my student have to be online at specific times on specific days? No. One of the things our students and families appreciate most about ALVS Courses and Tutorials is the flexibility we offer. Your student can log on any day of the week, 24 hours a day, and do their schoolwork. Many of our full-time students tell us they love being able to work later in the day—and even into the evening—when they feel more focused. Will this affect our family’s summer vacation plans? As long as your student has access to WiFi, they can log on and do their schoolwork from anywhere around the world. A lot of our summertime students are even more motivated to learn because they don’t feel like they’re missing out on other things, including family vacations, summer jobs, and fun experiences with friends. What kind of Courses do you offer? We have a comprehensive catalog of individual high school and middle school courses, including core, Honors, and Advanced Placement® (AP) Courses in math, science, English, world languages, social studies, fine arts, and PE/Health. Many of our award-winning Courses are approved by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the University of California. I’m not a teacher. Will my student have qualified help? Yes. We offer a Live Tutor Chat with certified teachers and tutors Monday through Friday from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time). Students and parents also have access to our Student Support Specialists. How self-directed does my student need to be? Because our Courses and Tutorials are self-paced, it’s important that your student is able to have some accountability for doing their schoolwork. Hands down, the best piece of advice from our students (and teachers) is to do the work in consistent, bite-sized chunks. What tools will I have to make sure my student is completing the Course? A weekly progress report is emailed to designated adults once a week for the duration of the Course. Our research shows that adult engagement is a key indicator of success for students taking online Courses. Have other questions about summer learning that we haven’t covered? Please contact us and we’ll be happy to help!