FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Updated 11-30-13
1. When does the iHigh Summer Program start? Summer Program applications will be available on the iHigh web site starting on April 9, 2014. The six-week session will have the same dates as district summer school (if offered), which will likely either be June 23 through August 1 or June 30 through August 8.
2. Where is the iHigh Summer Program located? Our main campus location will likely be Serra High School (Tierrasanta), with a satellite classroom at iHigh Virtual Academy (Old Town). This is because the summer program is 100% funded by a Department of Defense Education Activity grant and gives priority to serving military students.
Serra High School, 5156 Santo Rd., San Diego CA 92124 (Tierrasanta)
iHigh Virtual Academy, 2375 Congress St., San Diego CA 92110 (Old Town)
(Please direct program questions to iHigh at email@example.com, not to other high schools. Other schools are simply serving as host sites and are not responsible for the iHigh Summer Program.)
3. Who is eligible to enroll? Incoming students in grades 9-12 who reside within SDUSD attendance boundaries OR attend SDUSD schools fulltime on an interdistrict transfer may apply. Military students have priority for enrollment. Non- military students will be accepted on a space-available basis until capacity is reached. Students who reside within SDUSD boundaries but attend non-SDUSD schools will be accepted on a space-available basis.
4. Which course should I take? Please consult with your school counselor. The iHigh Summer Course List is included in the Summer Enrollment packet and includes core classes, credit recovery classes, and electives. Career Technical Education courses may also be available. Please keep in mind that it takes about three hours of coursework each day to complete a first-time, one-semester course within a six-week timeframe.
5. What is an Apex online credit recovery course? Students usually take Apex online credit recovery courses to suppress (replace) a previous "D" or "F" grade in an equivalent district or iHigh course. Apex credit recovery courses are streamlined versions of the regular Apex online course. Apex credit recovery courses are not accepted by most universities and do not meet NCAA eligibility requirements for student athletes. For summer 2014, Apex credit recovery courses are only available to incoming 12th graders (Class of 2015). Incoming students in grades 9 through 11 will need to take the full-version Apex course in order to meet SDUSD graduation requirements, UC/CSU requirements, and NCAA requirements.
6. Who may enroll in an Apex online credit recovery course? Only incoming 12th graders may take Apex credit recovery courses, because Apex credit recovery courses are not UC a-g approved (for college admissions). Apex credit recovery courses are not accepted by most universities, nor by the NCAA. Incoming students in grades 9 through 11 will need to take the full-version Apex course in order to meet SDUSD graduation requirements, UC/CSU requirements, and NCAA requirements.
7. Are the iHigh courses 100% online? No. The iHigh program is a blended program that combines online and face-to-face requirements. Students must report to campus for first-day Orientation and proctored exams. Most other coursework may be completed off campus and online. Exception: science classes meet face-to-face every day, due to lab requirements.
8. Are iHigh courses UC a-g approved for college admissions? Yes, all iHigh core courses and several iHigh elective courses are UC a-g approved. Please refer to the iHigh Course Catalog for specific course information.
9. Are iHigh courses NCAA approved for college athletic eligibility? Yes, almost all iHigh core courses are NCAA approved. Please refer to the iHigh Course Catalog for specific course information.
10. How often must students report to campus? Students must report to campus for first-day Orientation and proctored exams. Most courses require 4 to 6 proctored exams during the six-week session. Exception: science classes meet face-to-face every day, due to lab requirements.
11. How much time will I spend on coursework every day? Most students need to spend about 3 hours per day to complete a first-time class and about 2 hours per day to complete an Apex credit recovery class.
12. What if I need help with my coursework? iHigh teachers are on campus daily (M-F, approximately 7:30 AM to 11:45 AM) to provide both online and face-to-face assistance, as well as to proctor exams.
13. Is there a final exam? Almost all of the first-time courses include a midterm exam and a final exam.
14. Are any books or materials needed? It depends on the class. Some courses have separate textbooks; other courses have textbooks embedded in the online instruction. Any texts will be checked out to students during Orientation.
15. When are Enrollment Packets due? Enrollment packets (application, permission slip, academic honesty form) are due by May 31st. Enrollments after May 31st will depend on space available. Military students are guaranteed enrollment through June 27th.
16. How will I know if I have been accepted? A confirmation email will be sent upon receipt of a complete Enrollment Packet, for applications received by May 31st. The later the application is received, the longer it will take to receive a confirmation. Hundreds of applications come in during the first two weeks in June. Confirmations are sent as soon as possible, including the weekend prior to the opening of summer session.
17. How will I receive my login information to start the course? The courses typically activate on the Friday before summer school begins. Students who are new to the Apex system and have provided us with an accurate email address will receive an automated email message that includes their username and a temporary password. Students who have previously taken an Apex online course in San Diego Unified will use their existing login information. Students who have forgotten their username and/or password may email the iHigh staff at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance. We need to know your first/last name and which district school you usually attend, to assist with login information.
18. What if I will be out of town or on travel during part of the summer? We do not recommend online courses for students who will be on travel during the summer. This is because most students are not able to keep up with the fast pace of the summer schedule while on travel and/or vacation. Students who fall behind in their coursework and/or miss their proctored exams usually end up with a low or failing transcript grade. The deadline for dropping courses is the Friday of the first week of classes.
19. What if I begin an iHigh class and then decide to drop? Students who apply should be committed to completing their courses. Drops are only allowed during the first week of classes. It is important to note that summer funding is limited and summer teachers are hired based on student course requests. Students who begin a class and then simply stop working usually end up will a low or failing transcript grade.
20. When are summer grades posted to transcripts? Summer grades are usually posted by August 20th.
21. Do I need to request a copy of my summer transcript as proof that I took a summer iHigh class? iHigh courses are automatically posted to transcripts for students attending San Diego Unified high schools. Students who live in San Diego Unified boundaries but attend non-SDUSD schools (such as Rock Academy, Horizon, Helix Charter, High Tech High, etc.) need to submit a transcript request form to the iHigh office by the last day of summer session. There is no transcript fee for requests that are received by the last day of summer session.
22. Are Advanced Placement (AP) courses offered during the summer? No; district policy does not allow summer AP classes due to the short timeframe.
23. Is P.E. offered during the summer? The only P.E. class available is for elective credit, not P.E. credit (PE 5725).
24. May I take a summer class through iHigh and also take a district summer school class? The following answer reflects district policy for summer 2013. The policy has not yet been announced for summer 2014. Students may enroll in both programs, unless taking a first-time iHigh science lab, which requires daily attendance at Serra High. We encourage students to carefully consider how many courses they can successfully complete in 29 days. No drops are allowed after the first week of classes. Students wishing to take more than one iHigh course must successfully complete one course before enrolling in the next course. This policy prevents students from earning multiple low transcript grades if they are not able to successfully complete their online classes.
25. Should I call the Serra High office if I have summer program questions? No, the Serra staff is not responsible for the iHigh program. They are simply our main summer host site. The fastest way to have a question answered is to email the iHigh staff at email@example.com.
26. Is the iHigh program available to students with special needs (IEP, 504)? In most cases, yes. It depends on the class being taken and the accommodations needed. We have limited capacity to make adjustments to the online curriculum, so some accommodations that are possible within a classroom setting are simply not possible within the online environment. Some accommodations "look different" in the online setting. For example, "extended time" is vertical, not horizontal, because the online courses are available 24/7. We encourage students with special needs and/or their parents to contact the iHigh staff at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns.
27. Is transportation available for the iHigh summer program? No. Students must provide their own transportation. On-campus attendance is required for first-day Orientation (at Serra High), and about once per week for proctored exams (can be taken at iHigh/Old Town or Serra campuses). Students may also report to either campus to get help from iHigh teachers, M-F, 7:30 AM to 11:45 AM. In some cases, students may be able to take iHigh proctored exams with the grad coaches at other district high schools offering summer courses. Please email the iHigh staff for more information: email@example.com.
27. May I take an entire year's worth of math (or English, or World History, etc.) during the summer? Realistically, very few students are able to do this. We enroll students in one semester course at a time. If a student sucessfully completes the first semester within the first 3 weeks (with teacher approval), then we will enroll the student in the second semester, which must be completed by the end of the next three weeks. It takes an estimated 4 to 6 hours per day for 29 days for an above average student to complete a full year of coursework during the 6-week summer session. This is an extremely challenging pace for most students.
Question not answered? Please email Maureen Cottrell, iHigh Dual Enrollment Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org.