Summer 2014 Original Credit

Summer 2014 High School Original Credit Details

A notice to students and parents: This information is intended for distribution through districts and may contain details that do not apply to your local district’s summer program.  If you are interested in enrolling in summer courses with Montana Digital Academy, your first contact should be to the counseling department or administration of your local school to discuss what is available locally.
(Looking for credit recovery information?  Please look here.)

Information for Districts

Timelines and Deadlines

Because of tight timelines in our summer program, these deadlines are absolute.  No exceptions will be made.
  • April 1, 2014: Courses Open for Registration
  • June 4, 2014: Registration deadline for MTDA Original Credit courses.  No late registrations will be accepted.
  • June 11, 2014: MTDA Original Credit Course Summer Session #1 begins.
  • June 17, 2014: Drop deadline for MTDA Original Credit Course Session #1.  After the drop deadline, MTDA will report back an F/WF for courses dropped.
  • July 3-4, 2014: MTDA closed; no teacher services available.  Electronic classrooms remain open.
  • July 15, 2014: Last day of MTDA Original Credit Course Session #1.
  • July 16, 2014: MTDA Original Credit Course Summer Session #2 begins.
  • July 22, 2014: Drop deadline for MTDA Original Credit Course Session #2.  After the drop deadline, MTDA will report back an F/WF for courses dropped.
  • August 15, 2014: Last day of MTDA Original Credit Course Session #2.
Montana Digital Academy is happy to work with Montana school districts to provide a flexible and innovative summer program to assist both your credit recovery students and those students looking to gain original course credit.
Montana Digital Academy is happy to work with Montana school districts to provide a flexible and innovative summer program to assist both your credit recovery students and those students looking to gain original course credit.
MTDA strongly recommends these best practices for a successful summer program:
  • Students participating in the summer program must express interest and motivation to complete the summer course.  To help conserve resources, MTDA asks that districts do not place students into MTDA summer programs that aren’t interested in the program or supported.  Please consider using tools like our student readiness survey to help determine if the student has enough support to succeed in an online course: link.
  • Schools must complete an entrance counseling form with each student to help facilitate communication and to let students and parents know expectations.  This form should be filled out during the counseling process and BEFORE are enrolled in the summer program.  Information on entrance counseling appears here: link.
  • Local schools should consider the availability of computer access in the homes of students taking courses.  Students will need access to a computer for an average of 3-5 hours a day for original credit courses.
  • Due to the tight schedule of the summer session, students must start and stop courses on schedule.  Local assistance may be required to help guarantee student success.
Important note for districts: Don’t hesitate to contact Jason if you want to walk through setting up a summer program for your students.  We would love to chat with you about what you can expect and what you might consider setting up locally to help your students succeed!

Information for Students

Montana Digital Academy will offer a limited schedule MTDA Original Credit courses Summer 2014.

MTDA Original Credit Courses

Who are MTDA Original Credit courses best for?  MTDA Original Credit courses are designed for students taking the course for the 1st time for original credit or students retaking a course that need a complete curriculum for success.
How much time will I spend to complete the class?  MTDA Original Credit courses are designed to provide a complete semester experience in a 23-day class semester.  Students should plan for 3-5 hours a day of engagement time to complete the course.  Instructors will be enforcing regular deadlines in the course and assisting students with pacing to be successful.  These courses were not designed to allow for lengthy breaks, so students that will be at camps or vacations that do not have the ability to complete the course during the time should not take these courses.  Students are limited to taking two total original credit courses per session (contact Jason at MTDA to discuss exceptions).
Can I finish my course early?  MTDA courses are cohort-style courses, meaning that the pacing is built into the course.  While there might be flexibility to work ahead in the course, students should expect to to spend roughly 4 weeks in the course.
What courses are available?  MTDA will offer a limited schedule of courses during its two-session summer program:
Session 1 (June 11, 2014 to July 15, 2014)
  • Biology A
  • US History A
  • Algebra I A
  • Digital Photography (1 semester)
  • Health (1 semester)
  • Web Design (1 semester)
  • English III A
  • English IV A
  • American Government (1 semester)
  • Personal Finance (1 semester)
Session 2 (July 16, 2014 to August 15, 2014)
  • Biology B
  • US History B
  • Algebra I B
  • Digital Photography (1 semester)
  • Health (1 semester)
  • Current Events in Government (1 semester)
  • English III B
  • English IV B
  • Psychology (1 semester)
  • Creative Writing (1 semester)
Will I be assigned a teacher?  Each MTDA Original Credit course is assigned an instructor that is a certified Montana teacher to monitor progress and facilitate learning.
When must I be done with the course?  There is an absolute deadline of July 15, 2014 to finish the first session and August 15, 2014 to finish the second session.  There are no extensions available for either Session 1 or Session 2.

Montana Digital Academy
Phyllis J. Washington College of Education
The University of Montana
32 Campus Drive – Room 315
Missoula, Montana 59812
Phone: 406-203-1812
Fax: 406-203-1815

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