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Summer 2015 High School Original Credit Briefing

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Summer High School Original Credit Briefing
for
Counselors, Administrators and Site Facilitators

A notice to students and parents: This information is intended for distribution to public school districts and may contain details that do not apply to your local district’s program.  If you are interested in enrolling in 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.

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Montana Digital Academy is pleased to announce open enrollment for its Summer 2015 program for high school original credit. Note: This information is accurate at the time of publication.  We will make changes to this page as details change.

Registration:

  • Please review our student registration page for information on data collection, entrance counseling and student registration for Summer.  That page is located here: link.
  • Registration for Summer 2015 courses opens March 11, 2015.  We will again enforce our “guaranteed enrollment” deadline on June 3, 2015.  We will guarantee placement for students enrolled on or before this date, but, will not add new sections after.  This is deadline covers both summer sessions.  Please plan your local enrollment around this deadline.
  • Please use the enrollment counseling forms when enrolling students and give a copy of the form to the student after enrollment.  This form helps decrease confusion on behalf of the student and their parents and opens up communication lines.  Our enrollment counseling page is here: link.

Summer Program Best Practices:

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 either the school or at home.  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.
  • 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 per course, per day for original credit courses.
  • Due to the tight schedule of the summer session, students must start and stop courses on schedule, no exceptions.  Local assistance may be required to help guarantee student success.
  • Please be clear to students that this program is not designed to work around camps or vacations if the student is not able to work in each course for 3-5 hours per day.  The significantly compressed schedule is not as forgiving at a typical semester format.

Important note for districts: Don’t hesitate to contact MTDA staff in Missoula 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!

Program Information:

Summer Course Availability:

Session 1 (June 10, 2015 to July 13, 2015)
  • Earth Science A
  • 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 14, 2015 to August 13, 2015)
  • Earth Science B
  • 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)

Other details:

  • Our Summer 2015 Academic Calendar is located here: link.  PLEASE NOTE that our academic calendar is fundamentally the same as in past years, HOWEVER, some districts are starting a week later this year.  PLEASE TAKE THIS INTO ACCOUNT WHEN SCHEDULING.  Students are expected to start classes on time.
  • Students will be expected to get started in courses as of the MTDA calendar, even if your local school is still in session.  Starting a week or two late in the summer program is not an option due to the tight timelines.  Please discuss this with interested students before enrollment.
  • Our 2014-2015 course catalog is located here: link.
  • Here is our orientation webinar for Summer 2015:

 

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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