FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

 

1. Why take a online course?

  • Develop communication and collaboration skills you need to be successful in college and career
  • Take innovative courses that may not be offered in your own school 
  • Flexibility! Be in charge of your own learning schedule
  • Collaborate with other students from outside of your school district
  • Learn from talented instructors from the metrowest Boston school districts

2. Who is a good candidate for an online course?

  • Online learning is accessible to all students. Because the course is virtual it is essential to include time in your daily schedule to log into your online course and check for messages from the instructor. Successful students find that they must take responsibilities for their learning and develop a routine that includes time to attend to their online course each day. Students are expected to login to the course regularly and plan for at least 5-6 hours per week to complete course readings and assignments.

3. Will I receive credit towards graduation for this course?

  • Each school district sets the policy on how course credit is applied to your academic transcript. Please consult your guidance counselor for additional details.

4. Will the course count towards my grade point average?

  • Each school district sets the policy on how course credit is applied to your academic transcript. Please consult your guidance counselor for additional details.

5. What will the experience be like?

  • Students will participate in a challenging 18-week online learning experience. Some classes have an optional face-to-face meeting with instructor and classmates. Students should expect to spend a minimum of 5 to 6 hours per week. This coursework will include readings, discussion boards and assignments. There will be a final exam or a culminating project. The students will be expected to sign an Acceptable Use Policy.

6. Who can take courses?

  • Any high school student currently enrolled in a TEC member school district is eligible and has priority to take an online course. The TEC Online Academy courses will also welcome other high school students if space allows. The new Massachusetts Online Learning Partnership between TEC and Connections Learning will provide any and all MA students an opportunity to take an online course. 

7. What are the Costs?

  • For TEC-member districts, courses cost $300 per semester.  For non-TEC-member districts or home-schooled students, courses cost $375 per semester . Electronic textbooks are an additional fee as are some materials needed for AP courses.

8. How will I be graded?

  • Similar to your own school’s academic policies, progress reports will be issued midway through the semester and a final exam or a culminating project will be expected. Grades will be sent directly to you and your high school guidance contact. Each school district will determine how and if the grades and credits reflect on the student transcript.

For additional information please contact online@tec-coop.org

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