Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about MCPS Blended Learning Courses

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Enrollment and Registration

Students are eligible to take Honors Comprehensive Health Education after completing Grade 9. Students currently in Grade 9 are eligible to register for the summer course when registration opens for summer courses.

Students are eligible to take Foundations of Technology A/B and Foundations of Computer Science A/B after completing Grade 8. Students currently in Grade 8 are eligible to register for the summer course when registration opens for summer courses.

Yes, a student can enroll for Semester A and/or B. However, Semester A must be taken and completed (either the in-school or online version) before taking Semester B.

General information about enrollment is available on the "Courses" page. Detailed information about the course registration process is available on the "Registration" page.

General Course Info

Online courses use the same curriculum and learning outcomes as the courses taught in school buildings. They are designed to take advantage of the online format. Most classwork may be done from home. Students who are most successful with online courses have good time management skills and are self-motivated.

The same grading and credit policies apply to online courses as to traditional courses offered in classrooms.

All classes are taught by highly qualified teachers who have been trained to teach in an online environment. MCPS online courses are taught by MCPS teachers, and online AP courses are taught by teachers hired by MCPS-approved vendors.

Yes, attendance is mandatory. Students cannot receive credit if they are unable to attend all of the face-to-face classes. If a student's schedule will not allow him/her to attend all of the face-to-face classes, the student should not enroll in the section.

No, students must attend the scheduled face-to-face classes for the section in which they are enrolled. We are unable to make arrangements for students to attend face-to-face classes for other class sections. (See previous FAQ.)

The exact agenda depends on the course and the class date, but important content is covered in each class. Examples of activities in face-to-face classes include:

  • Discussing course requirements and processes
  • Introducing the online environment
  • Assessments
  • Organizing group projects
  • Covering key curriculum concepts
  • Creating hands-on projects
 

The amount of time spent on each course will vary by student.

Students are not required to be online at specific times, but all deadlines are expected to be met. There are no common times that all students need to be online.

Students may complete the online portion of the course wherever they can obtain a secure and reliable internet connection. This could be at home, the local library, or a relative's house out of state or out of the country.

There are opportunities for a student to work ahead. If you want to complete work in advance of the class schedule, communicate with your teacher to develop a plan.

Instructors will have "office hours" when they can be reached online or by phone.

No, your online course grade will not appear on a report card. Check your transcript a few weeks after the class ends to verify that your grade has been placed on your transcript. If the grade is not recorded, immediately contact the Student Online Learning office.

Tuition

The tuition for an online course is $300 per half credit (subject to change each year) for the Honors Comprehensive Health Education (0.5 credit) and Foundations of Technology A/B (1.0 credit total), and Foundations of Computer Science A/B (1.0 credit total) online courses. Tuition assistance is available, based upon financial need. Contact the Student Online Learning office for more information.

The cost of online AP courses vary between $400.00 and $450.00 per half (0.5) credit course, and between $800.00 and $900.00 per full (1.0) credit course. Tuition assistance is not available for online AP courses.

Yes, tuition assistance is available, if you quality. A completed tuition waiver form should be submitted to the Online Learning office along with the signed registration form.

Full refunds will be given when:

  • a student withdraws prior to the first face-to-face meeting, or
  • a student does not attend the first mandatory face-to-face meeting.

Partial refunds will be given to students who attend class for the first week or less.

No refunds will be given to students who attend class for more than seven (7) days after the first face-to-face meeting.

Checks that are returned by a bank will be charged a nonrefundable $25 fee.

General Hardware and Software Requirements

Online courses require basic computer skills. Students need computer skills such as navigating websites, uploading and downloading files, using word processing software, using Google Drive and Google G Suite applications, formatting text and page layouts, using presentation software, using spreadsheet software, saving and updating files, locating files in a computer, and downloading and installing software.

Hardware: Any Windows computer running Microsoft-supported operating systems or Apple computer running MAC OS 10 (or higher) can access our online course content. Students need a reliable internet connection.

Software: The latest version of Google Chrome (preferred browser) or Mozilla Firefox with Flash player installed will be needed to access course content. Students need access to a G Suite account or a word processing program that can open and save Microsoft Word format or Rich Text Format (RTF) files in order to open and submit assignments. The capability to work with PDF files (saving as, opening, etc.) may be necessary. Files submitted in Mac OS Pages (Apple) format will not be accepted.

Student Online Learning

is a program for students seeking to accelerate their learning or to pursue credit recovery options by taking courses that follow a blended model of online and face-to-face instruction.

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