Online Pathway to Graduation Program

Online Pathway to Graduation Program for summer 2020 is offered through Virtual Summer School. See the Virtual Summer School page for more information.

Overview

Online Pathway to Graduation for summer 2020 is offered through Virtual Summer School. See the Virtual Summer School page for more information.

Courses

English:

  • English 9 A/B, English 10 A/B*, English 11 A/B, English 12 A/B

Math:

  • Algebra 1 A/B*, Algebra 2 A/B, 2Yr Algebra 2 A/B, 2Yr Algebra 2 C/D, Geometry A/B, Precalculus A/B, Quantitative Literacy A/B, Statistics A

Science:

  • Biology A/B*, Environmental Science A/B, Physical Science A/B

Social Studies:

  • Modern World History A/B, NSL Government A/B*, U.S. History A/B

World Languages:

  • French 1 A/B*, Spanish 1 A/B*, Spanish 2 A/B*

* Courses that can only be taken to replace a failing grade or for the purpose of grade improvement.

Support Centers

Online Pathway to Graduation for summer 2020 is offered through Virtual Summer School. See the Virtual Summer School page for more information.

Support Staff

OPTG Administrative Staff:

Natasha Ezerski, Site Coordinator
Northwest High School

Sarah Fass, Site Coordinator
Northwest High School

Michelle Newton, Site Coordinator
Gaithersburg High School

Lisa Runyon, Site Coordinator
Gaithersburg High School

Rashemah Stridiron, Site Coordinator
Albert Einstein High School

Brian Beaubien, Supervisor
240-453-2470

FAQs

How do I log on from home?

What if I forget my username or password?

  • Email your site coordinator or your content teacher. She/he will e-mail you your username and/or reset the password to a temporary one so you can reset it and access your work.

When are the support centers open?

  • 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday WHEN REGULAR SCHOOL IS IN SESSION DURING THE DAY.

Do I need to arrive before a certain time?

  • Students should plan to arrive as close to 5:00 p.m. as posible to maximize instructional time.

How long will it take me to finish my course(s)?

  • It depends on how much time you devote to them. Most students finish a class in 3 to 4 months by working a few days a week (some take much less time and some longer). OPTG does not follow the semester designation of MCPS; as soon as you finish a course, you will receive a grade and credit for the course.

What if I need help from my content teacher?

  • Email your teacher. INCLUDE YOUR FULL NAME, COURSE TITLE & UNIT/ASSIGNMENT YOU ARE WORKING ON (ex., John Doe, Algebra 1A, 1.1.3).
  • Check your support center's schedule for when each of the content teachers will be there..

What do I do if I’m locked out of a quiz?

  • After two failed attempts at passing a quiz, the program locks the quiz until you contact your instructor.
  • Email your course teacher; he/she may ask you to complete additional work or come to CTI for support. The quiz is then unlocked by the instructor (which can be done remotely) so you can retake it.

When can I take a unit test?

  • You must have completed all the work for the unit prior to taking the test.
  • Monday – Thursday, 5–7 pm; your content teacher does not need to be present.

Can I take an online unit test at my school?

  • No, you must take unit tests at your support center during the hours above.

Can I come to the lab any night to work online?

  • Yes, students may complete work on site during the posted hours.

How often do I need to work online?

  • Login and work with course materials a minimum of 1 hour per week per course.
  • Complete all unit materials and attend a session at the support center to take a proctored unit test every two weeks (per course).
  • Students who do not meet these requirements will be moved from active status to waitlist. As active students complete courses and additional seats in the program open, waitlist students will be given the option to move back into active status.

What about snow days?

  • Inclement weather policies for MCPS will be followed. If schools have early dismissal or cancellation, the support centers are NOT open; if MCPS cancels afternoon/evening activities, the support centers are NOT open.

What if I have a question that was not addressed here?

  • Contact the Student Online Learning or by phone at 240-740-3950.
  • For specific content questions, email your OPTG teacher.

What if I have a question for APEX (the online program)?

  • APEX support is available 8 am – 10 pm Mon–Fri at 1-800-453-1454 or support@apexlearning.com.

I forget how to find the building for OPTG. Do you have directions?

  • Yes. See the "Directions" tab above.