Questions and Answers
Q: Does my child need to be on campus at anytime during the course?
A: Some courses may have an optional in-person class component that will also be recorded on Google Hangouts for live viewing or viewing after the session is over. Each course is different so please check the course descriptions for expectations.
Q: My child has a trip planned or a camp scheduled during the timeframe of the course and I'm worried they might not be able to do both at the same time.
A: These courses do not necessarily need to be completed perfectly in pace with a daily schedule. The instructors recognize that students have lots activity in the summer. Therefore, if the student is offline for a couple of days and needs to make it up later, that's ok! They may miss out on some of the live sessions but those will be recorded and can be watched later. We also recognize that some students may need extra time beyond the course end date to complete work, and that is ok as well. Students should communicate with their course facilitators if they will need additional time to complete assignments or activities for any reason.
Q: How long does my child have to complete a course?
A: Students may complete a course after the course end date. They should communicate with the course facilitator and agree upon a completion date. Facilitators might not be as readily available for help once the course reaches its end date.
Q: Is the course the appropriate level for my child?
A: Please don't hesitate to reach out to the instructor for specifics on the level of difficulty. The courses are designed to push students to get ready for next year. Some courses are designed to provide a more solid foundation for the next year, and others may have more challenging content to get them ready.
Q: How will the course be structured and delivered to students?
A: Each course is slightly different but all will use Schoology as the course management system to organize the course and Google Hangouts as the means of broadcasting and recording any live sessions. All live sessions will be available to be viewed again afterward if the student isn't available during the meeting time.
Q: How much time should my child expect to spend each day on the course?
A: Each course is slightly different but the amount of time spent on each course per day will range from 30-60 minutes.
Q: Who will be teaching the courses?
A: All courses are taught by current or former Worcester Academy faculty members.
If you have questions about the online courses in general, please don't hesitate to reach out to Mr. Peter Smith, The Director of Online Education and Blended Learning.
81 Providence Street, Worcester, MA 01604