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Frequently Asked Questions

What are my responsibilities as a parent or guardian?
What are my responsibilities as a student?
What counts as my 5 ½ hours per school day?
What does it mean to “work at my own pace”?
Is the SusQ-Cyber Charter School in compliance with the State requirements for Cyber Charter Schools?
What type of diploma will the student receive?
Do I have to buy a computer and printer for my child to attend the SusQ-Cyber Charter School?
If the majority of the coursework is completed on the Internet, will the student suffer socially?
Is the Cyber Charter School setting for me?
If the student is not in a school during the day, how does anyone know that coursework is being completed?
Are there any extra costs associated with the SusQ-Cyber Charter School?
May students participate in extracurricular activities at their home school?

 

What are my responsibilities as a parent or guardian?
A successful SusQ-Cyber Charter School student is one that has structure and involvement of parents/guardians. Your student’s achievement is a combination of effort from home as well as from teachers and staff at the Cyber School. By monitoring your student’s submission of course work and verifying attendance, you are helping to ensure his or her academic progress. Our teachers encourage you to maintain contact with them either by phone or email. It is extremely important to provide transportation for state mandated testing as dictated by the Pennsylvania Department of Education periodically throughout their high school career.

What are my responsibilities as a student?
Cyber schooling offers a unique opportunity for students to be flexible with their education. With that comes responsibility and discipline. Unlike a traditional ‘brick and mortar’ school where a teacher is standing in front of you, cyber school students are able to be educated from home. Maintaining contact with all of your teachers is crucial. This can be accomplished through emails, phone calls, and even office visits. Unlike other cyber schools, our teachers are in our offices during the school day. They monitor student progress daily as well as conduct online tutoring sessions. Communication is essential. Help is only a phone call away.  Equipment that is loaned to you is school property and therefore should be treated with the utmost care.
Working on course work for a minimum of 5 ½ hours per school day.
Know what each of your teachers expect of you.
Follow course completion schedules for each teacher.
Attend required class meetings online.
Check your SusQ-Cyber Charter School assigned email.

What counts as my 5 ½ hours per school day?
Any course work that a student does applies towards their 5 ½ hours. Not all of your time will be spent on the computer. This will also include:
Course work on the computer
Research at a library
Physical education requirement
Reading requirement for class
Teacher conferences (i. e. phone calls, Elluminate sessions)
State required testing

What does it mean to “work at my own pace”?
Each teacher has a set schedule of course work that they require you to complete within a timeframe that they dictate. Each teacher has a clearly defined course schedule posted on their website. Because of the flexibility of Cyber School, students are able to do course work at any time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This means that students are able to keep pace with their teachers as well. Take ownership of your education! When you hold one of our computers, you are literally holding your own education in your own hands. What you make of it is entirely up to you.

Is the SusQ-Cyber Charter School in compliance with the State requirements for Cyber Charter Schools?
Yes, the SusQ-Cyber Charter School (SCCS) is in compliance. Please review the Secretary of Education's Cyber School Report.

What type of diploma will the student receive?
The student will receive a diploma from the SusQ-Cyber Charter School, a member of the Pennsylvania public school system.

Do I have to buy a computer and printer for my child to attend the SusQ-Cyber Charter School?
The SusQ-Cyber Charter School provides, by law for each student, a computer and printer. Starting with the 2010-2011 school year, we will also be providing Verizon Broadband Internet Access for the student only. In some cases where Verizon’s signal might not be strong enough, you may be required to purchase your own internet access, which is reimbursable monthly through the school at a predetermined rate.

If the majority of the coursework is completed on the Internet, will the student suffer socially?
Schools are not the only agents for teaching social skills. In traditional school settings, students are assigned seats with other students from the same geographical area, and they may or may not share interests. In the Cyber Charter School, parents and students have greater control over the environment and can make reasoned decisions about where and with whom they socialize. There will always be the "hallway chatter" between friends, but it will be on e-mail or in chat rooms rather than in person.

Is the Cyber Charter School setting for me?
The Cyber Charter School is an alternative that will not appeal to every student, just as the traditional public school does not appeal to every student. The Cyber Charter School will be able to offer more flexibility in scheduling and in offerings. There is no requirement of an arbitrary number of students enrolled in a course before it is offered. Likewise, each student who wishes to take a particular course is not required to meet at the same time as other students enrolled in the course.

If the student is not in a school during the day, how does anyone know that coursework is being completed?
Course work is monitored and evaluated daily. Monitors check a student's progress throughout the semester and will make all progress information, including quizzes and exam grades, available to both students and parents at any time.

Are there any extra costs associated with the SusQ-Cyber Charter School?
No. It is against the Charter School Law to charge parents tuition. All course charges are handled by the SCCS using Pennsylvania education funding. You are, however, liable for damages to school property and equipment.

May students participate in extracurricular activities at their home school?
This depends on the policies of the home school. Some cyber school students have taken part in swimming, tennis, football, band, soccer, etc. at their home schools.

 

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