Have you ever wondered how our course loads work for high school students? If so , we have your answer!
We caught up with PA Cyber Curriculum Director Jennifer Shoaf for the details. Here's what she had to say:
The minimum number of classes a high school student must be enrolled in each semester to be considered a full-time student with PA Cyber is five. The only exception to this rule is if a student is in our Advanced Placement Alternatives Program. In this case, the course load is decided upon by the IS and the Director of Advanced Placement Alternatives depending upon the number of college courses being taken during a given semester. While five courses is the minimum number required, we certainly allow students to take more if it is appropriate. We want all of our students to be successful, and five courses may be all that certain students can handle. However, if a student has proven that he/she can handle the pace of the curriculum, while maintaining a good standing with grades, then we, by all means, will suggest and encourage a student to add more courses to his/her schedule.
As adjusting to a cyber setting can be a big change for students and families, the first semester that a student enrolls, staff oftentimes suggest starting with five courses. Once a student has a good grasp of our systems and structure, we certainly allow more classes to be added.
Do you have more curriculum questions? If so, contact your IS or send Jennifer a message at firstname.lastname@example.org.