Frequently Asked Questions

General School FAQs

Lower School FAQs  

Upper School FAQs

K-8 World Language FAQs

 


 

General School FAQs

 

Is the school accredited?

Yes, K¹² International Academy is accredited by AdvancED/SACS, whose accreditation process has been approved by the Virginia Council for Private Education as authorized by the Virginia State Board of Education.

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Are the courses NCAA eligible?

Many K¹² International Academy courses can be used for NCAA athletic eligibility. For more information and a listing of eligible K¹² International Academy courses, please visit the NCAA eligibility site and use CEEB code 471067.

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Do other schools accept our courses for credit?

You can be confident that your education is of the highest quality and that other accredited schools widely accept the work you do. Although we cannot guarantee that K12 International Academy credits are transferable, as this is always up to the discretion of the receiving school, we rarely have an issue.  Should you have a doubt, you should contact your school officials directly.

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How do I install Respondus LockDown Browser?

Click here for an installation guide and click here for a live tutorial.

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Do students take state tests or other formal assessments?

As a private school, students are not required to complete state testing. We do conduct critical required pre-and-post assessments with our full-time students to identify strengths, target areas, and measure growth (see below). Many Upper School students elect to take the PSAT, SAT, ACT, Advanced Placement exams, and other optional formal assessments per their individual academic pathway. Some courses in our Career Destinations Program prepare students for optional certification tests that they can complete with Microsoft, Adobe, and other agencies.

AIMS: Reading pre-and-post assessment required for all full-time K-1 students. Your Homeroom Teacher will review the assessment requirements with you. These are not high-stakes assessments, and your student will not receive a grade for completing the assessments.

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How can I keep track of important documents I receive through email?

When students receive important documents from instructors and Academic Coaches through email, they should save them to a folder on their computer for daily use and/or future reference. Additionally, students may “tag” important emails to find them easily at a later point. 

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Lower School FAQs

 

What can I do while I wait for my materials to arrive?

Materials begin shipping two weeks before your term start date. If you enroll after this time, they will ship upon completion of the enrollment period. Many people want to get started on their first day, even if their materials have not arrived. Click this link to see ideas on how to do that.

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How do I know if I am missing materials?

First, you will go into your shipments to see what materials were sent to you. If what is included on this list is not what was included in your shipment, please contact K12 Customer Care at 1-866-512-2273. Watch this recording on how to find your shipping lists.

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Where are my Vocabulary materials for 3rd (Purple), 4th (Red) & 5th (Yellow) grade Vocabulary?

If you received a Vocabulary book, it was for a previous release of the course.  All Vocabulary materials are found online within each of the lessons. Watch this recording on how to access these materials.

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Why does my attendance show missing days?

The Online School (OLS) automatically starts counting attendance the day you and your student gain access. Your homeroom teacher will go in and fix this on the first day of school, watch this recording for help.

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I have access to my Online School. Why can I only see the Welcome to Online Learning Course? Where are the rest of my student’s courses?

The week prior to your start you are given access to the Online School as a way to become familiar with it. On the first day of school and upon completion of your Welcome to Online Learning course, all of your courses will be available to you and your student. Watch this recording on what you see before school and then what you will see the first day of school.

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How do I access my student’s World Language Course?

We are excited to offer World Language through PowerSpeak. World Language courses can only be accessed through the Student Account. Simply click on the course and you will be redirected to the PowerSpeak website and your student’s account. Attendance for World Language needs to be entered through the Learning Coach account, click here for help. Watch this quick recording on how to access your student’s World Language Course.

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Why does Blackboard Collaborate want me to download an update each time I try to log in?

This ensures you have the latest software. Click on the link “proceed to session.” Watch this recording on how to access without the download. 

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Upper School FAQs

 

How do I know where I should be in my course(s), what the progress expectations are, and if I am on track?

On the home page of each course, students will see a window displaying their current grade, and the number of assignments that are overdue.

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Why am I seeing all of my courses in the calendar plan and how do I see assignments for only the class I’m logged into?

Your plan is set to show all calendars. Use the filter option on the right-hand side to choose which calendar you would like displayed.

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Can my Learning Coach access their student's courses and daily plan from their log in?

No, the Learning Coach view is slightly different than the student account view. For a Learning Coach to access the student's course content, student's daily plan, and student's Class Connects,  they must log in to their account and click on the "View As Student" tool shown below. Learning Coaches can monitor progress and get just in time updates of current grades, overdue assignments, course log ins, and much more from their account.

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Can students in grades 6-8 take High School level courses?

Yes, Middle School students may take High School level courses if appropriate.  The student will receive high school graduation credit once the course has been completed successfully.

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How do I attend Study Hall?

Teachers offer a Study Hall three days a week, or by appointment in the case of World Language instructors. This provides you with an excellent opportunity for LIVE assistance!  During Study Hall, you can ask questions about course material and receive guidance from your teacher.  You can also get to know your teachers and classmates!  To view Study Hall times and access sessions, click “Contact My Teachers” within the email widget on your school homepage.  A new window will open which displays your teachers’ Study Hall hours.  Study Hall links will become live and clickable at the scheduled start time.

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May I retake an assessment if I do not reach mastery?

The middle school courses are set up to automatically allow students to retake quizzes one time. We recommend that you do your best and try to keep retakes to a minimum. Unit tests and final exams are set up to only allow one attempt.

All quizzes and tests at the high school level will only allow students to access them one time.

If you run into tech issues during your test, please reach out to your teacher for assistance as soon as possible. It is helpful if you provide a screenshot of any error message that you receive.

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What is a TGA?

A TGA is a Teacher Graded Assignment.

TGAs are located within the course and should be completed in Word or a similar typing program. When you complete your assignment, you should save it in Word forward not matter what program you used, so that your teacher will be able to open it. Do not save your work as a PDF document.

At the high school level, students should type their responses. Handwritten responses will not be accepted, unless the assignment specifically called for them.

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How do I submit my TGAs to my instructor(s)?

Click on the Tools button at the top of your course, and you will see an option called "Assignments." This will allow you to choose the folder for the assignment that you have completed, and upload the document there.

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Am I going to be able to turn in an assignment after the due date? 

Yes, assignments can be submitted after the due date, within the parameters outlined in the Late Work Policy. 

There is a posted “last day to submit work” for each course according to the student’s term start date;  no assignments will be accepted after 11:59 PM (Eastern Time) that day.  Thereafter, any temporary zeroes already entered for all CS Assessments not received become permanent and are calculated into the final course score. Middle School students are permitted to submit any missing assignments in their course up until the last day to submit work. High school students are only permitted to complete Computer-Scored (CS) Assessments up to the “last day to submit work” for the term. 

High School students are permitted to complete Teacher-Graded Assignments (TGA) up to 4 weeks after the initial due date.  The new grade will then replace the temporary zero in the grade book.  The four-week allowance will not extend past the “last day to submit work” for the term.  Refer to the permanent zero schedule within the Course Materials section of your classroom for “permanent zero” dates.

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I see a place for Extra Credit points in my course grade book.  How do I earn those points? 

Extra credit may be available and may not exceed 5% of the overall course grade.  Extra credit opportunities are offered at the discretion of each teacher.  To learn more about opportunities that exist within a given class, reach out to your teacher for guidance.

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How do I order my official transcript or additional copies?

Watch this video to find out.

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K-8 World Language FAQs

 

Will my Elementary or Middle School World Language (WLG) course lessons appear in my Daily or Weekly Plan in the OLS?

Yes, your WLG course will appear in the Daily/Weekly Plan. However, the individual lessons and assignments due each day will not. The student must click on the WLG course within the OLS to enter the PowerSpeak program where the WLG lessons are housed. In PowerSpeak, students can see daily lessons and assignments. All WLG students should complete one lesson per school day within PowerSpeak.

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How is attendance recorded for K-8 World Language?

K-8 World Language attendance auto-populates for 60 minutes when you click on it under the attendance tab in the OLS. Make sure that you are signed into the Learning Coach's account. We advise families to go with the default time, unless the student is doing more. If that is the case, you can click in the box and change the number.

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