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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is Hope Street Online?
  2. Is Hope Street Online accredited?
  3. Who attends Hope Street Online?
  4. What is home schooling versus distance learning?
  5. Can I attend another school and Hope Street Online at the same time?
  6. What is the online curriculum?
  7. How does it work?
  8. What about records?
  9. How long does it take to graduate?
  10. Who issues the diplomas?
  11. What are the computer system requirements?
  12. Can I get a real education from a virtual classroom?
  13. Can I communicate with my classmates?
  14. What does it cost?
  15. Are you ready for distance learning?
  16. I'd like to know more...

1. What is Hope Street Online?

Hope Street Online is the distance learning component of Hope Street Academy. Hope Street Academy is an accredited high school in the Topeka, Kansas 501 School District. Hope Street Online will become a charter school in the fall of 2001. Charter school status allows Hope Street to seek waivers from some state requirements compared to traditional schools and allows it to seek state and federal start-up grants. This enables Hope Street Academy to be an alternative high school for students seeking state accredited diplomas outside of the "traditional" 8-3pm class schedule presented by most educational systems.

2. Is Hope Street Online accredited?

Hope Street Online is part of the 501 Unified School District in Kansas and a diploma is considered equal to any other high school in the state.

3. Who attends Hope Street Online?

Hope Street Online serves a diverse student population by using innovative teaching methods and featuring computer-based student-directed instruction online over the Internet. Through teacher-directed learning, self-directed learning and online learning, Hope Street Online can customize a pathway for each learner.

4. What is home schooling versus distance learning?

Home schooling is supervised by parents using materials and resources they select or approved by local public school boards. Distance learning educational providers like Hope Street Online supply the materials, courses, guidance, work study programs, School-to-Career programs and of course, a high school diploma. Credits earned through distance learning at Hope Street are applicable toward graduation requirements established by the Topeka USD 501.

5. Can I attend another school and Hope Street Online at the same time?

No. State law does not allow concurrent enrollment.

6. What is the online curriculum?

The curriculum includes English, history, mathematics, science, social studies and other subjects. Additional classes are being added every semester and are expected to total over 40 by January 2002. Specific requirements for graduation can be found here.

7. How does it work?

Students are assigned projects in each class and research topics of their choice, at their own pace, using multimedia software, the Internet, and other resources. They report to faculty online, call on the telephone or in live Internet chat as needed, with email and discussion opportunities available for the exchange of ideas.

8. What about records?

We record classes, grades, and credits on all distance classes the same as classes taken at the physical "brick and mortar" building.

9. How long does it take to graduate?

Four school grades need not take four calendar years to complete if you work at it. Minimum requirements depend on credits completed and credits required.

10. Who issues the diploma?

High school diplomas are awarded by Hope Street Online which is part of the Topeka Unified School District 501.

11. What are the computer system requirements?

Do I have to purchase a new computer? Core and expanded curriculum materials are available over the Internet, so they are compatible with both PC and Mac. Almost any computer will work if it has a modem and you are connected to a dial-up Internet Service Provider (ISP). Specific computer requirements can be found here.

12. Can I get a real education from a virtual classroom?

Actually, you get a real education in the real world. Hope Street Online School-To-Career Program (STC) is designed to increase student awareness and provide an avenue for students to become trained and/or seek employment in a skilled career area. Those enrolled in the STC Program may have the opportunity to: be given elective credits toward a diploma, be enrolled at Kaw Area Technical School, perform job shadowing tasks, be placed in an internship, or actually begin employment within the community.

13. Can I communicate with my classmates?

Yes. Using state of the art software designed for education, you can chat and exchange messages, files, e-mail, and more--in real time without signing up for an email account or downloading or purchasing additional third party software.

14. What does it cost?

Current projections for the 2001-2002 school year will be between $55-$200 per year. This cost will include books, training sessions for becoming familiar with the software and ??

15. Are you ready for distance learning?

Distance Learning is not for everyone. This guide will help you assess your readiness for using online technologies by giving you a self-appraisal checklist of issues to consider. Read the guide.

16. I'd like to know more...

Contact:

Bill Bagshaw, Principal
Hope Street Academy
1900 SW Hope Street
Topeka, KS 66604-3599
Telephone: (785) 438-4280

 

 

 




 

 



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