Knowing the summer courses are on an accelerated schedule, how can my child make sure coursework is completed on time?
Appropriate time management is key for successfully completing summer courses. Students are expected to stay on track with their coursework to finish by their session end date. The Laurel Springs School Learning Management System (LMS) provides a scheduling structure based on the course duration and is a helpful resource around which to build a broader schedule with other activities. In addition, teachers are available to provide strategies for time management for students needing assistance.
What type of time commitment is required in a summer course?
Summer courses cover the same subject matter as a five-month or 10-month course enrollment. Students should expect to spend 1.5 to 2.25 hours per day, per subject depending on grade level. Students should be aware of the time commitment and motivation required to finish in the time allotted. If a course is at least 60 percent complete and a student should need additional time, an extension may be purchased with approval from Student Services.
To get ahead for the next year, how many courses do you recommend a student take over the summer?
Due to the accelerated nature of the courses, students may enroll in no more than two credits through summer school with Laurel Springs School (two full-year courses or four-semester courses). The same amount of course material is covered as in the five-month and 10-month terms — on an accelerated schedule.
If my child is currently enrolled full-time with Laurel Springs, is there an issue with the summer course overlapping with current enrollment?
As a currently enrolled, full-time Laurel Springs family you may enroll in a summer course as long as the summer course doesn’t overlap with a current enrollment of the same subject. It is important to note courses in the next grade level enrollment may not be available until course prerequisites are met. For example, a student currently enrolled in grade 4 English, cannot enroll in a summer session of grade 5 English until the current enrollment is complete. Please contact your Enrollment Coordinator to ensure the summer course works with your academic plan.
Are students required to have a phone conversation with their teachers in world language courses?
Speaking and listening are built into the courses. Students record assignments and teachers review them in the LMS. World Language teachers are also available to meet online to work on conversational skills.
Will inconsistent submission of work be penalized?
Students are to follow the pacing guidelines established in our LMS and Student/Parent Handbook to help them stay on track for completing the coursework on time. There are no penalties for slight variations with submissions. The expectation is that students will submit work as it is completed. Teachers are unable to accept coursework submissions in bulk.
What kind of help can my child get in the LSS Live academic support center? What are the hours for the LSS support center?
LSS Live is a convenient way for students to access immediate academic assistance in an online classroom. LSS Live is accessible from the LMS so students can easily communicate with teachers. Staffed by our Academic Department Chairs (ADCs) and teachers, the LSS Live online classroom is the perfect place to visit if students need clarification on a specific question, assignment, or difficult concept. Office hours for the live academic support center are: Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 11:00 PM ET | 5:00 am – 8: PM PT
Our family wants to try Laurel Springs without a long-term commitment. Is a summer elective course a good place to start?
Elective courses give students the opportunity to expand their knowledge and explore new areas of interest. We have a wide range of online, interest-based courses that are a great way to try out our program.