My Tech High – Utah program 2014-15

Using a model that's been successfully implemented in many other states for years, My Tech High partners with innovative, accredited public schools to offer a personalized, tuition-free, distance education program for ages 6 – 18.

 

All students are full-time, virtual students enrolled in one of these 3 innovative public schools:

 

  • Gateway Preparatory Academy in Cedar City (visit site)
  • American Leadership Academy in Spanish Fork (visit site)
  • Provo eSchool in Provo School District (visit site)

All program requirements, details, schedules, courses, testing, student records, credits, IEPs, etc. are subject to the approval of the 3 partner schools (see applicable Utah Laws).

 

Acceptance letters will be emailed out by end of April.  Once accepted into the program and all enrollment paperwork has been submitted, parents work with our Utah Certified teachers and scheduling coordinators to define a highly personalized education plan for their child.

I.  Design a year-long, personalized schedule with 6 classes (see Utah Standards)

  • Period 1 Homeroom:  Utah Core Resources, discussion forums, learning logs, etc.
  • Period 2:  Math
  • Period 3:  English / Language Arts
  • Period 4:  Science or Social Studies
  • Period 5:  Tech or Entrepreneurship (see tech catalog)
  • Period 6:  Elective (i.e. another Core or Tech, Fine Arts, World Language, or P.E.)
  • OPTIONAL - Period 7:  Reimbursement amount deducted from technology allowance
  • Note:  Students in grade 9-12 may only change Electives in Period 6 for 2nd Semester
  • View details here for a new "Early College Credit" pilot program for students in grades 10-12

II.  Choose any combination of your preferred curriculum sources

  • My Tech High Direct:  Cost of the course is paid directly by My Tech High, including:
    • Rosetta Stone Online
    • ALEKS Math (parent-led for grades 3-12)
    • BYU Independent Study (teacher-led in grades 7-12)
    • K12 Virtual (teacher-led in grades 1-5)
    • Aventa Learning by K12 (see parent-led course list for grades 6-12)
    • CompassLearning Odyssey (see parent-led sample courses for grades 1-12)
    • Edgenuity (teacher-led for grades 7-12)
    • Edmentum / PLATO (parent-led grades 6-12)
    • Reading Eggs (parent-led)
    • Lynda.com or TeamTreehouse.com (parent-led)
    • Leadership Education Academy (teacher-led) 
    • APEX Learning (parent-led grades 6-12)
    • Utah Electronic High School (teacher-led grades 9-12)
    • Williamsburg Intermediate (teacher-led see details)
    • Williamsburg Academy (teacher-led see details)
    • Courses hosted in Canvas (including weekly, live "Tech Talks")
    • If identified on the approved, year-long schedule AND if the local school approves, students in grades 7-12 may dual-enroll in up to two onsite classes at a local district Jr. High / High School (charter schools are not approved for dual enrollment).
  • 3rd Party Provider:  Tuition is paid by parent and reimbursed
    • Course must be available and advertised for the general public
    • Must be a group course and include a live instructor (non-family member)
    • Only one class/subject at a time is approved (otherwise it is Custom-built)
    • Secular course only
    • Website must be provided prior to approval (no exceptions)
    • Examples include City Rec program, Fine Arts class, etc.
    • Up to $300/course/year for tuition only - reimbursable starting Oct. 15 (see form)
  • Custom-built:  Learning resources are purchased by parent and reimbursed
    • Examples include textbooks, literature books, Science lab equipment, Math learning manipulatives, workbooks, online subscriptions, etc.
    • One-on-one private lessons / tutoring (to a non-family member) is approved for Custom-built courses
    • Secular resources only
    • Submit a general course description for approval
    • Up to $150/course/year – reimbursable starting Oct. 15 (see form)

III.  Demonstrate active participation throughout the year

  • Submit Weekly Learning Logs summarizing progress in each course (see sample)
  • Submit Weekly Attendance Record confirming active participation in each course
  • Participate in Study Island (a test prep program provided to all students)
  • Attend Weekly Live "Tech Talks" with teachers and students (as needed)
  • Build a portfolio-of-work of best student projects (mid-year and end-of-year)
  • Complete all required state tests: DIBELS and SAGE (read more here)
  • Testing accommodations may be available to students with an active IEP or 504 plan
  • OPTIONAL - Attend a mid-year Student Showcase Nights and other field trips

IV.  Additional Information

  • Calendar, Grades and Credits
    • If needed, additional credits may be earned through Utah Electronic High School
    • Students interested in earning a high school diploma need to meet regularly with a school counselor to ensure all graduation requirements are met (see list)
    • Note:  Utah specifically now requires Secondary Math I, II, III for graduation
    • Students may participate in extra-curricular activities in local school
    • Students have access to Utah Certified Teachers / Online Mentors for all subjects
    • Students earn official public school credit for all courses on their schedule
    • To maintain program flexibility, all grades are either Pass or Fail
    • Calendar follows the standard public school schedule (Sept-May)
  • Homeroom Supplemental Resources for Students
    • Study Island – an online test prep program for end-of-year exams
    • BrainPop – animated online video-based curriculum across all subject areas
    • Timez Attack – a 3D game to practice key Math skills
    • Monitored Canvas Discussion Forums – safely connecting students with peers
    • Utah Write – online writing practice
    • UEN.org – extensive library of OER lesson plans and curriculum resources
    • Reading Eggs – available to students struggling with key Reading skills (per DIBELS)
  • Tech Allowance
    • New students receive $300/year; Returning students receive $400/year
    • Put towards a laptop, printer, digital camera, tech gadgets, etc.
    • Use for lab equipment, eBooks, and other educational resources
    • Follow the Request for Reimbursement process starting Nov. 15 (see form)
    • For those taking Robotics I, $150 will be applied toward the LEGO Mindstorms kit
    • For Robotics II: If you don't have a kit already, $300 will be applied.
    • Entrepreneurship students may apply for $150 "Seed Funding" (ask for details)
  • Reimbursable Required Software
    • Some courses require Windows-based software (Mac users may adapt, as needed)
    • For the Game Designer course, purchase the $15 software here
    • For the Cartoon Animation course, purchase the Flip Boom All-Star software here
    • Follow the Request for Reimbursement process starting Oct. 15 (see form)
  • Reimbursement Receipt Requirement:
    • All receipts must have a date between June 1, 2014 – April 30, 2015.
    • Items on receipts MUST be highlighted / labeled with specific student name and course.
  • ‚ÄčNote:  All program requirements are subject to change at any time due to new state laws or policies updates.

Apply today!