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Frequently Asked Questions

Are the classes offered during Basecamps and Treks one semester long or a full year (two semesters)?
For the most part, core content classes (English, math, science, social studies) are year-long courses. Exceptions, for example, are AK History / Health, and Government / Economics. These course combinations last one full academic year but the course topic changes at semester. Most Trek classes are a full-year in length, but (in most cases) a course change is allowed at semester.

How do I know if the e-learning class I want to take lasts one semester or all year?
When you review the list of e-learning classes at https://www.crsd.us/e-lrn-course-menu.html, take a look at the CREDITS column. If it says .5, the course is one semester in length and may be taken either S1 or S2. If the class is worth a full credit (1.0), that means it is a full year course. Please note that the semesters may be broken up, meaning a student may start a course during S2 and complete it during S1 of the following year.

If I request a course, will it automatically appear on my schedule?
Not necessarily. All course requests are taken into consideration, but sometimes a course may not appear on a student's schedule because prerequisites have not been met, because the course is full (affects freshmen and sophomores), because there is a schedule conflict between the course requested and when it is available on the schedule, and/or because a course ends up NOT being offered due to lack of interest.

What is the difference between a "regular" English or history class and an "AP" (Advanced Placement) class?
Advanced Placement classes contain specific content required by the College Board. Students interested in taking an AP class must be prepared to read a lot, write a lot, and be highly engaged in class discussions and activities...and they must be prepared for homework! The CRSD will offer AP English Language & Literature next year (VTC with Mr. Shumway), and if there are enough students interested, we will offer an AP U.S. History class on the Glennallen campus. Students take the AP Exam for their course in the spring and, with a qualifying score, may be able to earn college credit for the class.

Are there costs involved for any of the classes?
As has been true for a number of hands-on classes in the CRSD for many years, there are lab fees associated with some courses that involve projects, such as shop, robotics/engineering, home economics, art, etc. Dual-credit high school/college courses will have fees associated with college credit. From time to time, other activities will be built into high school classes that may require minimal fees for student participation. Examples include trips to Anchorage for cultural performances at the Performing Arts Center, museum visits, etc.

Is there a fee for the dual-credit (college/high school) classes...and, if so, who pays?
Yes, there is always a fee involved for dual-credit classes, but the cost varies by class. Trigonometry, for example, is taught by CRSD staff, so students may pay for credits at a dramatically reduced rate (usually $25 per credit). Other classes taught through the college incur full tuition costs, but the CRSD may contribute a portion of the cost. See Mr. Lorence for details about costs related to dual-credit classes

I want to take a couple of online classes next year. Are there due dates for the assignments? What happens if I finish early?
Yes! There are absolutely deadlines associated with e-learning classes! Students taking online courses complete a contract in which they agree to work on their e-learning class(es) during assigned class periods. Each class has pacing guides for the assignments, and there are due dates for many assignments. Students should never fall more than 5-10% behind on any class...because it can tough to catch up! E-learning classes are one semester in length and must be completed by the last day of the semester. Extensions may be available, but there is a fee (paid by the student) before an extension will be granted. A student who finishes the course early has the option of beginning a new course or using the class period for homework or independent study.