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Frequently Asked Questions

Fast Facts:

Elementary

  • TK-5 uses the Connexus Program by Pearson
  • Personalized learning program developed for each student
  • Flexible schedule
  • Learning coaches, student and teacher meet face-to-face every three weeks to discuss progress
  • Students may participate in their neighborhood Snowline schools’ music and PE program and other extracurricular activities
  • Tutoring is available
  • Optional get-togethers and events to socialize with other students

Middle School

  • 6-8 uses the Connexus Program by Pearson
  • Students meet weekly to work on math, writing, science labs and projects
  • Learning coaches, students and teacher meet face-to-face monthly to discuss progress
  • Students may participate in their neighborhood Snowline schools’ sports, band, chorus, dances, and other extracurricular activities
  • Tutoring is available four days a week

High School

  • High school uses the Edgenuity Program
  • High school English uses the Canvas Learning Management System
  • Small on-site classes and workshops available
  • A-G courses available
  • WASC accredited
  • NCAA aprroved
  • Students may participate in extracurricular activities at our local neighborhood high school, such as clubs, dances, sports, band, choir and theater
  • Students can graduate early through our accelerated program
  • Students may take courses concurrently at local colleges
  • Academic counseling is available to guide students toward their educational and vocational goals

How is Snowline Academy different from other independent study / homeschool programs?

Snowline Academy is a Snowline Joint Unified School District school. Snowline Academy students have access to SJUSD resources and activities, allowing them to participate in school athletics, band, chorus, clubs and extracurricular activities. Snowline Academy is WASC-accredited and offers college preparatory, A-G courses, that qualify graduates to attend CSU and UC colleges. We are NCAA approved, which means that students with a Snowline Academy diploma, can receive scholarships and participate in college sports. Snowline Academy takes the guesswork out of homeschooling by providing a state-adopted, Common Core curriculum that is planned and paced out for students and parents. Credentialed teachers support instruction with on-site classes, workshops and tutoring.

How flexible is Snowline Academy with programs and curriculum?

Snowline Academy strives to build a personalized program to fit your student’s needs and goals.  We offer online and blended programs that offer on-site classes, labs, electives, tutoring, and workshops.  We offer college preparatory, A-G courses, Gifted and Talented Education (GATE), art, and concurrent enrollment with Serrano High School and local colleges.

What are the parent/guardian responsibilities as the Learning Coach at home?

The role of the Learning Coach (parent/guardian) varies depending on the age of the student. Snowline Academy is staffed by credentialed teachers who provide curriculum that is planned and paced, and those teachers do all the grading and record keeping.

 

At the elementary level, the Learning Coach is expected to lead the instruction at home, using planned curriculum and a pacing guide that are provided by Snowline Academy.

 

At the middle school and high school levels, students engage in more independent learning, with the Learning Coach serving as a facilitator and support. The program, classes, and tutoring opportunities provide the instruction, while parents/guardians monitor the student’s progress, provide transportation to classes and tutoring, and communicate with teachers to support their child’s learning.

Is Snowline Academy WASC-accredited?

Yes, Snowline Academy is WASC-accredited.  The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) is the accrediting body for the Western region of the United States. Accreditation is the process for evaluating and assuring the quality of educational institutions and programs.  An accredited school is a statement to the broader community and the stakeholders that it is a trustworthy institution for student learning, with credentialed teachers, and is committed to ongoing improvement.

Is Snowline Academy NCAA approved?
NCAA schools require college-bound-athletes to build a foundation of high school courses to prepare them for the academic expectations in college. Snowline Academy provides NCAA approved classes in English, math, science, social sciences and Spanish. Our graduates can play sports and receive scholarships to play at NCAA schools.

Does Snowline Academy prepare students for college?

Yes, Snowline Academy has an A-G track that prepares our graduates for admission to the California State University and University of California schools. Academic counseling is available to assist students in applying for college admission.

Is Snowline Academy using Common Core curriculum?

Yes, Snowline Academy’s curriculum is aligned with California’s Common Core State Standards for all students, from kindergarten through high school.

How many hours do students have to work?

Snowline Academy’s program typically requires students to work 20-30 hours per week. Students can set their own schedules to work anytime. Many students enjoy the flexibility of our program, which allows them to complete schoolwork around family activities, jobs, travel, athletics, hobbies, and according to their personal schedules and pacing.

How often do students have to be on campus?

Students’ time on campus depends on their grade level and pathway that they choose. Elementary students come on-site with their Learning Coach once every three weeks for assessments and a progress check.  Middle school students come on-site weekly for math support, writing instruction, labs, and projects. High school students may be 100% on-line, come on-site for weekly classes, or utilize tutoring and workshop opportunities. We provide a high quality, personalized education that works for you.

May Snowline Academy students play school sports?

Yes. Snowline Academy students may try out for and participate in Snowline schools’ sports at their local middle school or high school.  It’s a perk of being part of the Snowline Joint Unified School District.

Does Snowline Academy offer GATE classes?

Yes, the Connexus Program offers differentiated instruction and learning activities for students who have qualified for the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program. All Snowline elementary and middle schools offer GATE testing annually.

Does Snowline Academy have a Special Education Program?

Snowline Academy offers a Special Education program on an individual basis to students placed through the IEP process, if the IEP team determines that their individualized goals and services can be met in a homeschool setting.

Does Snowline Academy offer Transitional Kindergarten (TK)?

Snowline Academy is a TK-12 school.  Transitional Kindergarten, sometimes referred to as TK, is a publicly-funded program for 4-year-olds who turn 5 between Sept. 2 and Dec. 2. Transitional Kindergarten is designed to be a bridge between preschool and kindergarten..

Are students required to be vaccinated to attend Snowline Academy?

No.  Per Senate Bill 277, starting July 1, 2016, students who attend a home-based private school or an independent study program without classroom-based instruction are not subject to immunization requirements for entry.