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Online Courses

DC has partnered with Sevenstar Academy to offer online courses to both expand and enhance the learning experience available at DC**. All of these online courses are consistent with a biblical worldview.

Students seeking to take online courses must be enrolled in DC. Enrollment in the online program requires administrative approval.

Online coursework may be taken as a full or part-time option.

Part-Time Option
  • Supplemental Needs - in addition to DC offerings or in lieu of DC courses that can't be scheduled (i.e. students who have an irresolvable scheduling conflict)
  • Remedial Needs - students who need to repeat a course
  • Enrichment Interests - elective courses to enhance learning in addition to on-campus course offerings
  • Exceptional Needs - health, disciplinary, or other issues
Full-Time Option

For students who need flexibility in their schedule for exceptional outside activities (e.g. Olympic training); an alternative for home-bound students due to health issues, learning needs or disciplinary action **(see guidelines for full-time students)

FAQs

What are the characteristics of successful online students?

  1. They are motivated, independent, self-directed.
  2. They enjoy technology, have strong language skills, and are visual learners.
  3. They have consistent parent support and are involved in non-academic activities.
  4. They have positive attitudes and are willing to ask for help.

What is the process for signing up for an online course (part-time online student)?

  1. Read the Guidelines for Supplemental (Part-Time) Online Studies
  2. Meet with a school counselor to discuss online course options.
  3. Complete an Online Course Enrollment (Part-Time) Form (requires counselor (HS), Head of Middle School (MS), and parent signatures).
  4. Submit payment along with completed registration form to DC's Online Education Coordinator.

What is the process to become a full-time online student?

  1. Complete Full-Time Online Student Questionnaire.
  2. Meet with and request approval from the Head of Upper School or Head of Middle School.
  3. Meet with a school counselor (HS) or the Online Education Coordinator (MS) to select courses and develop a plan that leads to graduation.
  4. Complete an Online Course Enrollment (Part-Time) Form (requires counselor (HS), Head of Middle School (MS), and parent signatures).
  5. Submit payment (or make payment arrangements with the DC Business Office) and the online registration form to DC's Online Education Coordinator. Submissions should be made no later than 3 weeks prior to the start of the school year.

What are the fees for Online courses?

Part-time Online Students: Online courses require an additional fee. Fees are non-refundable. Full year courses are $720 each; semester courses are $590 each; AP and Dual Credit courses are $820.

Full-time Online Students: Tuition costs for full-time students will be 55% of regular tuition, with the same (100%) registration and activity fees. This tuition covers all of the SevenStar fees and DC fees.

No refund is awarded to students who drop an online course. Students who drop a course after the first marking period will have the course recorded on their transcript as a withdrawn passing or withdrawn failing. For quarter averages, withdrawn passing is calculated as 70 and withdrawn failing as 60. No credit is given for dropped courses.

What other school activities can I attend as a full-time online student?

Online students are eligible to attend all class field trips, socials, weekly chapel services, and can participate in band, choir, physical education, athletic teams, etc. Participation will not be mandated in any of these but students are strongly encouraged to be involved in some school and church activities for a well-rounded Christian education. Online students would be responsible for the same behavioral expectations as all other students.

Students enrolled as a full-time online student will join their on-campus classmates to take any standardized tests with their appropriate grade level.

How will online coursework appear on my DC transcript?

The course(s) credit and grade will be recorded on a student's DC transcript with "OL" behind the course name.

Online courses may fulfill graduation requirements in a subject area (for example, OL AP Biology would fulfill a Science graduation credit). However, many of the online courses could be credited as electives.

How much contact will I have with a teacher?

Teachers of online courses will communicate using the telephone, email and instant messaging. Teachers are expected to respond to student questions within 24 hours (Monday-Friday). When teachers contact students, students are expected to respond within a similar time. Students can contact the teachers as necessary, even if it exceeds the basic communication requirements. Parents may also feel free to contact teachers. Teachers may, in rare cases, establish communication time or volume limits.

How do online courses work?

Online courses offered through DC are asynchronous, meaning there are no live meeting times during which all students and their teacher must be online together. Students read lessons, watch short educational video clips, do research, work on and submit assignments, participate in group projects, and contribute to class discussion threads at times that are convenient for them. Meeting due dates and corresponding with teachers will help students stay on track, and allow them to receive the feedback necessary to stay engaged and learning. To view the student login and progress policy visit https://sevenstar.org/policies.

How much time will I need to spend on my online courses?

Because each course and each student is different, it is difficult to determine the amount of time a student would spend each week on an online course. A general rule of thumb would be that a student would spend 4-5 hours each week per course. A full-year course is usually taken over 32 weeks and is equivalent to 140 hours.

What kind of computer do I need to take online courses?

For a list of technical requirements and recommendations, visit https://sevenstar.org/system-requirements/.

What are the courses offered through DC Online?

DC has partnered with Sevenstar Academy, the Online Christian School. To see which courses are offered visit https://sevenstar.org/courses/ or https://sevenstar.org/common/CourseDescriptions.pdf.

Guidelines for Part-time Online Studies

  1. Online educational courses will be provided as supplemental courses. They will not be offered as replacement courses or alternatives to courses that we teach on campus. (i.e., a current 9th grader could not choose to take geometry online in order to avoid a DC class of geometry.)
  2. Online educational courses will be offered from various colleges as a means for high school juniors and seniors to earn some college credit while still in high school. These courses will require an additional tuition fee.
  3. Students enrolled at DC can take online high school credit courses. These courses will be listed in the DC Online section of our website and will require an additional fee and administrator approval. Fees may be waived because of an irresolvable conflict (i.e. student takes an online course to avert a scheduling conflict).
  4. The course credit and grade will be recorded on a student's DC transcript with "OL" behind the course name.
  5. Online courses may fulfill graduation requirements in a subject area (for example, online AP Biology would fulfill a Science graduation credit). However, many of the online courses would offer credits as an elective.
  6. Coursework must be completed during the assigned semester or year. Students will develop a pace chart with the instructor to ensure coursework is completed in a timely manner. A strict Progress and Login Policy is adhered to.
  7. Online coursework requires students to be responsible to complete assignments and stay current in their course. Failure to complete assignments according to the course schedule will result in grade deficiencies and/or failing the course. The numerical grade of an online course will be converted to a letter grade based on DC's grading scale.
  8. Online coursework is rigorous and requires diligence. Students may work on coursework in at school during study halls, after school or from home. Although students and courses differ, most students can plan to spend 5 hours each week on coursework.
  9. Online courses require an additional fee. Full year courses are $720; semester courses are $590; AP and Dual Credit courses are $820.
  10. No refund is awarded to students who drop an online course. Students who drop a course after the first marking period will have the course recorded on their transcript as a withdrawn passing or withdrawn failing. For quarter averages, withdrawn passing is calculated as 70 and withdrawn failing as 60. No credit is given for dropped courses.
  11. The process for taking an online course includes:
    1. Read the Guidelines for Supplemental (Part-Time) Online Studies
    2. Meet with a school counselor to discuss online course options.
    3. Complete an Online Course Enrollment (Part-Time) Form (requires counselor (US), Head of Middle School (MS), and parent signatures).
    4. Submit payment along with completed registration form to DC's Online Education Coordinator.

Guidelines for Full-Time Online Studies

  1. Students in grades 6 to 12, with the approval of the administration, can be full time students at DC by taking online courses. Online courses would be marked OL (i.e., World Cultures OL) on transcripts.
  2. Approval is likely to be granted for online studies if there is a special need that the student has - such as needs caused by outside activities that demand substantial time commitments, health issues that limit the student's ability to be on campus, or special learning needs.
  3. Online students are eligible to attend all class field trips, socials, weekly chapel services, and can participate in band, choir, physical education, athletic teams, etc. Participation will not be mandated in any of these but students are strongly encouraged to be involved in some school and church activities for a well-rounded Christian education. Online students would be responsible for the same behavioral expectations as all other students.
  4. Upper School students must fulfill at least one year of on-campus study during their high school career in order to receive a DC diploma.
  5. Online students cannot go back and forth between on-campus and online studies during a given school year. Although the school recognizes online course work as fully valid - both in biblical worldview and in level of academic expectation - the course work differs and is not fully interchangeable. Since online fees to outside vendors are paid up front and are not refundable, students who enroll in online courses will be responsible for all fees whether or not course work is completed. Annual tuition for FT online students is to be paid in full upon enrollment. Monthly payments can be arranged with the business office. However, no portion of online tuition is refundable.
  6. Tuition costs will be 55% of regular tuition, with the same (100%) registration and activity fees.
  7. Students enrolled in online courses will join their on-campus classmates to take any standardized tests with their appropriate grade level.
  8. The numerical grade of an online course will be converted to a letter grade based on DC's grading scale.
  9. The process to become a full-time online student at DC includes:
    1. Complete Full-Time Online Student Questionnaire.
    2. Meet with and request approval from the Head of Upper School or Head of Middle School.
    3. Meet with Brook Pauley, the Online Education Coordinator, to select courses and develop a plan that leads to graduation.
    4. Complete an Online Course Enrollment (Full-Time) Form (requires counselor (US), Head of Middle School (MS), and parent signatures).
    5. Submit payment (or make payment arrangements with the DC Business Office) and the online registration form to DC's Online Education Coordinator.

If you have questions about DC's Online program, please contact our Online Education Coordinator, Mr. Trevor Creeden at tcreeden@dccs.org or 610-353-6522 x2289.

Part Time Course Enrollment
First page of the PDF file: Part-Time_course_enrollment

** The use of computer technology in instruction has matured to the point of becoming a significant component of educational methodology. An increasing amount of corporate training and higher education is being conducted online. Many states have mandated that online education be one component of every high school student's educational program.

The proper use of technology in education will continue to grow. We believe that the most effective environment for education requires the physical presence of faculty and other students. Empowered scholar mentors impact lives through modeling, personal encouragement and conversation, as well as formal instructional content. The personal ministry of the teacher and the direct interaction with other students are essential components of Christian education for Delaware County Christian School. However, online education can supply elective instructional content and can be an effective supplement to the on-campus experience.

First page of the PDF file: 2018-2019UpperSchoolAcademicHandbook
Contact Information

Mark Dixon
Head of Upper School
610-353-6522 x2219
mdixon@dccs.org

Jim Favino
Assistant Head of Upper School
610-353-6522 x2217
jfavino@dccs.org

Elizabeth Neal
Administrative Assistant
Upper School Office
610-353-6522 x2205
eneal@dccs.org

Kim O'Bryan
Upper School Office Assistant
Attendance
610-353-6522 x2287
kobryan@dccs.org