- Support at home – Daily student and parent/guardian progress check-ins at home
- Reading things thoroughly
- Clear, consistent communication between PECs, students, and parents
- Working alongside PECs to create a personalized plan for success, setting clear goals, and staying on track
CMASAS is all about personalization and flexibility, so we have graduation requirements for a basic high school diploma and a college prep diploma.
Twenty-four credits are required for earning the college prep diploma. Twenty credits are needed to earn the standard diploma. A student must complete a minimum 25% of the minimum required credits with CMASAS to be eligible for a CMASAS diploma—thus, at least 5 credits completed at CMASAS to earn the standard diploma and a minimum of 6 CMASAS credits for the college prep diploma. Please note that a student can still gain admission to college with a standard diploma provided the student completes the correct minimum admission requirements in those 20 credits.
Dated: September 1, 2016
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High School Articulation Unit
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Personalized Education Coaches and Course Instructors
Students will meet with their PECs once a week during their weekly check-in. These check-ins can be to discuss pacing, support, and overall welfare check-in. If a student has additional questions, they can always email their PEC or send a direct message.
It is the responsibility of the student to reach out to course instructors if they have questions, need review, or have come to a STOP that requests the student to reach out to the course instructors per the classroom expectations. This meeting can be done through Microsoft Teams (on camera or off) or over the phone. Students can send emails to their course instructors as well as direct messages if they have quick questions. For example: If you forgot the chapter you were supposed to read, that could be a direct message or quick email. If you have questions about your geometry course, you would be better served scheduling a one-on-one meeting. These meetings are on an as-needed basis.
You will receive a welcome letter the week before your start date. The welcome letter will provide you with information about the program, who your PEC is (if you have one), who your course instructor is (if you signed up for an individual course.) The letter will include your login information and tuition plan information. In addition, you will also need to fill out our required enrollment documentation through DocuSign.
Your PEC will then reach out to you the week of your start date and set up a time to schedule your courses and set short-term and long-term goals. For full-time students, upon your start date, you will be enrolled in our Foundations in Personalized Learning course, which is our welcome/orientation course.
As of March 20, 2020, we do use common core (teaching for understanding rather than memorizing) for HS/MS Math. However, as a school, we feel we best serve our students if we take common core math into account. We do not force students to use all of the common core proving methods every time, but we do teach them, so students learn to think like a mathematician and understand why math works. This sets students up for success should they choose to move on from our school. If a student is not thriving using common core, we will personalize the curriculum or provide the student with additional information and resources.
As a private school we are not required to follow Common Core standards. The CMASAS curriculum development team is free to determine what concepts our courses should cover, in what sequence those concepts are presented, and how students show their learning. We look closely at a variety of standards to help us build courses that encourage higher level learning and critical analysis skills. That does include Common Core standards because they have become an important part of the educational landscape in America, but it also includes standards from states that don’t adhere to Common Core.
Whether Common Core or not, we sometimes find that a standard simply doesn’t fit with the rigor and focus of our courses. In those cases, we might choose to leave that standard out and write our courses based on objectives we independently create. Some of our partner created curriculum is built around Common Core standards, but we embrace the same sense of flexibility we use for our own curriculum. If we find that certain standards are not benefiting our students, we make adjustments to the course through the Personalication process.
We do work with students’ IEP/504 plans to honor them as best as we can, according to our teaching model. Often, these plans ask for extra time for students to complete assignments and take tests, auditory support, alternatives when taking a test, such as taking it verbally – all of these which are already provided to students.
As a private school, we are not obligated to fulfill an IEP/504 plan to 100% fidelity, but if there is something in particular that a student needs, we highly encourage parents to communicate this to us. And we do ask for a copy of the plan so the PEC or course instructors can know what the student needs, ahead of time.
For majority of our P.E. and music courses, they are log-based. Unfortunately, we do not provide musical instruments. Students will keep track of the number of hours that they are practicing within the field and need to accumulate a certain amount. There are a few additional assignments within the course which are graded by the Course Instructor.
Art courses are very personalized to each student’s skills and interests. The student will communicate with the Course Instructor upon enrollment to discuss what the student wants to be focusing on within the course (I.e., their shading in drawings). The Course Instructor will create various assignments that helps the student to improve their skills in that area.
We recommend a PC/Mac computer. Students will use Google Chrome or Firefox as their browser to access our learning management system (LMS). Tablets, including iPads and Chromebooks, are not compatible with our LMS.
- Operating system - MacOS or Windows, which will be a Mac or PC. Windows 10 or 11 both work, and students can use either the Home or Pro editions.
- Processor - We suggest the Intel i5 or Ryzen 5 as it they are a bit more robust compared to the others. Our next suggestion would be the Intel i3 or Ryzen 3 processors. The other two processors can work if needed and that is all that can be found.
- Storage and RAM requirements - Memory and RAM – For memory, we suggest 128 GB at a minimum. For RAM, we suggest 8 – 16 GB.
- An unofficial transcript: report cards, progress reports or transcripts - any current documentation which may assist in initial course placement
- Proof of age document: birth certificate, passport, or state ID