General Description of Expectations for Science Courses:
Students taking an online science class should expect to log in and complete assessments daily Monday through Friday. Students can work ahead on assignments; however, all science classes have a zero late work policy. Students receive a course calendar at the beginning of the semester that describes exactly what is due each day. This calendar also describes where to place the completed assessments. It is the responsibility of the students to work ahead to accommodate any foreseeable conflicts (school trips, sports practices, vacations, etc.)
While taking a fall or spring semester long science class with our campus, students should plan to spend a minimum of 7.5 hours per week working within the course. While taking a mini-semester science class, students should plan to spend a minimum of 15 hours per week working within the course. Students taking a summer semester course should plan to spend a minimum of 20 hours per week working within the course.
Face to Face Requirements:
Face to face lab time is required for all online science courses. Students will be required to attend a 3 hour lab session three times during the mini semester and two times during the summer semester. The schedule for the lab dates and times are found on the campus calendar and in the course calendar. Transportation to and from the lab site is the responsibility of the student and his or her family. All online campus labs are held at Gwinnett County Online Campus. The address is 2595 Beaver Ruin Road, Norcross, GA 30071. Our lab facility is located in Building E. Students will be required to take his or her final exam or EOCT in a face to face setting at online campus. Students will check in with a photo ID in Building A. Science Instructors reserve the right to require a student to complete an assessment in a proctored setting at any point during the semester as the need arises.
All instructors will hold at least one chat a week according to the schedule posted in each course. These chats are designed to enhance student mastery of the AKS and to provide an opportunity for remediation, reinforcement, and extension. Students are required to attend these chats or listen to the chat recording within 48 hours. Students will then complete an assignment that accompanies each chat. Each of these assignments will be factored into the classroom assessments category of the student’s grade.
There is no materials pickup for science courses. Any materials required for a science course will be distributed during the first face to face lab session. Although online campus does not provide calculators, a scientific calculator is recommended to chemistry and physics courses.