HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM (GRADES 9-12)
Agora utilizes the K12 Inc. Learning Management System (LMS) to provide the high school online school campus and courses.  The school site features school announcements, messages from the administration, access to important documents, club and organization information, guidance counseling resources, and courses – all combined into one interactive and easy to use interface. The student calendar, which shows assignments and due dates for all courses in one easy to use tool, helps students to stay on focus in every course.  Courses consist of multiple units, lessons, and activities. Highly qualified teachers provide differentiated instruction, provide practice and exploration and to assess student learning daily, and on a schedule that fits each student. Teachers post announcements and indicate the lessons, activities and assessments to be completed each week on the course calendar.  All work assigned for a single week must be received on the dates indicated, but may be accepted up until midnight of the Sunday of that week. 

Credit Recovery Courses ·        
Students must complete the credit recovery course within the 1 quarter (9 weeks) or they will receive an F (NO yearlong extensions).

  •  If they do fail, they can be assigned to the credit recovery course again during the next quarter.
  •  If they fail the second time, they will then be assigned to a regular semester course (not credit recovery).

These are the general guidelines but students can discuss options with their guidance counselor if they have concerns or issues with their Credit Recovery courses.

Graduation Requirements
In accordance with Pennsylvania and Agora academic standards, all students must complete all course requirements, a 12th Grade Graduation Project, and score Proficient on each portion of the PSSA and Keystone Exams. Course Requirements:

            3 Credits – Math                                             2.5 Credits – Electives

            4 Credits – English                                         0.5 Credits – Career Planning

            3 Credits – Social Studies/History                  1.5 Credits – Physical Education

            3 Credits – Science                                         0.5 Credits - Health

            4 Credits – World Language/Humanities                   *22 Credits Total

Grading Policies
Graded activities in the Agora high school-level courses will be assigned points. A student’s final grade will reflect the actual points earned, compared to the total points possible. Teachers will use these points to assign letter grades, according to their grading policies. Students and parents/learning coaches can access the current grades for all courses by viewing their accounts in the LMS or the MyInfo area, at any time during the semester.    Graded activities may include:

  • Online or paper-based worksheets and practice sets
  • Quizzes
  • Exams (e.g. Unit, Semester, Final)
  • Threaded-discussions
  • Essays, research papers, and other writing assignments
  • Presentations


Grading Scale

A = 90-100%

B = 80-89%

C = 70-79%

D = 60-69%

F = below 60%

 
Credits
All students will be placed in 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade using the credit scale below:      

0-4.99 Credits             9th Grade

5-10.99 Credits           10th Grade

11-15.99 Credits         11th Grade

16- 22 Credits             12th Grade

Awarding of Extra Credit Extra credit is awarded at the discretion of the individual teacher. Teachers will post their extra credit policies and opportunities within their individual courses. Extra credit will not be awarded for completion of assigned work. Extra credit may be awarded for work above and beyond regularly assigned work and in the same content area of the course.

Report Cards and Mid-semester Progress Updates Families will be directed to view  monthly online progress reports.. Progress updates will be sent twice within the course of the semester.  All students will receive the update via kmail. 

Late Work Policy Graded assignments – whether teacher or electronically scored – must be completed and submitted no later than midnight on the Sunday after the due date.

  • In most cases, students can complete computer-scored assessments after the Sunday deadline with teacher assistance. 
  • Teachers are always willing to discuss the late submission of work.  Please contact teachers directly.
  • Teachers will grant due date extensions on assignments upon requestNever assume that teachers will automatically grant these requests


HONOR ROLL The Agora Honor Roll is an opportunity to acknowledge student effort and hard work. It also provides students with the incentive to continue to work diligently. Honor Roll status will be determined at the end of each semester and students will receive recognition after honor roll eligibility is determined. Honor Roll status will be included with the progress report. The honor roll applies to all Agora students in grades 7-12. Students in grades K-6 will be eligible for attendance and academic achievement awards.

HONOR SOCIETY National Honor Society The purpose of Agora’s chapter of the National Honor Society shall be to create an enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote worthy leadership, and to encourage the development of character in students of Agora Cyber Charter School. Membership in this chapter is an honor bestowed upon deserving students by the faculty, and shall be based on the criteria of scholarship, service, leadership, and character.

Candidates eligible for election to this chapter must be members of the sophomore, junior or senior class for the following school year with a cumulative minimum GPA of 3.25.  Upon meeting the grade level, attendance, and GPA standard requirements, candidates shall then be considered based on their service, leadership, and character.  Candidates will complete the Student Activity Information Form to demonstrate service, leadership and character.

Once selected and inducted, all members are expected to maintain the standards by which they were selected and maintain all obligations of membership.  These standards include: maintaining a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, attending monthly online meetings, and participating in Agora sponsored events and activities.

National Junior Honor Society The purpose of Agora’s chapter of the National Junior Honor Society shall be to create an enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote worthy leadership, and to encourage the development of character in students of Agora Cyber Charter School. Membership in this chapter is an honor bestowed upon deserving students by the faculty, and shall be based on the criteria of scholarship, service, leadership, and character.

Candidates eligible for election to this chapter must be members of the seventh, eighth, or ninth grade class for the following school year with a cumulative minimum GPA of 3.25.  Upon meeting the grade level, attendance, and GPA standard requirements, candidates shall then be considered based on their service, leadership, and character.  Candidates will complete the Student Activity Information Form to demonstrate service, leadership and character.

Once selected and inducted, all members are expected to maintain the standards by which they were selected and maintain all obligations of membership.  These standards include: maintaining a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, attending monthly online meetings, and participating in Agora sponsored events and activities.