Frequently Asked QuestionsBelow are some of the questions we are asked most often about receiving an online education. Please feel free to call us at 775-353-6900 with any questions.
1. What does it take to be a successful online student?
There are a few qualities that seem to be consistent with successful online students. Typically, successful students are self-motivated, organized, and have a reading comprehension at or above grade level. A flexible virtual education gives more independence, but also requires a higher level of responsibility for the student and the family.
2. Is North Star tuition-free?
North Star is a public school in the Washoe County School District where full-time students attend school tuition-free. The curriculum is free and includes online textbooks.
- Textbooks at North Star are in digital format and available through the online Connexus platform.
- A very limited number of loaner computers are available by request.
3. When and how do students access their classes?
The schedule flexibility is one of the main benefits of getting a virtual education. Students can log into their classes when it works best for them, as long as they are keeping up with their schoolwork. Students are expected to attend live lesson sessions when they are scheduled, unless prior arrangements have been made. Students can access their courses from just about anywhere, as long as they have a computer and high-speed internet. Students must plan to work through their planner weekly, and complete all lessons assigned within that particular week.
4. How do North Star students get social interaction?
North Star provides a variety of ways for students to socialize. We offer High School "Riggins Days", various virtual and in-person clubs, virtual live lessons where the students and teachers learn together in an online classroom, and field trips that often include entire families, as well as other opportunities that vary by teacher and circumstance.
5. Are students able to participate in activities at their zoned school?Yes, students can take courses and be concurrently enrolled, as well as participate in athletics, extra-curricular activities, clubs, dances and other events and the zoned school's discretion. Please work with the zoned school to arrange this for your child. Please notify the North Star counseling team if your child will be concurrently enrolled.
6. How many hours a day does a typical online student spend on their schoolwork?
The amount of time a student spends working on their schoolwork each day is ultimately determined by the learning style and speed of the particular student, but as a general guideline, online students should expect to spend 4-6 hours per day on their schooling.
7. Do colleges and universities accept credits from an online school?
All colleges and universities will accept online credits from accredited institutions. North Star Online School is fully accredited so all of our students’ credits will be accepted.
8. Are students required to go to campus?
All North Star, students are required to come to campus for all mandatory State and District standardized assessments, including ACT (11th), SBAC (3rd-8th), Brigance (K), MAP (K-3), Biology (HS), ACCESS (EL assessment), etc. High school students are required to come to campus for Riggins Day support session when grades fall below a C in a core class. Additionally, students may be required to come to campus as part of a success contract or monitoring contract.
9. What school calendar does North Star follow?
North Star follows the Washoe County School District Balanced Calendar. Our school works on a semester schedule and our school week, for attendance purposes, runs from Saturday to Friday.