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 you have or sign up for an Information Session to learn more.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 then also requires a higher level of responsibility.
2. Is North Star really tuition-free?
North Star is a public school in the Washoe County School District and full-time students attend school tuition-free. The curriculum is free along with online textbooks and required materials that are sent from the curriculum vendor. North Star "does not" provide traditional textbooks, computers or high speed Internet.
Textbooks at North Star are in digital format and available through the Connexus platform. If a student has an accommodation listed in an IEP or a 504, we will provide physical textbooks that are available, as not all courses have a compatible physical textbook.
A limited number of loaner computers are available by request, we are unable to provide internet hotspots for the upcoming 2021-22 school year.
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, whether that be early in the day, late at night, after practice, before, or whenever it fits in their schedule. Students are expected to attend LiveLesson sessions when they are scheduled unless prior arrangements have been made. Students access their classes by using their individual login on the site that houses our curriculum. They can access their classes from anywhere as long as they have a computer and high speed Internet.
4. How do North Star students get social interaction? (Currently on hold due to Covid-19 Regulations)
North Star provides a variety of ways for students to socialize while at school, in the computer labs, during open house, at class parties, during LiveLessons where the students and teachers learn together in an online classroom, and on field trips that include entire families, to name a few.
5. Am I able to participate in activities at my zone school? (High School) (North Star students will not be allowed to attend special classes at their zoned school due to Covid-19)Yes, you can take courses and be concurrently enrolled as well as participate in athletics, extra-curricular activities such as clubs, dances and other events.
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 Campus attendance for the 20-21 school year will be by appointment only due to Covid-19)
High School: Students in grades 10-12 are required to take their High School Proficiency Exams (HSPEs) at a scheduled location and all high school students must also schedule and take their end of course exams in a North Star Online School computer lab located on campus. This is required so the tests can be officially proctored.Grades 3-8: Students in grades 3-8 are required to take all state mandated tests (i.e. CRT's) at a scheduled location so they can be proctored by a licensed individual.
9. What school calendar does North Star follow?
North Star runs on the Washoe County School District calendar and follows the same yearly schedule as its traditional schools. Our school works on a semester schedule and our school week, for attendance purposes, runs from Saturday to Friday.