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THRIVE-U FAQs 

1. Can a THRIVE-U student complete their schoolwork on their own schedule or will they need to be logged in at specific times?

 

THRIVE-U students can log in at any time and any place to complete their schoolwork at their own pace. The academic classes are set up with a recommended pace to encourage students to stay on track for completion. Students can work ahead or even “catch up” with no penalty. 

 

2. My student struggles in certain areas. How will this affect his/her educational performance with THRIVE-U?

 

THRIVE-U recognizes that students need to learn in their own specific learning style. This program is a great tool to do just that with visual, auditory and read/write daily lessons as well as kinesthetic (“hands-on”) lessons periodically through “special lessons”. THRIVE-U will also be providing “hands-on” learning through scheduled field trips throughout the year. 

 

For those needing remediation, the program has designated “remedial” classes that can be assigned to struggling students who work at a slower pace with additional helps and more intense tutelage. The Synergy Prep staff will evaluate student records (previous grades, testing) to work with parents to determine the best individualized educational route for each student. 

 

3. Does THRIVE-U provide honors classes in High School? 

 

Through the accreditation of Synergy Prep, THRIVE-U will have the ability to provide additional assignments to the curriculum in order to receive the “honors” designation as part of the high school curriculum. 11th and 12th graders (who are eligible) may also dual enroll in on-line college classes through Synergy Prep's Dual Enrollment program. 

 

4. Will THRIVE-U students be required to take state standardized tests?

 

Standardized tests are a requirement for accreditation. During the Spring of each year, THRIVE-U students in 3rd-8th grades will take the ITBS and 9th-12th graders will take the Accuplacer. At Synergy Prep, standardized testing is a litmus test on how we are performing as a whole and it is also an indicator of areas we need to improve both on a collective and individual basis. The data we receive and study from these national tests gives us invaluable feedback on where we should focus in the future and changes that need to be made. (For example, if we see an across the board deficit in vocabulary usage in specific grades, we are able to adjust that area for better coverage in the next school year.) 

 

5. Why should I enroll my student in THRIVE-U instead of just homeschooling on my own?

 

Any type of “homeschooling” is a big decision, and each family needs to make the right decision for their circumstances and lifestyle. The biggest challenge for most homeschool parents is motivating and teaching their own child with full content and consistency. 

 

Because THRIVE-U is fully accredited and staffed through Synergy Prep…

  •  You do not have to fill out daily/monthly state/local homeschool reports on your student. 

  • The curriculum has been fully certified to make sure it fulfills all national standards for education for each grade. Accellus has selected expert teachers in their fields to deliver the curriculum in a fun, exciting and “learner-friendly” way. This is especially important during middle and high school as subjects require advanced teaching and knowledge that frankly, many of us do not have (Chemistry, Calculus, etc). The lessons are designed in small segments of class video with short “check-ups” to reinforce comprehension of the subject matter as well as concept assessments for mastery. Every student is capable of navigating and completing lessons on their own while mastering content successfully. 

  • High School students will receive a certified accredited Diploma of Graduation from THRIVE-U with Synergy Prep (a fully accredited with quality institution) and would not be relegated to take the GED to graduate as traditional homeschoolers. They will also have an actual graduation ceremony with all of the “pomp and circumstance”. 

  • THRIVE-U Staff can curtail student schedules to their areas of interest, especially in middle and high school. For example, if a student has an interest in pursuing a higher education/job in the medical field, THRIVE-U staff can develop an accredited schedule of classes that will satisfy educational requirements while allowing the student to take academic classes and electives that will accentuate their learning from a medical standpoint. 

  • THRIVE-U staff are fully prepared and available to give support and instruction as needed. Weekly scheduled class meetings through Google Meets will encourage students socially through virtual meetings with other racers and will also give our staff feedback on how students are tracking in their schoolwork so we can address any issues that arise. Students and parents will also have the ability to message staff through Google Classroom for information and additional help. In essence, students will have a “real person” by their side as they navigate through their schoolwork, not just an anonymous “help-line”. 

  • THRIVE-U keeps track of all assignments, course mapping, grades and tests. Students will receive quarterly progress reports and report cards each semester. Parents can log in at any time and monitor student progress. Most student assignments provide immediate grade feedback and students can watch their grades in real-time. Students also have the ability to “re-learn” lessons and “re-take” assignments to improve their grade if they desire.

  • THRIVE-U students have the opportunity to join students from our companion school Skipstone Academy for field trips, social events and athletics.

 

6. How much does THRIVE-U cost and what additional expenses should I expect throughout the year?

Yearly Expenses

  • Matriculation Fee            $500 (due upon acceptance)

  • Tuition                               $6000*

  • Field trip costs                 Will vary and are optional

  • Good working laptop     Will vary (Mac or PC, not tablet)

  • Graduation Fee               $100 for 12th graders

 

*Tuition must be paid in full by July 1st or paid monthly on a 12 month contract.

 

7. I have some questions, how can I get more information about THRIVE-U?

  • Fill out the Admission Inquiry Form. 

  • A THRIVE-U staff member will contact you to discuss registration and answer any questions that you might have.

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