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Summer Academy Online – FAQs

General

  • Yes, The School has an experienced Digital Learning Team and has been running online courses for professional learners for several years now. This summer, we are expanding our online offerings to high school students by transforming select Summer Academy courses into an online format. These new courses take advantage of the virtual world and the rich offerings available online to provide a curated experience that will allow students to explore their passions and help them prepare for future academic and professional pursuits.

  • 2020欧洲杯网址APPSelect Summer Academy Online courses are still available for students to apply to. Summer Academy Online is open to current high school students, rising 10th – 12th grade based on the grade the student is entering in the Fall 2020 school year as well as Graduating Seniors. Students must be 14 years old by the first day of the program and no older than 18 years old by the end of the program. If admitted, students will be invited to enroll.

  • The School has correlated and hand-selected a specific number of courses to transition to an online format based on accessibility and program experience. The majority of courses will be taught online. For courses that have been cancelled, enrolled students may transfer to another course that has space available. We also recommend that students contact us at the end of the year for more information about the Summer Academy 2021 course schedule. Any student previously admitted to Summer Academy 2020 will receive priority consideration and admission to Summer Academy 2021.

  • Canvas is a Learning Management System made by Instructure, which has been in business since 2008, has 30M+ users and over 5,000 customers in 70+ nations. Canvas is now widely considered one of the most well designed, user friendly and well supported Learning Management Systems with over 30% of the market including leading education institutions.

    Canvas fully integrates with our admissions and onboarding processes, so we can ensure a positive user experience for both students and faculty while providing robust user support. We also have deep insight into how users interact with content and have policies and procedures in place to ensure user security, safety and—for minors—anonymity. It operates on a hybrid cloud model that hosts critical infrastructure on the Amazon Cloud, while allowing us to provision user accounts from our private cloud for full control and increased security.

Admissions

  • Yes, any student who enrolled prior to the program moving online is entitled to receive a full refund on their deposit. Please email us at billing@meltportland.com2020欧洲杯网址APP to withdraw from the program and request a refund. Please note that all requests must be received via email. Any payments will be refunded back to the original payment method within 3 business weeks.

  • 2020欧洲杯网址APPPlease contact our Admissions Office for course or term changes. Not all courses that were offered in-person will be available online. The Admissions team will review your request and follow up at the earliest convenience. Although there is limited capacity in our courses, we do our best to accommodate as many students as possible.

  • For any student that was previously admitted and enrolled but withdrew from the program and is now interested in Summer Academy Online, please contact the Admissions Office to reinstate your application. Course availability may vary. Students will be asked to re-enroll and submit a new tuition payment.

  • 2020欧洲杯网址APPIf your course is not offered online, we would be happy to welcome you to another course, pending availability. Please email the Admissions Office with your top 3 choice preferences of courses. The Admissions Committee will review and follow up at the earliest convenience.

  • In order to be granted a full refund, you must cancel your registration by sending an email to billing@meltportland.com by 5:00pm (your local time) 5 business days before the course’s start date. Please note we are unable to reimburse for any currency conversion fees or payment fees charged by your credit-card issuer or bank. No refunds will be granted once the course is underway, whether voluntary or otherwise.

  • For admitted students, the full tuition is due upon enrolling. Tuition can be paid online with a credit card or automatic bank payment. For wire transfers, please contact our Bursar’s Office at billing@meltportland.com for more information. We cannot accept mailed payments (check or money order) at this time.

  • 2020欧洲杯网址APPApplications for Financial Aid & the Diverse Voices Scholarship have closed for 2020. Scholarships will automatically carry over to the online program. Admitted students currently receiving Financial Aid who wish to participate in Summer Academy Online will automatically have their Financial Aid application re-evaluated based on the same need-based criteria.

  • Yes, students may take more than one course as long as those courses take place in different terms. Students who enroll in more than one course/term will receive a 10% tuition discount.

  • 2020欧洲杯网址APPSummer Academy Online can be accessed on a mobile or tablet device, although we strongly encourage you to have access to a desktop or laptop computer and reliable internet connection for certain course components. If you are an admitted student and need access to technology – particularly if you are a student on financial aid or a Diverse Voices Scholarship recipient – please contact us to discuss special accommodations. On a case by case basis, The School can provide a computer to students with special circumstances who may be in need of technology support. Professional tech support from our IT team will be readily available to all students during program hours to ensure that students are able to access Canvas, our Learning Management System, as well as any additional software or resources that will be used during the course

  • 2020欧洲杯网址APPYes, any student admitted to Summer Academy 2020 will be given priority consideration and admission to Summer Academy 2021. Please note that courses are subject to change for Summer Academy 2021 and any course in which a student was previously admitted is not guaranteed to be offered next summer. Therefore, students will be asked to complete a form indicating new course preferences. Financial Aid awards cannot be deferred, and students will need to re-apply for financial assistance.

Academic

  • The curriculum will provide a combination of live instructional sessions led by a faculty member who is an expert in the field along with guided activity periods and independent study modules. Many courses will offer virtual site visits and guest speakers. Students will have daily assignments and work towards a final project that will focus on skill development. All students will present their projects on the final day of the class. We can provide a sample syllabus of a course upon request.

  • Live sessions and guided activity periods will run from 10am to 3:45pm EST with regular breaks. During this time students will experience live sessions led by an expert in the field focused on content knowledge as well as guided activity periods and projects that will focus on skill development. Self-paced open sessions will round out the day, with assignments that can be completed independently.

  • Though we won’t be using New York City or Washington D.C. as our classroom this summer, we are confident our online program will be a rich and engaging experience for students and will offer the same academic rigor and access to thought leaders that Summer Academy has become well-known for. We still have an exciting line-up of guest speakers, will be taking virtual site visits and due to our small class sizes students will continue to receive individual feedback on their assignments and final projects. Perhaps most importantly, students still have the opportunity to make new friends, interact with peers from diverse backgrounds and explore their passions with one another in a safe, virtual learning environment.

  • Students can expect to be online for about 6 hours a day with breaks in between sessions. There are also optional office hours for those looking for more academic support. Students should plan on spending time offline and outside of class to work on course projects and assignments.

  • There will be a Welcome Session and Orientation on the first day of the program for students and parents. Communication will be shared with parents throughout the term regarding any changes, concerns, progress, or emergencies that may arise. Parents who have concerns about their students’ participation, performance or engagement in the program are encouraged to reach out to our staff for additional support via phone and email.

  • 2020欧洲杯网址APPThe School of The New York Times fosters a respectful, inclusive and student-focused community with the goal of creating a positive learning environment for all students. Students interact with each other in the Canvas classroom through live discussions and online forums. All sessions and all student interactions that take place on Canvas, whether in class or in forums, are 100% moderated by our staff. Additionally, our staff also conducts end-of-day reviews each day of the program. We are dedicated to working closely with families to address individual questions and concerns and we strongly encourage families and all School community members to review our Digital Student Code of Conduct and Digital Citizenship Guidelines for Students.

  • All sessions including discussions and independent study will be guided by both a lead instructor and an instructor. Instructors are on hand to observe class sessions online and they review sessions daily. Also, The Editors’ Room is a place for collaboration, mentorship, tutoring and coaching. The Editors’ Room hours will be extended to accommodate students in different time zones. Keeping in line with our in-person program, we will maintain our small class sizes to allow students to get to know their faculty members and peers. Faculty will give students direct, individualized feedback on their final projects as well as daily assignments.

  • The Editors’ Room is a virtual space that is overseen by academic assistants. The academic assistants are available during all posted Editors’ Room hours to guide students in their learning experience and to support them in their writing assignments, final course projects and other projects such as college essays upon request.

  • Throughout the course students will work towards a final project that they will present at the end of the term during live class sessions. The final project will focus on skill development and knowledge acquisition in the subject matter and may be an individual or group assignment depending on the course and the instructor.

  • 2020欧洲杯网址APPYou should have an up-to-date web browser such as: Chrome, Safari, Firefox or Internet Explorer. For more detailed information, please see the guide for .

    Summer Academy Online can be accessed on a mobile or tablet device, although we strongly encourage you to have access to a desktop or laptop computer and reliable internet connection for certain course components. Former students have told us it is easiest to read discussion threads and complete written assignments on a laptop or desktop computer.

  • 2020欧洲杯网址APPStudents who participate in Summer Academy Online should have access to a computer with the features listed under technology requirements. On a case by case basis, The School can provide a computer to students with special circumstances who may be in need of technology support. Professional tech support from our IT team will be readily available to all students during program hours to ensure that students are able to access Canvas, our Learning Management System, as well as any additional software or resources that will be used during the course.

  • 2020欧洲杯网址APPWhile all courses are scheduled to run on Eastern Standard Time (EST), the program is designed for flexibility to accommodate students based in different time zones. All live sessions and activity periods will be recorded and posted on Canvas, our Learning Management System, for students who are not able to participate in the course synchronously. Once the content is recorded and released into Canvas, it is always available for students to refer back to throughout the duration of their course. Additionally, The Editors’ Room offers extended office hours in the morning and late afternoon to accommodate different time zones.

  • As Summer Academy is intended to promote and support student self-discovery, parents should not participate in their child’s courses outside of the Parent Orientation at the start of the program and during the Closing Ceremony on the last day. Parents can support students after class and are encouraged to engage in meaningful conversations around the students’ learning experiences each day. If parents have questions at any time they can contact info@meltportland.com.

  • Yes. All students who successfully complete their course in good standing will receive a digital certificate from The School of The New York Times.

  • 2020欧洲杯网址APPYes. Each student who completes the course in good standing will receive an individualized evaluation summarizing their growth and progress in class as well as feedback on their final project from their instructor, which will be delivered to them through their Canvas account.

  • 2020欧洲杯网址APPThe School of The New York Times is committed to fostering a culture that embraces the values of diversity, equity and inclusiveness. We believe that diversity — in all its forms — is a driver for new ideas, creativity and academic excellence. Moreover, we are dedicated to creating a climate of dignity and respect as well as recruiting and retaining a diverse group of leaders, administrators, faculty, staff and students.

    Promoting a nurturing, inclusive environment means actively opposing intolerance, bigotry, bias and discrimination. The policies and educational objectives of The School of The New York Times further inclusivity and cultural effectiveness. These values are recognized and supported fully by The School of The New York Times leadership. Additionally, we recognize that the responsibility for maintaining a culture of diversity and inclusion lies with all of us.

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