Academic Progress & Accountability
Aside from utilizing free monitoring software like ActivTrak or paid options like Hubstaff, tracking student progress in schoolwork can be a challenge for parents in an online, home-based environment. For this reason, Enlightium Academy (EA) has developed the Progress Department to assist families with students in grades 3–12 in keeping track of students’ progress. This department’s purpose is to help parents keep their students accountable, to promote students’ success in education, and to ensure compliance with truancy standards as required by our accreditation. Below is the vision and mission statements of the EA Progress Department:
“The Progress Department's goal is to help EA students become independent learners and responsible for their schoolwork so that they can glorify God through their work. We intend to accomplish this by keeping our students accountable through timely and accurate communication about their performance and by constantly improving and optimizing reports.”
How Does the Progress Department Work?
The Progress Department tracks students’ progress weekly to ensure students are completing a sufficient amount of work weekly so that they may finish the school year on time. An email notification is sent out to all families regarding their student’s progress:
- An on-track notification letter is sent to all students who are on time with all assigned work.
- An off-track notification letter is sent to all students who completed too few assignments, unless the student was excused for that week.
If a student continually falls behind without catching up on missed work, the Progress Department will communicate this to the parent(s) via email or phone (depending on the severity of the situation) and eventually take additional steps to keep the student accountable to catching up.
Emails are sent on a weekly basis to all families about the past week’s performance, but SMS (text) notices are also available. If you would like to sign up for SMS notices, you can do that at this link.
Balancing Flexibility and Accountability
The Progress Department has several policies in place to help keep students accountable for their school work on a consistent basis and to ensure adequate communication to family about student’s progress:
- EA students can work at any time of the day and any days of the week, as long as they keep up with assigned work and finish on time at the end of the semester and school year.
- If a student is unable to finish assigned work during a given week due to illness, travel, or other reasons, please fill out the absence form ahead of time or immediately after the absence. This will prevent a student from incurring any penalties for falling behind. However, students are responsible for keeping up with school work and provide sufficient documentation for excessive absences.
- If a coursework is not completed by the allowed deadline, an extension may be granted depending on the situation and deadline.
- Schoolwork is accounted for a weekly basis rather than a daily basis, so students are only held accountable to doing sufficient work for the week. We recommend to work daily on school work, similar to a regular school setting; however, a student may work more on some days than others, as long as sufficient work is completed for each week.
- Accommodations may be given for families with frequent delays in progress if the situation warrants it, and if sufficient documentation is provided (ongoing illness, frequent travel, etc.).
How Does the Progress Department Handle Truancy?
As an accredited online school, EA is responsible to hold students accountable to a certain standard regarding their progress. Though we are flexible and work with families in varying situations, extended periods of extremely low activity without sufficient documentation can result in a student being withdrawn from EA. To prevent students who are at risk of being withdrawn, the Progress Department sends weekly email notices to the family with warnings. In addition, EA counselors reach out to families by phone after multiple weeks of the truant behavior. After numerous attempts to get in contact with the family, if the family does not communicate with EA, and if the student continues to show truant behavior, the student is withdrawn from EA and the family notified by email.
Please be aware that receiving an email about low progress does not mean the student will be withdrawn. Families are encouraged to reply to the email receive or contact us by phone and we will be happy to discuss the details with you and find a solution.
Available Resources for Parents
The Progress Department developed additional resources for parents to effectively monitor their student’s progress. First, we offer detailed reports that can provide more information concerning student’s progress. Reports are provided upon request and can include helpful information such as:
- Total completed assignments per class
- Daily login/logout times
- Times that an assignment was started and submitted
- Length of time spent to complete any given assignment
- Length of time spent in the Ignitia curriculum daily
- Current grades
Another helpful resource is the parent portal. This is an account assigned to the parents of individual students, which provides parents both a general and a detailed view of their student’s progress. At any time the following information is available through the parent portal:
- Current grades in each course
- Grades for individual units and assignments
- Overall progress in each course
- Specific due dates for assignments and whether past due dates were met
- Overdue assignments (if a student is behind)
General Questions and Generating Reports. If your student needs any help with getting back on schedule, if you want a report generated, or if you need guidance concerning your student’s accountability, feel free to contact the Progress Department by phone or email:
Call: 509-319-2288 option 3
Toll Free: 866-488-4818 option 3
Andrey Karpov, Progress Director & Accounting Support
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