Scholars Online in Practical HomeSchooling -- Fall 2017 Deadlines -- Moodle Upgrades -- Blog articles

Scholars Online is featured as an iLearn award winner in Mary Pride's Practical Homeschooling issue this month.

Fall Enrollment and Registration Deadlines are fast approaching

It's only five weeks until the start of the fall semester! Scholars Online's academic year begins Tuesday, 5 September 2017. We're processing enrollments as fast as we can, but we want to be sure that everyone is enrolled and ready to go on Day One. If you have questions about which courses are best for your student, let us know! Our academic consultant and our teachers will be delighted to help you determine placement levels and course sequences to meet your education goals. If you know you want to enroll in some courses but aren't sure about others, please complete the enrollments for the courses you know you want, so that teachers can begin planning on how to work with your student while you complete your plans. You can contact us in many ways if you have questions. Be sure to let us know if you'd prefer a phone consultation.

Remember, full tuition and all fees are due by the start of classes or your student may not be admitted to class. This applies even if you are using the installment option on the website, unless you make arrangements with the accounts manager. While we may accept enrollments and payments after that date for some courses (pending teacher approval), any delays in processing account information could prevent students from being admitted to chat sessions—so please complete registration and enrollment as soon as possible!

Passwords for continuing students will not change. Each new student will receive notification of his or her temporary password at the student's registered email address once membership fees have been processed. Please make sure that these notices are not being filtered to junk mail or spam folders.

Moodle Upgrade Continues with new Theme

We just finished our 2017 course delivery software upgrade. The underlying database structure and Moodle code was replaced in June, and we implemented the new Scholars Online theme over the July 21 weekend. It is responsive — that means it works on your laptop with a Really Wide Screen, and on your tablet, and on your phone (if you must!). We've had a few bumps on the way and we are still tweaking font sizes and colors, but we think you'll find the "new" Moodle is a lot easier to use AND a lot faster. The new release also incorporates major security improvements.

We're working on tutorials to help parents, students, and teachers make use of the new features. These will be available through the Moodle, along with orientation sessions on our Scholars Online Chat, policy overviews for parents, and Meet Your Teachers events in August, so watch the Moodle and these newsletters for dates and times. In the meantime, you can check out the description of the new look on our Moodle information page. Current members can log into the Moodle to see for themselves how the new layout and faster page updates will improve their experience this fall.

Moodle 2016 Courses to be Retired

The remaining system maintenance steps for this summer include cleaning up data and courses from 2016. You will need to download and save any materials from your 2016 courses to your own system by August 31, after which these courses will be put into archival status for administrator access only. If you are using the Moodle for Latin or Greek drill work over the summer, you must complete your exam work by the teacher's deadline.

Continuing in the Word

The SO blog Continuing in the Word has been silent too long. Dr. Christe posted a new article July 29, and more will be coming from Dr. Bruce this week. The Blog gives us a chance to share our goals and visions for classical Christian Education, along with timely news updates. It's also an opportunity for you to respond and tell us what you think.

Accreditation Candidacy Status

Scholars Online's application for candidacy has been approved, and the Board of Directors will be working with a Candidacy Visitor from the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools — Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS) as we continue the process of securing formal accreditation for our courses, so that our students will receive recognition for their work from other accredited institutions. The Board voted last summer not to renew accreditation through Advanc-ED, but to work instead with MSA-CESS, whose processes and goals more closely align with the Scholars Online mission to support classical Christian Education for all learners.

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Scholarship Fund

Scholars Online receives donations for scholarships directly, and dedicates all money received from its Bookstore Amazon Associates affiliation to the Scholarship fund. Scholarships are granted on a case-by-case basis for tuition assistance when students would otherwise be unable to take courses due to job loss, medical expenses, or other family emergencies. Please contact accounts@scholarsonline.org to request information about scholarship availability for the 2015 Summer and Academic Year Courses.

Direct contributions to our scholarship fund are tax-exempt, as Scholars Online is a 501(c)(3) organization. To make a donation by check or online, see our Scholarship page. You may also donate by making purchases from Amazon.com through the Scholars Online Bookstore site or by designating Scholars Online as your charity of choice at http://smile.amazon.com.