HCOS Newsletter

April 2020

Synchronous Classes for 2020/2021

Two years ago we decided to launch synchronous cohorts for students in grades 5 through 9. Last year, these classes extended into the Grad program beginning in grade 10 and we are excited to say, based on success of the classes, we are again extending these offerings through grades 11 and 12.

As you look towards course selection for next year, in talking with your K-9 support teacher or your Grad Advisor, we encourage you to consider a synchronous cohort. These synchronous cohorts are a great way to:

  • Be introduced to the online learning environment.
  • Work together with classmates on assignments and projects.
  • Work face-to-face online with your teacher on a regular basis.
  • Add another layer of accountability in your learning, stay on track and complete the courses at a regulated pace!
  • Get to know others and build a stronger community! Sometimes the online environment can feel lonely, but not in a synchronous classroom!

The following courses will be offered (with minimum enrollment required) for the 2020/2021 school year in synchronous cohorts. They will also continue to be available as asynchronous options.

Grade 5 Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 8 Grade 9
Social Studies Social Studies Social Studies Social Studies Social Studies
English English English English English
Science Science Science Science Science
Math Math Math Math Math
French French French French French
Spanish Spanish Spanish Spanish Spanish
Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12
Social Studies Exploration in Social Studies  
English (Literary Studies 10 and Composition 10) Literary Studies English Studies
Science Life Science  
Foundations of Mathematics and PreCalculus PreCalculus  
Workplace Math Workplace Math  
Core French Core French Core French
Spanish Spanish Spanish
  Intro to French 11  
  Intro to Spanish 11  
Career Life Education
Career Life Connections

Frequently Asked Questions

Can my student take just one synchronized cohort for an online course or do they have to take all across their grade level?
Absolutely they can take just one, or multiple synchronous options! Figure out what works best for your child’s learning style, level of independence and degree of desired flexibility.

How does the course schedule work?
The meeting times for each synchronous cohort will be posted in SOPHIE. You can see the schedule live here! Your K-9 support teacher or Grad Advisor can also let you know when specific classes are meeting. In addition, there will not be overlap between class time for the different subjects across the same grade level, this allows students to take all synchronous offerings if they so choose.

How long are the synchronous courses?

  • Grades 5-9: ½ hour blocks, once a week.
  • Grades 10-12: 1 hour blocks, once a week.
  • Note: Depending on the topics and assignments some meetings may be longer or shorter than scheduled.

What happens if my student falls behind?
Just like in any classroom environment, things happen. Students are encouraged to keep attending the class and to work with their teacher to catch up. Teachers are prepared to support students when things don’t go as planned.

Are teachers available outside of the posted class times?
Absolutely. Teachers will have availability times posted in their course.

Are students required to have cameras and audio on?
Teacher cameras will be on to facilitate relationship building with students. While we encourage students to turn their cameras on we recognize not all students or families may be comfortable on camera and as such do not require it for students.

Are the courses semester or linear pacing?
Courses are held over the school year in a linear fashion. Classes start in the 3rd or 4th week of September and are held until the end of May (or earlier if material is completed sooner).

Do students have to attend the live meetings?
Yes! This is the main part of a synchronous class. Of course, there are absences that you can’t avoid, like sickness or appointments - but your teacher will miss you!

Is there any additional cost to enrolling in a synchronous course?
No. :)

For more information please visit this page or ask your K-9 Teacher or Grad Advisor!