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Online Campus Summer School Information
Summer 2022

Essential Information About Success in FCPS Online Summer Courses

(Click each item below to learn more about student environments in an online class)

General Information

All students must have a webcam for use in Zoom for their daily synchronous class.

The FCPS Online Campus does NOT offer any self-directed courses. The Online Campus provides students with some flexibility for completing coursework.*

Students must:

  • complete and submit work as scheduled each day,
  • commit to spending 7.5+ hours per day on their academic course,
  • attend the live class each day (class times will be announced the Friday before the start of summer school),
  • take all proctored exams at the scheduled dates, times, and locations,
  • have a valid, current photo ID taken within the past year—a school ID, DMV ID, passport, SIS photo, or other officially-issued ID,
  • register through ACE, not in the Online Campus office.

Note: Students must attend the orientation, daily synchronous classes, and face-to-face exams. Students who cannot attend are ineligible for Summer Online courses and will be removed administratively without a refund.

Absences: Students must attend all days of summer school. Students accumulating absences—any combination of synchronous classes or work submission—equivalent to more than 2 days-worth of attendance are ineligible to earn course credit and will be administratively removed without a refund.

There are no deadline extensions. During summer, there are no retake options or flexibility in work schedule/assessment schedule.

School counselors approve course selections, not the Online Campus staff. Contact ACE with registration questions: (703) 658-1201; Ace Registration.

Learning Environment in an Online Class

Online courses take as much time as face-to-face courses.

Each day includes:

  • asynchronous online lessons,
  • a mandatory synchronous class,
  • assignments, and
  • assessments.

In an online course, students are responsible for learning. Students must be diligent and dedicated.

Students spend:

  • 80-85% of their time completing lessons, assignments, and assessments.
  • 15-20% of their time in the daily synchronous class.

The synchronous class has a specific, set time based on EDT. Synchronous online sessions are not lectures. They serve as blended-learning environments. Teachers assess student understanding through activities and class interactions.

All students must have a webcam for use in Zoom for their daily synchronous class.

Student's Role in Online Learning

Students are expected to engage each day in the course content by:

  • taking an active approach to their learning,
  • scheduling time every day to work in the online course,
  • participating actively in the mandatory synchronous class,
  • communicating regularly with their teacher.

Teacher's Role in Online Learning

Regular communication with the teacher is crucial to student success.

Teachers facilitate learning and support students by:

  • serving as mentors and guides,
  • creating and maintaining a culturally responsive classroom,
  • encouraging diverse and deeper thinking,
  • initiating discussions,
  • assessing student progress and providing feedback,
  • answering students’ questions,
  • informing parents/guardians of student progress.

Online Learning Strategies for Success

Online summer courses cover the full curriculum. Each day of a Summer online course covers 1-2 units of material and equates to 9 days of the school year. Many students find success when taking a summer online course. Others may struggle if they need face-to-face contact with their teacher and peers.

Successful online students:

  • prioritize their day,
  • establish and maintain a study schedule (7 to 8 hours per day are recommended),
  • track their assignments,
  • attend the mandatory daily synchronous sessions,
  • seek the teacher’s assistance when they have questions, or need clarification,
  • complete and submit work on time,
  • work well independently,
  • complete face-to-face assessments at the mandatory scheduled times.

Questions? Contact the Online Campus 8am to 4pm Monday-Friday at (703) 503-7781 or Online Campus