FALL 2018 REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

Thank you ever so much for your patience!  We can’t wait to see what you select!

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FALL 2018 NEW REGISTRATION PROCESS

We are excited to announce our new Registration Process for Fall 2018. 

Policy Updates:

  • ULA offers non-essential, elective style classes as a supplement to home education.  While we do incorporate core elements, once per week classes are not sufficient for core mastery and therefore are not offered at ULA.
  • Art Techniques classes and Private Music Lessons are Self Pay only.
  • Students will be placed in classes at their Grade Level.  Our instructors work hard to create challenging, age-appropriate classes for our students.
  • ULA offers two options for payment: Self-Pay or OVA funding (free tuition).  ULA partners with Oxford Virtual Academy (OVA) to offer tuition funding for students K-12.  Students enroll with the Oxford School District through school-of-choice and there are two programs available.  Part-Time students can take up to 4 elective-only classes at a Partnership (such as ULA) or online while completing all their core subjects at home (the district does not have any involvement in the core subjects or curriculum of PT students).  Full-Time students enroll in Core Curriculum classes online through OVA (they have many different platforms to choose from) and may take 2 elective classes at a partnership or online.  For more information feel free to contact us or visit their website at  https://www.oxfordvirtualacademy.org/admissions

Important Dates:

  • Fall 2018 Class Dates:  Thursdays, September 6- December 13, 2018. Thanksgiving Break November 22.
  • Initial Registration Period:  April 9- April 30, 2018
  • Open Registration Period:  May 1- August 15, 2018

Registration Process:

  • Initial Registration Period- April 9- April 30, 2018.  Each student will fill out a Registration Request Form on the website and pay applicable deposits.  A wider variety of classes will be offered, including some alternates during the same hours. Some classes will be cut after this Initial Period based on popularity and requests. Note that this Period closes earlier than OVA registration in order to allow time for cuts and changes.
  • Initial Confirmation Period  After initial registration ends, students will be placed in classes and the alternate classes will be cut.  We will strive to place students in their first choice classes whenever possible, however no student is guaranteed placement in first choice classes and students may be placed into a second choice class. Each student will be emailed their schedule and will have ONE WEEK to confirm their classes or request changes for no fee. After the confirmation period, any drops/changes will be subject to a $25/class fee (see below).
  • Open Registration Period May 1- August 15, 2018.  Each student will fill out Registration Request Form on the website and pay applicable deposits. Classes offered will be those chosen from the Initial Registration Period and will be open until filled.  
  • Open Confirmation Period- One Week after Registering  After a Registration Request has been received, the student will be placed in classes.  We will strive to place students in their first choice classes whenever possible, however no student is guaranteed placement in first choice classes and students may be placed into a second choice class or be put on the waitlist.  The student will be emailed their schedule and will have ONE WEEK to confirm their classes or request changes for no fee. After the confirmation period, any drops/changes will be subject to a $25/class fee (see below).

Tuition, Deposits, Drop/Change Fees:

  • Current ULA Students already enrolled with OVA will be able to register for 4 OVA funded classes next year due to new state funding laws (2 for FT).  All other classes will be Self Pay and subject to Self Pay policies. Any drops or changes made after the confirmation period will be subject to a $25/class fee.
  • Self Pay Students will be required to pay a $25/class hour deposit when registering.  After classes are confirmed, you will be invoiced for the remaining tuition balance (tuition less deposit). Payment is due ONE WEEK after receiving invoice or your class reservations will be cancelled.  The deposit is forfeited if the classes are cancelled for any reason after the confirmation period.
  • NEW ULA Students already enrolled with OVA -or- Current ULA Students enrolling with OVA now will be required to pay a $25/class hour deposit when registering.  If classes are cancelled for any reason after the confirmation period, the deposit is forfeited.  If for any reason a student does not meet the requirements for OVA funding, the student will be moved to self-pay and will be responsible for complete tuition or forfeiture of deposit.  The deposit is refundable after the first week of classes when OVA funding has been confirmed.

Please be sure to familiarize yourself with our Policies and Guidelines in addition to those above.

How and Why

How our process usually works:

Each semester, we take feedback from our families about classes you would like to see and we pass that info along to our teachers.  Then, the teachers come up with a list of classes they could potentially offer and submit that to us.

Usually, we spend many hours compiling the lists of classes and making selections.  We first want to be sure we are offering a wide variety of subjects for each age group.  We look at each class hour and select classes we think will run well side-by-side. Then, Cortney and I cut back our offerings to those classes we believe will be the most successful.

But we are often wrong!  For the last few semesters, although we have strived to select the most balanced classes and create the strongest schedule, classes we thought would do great have to be cancelled due to low enrollment while others have a waitlist that could fill another class!

Because of this, we wanted to create a new approach to the class selection process and offer more successful, popular classes based on your input.

How our new process will work:

This year, we would like to try a new, experimental process meant to give you, our families, more input so we can be sure we are offering and running classes that meet your needs.

Instead of Cortney and I taking the wide selection of classes and paring down by our best guess, we would like to give YOU the chance to select from our wider range of options BEFORE we make our cuts to be sure we are offering what you, the families, really want instead of what we, the Admin, think you’ll want.

By asking you to request classes BEFORE we make our cuts will make sure we run successful classes that you, the families, have interest in.  In this way, we can offer you greater variety and more successful classes.

In order for you to be part of this class selection process earlier however, each family needs to understand that about 30% of our class offerings will need to be cut after the initial registration process.  We will only be able to run our most popular classes, those with the most registration requests and those which have enough enrollment to be successful. In some cases, a teacher will be offering two classes in the same hour, each highlighting different material from the same general subject matter (i.e. science, humanities, music, engineering, etc.) to see which class has the most interest. For instance, you might see two different science classes or two similar humanities-based classes offered and you will request the one your student has the most interest in.  Obviously, a teacher can run only one class per hour, so we will run the one with the most requests and the other class will be cut. We will do everything we can to put your student into their First Choice classes whenever possible, however students who have requested a class that has been cut will be moved to their second choice class. Remember, the cut will happen after you have made your requests in order to ensure we are running the classes that you, the families, are most interested in.

 

We hope that you will be patient and understanding as we continue to innovate and create the best program here at ULA.  This is a new, experimental way of doing things and we are sure there will be some bumps in the road, so please reach out to us if you need to, but our hope is that this process will be better than ever!  Ztaise will be doing a Q&A on April 5th at 11:00am in Room 41, or feel free to email us.