Academic Policies

Academic Honesty:

Cheating and intentional plagiarism are dishonest and thieving.  Since the moral excellence of the students is of greater importance than even academic excellence, all instances of these offenses will be treated very seriously.  If the suspicions of the instructor are raised, he will contact the parents to explain the situation.  He will make suggestions as to his preferences regarding action to be taken, but will follow the parents' lead in disciplining the student.  With a sufficiently mature student, in full knowledge of the nature of his actions, the instructor's recommendation will be the most severe---an F for the course.

Grading:
Instructors grade and provide feedback for assignments, quizzes, exams, and projects in different ways for each course.  Please see the course descriptions for specifics.  Grades can be checked in each classroom webpage.  Instructors strive to keep maintain grading on a regular schedule with a turn around of approximately two weeks; however, grading is not guaranteed on this schedule as instructors will need to balance grading with other duties throughout the year.

End of Year Certificate:
At the end of the year, Rolling Acres School will make certificates for students, which include the following:

  • Name of student
  • Course title
  • Final grade received by student
  • The Rolling Acres Emblem
  • Instructor's signature
  • date

Cost:
All prices can be found in the Shopping Cart.  See the Costs & Payment Options below for an overview & additional information.

Missed Classes and Assignments:
Please notify an instructor about a missed class and/or assignment as soon as possible to arrange make-up work. If the student knows that he will be missing an upcoming class, please notify the instructor before the class meeting.  Students should make use of the tutor times to seek instruction concerning any missed materials.

Textbooks and Course materials:
We strive to provide textbooks and course materials that are freely available online; however, please read the course description and materials carefully to make sure there is not a textbook to purchase.

Student-Teacher Email Correspondence:
We believe both that it is important for students to learn the art of letter writing and that the practice of formality is very appropriate and educative; hence, we request that all student messaging and email correspondence include appropriate greetings, proper and polite phrasing, and cordial closings.  Letter writing is an especially important skill to learn as students prepare to go to university or to enter the work force.

Class Cancellations:
In the event that weather, illness, or other circumstances prevents an instructor from attending a LIVE class meeting, the instructor will reschedule the class to meet in one of the Tutor Times, during the week.  Students are encouraged to attend the other tutor times for instruction and all course work will still be due, unless notice is given otherwise.  Cancelled tutor times will not be rescheduled.

Internet Safety:
R.A.S. provides course workRegister today for 2016–2017 classes! Or contact us if you have any questions. and in-class learning oversight, however, direct supervision of student computer use during class and study is a task for which we are unable to offer assistance.  We cannot see what the students have open on their computer desk tops during class, and we are simply not present at other times.  We encourage parents to make use of internet screening tools & parental controls; to place computers in the shared study spaces in the home; and to exercise prudence regarding the use of social media, knowing that interaction on such media is not a required or encouraged aspect of any of our classes.  Finally, we ask that parents  become familiar with the necessary computer time required for our classes.  In most instances, students should do most of the work offline, after having downloaded the class materials from the course suites.

A Studious Environment:
R.A.S. requests that parents take concrete steps to create and foster a quiet and orderly academic environment for students, especially as they move into the more challenging intermediate level classes.  Since schooling takes place entirely online in the home, we are entirely dependent upon parents to provide this environment for the students.  One key step is to be sure that the students have the proper headphones for class (covering both ears and including a microphone) and that they know how to hook-up and trouble shoot the headphones.  It is important to realize that any noisy disruption in one home can be a disruption to the entire class, since student microphone feeds are frequently open during class.  More broadly, the students simply need quiet and stillness in order to focus their minds during study and, in particular, during test-taking.


Business Policies

Confidentiality:
The Rolling Acres School will only use parent contact information for school business.  R.A.S. will not share parent contact information with any third party without express permission.  Student contact information will be used exclusively for academic matters and will not be shared at any time.

Course Enrollment Minimums: 
If a course does not reach a minimum of 10 students in number, that course is subject to cancellation. Students will be offered a refund or the option of Independent Study Plus with a refund of the difference.

All refunds are less any fees incurred by R.A.S. from PayPal.

Withdrawal:
LIVE and IS+ students are allowed to withdraw from a course within the first two weeks of class and receive a full refund.  For withdrawal in weeks three through five, a student will receive a 50% refund.  No refunds are available after week five.

IS students may withdraw from a course within the first week and receive a full refund.  No refunds are available after week one.

Families enrolled in the Schola Rosa: Co-op & Home Curriculum may withdraw from the program within the first week and receive a full refund. No refunds are available after week one.

All refunds are less any fees incurred by R.A.S. from PayPal.

The reason for the time limits on refunds is to ensure the fair use of copyrighted content and to meet the costs incurred by the school once it commits to teaching a class.


2017–2018 Semester Enrollment Costs

Humanities Core Bundle (1 Trivium Studies, 1 Latin, & 1 Traditio Nostra Course): Annual Enrollment $1400.00
Trivium Studies  & Latin Courses:
LIVE Annual Enrollment $499.00
IS Semester Enrollment $35.00
Traditio Nostra Courses:
LIVE Annual Enrollment $599.00
IS Semester Enrollment $35.00
+ Books (many books and materials are provided digitally)

Discounts & Payment Plans

We recognize the burden that academic expenses can place on families.  We hope these will help.

  • Family Discount Plan ~ Pay full price for the child (a) a minimum of two courses and (b) the highest total enrollment cost of all your children, then take 50% off enrollment for all other siblings.  This discount may not be combined with other discounts, unless specified.
  • Refer-a-Friend Discount ~ $25 off for each recommendation who enrolls; processed as refund after enrollment period.  Have your friends write in your name, when they enroll, to earn the discount.  Offer good with Family Discount Plan.
  • Need-Based Discount ~ Provided when fiscally possible.  Please contact us, using the form below, to inquire.
  • PayPal 6 Month Payment Plan ~ Available at no extra cost through Paypal, see details at purchase and here.
  • Pay-by-Check Installment Plan ~ Available depending upon enrollment type.  Please contact us, using the form below, to inquire.

Accredited?

The Rolling Acres School is formally acknowledged as "Catholic" by Most Reverend Bishop John LeVoir of the New Ulm Diocese. For more information, see Catholic Identity.

R.A.S. is not seeking secular accreditation, however R.A.S. is looking into accreditation with a Catholic and Classical Accreditation Institution.  More details will become available in the future.

Accreditation is merely a voluntary process by which teaching institutions apply for approval from private accreditation institutions of their own choosing.  There is no set standard that applies absolutely in all cases.   We hope that the excellence of our curricula, courses, and instructors are evident, and we welcome visits and close scrutiny at any time from you, the parents, the most important of accreditors.