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.
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
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.
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.
R.A.S. provides course work 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.
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.
A Drop Fee of $50 will be charged for each course dropped by a student. Students may withdraw from courses by a given deadline each semester for either a full or partial refund, minus the drop fee. See the Academic Calendar for refund dates. No refunds provided after the 5th week of a semester.
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 of log-in and receive a full refund. Your first log-in must occur within 30 days of receiving your log-in information for this refund policy to apply. No refunds are available after week one of your first log-in within the 30 days after reception of login information.
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. Your payments are budgeted into the school budget for the year to pay teachers and staff. Thank you for your understanding.
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.