FAQ Middle School

Who can enroll in the DPIE STEM Summer Academy?

The Middle School Summer Academy is open to all students in the Tri-Valley and surrounding areas who will be in grades 6 – 8 next school year and would like to take an special interest course for personal growth, fun or enrichment.

Non-Dublin High School Students may enroll in the Summer Academy as long as there is space available in the course you want to take for the summer. 

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Why can I not get a refund if I change my mind?

DPIE is a non-profit organization and the only source of funding that DPIE receives to pay teacher salaries, registration fees, administration, supplies, technology costs, rent etc is the enrollment fees we charge for the program.  DPIE has already hired teachers to teach Math Course 3 and we are therefore, legally obligated to pay them. We require parents to make sure they want their student in the program before they enroll.

 If you have already enrolled your student, prior to the results of the math assessement, we will try and work with you, but we have limited refund options. 

  1. Stay in the Class - DPIE encourages you to keep your student enrolled in the program so they can learn the concepts that were not taught in Math Course 2.  The Math Course 3 concepts we have been asked to teach during the summer will be vital to your student’s success in Algebra 1 and just passing the math assessment does not mean your student understands those concepts. Middle school math teachers recommend that ALL students take Math 3 whether they do well on the spring Math assessment or not.

  2. Waitlist Refund – If we have a waitlist for the Math Course 3 to replace your student, we will be glad to refund you all but the $75 enrollment fee charged by the online registration company.  The registration company will not refund the fee for any reason. 

  3. No-one on Waitlist? – If there are no students on the waitlist to take your student's place we have limited choices.  Please send an email to info@dpie.org.

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Where will the DPIE STEM Middle School Summer Academy be held this year?

Normally, the Middle School Academy would be held at Fallon Middle School, however, due to the pandemic with county and state regulations, all courses this summer will be offered virtually.  Students will have the advantage of learning in the comfort of their own home.

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Is Financial Aid available?  

Yes, any Dublin family that qualifies for the National School Lunch program which provides free or reduced-price lunches to students can receive financial assistance. If you are already in the Free or Reduced Price Lunch program just email us the name of your child, their student ID number and school of attendance.  Once we have determined they are in the program, we will send you information to help you enroll your child in the class of their choice.

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What are the dates and hours for the 2021 DPIE Summer Academy?

Dates:   Wednesday, June 2 -  Friday, August 13, 2021

Times:   We are offering, 1, 2 and 3 week courses, ranging from 1 – 3 hours per day.  (Many courses are offered several times over the schedule to provide flexibility for families in scheduling their classes.)

Holidays:  No classes will be held on Monday July 5th - NO SCHOOL

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Why do I have to pay to enroll my student in the DPIE Summer Program?

The State of California does not fund summer courses for any California public school districts and DPIE is a non-profit whose only source of income to pay for teachers and other expenses are the enrollment fees we charge. Without your fees, there could not be a STEM Enrichment Academy. The good news is that our courses are reasonably priced and competitive with other programs in the area.

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What does the enrollment fee cover?

DPIE charges a fee for STEM Summer Academy to pay the costs for teacher and staff salaries, additional mandatory employer expenses, administration, security, utilities, custodians materials, supplies and rental of classroom facilities, textbooks, chrome books, and other related costs.

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What is the cost of enrolling in a course in the DPIE Summer Program?

Each enrichment course varies in pricing based on the number of days and hours of instruction.  Courses vary in length (1, 2 and 3 weeks) and in time (1, 2 and 3 hours per day) and cost.  Each course description details the course length, timings and cost.

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My child has an IEP or a 504 Plan, can I enroll them in the summer program?

If you have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) or a 504 plan set up by a California school district, you can apply for approval to take a class in the STEAM Enrichment Academy. A copy of the IEP or 504 plan MUST be provided to DPIE so that we may determine if we can accommodate the student’s need in our program.

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How do I enroll my child in the DPIE Summer Program?

Enrollment in our program takes place online. Click here to see our list of courses available. You will find information about our courses offerings as well as and enrollment button.  Courses will be filled on a first come, first served basis, as determined by the date stamp at the completion of enrollment. Seating is limited so please consider enrolling early. Once you have completed enrollment you will receive an email receipt.  

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May our child take more than one class at the same time in the DPIE summer program?

You can enroll your child in as many Middle School Summer Academy as your child has time for. It’s not unusual for some students to enroll in as many as 8 courses during the summer. 

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My questions were not answered, what should I do?

If you need additional information or have a question that was not answered, please contact:

Vickie Constantinides
Academy Program Manager
(925) 587-5610 Ext. 1003

Rich Boschetti
Academy Superintendent
925 587-5610 Ext. 1004

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Who can enroll in the DPIE Math Course 3?

Students currently in 6th or 7th grade who want to take Math Course 3 over the summer for acceleration, have met the DUSD criteria and received approval from the DUSD to take the class for advancement, can enroll in DPIE Math Course 3.  If you wish to take the DPIE Math Course 3 for enrichment purposes only, you can enroll now.  Enrollment will take place on a first come first served basis.

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What method of payment do you accept?

When you enroll online, you will be required to pay the enrollment fee with your credit card. Our website is secure and encrypted so you can feel safe in paying online. Your card number is not stored. Please contact us if you need additional payment information or have payment questions.

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How do students enroll in the Math Course 3?

Registration in DPIE Math Course 3 opens on Friday March 5th at noon and enrollments will be taken on a first come first served basis.

According to Dublin Unified School District policy, students who want to enroll in Math Course 3 for the purpose of advancing to Algebra 1 in the fall of the 2021 – 2022 school year, must take the following steps.

  1. Grade Requirement – Students must earn a “B+” or better grade in Math Course 2 for the first three quarters of the current 2020 – 2021 school year for advancement purposes.

  2.  Acceleration Request Submission - Dublin students must submit a Middle School Summer 2021 Math Acceleration Request.  The application can be found here.  DUSD has indicated that it could take up to 5 business days for you to hear back from your school. 

  3. Enrollment – If you receive notification of approval, please click here to enroll. 

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Can any 6th or 7th grade student enroll in Math Course 3 for advancement in the summer? 

No.  Students must meet the grade requirements below and be pre-approved by DUSD to enroll in DPIE Math Course 3 for the purpose of advancing to Algebra 1 in the fall of the 2021 – 2022 school year.

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What is the Math Course 3 attendance policy?

  • All students MUST attend the last day of their assigned class so they can take their final exam. Students must successfully complete the final in order to successfully complete the class. 
  • Any student not in attendance on the first day needs to receive prior approval from DPIE Summer High School Academy Administration for the absence or they will be dropped in favor of a student on the waiting list. 
  • Excused absences must be agreed to in advance with Academy Administration. Students are generally not allowed more than 1 ½ days of absence in any 3-week semester. Students are not allowed more than 3 days of absence when enrolled in a 6-week program without prior consent of Academy Administration. Two tardies equal one ½ day absence. It is very important that your student be on time and available for the full session to be successful at such an accelerated pace. 

Important Note: Each day in the DPIE Summer High School Summer Academy is the equivalent of one week of instruction in the regular school year.  Students who miss one day of class is missing the equivalent of one week of school and are not likely to be successful in the program.

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What if, after I enroll my student in the DPIE Math Course 3, he/she does well on the spring math assessment?

DPIE understands that the Dublin Unified School District will administer a math placement assessment in mid-March and results will be shared with parents in late March or early April. We realize that some students will do well enough on the assessment that they will be placed into Algebra 1 for the fall of 2021 – 2022 and those students will not need to take Math Course 3 during the summer.  However, DPIE cannot wait until the results are announced to hire math instructors to teach our summer courses, so please be aware that if you choose to enroll your child in Math Course 3 with us, prior to receiving the results, we have a no refund policy. 

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Why do you open enrollment in Math Course 3 before the spring math assessment results are available?

DPIE aims to hire teachers for our summer courses as early as possible.  If we wait until the assessment results are available, we may not get enough teachers to work in our program.

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If my child performs well and meets the grade criteria required by the DUSD, will they be allowed to advance to Algebra 1?

DUSD has advised us that students enrolled in the DPIE Math Course 3 course must earn a “B+” grade or overall “86.5%” score to automatically be placed into Algebra 1 in the fall. Please see the chart below.

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How will students be graded in Math 3 Course?

Student grades in Math Course 3 will be calculated in three different areas.

  • Homework – 10%
  • Class Work – 15%
  • Assessments – 75% (Assessments includes all quizzes, tests, mid-terms and the final)

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What are the dates, class times and cost of Math Course 3?

Dates: Six weeks - June 2 to July 9, 2021.

First Semester
Week 1 - June 2 – June 4                    
Week 2 – June 7 – June 11
Week 3 – June 14 – June 18

Second Semester
Week 4 - June 21 – 25
Week 5 – June 28 – July 2                   
Week 6 – July 6 – July 9 -  No school on July 5 - FINAL EXAM July 9

Venue: Online.

Class times: 8:30am to 1:30pm 

Cost:   $975

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