STEM High School

Summer Program - June 2 - July 10, 2020

Responses to Geometry & PreCalculus parents

Thank you to the many of you who emailed or called us over the last few weeks to share your concerns, support, feedback, questions and suggestions about this summer’s DPIE Academy. We appreciate the opportunity to be responsive to your students and your families as we all navigate this unique point in time.

We want you to know that we have heard your comments and read your emails and we are paying attention. While we wish to respond to everyone individually, we have been working hard through program logistics and closing out the summer Academy. To ensure that we address the questions that our families have raised, we have created an FAQ format to provide what we hope will be useful information.

Q. Why wasn’t DPIE prepared to offer a more robust and better planned distance learning program for Dublin students this summer?

A. When Dublin schools closed to in-class instruction in March, the DPIE Board and staff were leaning toward shutting down the DPIE Academy for the summer. However, many Dublin families who were interested in continuing summer classes for their students strongly encouraged us to explore an online model. In two weeks of meetings with Dublin teachers and administration, teachers in each course area put together a structure they felt worked best for student success. Geometry and Pre-Calculus teachers who have all taught in the DPIE program in the past, opted for the “flipped classroom” model which has been used successfully in the Dublin High math department for Pre-Calculus instruction for a decade. The “flipped classroom” model involves the creation of instructional videos that students can access away from class time, while class time is used to complete assignments and seek assistance. On May 3, we informed parents of enrolled and waitlisted students that we would offer online courses, that our courses would look different than previous years and that we would be navigating this new format together. We shared a course syllabus for each class, including a grading structure and the requirement for an in-person final exam that would represent 80 percent of the grade for the course. We offered refunds for those who did not want to move forward in this format.

Q. Why didn’t students have access to more direct instruction in the Geometry and PreCalculus courses?

A. Geometry and PreCalculus teachers set up the structure for the “flipped classroom” model, in which students were provided an initial introduction to the day’s activities, provided time to view instructional videos that were created by the instructors and then offered opportunities to sign into Google Hangouts for direct instruction and assistance on an individual basis. Teachers expected students to reach out to them when they needed help and noted a wide range of participation, with some students reaching out to them daily, while others rarely contacted them for help. In addition, understanding that this new learning format might be challenging for students, DPIE took the extra step of contracting with the Dublin High HUB tutoring center to provide video conferencing tutoring supports for students each day between 4 – 6 pm, providing more opportunity for support and assistance. The HUB tutors are up to date with the Dublin math program and work with kids every day during the regular school year.

Q. Why wasn’t the final exam given online?

A. Dublin High Math teachers did not believe they could effectively provide a secure testing environment online and required that the final exams be taken in-person. This requirement was added to our contract with the teaching staff at their request. The goal of the math teachers was to truly measure student understanding of the major concepts taught in the program as well as to protect the integrity of their courses. Knowing that in-person final exams would be the only time teachers could be sure student could not cut corners they also all agreed that the final had to account for 80% of the grade in all subject areas which was also added to the contract.

We verified in advance with DUSD leadership, the IT department and surrounding districts that many educational institutions are struggling to find secure testing options online at this point and we would not be able to guarantee the integrity of the tests online. Both the in-person final exam requirement and the weighting of the exam were part of the information provided to families before the start of our summer Academy. Understanding that some families had concerns about these requirements, we offered full refunds for anyone who chose to opt out of testing and completion of the class.



Q. Why were students spending 8 – 10 hours working on subject material each day?

A. When the Academy is taught in the traditional in-class format that we’ve had for the last 8 years, students are in class every day for 5 hours, generally 8:30 – 1:30 each day and some of that time is used to do assigned homework. Additionally, as we have posted on our website, the expectation is that students will have an additional 1 – 4 hours of homework to do outside of the classroom on a nightly bases. Student surveys over the last three years support these numbers to be accurate.

Eight to ten hours a day is not an abnormal amount of time for students to be spending on their studies in the accelerated distance learning format. Remember, students are presented a week’s worth of material in a single day which means they need to cover a great deal of material and participate in homework to support that daily learning.

The accelerated program is not for everyone. That is why Dublin High requires students to qualify and be approved to enroll in the program and to achieve certain grades to move to the next class.

 

Q. Why was new material introduced the day before the final exam?

A. This is not a new experience for students in the DPIE summer Academy. When students enroll in a program that covers 180 days of material in a 6-week format, new material should be expected every day until the final exam. Each day in a six-week program covers the equivalent of approximately a week’s worth of material during the regular school year. It is an accelerated program and students who take these courses must be prepared for that acceleration.

Q. Why weren’t students given adequate time to finish the Geometry final?

A. We acknowledge that the test was extensive and a challenge for students to complete in the required time. Teachers worked to prepare a test that would allow students to demonstrate their knowledge of the material covered in order to show the mastery required to be successful at their next level during the 20-21 school year.

DPIE, teachers and our Academy Principal, Ms. Velez recognize that there was an issue with the amount of time given for the test and our teachers took steps to address this issue and have ensured that students are not penalized on their exam grade. Teachers began by reviewing all aspects of the final exams to determine the best way to grade students fairly. The following methods were used by our teachers.
- Hand scoring of the free response questions of the computer portion of the test to ensure accuracy of grading and fair assessment of student learning.
- The total point value of the test was reduced while still giving students their earned points.

Q. Was the PreCalculus Final Exam Graded on a Curve?

A. There was no need to make any accommodations for the first semester final exam as students demonstrated a high level of mastery of the first semester content. However, on the more demanding second semester final exam all PreCalculus teachers graded the assessment on a curve to the benefit of the entire class.

Q. How does the Dublin High Waiver Form work?

A. Dublin High requires students to achieve certain grades in the DPIE Academy summer courses with the aim of having the grade added to their transcript and to advance to the next course level. Students whose grades meet that criteria will automatically advance to the next course level. (Algebra 1 & Geometry = B+ or better, Algebra 2 & PreCalculus = B or better). Students who do not meet those requirements may submit a waiver for consideration.

If after reviewing your student’s grade, you feel that he/she is appropriately prepared to advance to the next course level and want to have the grade added to their transcript, you may submit the Waiver form by clicking the link below and submitting your form between July 15th and 22nd. The waiver will be reviewed by Academy Principal Lenni Velez, a determination will be made to accept or reject the waiver request and parents will be notified of this decision via email before July 30. The waiver form link can be found on the DPIE high school webpage here as well (LINK CLOSED).

Dublin High will also approve waivers for students whose cumulative work in a DPIE course equates to a “B” grade of some kind.

Example 1 – A student earns a “C” grade in the first semester and an “A” in the second semester. The overall performance = “B” and that waiver request will be approved.

Example 2 – A student earns a “B+” in semester 1 and a “C+” in semester 2. The overall performance again equates to a “B” average and a waiver request will be approved.

Q. Are DPIE grades counted in my student’s grade point average?

A. Students who have finished with 8th grade are considered a high school student and all courses they take and grades they earn will be added to their high school transcript, be counted in their high school gpa and they will receive 10 credits toward the high school graduation requirement if the grades meet the required performance level as defined by the school district.

Student who have not completed middle school, but take high school courses like Advanced Algebra 1 or Advanced Geometry during the summer, will find those courses and the grades earned listed on their high school transcript, but since the course was taken while they were still in middle school, it does not count in their high school gpa, they do not receive 10 units of credit and they do not count toward completing the three year high school math requirement. These students will still need to complete three years of Math courses once they have left 8th grade.

DHS Math Department Waiver Form - CLOSED

WAIVER QUESTIONS

1. WHO DOES NOT NEED TO COMPLETE A WAIVER FORM?
A. Students in Adv. Algebra 1 or Adv. Geometry who earn a "B+" (86.5%) or better in each semester.
B. Students in Advanced Algebra 2 or Pre Calculus who earn a "B" (82.5%) or better in each semester.

2. WHO DOES NEED TO COMPLETE A WAIVER FORM?
A. Students in Adv. Algebra 1 or Adv. Geometry who did not earn a "B+" or better grade in each semester will need to complete a waiver form.
B. Students in Adv. Algebra 2 or PreCalculus who did not earn a "B" or better grade in each (both) semesters

* Any student who earns a qualifying grade in one semester but not both, will need to submit the waiver form in order to have the class added to your students high school transcript and move on to the next course. As an example, if a student earns a "B+" (86.5%) or better grade in the first semester and a "B-" in semester 2, that student will need to submit a waiver form if they want approval to have the grades added to their transcript and move onto the next course.

3. WHICH WAIVERS WILL BE APPROVED BY THE HIGH SCHOOL?
Generally speaking, Dublin high school approves waivers for students who earned grades of "B-" or above for each semester. If they are approved, their DPIE grades will be added to their transcript, they will be issued 10 credits toward the graduation requirement their grade will be counted in their high school gpa and students will be advanced to the next course in the fall.

Dublin High will also grant waivers to students whose cumulative average for both semesters in the DPIE program falls into the “B” range. 

Example #1 – A student earns a “C” grade in the first semester and an “A” grade in the second semester.  Cumulative grade is a B and those waivers will be approved.

Example #2 – A student earns a “B+” grade in semester 1 and a “C+” grade in semester 2. The cumulative grade for the course is considered a “B” and that waiver request will be approved.

HOW WILL "C" GRADES BE HANDLED?
It will be up to the high school to decide if they will allow you to add any "C" grade to your student's transcript and move to the next course level in the fall. However, because Adv. Algebra 1 and Advanced Algebra 2 are considered to be foundational classes for the math program, "C" grades are not likely to be accepted for those two courses.

A student who earns ONLY "C" grades in Geometry, may be allowed to move on to the next course level, but those students are generally added to Algebra 2 in the fall semester and not into Adv. Algebra 2.

4. HOW ARE GRADES FOR SCIENCE AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION HANDLED BY THE HIGH SCHOOL?
All students earning a "B-" (79.6%) or higher grade in Science and PE classes this summer will automatically have their grades added to their transcript. If your child earns a "C" grade of any kind in the summer program and you want that grade added to your student's transcript, please use the waiver form link to submit your waiver request as well.

5. WILL MY STUDENT'S GRADES AUTOMATICALLY BE ADDED TO MY STUDENT'S TRANSCRIPT?
Students who meet the criteria for advancement as outlined by Dublin High School will automatically have their grades added to their Dublin High Transcript. If your child earned a qualifying grade in each semester and you don't want the grade uploaded to his/her transcript. Please email Ms. Velez at velezlenni@dublinusd.org to let her know.

Students whose waiver request are approved will also have their grades added to their transcripts and advanced to the next class in the fall

For the last nine years, DPIE has excelled at offering accelerated year-long courses in a six-week, five hour per day format and Dublin students have done extremely well in the program.  Due to the continuing changes we are facing due to COVID-19, we have decided this year after recommendations from parents, discussions with the DUSD and Dublin High School to offer our summer academy in a online distance learning format.  

Our obligation to the school district is that we teach Dublin High School courses as they are designed by the DUSD. Therefore, we asked our lead teachers for each course to design an online distance learning format that would provide the greatest opportunity for students to learn, succeed and to prepare them for the next course level.  Below is the list of courses that we are offering this summer.  Click on each subject to see the detailed distance course outline.

We are pleased to announce that during the 2020 Distance Learning DPIE Summer Academy, we will be providing DHS HUB tutoring services to our enrolled students.  We realize that online distant learning is different to our traditional Summer Academy and we want to help our students succeed, therefore, we are offering this tutoring service at no additional cost.

Who can use the Tutoring Service?   We have broken our enrolled students into 2 groups: 

  1. Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Biology, Pre-Calculus and Math Course 3 Students
  2. Geometry Students

When?   All sessions are Monday - Friday from 4 - 6pm starting now, through to the end of Summer Academy.

How to gain access?    The tutoring service is via Webex calls.  All students should have received an email from either DPIE or Jean Josey of the Hub with the Webex Link.  If you have not received your link, please email JoseyJean@dublinusd.org and let her know which subject course you are enrolled in.

We hope you will all be patient with us as our teachers gain their footing in this world of distance learning and thank you to all of you for your support.

ADVANCED ALGEBRA AND ADVANCED GEOMETRY

Following Dublin School District Board approval on Tuesday, January 28th, 2020, DPIE will be offering the new Advanced Algebra and Advanced Geometry to their course offerings this summer.

If you sent in an approval form early and your child has been approved to take Algebra 1 or Geometry with us, they will automatically be placed into Advanced Algebra or Advanced Geometry for the summer of 2020.

Summer Program Dates & Times

  • Dates: Six weeks - June 2 to July 10, 2020.

  • Venue: Online.

  • Class times: 8:30am to 1:30pm

  • First Semester
    Week 1: June 2 - 5
    Week 2: June 8 - 12
    Week 3: June 15 - 18 (NO class on Friday, June 19)

  • Second Semester
    Week 4: June 22 - 25 (NO class on Friday, June 26)
    Week 5: June 29 - July 2 (NO class on Friday, July 3)
    Week 6: July 6 - July 10 (Final Exams Friday, July 10)

Who Can Enroll in the DPIE Summer Program?

Dublin Students – Dublin students who have met the prerequisites and grade criteria for math and science courses and have been approved by Dublin High School may enroll in DPIE Summer courses. Upon successful completion of the course, students will receive Credit for the course on their DHS transcript.

Students enrolling in DPIE Physical Education and Elective courses do not need to get Pre-approved and may enroll online as soon as enrollment opens on January 24th. Students who want to take DPIE course for enrichment or exposure only may also enroll on January 24th without prior approval.

Non-Dublin Students – If you attend school outside of the Dublin School district, you may enroll in our classes for enrichment purposes only. You may only receive credit for successfully completing a course with us if your current school district approves you to take the course with us for credit.  You will have to check with the Educational Services department in your school district to learn what process they have for getting outside classes approved.

How do I get Approval to take a course in the DPIE summer program? 

Dublin students who want to take a math or science course for credit must be pre-approved by Dublin High  in order to have the course and grade added to their transcript.  The Dublin High School approval proess is paperless and approvals must be submitted online by utilizing the approval link below.  Click on the link and complete the information asked and then submit your request.

Online Approval Link for Math - LIVE 

Online Approval Link for Science - LIVE

The online approval requests are submitted to the Head of Maths and Science Departments at Dublin High School.  You will be notified via email of your approval or denial after all first semester grades have been added to student transcripts.  We anticipate these emails to begin after January 27, 2020.

Students enrolling in Physical Education courses DO NOT need prior aproval and may enroll straight away. (Click here for course information and to enroll).

Cost of High School Programs
– Enroll Early and Save

 All 6-week, year-long Summer high school courses

  • $980 – January 29th to February 29th
  • $1,030 – March 1st to March 31st
  • $1,080 – April 1st to June 3rd

3-week semester courses

  • $490 – January 29th to February 29th
  • $515 – March 1st to March 31st
  • $540 – April 1st to June 3rd for 1st semester and June 21st for second semester

What are the pre-requisites and grade criteria required for approvals?

Math Pre-Requisites and Grade Criteria

*NOTE: Students may only take one Algebra based course for acceleration through DPIE. They can take either Algebra 1 or Algebra 2/Trigonometry in DPIE, but they cannot take both classes through any Summer program.

** Math students who do not earn the minimum grade requirements to have their grades automatically added to their high school transcript and move on to the next course level, may appeal  to have their grades counted and to move onto the next course level by completing the Dublin High School Waiver form. As a convenience, the Waiver form will be distributed by DPIE via email to the families of all math students enrolled in the Academy during the last week of the summer session. The waivers can be turned into your DPIE math teacher and they will be collected and given to the head of the DHS Math Department for review.

Science Pre-Requisites & Grade Criteria

 Biology

  • Student must be entering grades 9 or 10 in the Fall (2020 – 2021 school year).
  • Students wanting to enroll in this class must have a strong “B” or better in both their current science and English classes.

Note: Students enrolling in the Biomedical Academy must take this class during the regular school year and cannot take this class in the Summer.

Honors Chemistry

  • Successful completion of or concurrently enrolled in Alg.2/Trig class.
  • Successful completion of Biology.

Physical Education and Elective Courses

  • Students who want to enroll in Physical Education or Elective programs do not need prior approval from the high school and may register as soon as registration opens on January 29, 2020.
  • Physical Education credit earned during the Summer counts toward the completion of the Sophomore PE requirement and does not satisfy the requirement of Physical Education for Freshman. This means all freshman will be required to take Physical Education in their Freshman year.