Landry Academy

Online Class Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

Does Landry Academy have a statement of faith?

Yes..

  • There is one God who is infinitely perfect, existing eternally in three persons; Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  • Jesus Christ is true God and true man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He died upon the cross and all who believe in Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood. He arose from the dead according to the Scriptures.
  • The Holy Spirit is a divine person sent to convict men of sin, and to indwell, guide, teach and empower the believer.
  • The Bible (Old and New Testaments), without error as originally given, were inspired by God and are a complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men. They constitute the divine and only rule of Christian faith and life.
  • Man was originally created in the image and likeness of God. He fell through disobedience. All men are born with a sinful nature, and separated from the life of God, and can be saved only through the atoning work of the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Salvation has been provided through Jesus Christ and those who repent and believe in Him are born of the Holy Spirit, receive the gift of eternal life, and become the children of God.

Can I attend your online classes from a mobile device?

There is currently limited ability to attend a live class through a mobile device.  Some features are unavailable when attending a live class via mobile device.  Instructions for that are HERE.  Recordings are not available to watch via mobile device yet.

Do you offer online summer classes?

Yes. Our one and two semester summer school online classes are concentrated classes that enable students to complete a class in 1/5th the time it would normally take. During a regular spring or fall semester, classes meet for 90 minutes once per week for 15 weeks (30 weeks for a two semester class). During summer school, a one semester class meets every weekday for 90 minutes for three weeks (15 classes). A two semester class meets every weekday for 90 minutes for six weeks (30 classes).

Students are limited to two simultaneous courses during the summer. 

Summer 2014 schedule..

  • One semester first summer session classes: May 12 - May 30, 2014
  • One semester second summer session classes: June 9 - June 27, 2014

How many students are typically in one of your online classes?

We typically have 10 to 25 students in an online class.

Can students graduate from Landry Academy and get transcripts and a diploma?

No, Landry Academy is not an "accredited school.” We simply offer college-prep online classes that homeschooled and private schooled students can take to supplement and enhance their education. Some students take one or two classes with us each year and some take all or almost all of their classes with us. A final grade is issued for each class a student takes and a record of all classes is available for parents to print at any time.

How often do your online classes meet and for how long?

Our online classes meet once per week for 90 minutes.

How is suspected cheating handled?

We take academic integrity very seriously. When necessary, we (administration) meet with the student, family, and teacher and make a decision on a case-by-case basis. The student may ultimately be suspended or expelled from Landry Academy at the discretion of administration.

How is rude or abusive behavior toward students or faculty handled?

We protect our students, teachers, and administrators. Rude or abusive families will be expelled from Landry Academy on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of administration.

When do semesters for your online classes usually start and end?

We follow a standard university model 15 week semester. Classes meet 15 times (15 weeks) per semester with two breaks per semester. Falls semesters run from mid-August through early December and spring semesters run from mid-January through early May.

Do you close registration for online classes on a specific date?

Registration closes when classes fill or approximately one week before classes begin, whichever comes first. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Should students purchase their own textbook and other class materials?

Students are responsible for obtaining textbooks and other materials that may be required for the class. Textbooks may be purchased used at a variety of sites online. Other materials required for classes are typically minimal, if any are required at all. Exceptions to that may be science classes which may require lab materials, computer classes which may require software, art classes that may require supplies, etc.

Should we also purchase the teacher guide or any teacher materials?

No, there is no need for parents or students to have teacher materials. The class teacher will handle all the teaching, assignments, testing, grading, etc.

When does registration open for a school year?

Registration for a school year (fall and spring semesters) typically opens one year prior to the beginning of classes. This enables us to offer very substantial early registration discounts.  Check out our generic semesters as a flexible purchasing option.

Do prerequisite classes have to be taken at Landry Academy?

Prerequisites are a general guideline to help parents register their children for the most appropriate class. If a class has a prerequisite that is one of our other classes, it does not mean that the student has to have taken that class with Landry Academy or that they have to have covered everything in the description of the prerequisite class. It simply means that they should have generally covered most of the topics in the prerequisite class description. We leave the decision of class placement to the parents. Please contact us if you have questions regarding class placement.

Are your online teachers Christians?

Yes, we interview prospective teachers and require that they affirm and sign our statement of faith.

 

How are assignments submitted to teachers and how are tests taken?

Assignments are easily submitted through our online learning management system. Tests are also taken and submitted online.

Can I view a sample of your online classes?

Yes, you are able to access recordings of actual classes and of our free 30 minute online webinars which are also held in our online "classroom.”

How would you describe the rigor and workload of your classes?

Landry Academy classes would be described as "college prep" in their level of rigor, designed to adequately prepare students for college and life. Approximate workload for each class per week in addition to the 90 minute class is (may vary significantly depending on the class):

(4th-6th grade) - 2 to 3 hours per week

(7th-9th grade) - 3 to 5 hours per week

(9th-12th grade) - 4 to 8 hours per week

(Advanced courses) - 10-12 hours of homework each week

Be sure to read the course descriptions carefully to see which classes may have a more demanding homework expectation.  If you have questions or concerns about the level of work expected, please send us an email to faculty@landryacademy.com and we can put you in contact with the teacher or department chair for more information.

When class times are stated on the site, which time zone is it referring to?

All times on the site are U.S. eastern time zone.

What are the technical requirements for online classes?

Most people are able to access the systems and participate in our classes with relatively no problems, however, because we do offer high quality classes where our teachers stream their webcam live, it can put a strain on older computers or low-bandwidth internet connectivity.  It is important to ensure you take a look at our tech page and the related faq's if you have concerns about whether your computer and internet connection will provide you with the opportunity to take advantage of our classes to the full extent of their offering. 

What is Landry Academy's commitment to the online class student?

We commit to providing weekly Biblical worldview classes taught by teachers with expertise in their fields. Teachers provide testing, feedback, and assistance to students when needed outside of class via email, telephone, or during office hours in our online classrooms. An official final grade is issued for each class a student takes and is available as part of our records at any time for parents to print for their personal use.

What is expected of students in online classes?

We expect that students treat their teacher and fellow students with respect and that they follow guidelines for appropriate behavior in class. Students are expected to attend class - either live or recorded (they are not required to attend the live classes) on a weekly basis. They are also expected to keep up with assignments, etc. as directed by their teacher.

Do you offer "honors" courses?

We don't classify courses as "honors" because there is no standard for "honors" classification. We believe that the rigor of many of our courses would merit "honors" classification in many schools. It's ultimately up to homeschooling parents to designate courses on student's transcripts as they see appropriate based on their states homeschool requirements and standards.

Are the "advanced" classes "AP" classes?

 No. For us to call a class "AP" it must meet and be limited to certain criteria set by the company who administers AP. We prefer not to be limited by this and believe our "advanced" classes are at least as rigorous as "AP" classes, and in most cases exceed expectations of AP courses. We offer advanced courses in Chemistry, Physics, and Biology. If your student is interested in taking a particular AP exam, please discuss this with your Landry Academy teacher. It's ultimately up to parents or schools to designate courses on student's transcripts as they see appropriate.

Are young students (4th-6th grade) able to handle online classes?

Yes, most young students thrive in online classes. Our 4th-6th grade classes are presented at a basic level and are great for training students to listen in class, take notes, meet deadlines, study, etc. Online classes are the future at all levels, including universities. A class at this level is wonderful training for students as they prepare for the middle and high school level years.

Are students required to attend the live classes?

Students are strongly encouraged to attend live classes when possible, but are typically not required to attend classes live. Many teachers may require attendance via live class OR recordings, but attendance during the live class is not a requirement.  If they miss a live class, recordings of each class are available on the student's class web page, and they are still responsible for assignments given in those classes. They can access class recordings 24/7 at their convenience. The exception to this may be foreign language classes where pronunciation is an important part of the class, and some classes such as literature and history where class discussion is an important part of the class.

Do your classes use physical textbooks or online textbooks?

Most of our classes use physical textbooks.

Do teachers handle all aspects of the class (assignments, grading, etc.)?

Yes, teachers handle all aspects of the class, including assignments, grading tests, and issuing a final grade for the class.

Is there a fee to change classes?

Yes.  There is a $25 change fee to transfer a student from one class to another. 

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