Who can take RCSOnline courses?
RCSOnline Courses are offered only to Rutherford County students who are in the ninth grade or higher in an RCS high school. Rising freshmen are not permitted to take summer online courses before they start ninth grade. Students not enrolled in an RCS high school are not permitted to take RCSOnline courses.
How long do I have to complete a course?
Each half-credit course last approximately eight weeks. You may take one half-credit course each quarter, for a total of four half-credits. You must successfully complete your quarter's course by the end date to be allowed to enroll in next quarter. For example, if you have not completed quarter three by March 2, you will NOT be allowed to register for or begin quarter four courses.
Students who have not completed their quarter three courses by March 2 can request a one-week extension at a cost of $50. No more than one extension will be allowed to a student per course. Any assignments not completed by the end of the one-week extension (March 9) will be given a grade of zero. Students who have unfinished work after March 2 cannot register for a class in quarter four.
How much time will it take every day?
For courses taken over an 8-week term, expect to spend at least 2 hours per day, five days per week (or an average of ten hours per week) working in the course. Make sure you have this much time in your schedule before you decide to take the course!!
While online learning offers flexibility in the time of day that a student works on the course, and does not generally require a physical presence in a classroom, students are expected to be active regularly in the class and are required to meet all assignment deadlines. * RCSOnline courses are NOT “at your own pace.” Courses have due dates every week, and points will be deducted for not meeting those deadlines.Click here to read the Virtual Attendance and Late Policy. You and your parents will have to sign an acknowledgment of this policy to enroll.
*Students are allowed to work ahead and finish the course early. If you know you will not be able to be in the course for a few days, you must do those assignments ahead of time to earn permission to be "absent" from the course. Staying at least a few days ahead of schedule is very highly recommended!
I have a busy schedule. Can I still take online courses?
Situations such as working at a job, going on a trip, participating in sports or other extra-curricular activities, etc. do not give the student permission to be behind in the course. If obligations such as these and others will prevent you from staying on pace in an online course, then online learning is not for you at this time. Consider all your obligations carefully before you make the commitment to online learning. When you enroll in an online course, you are saying that you have the time to complete the work as required and on time. If you have things coming up and need to be "absent" from your course for a day or so, you can and must work ahead and complete assignments in advance of days that you might be unable to work. You cannot skip assignment deadlines expecting to "catch up" later.
To read the RCS Online Virtual Attendance and Late Policy -click here.
Where can I work on my course?
Most students work from home. Some students work during a directed studies/study hall period at school. Students will need reliable internet access at home to complete their assignments. Internet access at home is the responsibility of the student/parents and is not provided by the school district.
What do I have to do at school?
For each half-credit course, there are three things you must do at school site:
1. Orientation - required for first time RCSOnline students
All students who have not previously taken a course through RCSOnline MUST attend an orientation session. Students may choose between completing an online orientation or an in-person orientation. Parents are welcome, but not required to attend the orientations. No other students will be allowed in the lab during the in-person orientation. Exact times for the in-person orientations will be communicated by email to the students and parents. The in-person orientation will take place during the school day at the student's zoned school. If the student chooses to complete an online orientation, complete details will be emailed to the student and the parent.
2. Mid-way test - must be supervised by an RCS Online teacher at the student's zoned school. The student will receive a list of teachers who can supervise this test. (This test is the equivalent of a nine-weeks test.) The exact date of the mid-way test will be announced by the teacher in the course. This test counts as 10% of your course grade.
3. Semester exam - must be supervised by an RCS Online teacher at the student's zoned school. The student will receive a list of teachers who can supervise this test.The semester exam must be taken no later than the last day of the course but can be taken sooner if the student has finished all assignments for the course. This test counts as 25% of your course grade.
All students taking the second semester of a state TNReady exam course online must take the TNReady exam.
TNReady means state-tested. This applies to Chemistry, Biology, US History/Geography, Integrated Math 1, 2, or 3, and English 1, 2 or 3. The TN Department of Education determines the specific dates for the tests to be administered. Those exams will be administered at your school in November or December and again in April or May. Your grade will not be finalized until you have taken the TN Ready exam. Your school counselor will be notified that you need to take the test and will inform you as to the exact date, time and location for you to report for the exam.
Are these courses easier than regular classes?
Absolutely not. RCSOnline courses require the same amount of work as a regular face-to-face class. This is not the easy way to take a class. In fact, you must work hard to stay on track. Getting behind is the number one reason students don't pass an online class. Don't let that happen to you! If you need help, ask for it. Your teachers want you to succeed.
How much does it cost?
The cost is $150 per half-credit and must be paid before you can start the course. There are no fee waivers and no refunds for online courses. Be sure of your decision before you register for the course.
How do I register?
Here are the steps:
1.The registration window for Quarter Four is February 7 through March 5. Your registration process will go much more smoothly if you speak to your school counselor before completing the registration form.
2. We will contact your school counselor to confirm your approval to take the class.
3. You and your parents must sign the acknowledgment form for the Virtual Attendance and Late Policy and return it to Ms. Hunter or your guidance counselor. You may fax it to 615-898-7955, or email the scanned form or email a statement that you have received it to firstname.lastname@example.org
4. Once we have received approval from a counselor, and you have turned in the form we will contact you with payment and orientation information.
Online Registration for Quarter Four, 2017/18
Once you fill out the registration form, you will receive an acknowledgment email from Ms. Hunter. Your final approval email will come when she receives confirmation from your counselor at your zoned school. As a reminder, please be aware that all course requests require approval from the counselor at your zoned school.
How do I pay for my course?
When we email you with final approval, we will send instructions about how to pay. Sorry, but we can not accept personal checks. We accept cash, cashier's checks or money orders made out to Rutherford County Schools. We also have an online payment system that takes credit/debit cards. We do not post that link on our website because we do not want payments until you have been approved by your school counselor. We will send that link in your approval email. Payment for Quarter Four is due by March 7.
Online courses are NOT covered by fee waivers. There are NO REFUNDS for online courses. Be sure of your decision before you enroll.
One last thing to think about!
Students and parents should be aware that this is a very sizeable commitment in a limited amount of time and requires self-direction, good time-management skills, and determination. While online learning provides flexibility in scheduling, it is not the “easy” way of taking a course. Online courses require the same work as face-to-face classes, and students must prepare for and take all state-required tests that apply to the course. Make sure you have time to complete the course and stay on track. If you are not sure you can fit everything into your schedule, call and we will help you decide your best option.
You must speak to your counselor prior to enrolling in an online course. Also, please thoroughly read the information on this page. Quarter Four enrollment will be February 7 through March 5.
If you have additional questions about RCSOnline courses, please contact Holly Hunter at 615-893-5815, ext 22067 or by email at email@example.com . We will be happy to answer your questions, address your concerns, and help you decide if online learning is right for you or your child.
RCS Online Courses are also offered during the summer.