Frequently Asked Questions
When did the My Tech High program begin?
Does My Tech High operate as a Public Charter / District School or a Private School?
For the Utah program, in which public schools will my child be enrolled?
In Utah, all students are full-time, virtual students enrolled in one of these 3 innovative Utah public schools:
- Gateway Preparatory Academy in Cedar City (visit site)
- Provo eSchool in Provo School District (visit site)
- Blue Peak Online in Tooele County School District (visit site)
All program requirements, details, policies, schedules, courses, testing, student records, credits, IEPs, reimbursements, etc. are subject to the approval of the 3 partner schools. Please review this list of key policies.
With which curriculum providers do you partner directly?
The following providers are available as a My Tech High Direct option:
- Waterford Early Learning (Language Arts, Math, Science)
- ALEKS Math
- Edgenuity (via Provo eSchool)
- K12 Virtual (via Provo eSchool)
- BYU Independent Study
- Odyssey by CompassLearning
- Apex Learning
- GLM Education
- Dreambox Math
- ST Math
- Imagine Language & Literacy
- Imagine Math (formerly Think Through Math)
- Imagine Math Facts (formerly Big Brainz Timez Attack)*
- BrainPop and BrainPop, Jr.*
- Education City*
- Study Island*
- Rosetta Stone
- Duo Lingo
- Leadership Education Academy
- Reading Eggs
- Math Seeds
- College for America at Southern New Hampshire University
- Onsite Dual Enrollment (with local district schools)
*Indicates a program for which ALL students have unlimited access
Do you ever have face-to-face events?
Does every student need to take a Tech or Entrepreneurship course?
Can parents or schools purchase individual tech and entrepreneurship courses?
Why are Pass / Fail grades given instead of traditional letter grades?
Are students required to participate in State testing?
Is the recommended age for the Tech courses flexible?
Are all the learning materials and technology resources property of the program?
Yes. All materials, curriculum, technology purchased or reimbursed with public funds are considered property of the program and must be returned or repaid if a student fails to adhere to all program requirements and/or withdraws at any time prior to the end of the school year.
NOTE: Any new computer, Chromebook, or iPad/tablet which is fully reimbursed with a student’s Technology Allowance funds remains property of the school’s program for three years. If a student withdraws from the program after year one or year two, the parent will be asked to return the computer, Chromebook, or iPad/tablet or re-pay the depreciated value of the device.
Once my child is accepted, will I receive additional information?
Can a High School student earn credit towards an accredited diploma?
Yes! Diploma-seeking students can choose courses from any of the 3 following options:
- BYU Independent Study online courses
- Edgenuity online courses
- On-site, split enrollment courses at your local high school (up to two classes each semester)
Can a High School student earn credit towards an accredited Associate's Degree?
Yes! Various options exist for students to earn Early College Credits and pursue an accredited Associate’s Degree, including:
- Classroom-based Broadcast / Concurrent Enrollment (CE) courses in High Schools
- Advanced Placement (AP) courses and exams
- College Level Examination Program (CLEP Exams)
- High ACT / SAT scores in subject areas can count for some college credit
- On-campus Applied Technology College Programs (i.e. DATC, MATC, etc.)
- On-Campus University courses
- Online, semester-based courses
- Online, competency-based courses / programs
Can students with disabilities participate in the program?
Can I select religious-based curriculum as part of my approved program?
Which Minecraft course would be best for my child?
The Minecraft STEAM course is broad and touches on Art, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Math, Language Art / Social Studies concepts. The course can be applied at multiple levels, depending of the skill level of the student. And since it is very open, it allows students to do projects at their own level. Experienced Minecraft players may know some of the Minecraft techniques already (how to make a character skin and how to use redstone), but will discover new concepts such as basic art techniques, making scale models, and learning about circuitry with redstone.
The Minecraft Modding with Java course is fairly technical and focuses exclusively on creating and adding custom modifications to Minecraft using Java. The course is appropriate for any student 11+ that has a basic foundational grasp of coding and is comfortable with a little bit of troubleshooting.
What type of computer do you recommend for students to use?
We recommend students use a standard PC or Mac (not a Chromebook or tablet). A student typically just needs a basic desktop or laptop.