Frequently Asked Questions
When did the My Tech High program begin?
The first group of students participated in the My Tech High program during the 2009-10 school year. Interest in the program continues to grow each year and we’re honored to be part of each child’s educational experience.
Does My Tech High operate as a Public Charter/District School or a Private School?
Neither. We are a personalized education program which operates under a Public/Private Partnership model administered by existing public schools (both district and charter).
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 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 Split Enrollment (with local district schools)
*Indicates a program for which ALL students have unlimited access
Do you ever have face-to-face events?
Yes. Our partner schools schedule monthly field trips. We also host an annual Student Showcase Night where students share a favorite project with family and friends. Showcase Nights are some of the most enjoyable moments of the year.
Does every student need to take a Tech or Entrepreneurship course?
Yes! Our program is focused on helping students gain valuable skills to be successful in college, career and life. Students with a strong foundation in creativity, innovation, technology and business are poised to change the world for good. Review all tech and entrepreneurship courses available for full-time Utah students.
Can parents or schools purchase individual tech and entrepreneurship courses?
Yes! Through a partnership with Tech Trep Academy, private pay parents and schools can purchase individual courses for students. Note: Several partner schools and programs in Southern California and Alaska are pre-approved to purchase via Tech Trep.
Why are Pass/Fail grades given instead of traditional letter grades?
We believe STRONGLY in personalized education and providing flexible resources to help every student enjoy their learning experience. Letter grades limit flexibility and force children to navigate artificial grade distinctions. We have concluded that this subjective and stressful approach would contradict our goal of inspiring our students to gain a true lifelong love of learning. Note: Diploma-seeking students are given a traditional letter grade from their approved provider.
Are students required to participate in State testing?
Yes. All public school students are required to participate in State tests. Also, as required by State Law, a SAGE opt-out form is available. Note that State tests are administered by employees of Provo eSchool or Gateway Preparatory Academy.
Is the recommended age for the Tech courses flexible?
Yes – absolutely. We believe the parent knows their child best and can decide if he/she would be able to handle a course that may be designed for older students.
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?
Yes! Once accepted into the program, parents will have access to Parent Link, a secure site with extensive details regarding all aspects of our personalized education program.
Can a High School student earn credit towards an accredited diploma?
Yes! Diploma-seeking students can choose courses from the following options:
- BYU Independent Study 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?
Absolutely!! Our partner schools offer a wide range of Special Ed Services remotely, including online speech therapy, virtual observations and support, video conference sessions, online resource teachers, and more!
Can I select religious-based curriculum as part of my approved program?
No. As this program is in partnership with the public education system, only secular materials are approved as part of the program. Parents are free to supplement their child’s education with religious materials using their own private funds.
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. 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.