Grade 9 - 12 (Age 14 - 18)
Snow College Online
Provider: Direct Full-schedule Courses
Website: Snow College Online
LMS: Spark LMS
Mode: Online Teacher-Supported
Offers Tutoring: Yes
Snow College Online offers a regionally accredited Associate of Science (A.S.) degree via a flexible online, self-directed, competency-based experience. The subject-based courses are supported by Snow College faculty and mentors.
Students are required to complete an assessment and sample project before enrolling in Snow College Online. Please note deadlines listed for assessment and project submission.
This full-schedule option is available to students in grades 9-12 who show college readiness and fills Periods 2-6 in your student’s schedule.
Students can choose a Technology Allowance or Optional Period 7.
Students do not need to take an additional Tech class as it’s part of the program.
Students can participate in one on-site split-enrollment class at their local boundary school (with district permission) in Optional Period 7. This option will deduct funds from your Technology Allowance.
Students can earn their Utah High School Diploma along with their completed Snow College Associate Degree. Please see this document for more information.
What you will learn
College-level courses that offer students an Associate of Science Degree with an emphasis on general education.
Watch this short tutorial on how to submit your student’s full SCO schedule in Schedule Builder.
Q: When can my student participate in the new Snow College Online option or College for America from SNHU?
A: If they are ready for college work, students can participate in Snow College Online or College for America from SNHU as early as 9th grade. They also have the option of starting in their 10th, 11th, or 12th grade years. Students will complete and submit a sample project specific to either College for America or Snow Online in order to be recommended for the these college programs.
Q: How will I know what classes to choose for my student in Snow Online?
A: The Snow Online program maps out their courses in a sequential format for the student. Students will have access to 3-5 courses at a time. Additional courses will be unlocked upon completion.
Q: Can my student transfer from College for America to Snow College Online?
A: Yes, College for America students who are interested in changing programs can transfer to Snow College Online. Currently, all credits will transfer and you can refer to this document.
Q: Can my student earn a high school diploma while earning early college credit?
A: Yes! Students who complete the Associate Degree through Snow College Online can also earn their high school diploma from their school of enrollment, pending final approval. Please review this document regarding requirements.
Q: How will the exams for Snow College Online be administered?
A: There’s a possibility that courses will include a proctored exam.
Q: How do students in College for America or Snow College Online report on their Learning Logs?
A: Students will share a 3-5 sentence highlight of their week for each Learning Log.
Q: What if the full-schedule program I have chosen, either CfA or Snow, isn’t a good fit for my student?
A: College for America and Snow Online each have a 14-day trial period. Your student may withdraw during this period without penalty. Students may also change curriculum at the semester if either of these programs aren’t a good fit.
Q: How many course credits can students earn each year through Snow Online or the College for America program at Southern New Hampshire University?
A: Students work at their own pace to complete as many credits as they can each year.
Q: Both College for America and Snow Online are self-paced and competency-based. Is there a minimum requirement to stay enrolled?
A: College for America students need to complete a minimum of six projects (competencies) per term. Snow Online students will need to complete a minimum of six credits (two classes) each semester.
Q: What are the differences between College for America and Snow Online?
A: College for America offers students an Associate in General Studies with an emphasis in Business. This program provides students the opportunity to master projects that count towards a college course. These projects cover real working experiences and companies. As students submit projects, they earn either a "mastery" or "not yet" which is decided by a reviewer. In the case of "not yet," students continue to focus on developing their knowledge and skills based on feedback and resubmit the project until mastered. Students currently receive a transcript from SNHU with "MA" for each course that is mastered.
Snow Online offers students an Associate of Science degree with an emphasis on general education. This program offers students a more traditional path of classes, studies, and coursework. Students have unlimited attempts to complete required assignments, projects, quizzes, and tests as they work towards mastery. Mentors provide feedback on criteria that need improvement until mastery is achieved. A course is considered complete once mastery is demonstrated, and an" A" grade will be awarded on the transcript.
Snow College has expanded its grading options to allow a student to choose a lower grade than A, if interested. For example, if a student is ready to move on to another course and no longer wants to pursue full “Mastery” (i.e. an A grade), the student can choose to conclude the course and receive whatever grade they have earned at that point (i.e. a B or C grade). Students can still work hard and get an A if they choose to, but they can also choose to work hard and earn a B or a C (there are no D options) and an F is only given if the student completely fails the course. This means that an A was increased to 90%+ mastery a B is 80%-89% and a C is &0%-79%.
Q: Could my son/daughter do just one year of College of America or Snow Online and receive some college credit?
A: Absolutely! Pending the receiving institution’s policy, early college credits may transfer individually to the college or university of their choice.
Q: Could a student just take one College for America or Snow Online “class”?
A: No; College for America and Snow Online are both My Tech High full-schedule programs that fill Periods 2 - 6. With both options, students also have a full Technology Allowance which can be used towards a class in optional Period 7, if desired. Students can take just one class with any other early college credit option. See Parent Link for details.
Q: How do I select the Full-schedule Snow College Online option in Schedule Builder?
A: For the core subjects please select the course option with "College" listed before (i.e. College Math). In Period 5 under Technology, select Computer Technology. In Period 6 under Career and Technical Education select Career Awareness. Under each course select “My Tech High Direct” to reveal the Full-schedule Snow College Online option.
Q: Can my student still take AP classes and will those transfer to Snow Online?
A: AP classes are a great way to prepare your student for rigorous college courses. Snow Online recognizes that learning occurs in many ways and greatly values your past experiences. Snow Online has developed a process to grant college credit for skills and expertise you've already gained. Some examples of prior credit options may include: past college credit, industry certifications, work experience, AP/ACT/SAT scores, and more. Show Snow College what you've done and earn immediate college credit!
Q: What if my student finishes the Snow Online program before their senior year?
A: Students who finish their selected program have the option of choosing another program or personalized curriculum until they finish high school. College for America from Southern New Hampshire University also offers three Bachelors programs that may be of interest to your student.
Q: Is there a deadline to apply for the Snow Online program?
A: July 31st. Students need to submit applications by July 31st in order to be considered for participation in Snow Online program.
Q: After registering for Snow Online do we need to pay for any balance due that shows on the student account?
A: No. Snow is required to post a fee to each student's account but My Tech High will pay it directly to Snow and it will turn to $0 in September.
Q: Are there prerequisites for the Snow Online program?
A: Students must show readiness for Math and Language Arts courses. If students are not ready for the college-level Math courses, Snow will help provide students with Aleks to prepare them for the Math courses. If students have not taken English 1,2, and 3 in high school, Snow will provide them with courses to prepare them for college-level Language Arts courses.
If you have questions, please reach out!