- How long does it take to complete a course series?
Throughout the school year, students are expected to complete 30 lessons. This translates to approximately one lesson a week and includes breaks for holidays.
- Are there set times that the students must log on to take the course?
No. Students have the freedom to go online and log into their course whenever it is most convenient for them. For example, some students take their courses after school one day a week, others choose to take their lesson on a Saturday or Sunday morning. Alternatively, some students binge-watch their lessons during fall, winter, and spring breaks.
- What are the Standards of Learning that the U.S. History Abroad curriculum is based on?
The Standards of Learning (SOL) describe the expectations given by the United States for student learning and achievement in grades K-12 in American history. The SOL provides the curriculum framework that teachers are expected to teach as well as the specific knowledge and skills that their students are expected to learn. Those who successfully complete our course series show proficiency in the subject matter that meet U.S. standards.
- Is there any interaction between students and teachers?
Teachers and students communicate via email.
- What books are used as part of the U.S. History Abroad course series?
NEW this year! Students will make their own choices on which historical fiction books they'd like to read!
- Are there graded writing assignments?
Students who are participating in a U.S. History Abroad course series at the upper elementary and the middle school level will be asked to turn in writing assignments. Assignments are looked at for student comprehension.
- Are there any tests?
A brief quiz is often given at the end of each lesson to review important concepts and evaluate student comprehension.
- Will the student be given a final grade?
Since the U.S. History Abroad course series is considered supplemental coursework for students, no official grades will be given.
- What are the system requirements?
All you need is a computer with reliable Internet connection.
- Who qualifies for tuition reimbursement?
Currently, employees posted abroad who work for the U.S. State Department, U.S. AID, OR employees with select privately held companies are eligible for tuition reimbursement for their children during the regular school year. You can read the regulations for DSSR 276.9 Supplemental Instruction by clicking this link, OR, you can read the guidance letter that the Office of Allowances and FLO produced by clicking this link.
- How does tuition reimbursement work?
Upon registering your child(ren) for a course, you will receive a receipt and form letter via email. Then, it is your responsibility to submit your documents to your post’s Financial Management Office (if you are State Department) or to your company’s HR department and they will reimburse you in about 2-3 weeks time. Click here to view the sample letter.
- Are courses available during the summer months?
Yes! Completing courses during the summer months is a great option for kids who are too busy during the regular school year. However, tuition reimbursement through the State Department is provided under limited circumstances and the employee must provide information on why the child could not use the supplementary instruction during the regular school year. Please direct requests for authorization to the Director of the Office of Allowances at AllowancesO@state.gov
- What is the policy for refunds?
- Through the first week of classes, tuition will be refunded at 100%, less a $50 processing fee for students withdrawal.
- The second week of classes tuition will be refunded at 75%, less a $50 processing fee for students withdrawal.
- The third week of classes tuition will be refunded at 50%, less a $50 processing fee for students withdrawal.
- The fourth week of classes tuition will be refunded at 25%, less a $50 processing fee for students withdrawal.
- Beginning with the fifth week of classes, refunds will not be considered.
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