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Frequently Asked Questions

GENERAL QUESTIONS

Q: I’m in Jr. High – can I still attend LPA?
A: Yes! LPA services students in grades 7-12.

Q: Are you WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) Accredited?
A: Yes, we received a 6-year accreditation in 2019, and will have a mid-cycle visit after three
years.

Q: How much is the tuition for Learning Post Academy (LPA)?
A: LPA is a public school. It is tuition-free.

Q: Online learning must be easy! I can just look up all the answers on Google, right?
A: Many students believe that an online class must be easy, however, this is not the case. The
rigor is often higher than students anticipate, and it is very important to stay on task. If a student
falls behind it can get very difficult to get back on track.
Also, please note that we have an Academic Integrity policy which is very strongly enforced
since students do have access to online content. Our staff is very good at discovering when
plagiarism has taken place and they will move swiftly and expeditiously to correct the problem.
You can find out more by viewing our Academic Integrity policy.

Q: What if I’m sick and cannot do my work?
A: If anything in your life is going to get in the way of your studies, you are advised to reach out
to your teacher(s) ahead of time to work out a plan for completing your work.

Q: Can I only do my work between 8 am-3 pm?
A: The beauty of an online curriculum is that you have 24/7 access to it! Some students do
their best work in the wee hours of the night. Please note, however, that if you need teacher
support, they are only available during school business hours.

Q: How many hours a day should I expect to be working?
A: As a rule of thumb, we recommend that our students spend an hour per class per day.
Therefore, if you are taking 6 classes, you should expect to work around 6 hours per day.

Q: Can I get extra help from the teachers?
A: Yes, we have highly qualified teachers in each subject available to assist you when the need
arises. Simply reach out to your teacher to schedule a time to come in (or to video conference),
and they will be happy to guide you, as needed.

Q: Can I attend prom at my residence school if I am a student at LPA?
A: Yes, you may participate in all the extra-curricular activities offered at your residence school.

Q: Will I need to do all of my work on the computer?
A: Most of your work will be done on the computer. We encourage students to reach out to their
teachers for supplemental information and guidance. Since it can sometimes be difficult to be on
the computer all day, some students find it easier to work on our campus. This has the added
benefit of being in close proximity to the teachers, and if assistance is needed (and if the
teacher is available), you may be able to get help while you are on campus.

Q: Will I need to purchase any books?
A: Most of the resources you will need are available online, or you may check out books
through our office or through the library.

Q: Does LPA offer tutoring?
A: While we do not have a formal tutoring program, teachers are available (by appointment) to
assist with one-on-one support as reasonably needed. We hope to implement a Peer Tutoring
Center in the future.

Q: Do I physically have to attend classes on the LPA campus every day to receive
attendance?
A: Attendance is based on the amount of time spent working. Your teachers will make this
determination based on each student’s individual workload.

Q: So I don’t ever have to set foot on campus?
A: We do need to have “eyes” on you at least a couple of times a month. One of those must be
in-person. The second time can be via phone, email, or video conference. Of course, we’d love
to see you as frequently as you like, so please come in when you are available to do so.

Q: How do I do PE?
A: Apex provides a PE class for our students to engage in.

Q: What happens if I just don’t like one of my classes?
A: You will have a few weeks at the beginning of the semester to make a determination if you
do not like a class. If you decide to switch a class, contact your LPA counselor for assistance.
Please keep in mind, we strive to enroll you in courses that meet a number of criteria including
our graduation requirements and A-G college admission requirements.

Q: What happens if I have scheduled a meeting with a teacher, but something comes up
and I can’t make it?
A: Please reach out to the teacher (or the office staff) to cancel the meeting. It is also expected
that you would then please reschedule with the teacher.

Q: When will I find out what my classes are?
A: Returning students will have picked their classes during Spring 2020. New students will
choose classes during the intake phone call by our counselor or School Office Manager. If
changes are needed, these can be handled during the first week of school in the fall.

Q: Can I take more than 6 classes?
A: Most students take 6 classes. If there is a specific need for taking additional classes, please
contact our School Counselor.

Q: What’s the difference between Honors Classes and AP Classes?
A: Both honors and AP classes have greater rigor than regular classes. Honors courses
typically cover the same curriculum as a regular college prep class and are adjusted to go
deeper into the content. AP classes are going to be even more challenging than honors classes
because they are taught like college courses. At the end of the semester, there is an AP Test
that if passed (with a score of 3 or higher), can give the student college credit for the class
(depending on the requirements from each individual college).

DUAL ENROLLMENT

Q: What is “dual enrollment”?
A: Dual Enrollment refers to being enrolled primarily with us (LPA), with the ability to take up to
2 classes at your residence Jr. High or High School.

Q: If I am dual enrolled, can I take 3 classes at my local high school and a couple with
LPA?
A: No, the maximum number of classes you can take at your residence school is two.

Q: Can I concurrently take classes at COC or another community college?
A: Yes, we can facilitate students in grades 11-12 taking classes at COC or another community
college.

Q: Can I participate in athletics at my school of residence?
A: Yes. Students who are participating in sports must take 2 classes on the campus of your
residence school. One class would be the sport, and the other class can be an elective or core
class of your choice.

Q: What if I only want to take one class at LPA?
A: This may be something considered in the future, but for the time being, this is not allowed.

Q: What if I only need 3 classes to graduate, and I need to work? My residence school
says I have to have at least 5 classes. Do I still have to take 5 classes at LPA?
A: Our counselor can work with you to take the necessary number of classes, and can possibly
offer Work Experience elective credit if you have a job.

TESTING

Q: Do students still have to do State Testing if we are attending LPA?
A: State testing is a requirement for all public schools, so yes, you would be expected to take
the tests when offered in the spring. These tests are taken on campus, and details will be
provided when needed.

Q: Do we do all unit tests at home or do we need to come on campus?
A: Many tests will be done at home with parent supervision. Parents must sign off that they
proctored the test, and that the student did not use any additional materials. Some tests will
require the student to come onto our campus.

GRADUATION AND BEYOND

Q: Can I go directly to a 4-year college from LPA?
A: Yes, many of our students have been accepted to prestigious colleges straight out of high
school. This includes the UC’s, Cal States, Stanford, USC, US Naval Academy, and many more!

Q: My student wishes to attend college after high school. Do you offer A-G classes?
A: Yes, we offer A-G approved classes including College Preparatory through Advanced
Placement classes.

Q: Do Colleges and Universities look “down” on homeschooling?
A: LPA is not a homeschool, it is classified as an “Independent Study” program. There are
profound differences between the two. When students are engaged in an independent study
program they develop skills that will help them to be more successful in college as they refine
their time-management skills, self-discipline skills, problem-solving skills, independent thinking &
working skills, etc.

Q: Can I graduate early?
A: Students have graduated up to a year early. If this is your goal, your counselor can work with
you to achieve this goal. Due to our offering of variable credits, if you finish English 10A in
October, you can immediately begin English 10B, without having to wait until the semester.

Q: Can I take Career Pathway classes at LPA (grades 9-12)?
A: Yes, our counselor can work with you to develop a plan for your future.

Q: Does LPA have a Graduation Ceremony?
A: LPA offers a unique and personal graduation ceremony where the supervising teachers
speak briefly about each of their students. Families rave time and time again about how much
they appreciated the personal, up close ceremony for their LPA graduate. If an LPA student has
dual enrollment during their final semester, they have the option of requesting to participate
instead (or in addition to) in their residence area school’s graduation ceremony.

Q: How do I sign up for iCAN Academy?
A: If you are interested in enrolling in the iCAN Academy you must notify our counselor at the
time of course selection. We must work with the appropriate personnel on the Castaic High
School campus to finalize your enrollment in the iCAN Academy.

CAMPUS AMENITIES

Q: Does LPA have a computer lab where I can use a computer and a printer?
A: Yes, all of our classrooms are equipped with student computers (chrome books) and
desktop computers which are connected to printers. These are available for student use
between 8 am-3 pm Tuesdays through Fridays, and 11 am-3 pm on Mondays.

Q: If I’m doing most of my work at home, how do I do wet Science Labs?
A: LPA has a full Science Lab on campus. You will be provided with the Science Lab dates at
the beginning of the semester, and are expected to attend these important labs.

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Q: Does LPA offer Extra-Curricular Activities?
A: LPA students are encouraged to participate in our Associated Student Body (ASB) Club.
Students and the ASB Club Director meet weekly for fun, peer building activities as well as
planning school activities such as school dances, holiday-themed events, talent shows,
charitable causes as well as community service activities. Students are also able to qualify for
and participate in the California Scholarship Foundation (CSF) activities and honors.
Additionally, students may take part in any extra-curricular activities offered at their residence
area school or Castaic High School. This includes dances and sporting activities. Please note
that to participate in activities on other campuses, you might be required to purchase one of
their ASB Cards.

ATHLETICS

Q: Is LPA sanctioned for CIF? NCAA?
A: LPA is NCAA approved, and CIF sanctioned. There are opportunities to play on CIF athletic
teams.

SPECIAL NEEDS and CIRCUMSTANCES

Q: My child has an IEP or 504. Can they still receive their necessary accommodations at
LPA?
A: When you apply for LPA, we ask that you provide us with a copy of your student’s 504 or
IEP. This will allow us to review the documents to determine if we are able to meet the
accommodations. In most cases, we are able to accommodate items such as providing more
time to complete assignments or needs for students to be in smaller groups. We do not,
however, have the ability to offer “basic” classes.

Q: I am a professional actor (musician, competitive athlete, actor/actress, dancer, etc.)
and practice my craft several hours a day. Is there any way I can get school credit for
doing so?
A: We do offer, “Independent Study” elective credit for students who fall into this category.
Students must provide the school with a syllabus (at the beginning of the year), the benchmark
progress, and a final project culminating the semester proving that you accomplished what you
set out to accomplish.

Specifically for Incoming 9th Graders

Q: Can I meet directly with my LPA counselor?
A: Our counselor is currently unable to meet with incoming families as she is extremely busy
with our current students, supporting them through distance learning. Unfortunately, this
includes multiple email inquiries. Please be patient if it takes a little longer to respond to your
inquiries.

Q: My student is in Special Education and his/her matriculation was canceled due to the
coronavirus school closure. What do I do?
A: Please contact your student’s current case manager. They will be handling the transition.

Q: Can a 9th grader take summer COC classes?
A: Students in grades K-10 may be admitted if identified at the “genius level” through the WISC
(Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children) test. A student identified as a genius would be a
student in K-10 who has a score of 150 or higher on the most current version of the WISC test.
9th-grade students who have met this criterion should contact their Jr. High counselor.

Q: How do I find out about the curriculum choices at Learning Post Academy?
A: Learning Post Academy utilizes Apex as our curriculum provider. Our website has a link to
our course offerings.

Q: How do I know if I have been placed into the proper math class?
A: Incoming 7th and 9th graders are required to take a Math Placement Test in the fall. The
results of this test will determine the proper placement in the appropriate math class.