Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What are the eligibility requirements for Great Hearts Online?
Arizona: Applicants and students must reside in the State of Arizona.
Texas: Applicants and students must reside in the State of Texas. Texas Senate Bill 15 provides public funding for a limited number of eligible students across the state, and eligibility requirements are set by the State. Click here to view eligibility requirements for Great Hearts Online - Texas.
Q. What is the enrollment process?
As space is available, offers are made. An offer does not guarantee enrollment or registration in a Great Hearts Online academy. Once an offer is accepted by a parent/guardian, the parent/guardian then provides documentation to determine eligibility. If a student is eligible and when appropriate background documents are submitted, the student is enrolled/registered in Great Hearts Online. Click here for a more detailed description of the enrollment process.
Q. What will my student(s) need to be successful with Great Hearts Online?
A few critical things must be in place to set students up for success:
Productive Workspace: A distraction-free, quiet workspace where students can hear their teachers, answer questions and focus on independent work. Ideally, students should be able to sit in front of a blank wall and have their computer video on.
Hardware & Electricity: A computer with a power-outlet nearby so students can work without interruption for the day.
Supportive Grown Up: An available adult to support their learning and technology needs.
Internet: Strong internet connections capable of supporting sustained video conferencing.
Age Appropriate Academic Habits: Ability to focus on computer-based work for 30-45 minutes at a time.
Q. What are the uniform requirements?
Q. What is the necessary technology?
Arizona: All students are provided with a laptop and document camera. Families are responsible for ensuring access to high-speed internet, and we recommend headphones depending on the student’s environment.
Texas: Families are responsible for providing their own laptop and access to high speed internet, and we recommend headphones depending on the student’s environment. A document camera is included in the Scholar Success Kit.
Click here to view technology requirements.
Q. What if my family is not able to afford a computer, uniforms, or other items needed to attend Great Hearts Online?
For families who have a financial need, GH Online will work to provide supplies and materials for the duration of the academic year.
Q. Will my scholar and I be supported in using the technology and tools to attend Great Hearts Online?
Yes! GH Online will provide technology support in accessing class through Canvas (our Learning Management Systems) and joining live classes for parents as well as thoughtfully designing onboarding courses for parents. Students will be taught how to use the technology and tools during class.
Q. What grade levels do you serve?
Great Hearts Online serves students in grades K-8 in Arizona and Texas (pending Texas legislation or TEA waiver).
Q. How many scholars are in a class?
In K-3, there are no more than 15 scholars in a class. In 4-8, there are no more than 24 scholars in a class. We’ve designed a schedule and staffed our academy to intentionally create small class sizes and close-knit communities.
Q. If my child enrolls in Great Hearts Online, what happens to their seat at their existing Great Hearts academy?
Great Hearts Online - Arizona is a stand-alone academy. Your student’s enrollment in GH Online will mean they unenroll from their existing brick and mortar Great Hearts academy.
Q. What are the transfer policies between Great Hearts Online and a Great Hearts brick-and-mortar academy?
If a student transfers to Great Hearts Online from a Great Hearts brick-and-mortar academy, that student loses her/his seat at the brick-and-mortar academy. The same is true for a student transferring from Great HEarts Online to a Great Hearts brick-and-mortar academy. Students who have attended a Great Hearts academy (online or brick-and-mortar) for one year may use a transfer priority. While a transfer priority does not guarantee enrollment at the school of choice, it does prioritize the student on the waitlist.
Q. What kind of Exceptional Student Services (ESS) will be provided and how will they be delivered?
As with all Great Hearts schools, we support the needs of our students. We have a strong Special Education team, provide services as indicated in the IEPs, serve students with Dyslexia and our English Language learners. It is our goal to provide this robust Liberal Arts education to all who come and we want to help our scholars grow, by providing the support they need.
Q. What do future years look like for Great Hearts Online?
Great Hearts Online will focus on building and sustaining a best-in-class K-8 online academy. At the same time, we will be investing in the design of a superb classical online high school which will be launched during the 2024-2025 school year at the latest but potentially sooner. We will work with our 8th grade graduates to find quality online options, or support parents in pursuing Great Hearts brick-and-mortar 9th grade opportunities.
Q. What if I want my student to matriculate into a GH Online high school?
We will be investing heavily in the design of an exemplary GH Online high school in the coming years. Our current plan is to launch a GHO-AZ and GHO-TX high school in the 2024-2025 school year at the latest. However, that timeline may speed up based on multiple factors.
Q. Is Great Hearts Online a temporary distance learning option for existing Great Hearts brick-and-mortar students?
Great Hearts Online is a full-time, standalone academy under the Great Hearts network. Great Hearts brick-and-mortar students who need to quarantine or are home sick will be supported by their home academy.
Q. Is there a cost or related fees to attend Great Hearts Online?
Great Hearts Online is a tuition-free, public charter school. Parents/guardians are responsible for purchasing books and supplies for their students, as well as supplying uniforms and the necessary technology.
Q. With Great Hearts Online - Texas starting on November 1st, how is curriculum and the school calendar impacted?
Our curriculum will continue to be implemented come November 1st. Students will be welcomed to classes by experienced and trained teachers. Learning needs will be addressed during live class sessions and/or during tutoring sessions after live class time. Teachers use data (NWEA MAP, class tests and quizzes, etc.) to make informed instructional decisions to address the needs of learners.
Students coming into Great Hearts Online should be transferring in from another school they have been attending. Therefore, we are not extending the school year, and the last day of school will be Friday, May 27.