Frequently Asked Questions
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. Do scholars wear a Great Hearts uniform?
Yes, a distinctive uniform is a unifying factor within our school community. During synchronous sessions students must stay in uniform uppers. Click Here to view our full uniform policy.
Q. Do scholars need to have particular equipment and technology?
Yes. We ask families to provide necessary hardware and will communicate the technical requirements and recommended devices in the coming months.
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 is currently serving grades K-6 in Texas. In Fall 2021, GHO will serve K-8 students both in Texas, and in Arizona.
Q. How many scholars are in a class? What is the class size?
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. When and how do we apply?
Texas residents can apply now! Parents/Guardians should click Here to submit their child's application. Offers will be made starting March 15th, and will continue on a rolling basis as needed.
Arizona residents can join our interest list now! Parents/Guardians should click Here to opt-in to our Interest List, and stay up to date with announcements, events, and be notified once applications are live. Offers will be made starting April 21st, and will continue on a rolling basis as needed.
Q. If my child enrolls in Great Hearts Online, what happens to their seat at their existing Great Hearts academy?
Great Hearts Online - TX and Great Hearts Online - AZ will be two distinct academies. Your student’s enrollment in GH Online will mean they unenroll from their existing brick and mortar Great Hearts academy.
Q. If my child is enrolled in GH Online and we want to transfer to a brick-and-mortar GH academy, how do we do that?
You would need to apply to your preferred brick-and-mortar academy as a transfer. You will receive transfer priority only if your student has attended GH Online for at least one year. We cannot guarantee that your student would be offered a seat at the academy you’re choosing to transfer to; this is the same for a GH Online to brick-and-mortar transfer as it is for a brick-and-mortar to brick-and-mortar transfer.
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. I'm interested in working for GH Online.
Thank you for your interest! We will be posting for leadership and faculty roles on the GH Online website and will be actively recruiting, interviewing, and hiring in the near future.
Go to our Careers page for more information!
Q. Who is leading Great Hearts Online?
All Great Hearts Online leaders, faculty, and staff are fully focused on building and sustaining GH Online. Their time and priorities are not split - they are 100% GH Online.
The Great Hearts Online academy team is made up of several veteran Great Hearts leaders: Heidi Vasiloff, the former Headmaster of Trivium Prep in GHAZ, serves as Headmaster. Jamee Twardeck, the former Headmaster of Trivium West in GHAZ, serves as Assistant Headmaster. Emilie Sullivan, a former 5th ELA teacher at Monte Vista South in GHTX, serves as Academic Dean. Kurtis Indorf, the former Executive Director of Instruction for GHTX, serves as Executive Director. Along with our experienced GH teachers, this strong leadership team will grow and is well seated to serve both states. Additionally, we have GH faculty and staff that will join us in August and this deep understanding of Great Hearts curriculum and culture adds continuity to our schools. A tangible benefit with the addition of Arizona is the opportunity to partner and share expertise and experience across state lines!
Click Here to meet our leadership team.
Q. What do future years look like for Great Hearts Online?
Great Hearts Online will focus next year (2021-2022) 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. GHO Arizona- Will current Arizona Great Hearts Academies provide distance learning opportunities in 21-22?
Great Hearts Online - Arizona will serve the whole state of Arizona for students in grades K-8. Great Hearts brick and mortar schools will not offer distance learning in fall 2021 for grades K-8.
Q. GHO Arizona- What is the enrollment timeline for Great Hearts Online- Arizona?
We have applied for the Arizona Online Instruction (AOI) Program through the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools. If granted, this would allow for a standalone, virtual public charter school to serve students here. We are confident we will be granted our AOI on or before April 12th. Open Enrollment will then take place April 13 - 20, with the Lottery happening on April 21. We ask for final decisions to be made and registrations complete by May 3.
Q. GHO Arizona- Is there a full day and half day kindergarten option for Great Hearts Online - AZ? Are there tuition fees for either?
At this time, Great Hearts Online - AZ is planning to offer a state funded (and no cost to families) half-day kindergarten as well as full-day kindergarten at the rate of $375/month. This is the same structure that is in place for Great Hearts Arizona brick-and-mortar academies and is because Kindergarten is only funded for half day in AZ.
Q. GHO Texas- Given that the TEA decision for GH Online - Texas continuation will not be until May, what deadline will families be given to make their decision for GH Online?
All offers made will be conditional until the TEA grants the waiver for Great Hearts Online to continue operating. We will communicate with all families who have been given conditional offers once our waiver is granted, and they will have one week to commit to their decision and enroll in GH Online.
Q. GHO Texas- Will families be allowed to "hold" an offer at both a B&M academy and GH Online?
Until GH Online - Texas becomes approved: Yes. Because we are not able to guarantee GH Online’s operation into next year until early summer, families will be able to hold their offers at GH Online plus hold their spots at a Brick and Mortar academy. Once GH Online receives its waiver to continue operation, we will communicate that conditional offers are now permanent, and families will have one week to accept one or the other.
Q. GHO Texas- In the event TEA does not approve GHO, will GH brick-and-mortar academies offer distance learning as they had during the first semester?
No. If the legislative policy doesn’t exist for GH Online to continue to operate then the policy won’t exist for distance learning to continue to exist either.