Frequently Asked Questions
Q. I'm currently enrolled in a Great Hearts school in Texas. Our family wants to stay with Distance Learning all year. Should we transfer from our current campus to Great Hearts Online?
No. Your campus-based distance learning program will continue for as long as you want to keep your child(ren) it during the 2020-2021 school year. The new Great Hearts Online school is being developed for families who currently have no access to any Great Hearts schools in Texas. If you transfer enrollment from your current Great Hearts campus to GH Online, your child will lose his/her seat at the current campus and will not be able to return to in-person school there this year.
Q. What's the difference between my campus' Distance Learning program and Great Hearts Online?
The new Great Hearts Online will truly be a state-wide, stand-alone virtual school, not directly connected to any existing campus in Texas. It will have its own headmaster and administration, its own staff of instructors and tutors, its own school day structure, and its own academic calendar. Students in GH Online will not be directly connected to student life in any school buildings/campuses. The curriculum will be the same GH Texas curriculum for all subjects.
Q. Why offer Great Hearts Online?
The TEA has made it possible for us to begin offering on-line instruction to students anywhere in Texas during this unprecedented 2020-2021 school year, and Great Hearts is taking advantage of it to bring a classical, liberal arts education to families who currently have no access to it, either because they are waitlisted at our existing campuses in Irving, San Antonio, and Fort Worth, or because they live in one of the other 251 Texas counties with no Great Hearts schools in them. We believe that the opportunity to serve hundreds more Texas families in this way should not be passed up.
Q. What grade-levels will you offer?
Great Hearts Online will not launch as a full K-12 offering. The grade levels to be served in its launch year will depend entirely upon family interest across the state. As a clearer picture of the interest emerges, that decision will be made in the coming weeks.
Q. When will this start?
It is entirely possible that state-wide Great Hearts Online will launch before the end of the 2020 calendar year, but that will depend very much on how quickly family interest across Texas can be built. That decision will be made in the coming weeks.
Q. Is this only for 1 year?
While Great Hearts currently has a one-year 2020-2021 waiver from TEA to serve students anywhere in Texas with on-line only instruction, we are actively working with state policy makers and education advocates to ensure that Great Hearts Online can continue for years to come.
Q. Will there be any cost to attend the new Great Hearts Online?
No. Great Hearts Online will be a tuition-free, equal-access, Texas public charter school.