FAQs

When is the deadline for applying to D3 My Way Virtual School? 
D3 My Way open enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year is from March 19-May 3. The application deadline ensures that D3 My Way Virtual School has adequate time to prepare students and staff for the start of the 2021-2022 school year. While applications received after the May 3rd deadline will still be considered, they will be put on a waiting list. Students on the waiting list will be enrolled as space becomes available. 

What grades can enroll at D3 My Way?
D3 My Way Virtual school enrolled students K-12. 

What happens after I submit an application for my student for D3 My Way Virtual School?
Applications are reviewed by D3 My Way staff to determine if D3 My Way Virtual School is an optimal learning environment for the student. Parents/guardians will be contacted if additional information is needed to complete the application process. Parents will be notified of their child's enrollment status and/or next steps in the enrollment process within ten business days after all required information and documentation is submitted. 

 How is D3 My Way different from homeschooling?
 
D3 My Way Virtual School allows students to receive their education at home via a fully virtual platform if parents choose the Virtual Learning Model for their students. D3 My Way is different from traditional homeschooling as curriculum is provided and students have the opportunity to participate in school sponsored activities such as STEAM activities, field trips, and experiential learning. In addition, a D3 My Way teacher provides instruction, grades, gives feedback, and offers support via email, phone, and video-conferencing on all coursework. When a parent chooses to homeschool their child, the parent is responsible for providing the curriculum and instruction for their child without the support of a WSD3 teacher.

How is D3 My Way different from “Remote Learning?”
D3 My Way Virtual School is specifically designed to support virtual learning, and our teachers are intentionally trained in virtual instructional techniques. Students who participated in remote learning experienced instruction designed for a traditional classroom being taught online. D3 My Way uses Accelerate Education for all coursework. Accelerate Education is specifically designed to be taught and learned in an online learning environment. In addition, many remote learning models were “synchronous” learning models meaning that students were required to participate in virtual classes throughout the entire school day. D3 My Way students complete a combination of independent module work, virtual classes, and in-building Connection Days (Enriched Virtual Model students online). While virtual classes and Connection Days are at specific times, students can complete module work at the time of the day that is best for them. 

Will my child be required to be online and working on assignment for the entire school day?
D3 My Way Virtual school offers a mostly “asynchronous” learning model. While students are required to participate in virtual sessions with teachers and in person Connection Days (if the students in enrolled in the Enriched Virtual Model) at designated times, students can create a personalized schedule to complete their teacher assigned module work. D3 My Way students have access to curriculum 24/7 allowing for flexibility of completion at the time of the day that works best for the student.  As total time online needed to complete independent module work can vary by student, parents are encouraged to create a learning schedule that works best for the needs of their child. D3 My Way’s schedule does allow flexibility to meet the unique needs of each student. 

What does a typical school day look like for a D3 My Way Student? 

High School Students: On a typical day, a high school student may participate in any of the following academic activities: 
-Virtual classes with content teachers and peers
-Independent module coursework (writing an essay, completing a project, reading through a science unit, etc)
-In-building Connection Days at the D3 My Way Learning Center for enrichment activities (individual tutoring, science labs, STEAM activities, teacher lead workshops, collaboration with peers, meeting with the school counselor for academic planning, etc). 
-Attendance at MRHS or WHS for classes such as NJROTC and the fine arts
-Attendance at the Manufacturing Industry Learning Lab (MiLL) Program for construction courses
-Individual conference with the student's mentor teacher to gauge individual academic progress

Middle School Students: A typical day for a D3 My Way middle school student may look like any of the following:
-Virtual classes with content teachers and peers
-Independent module coursework (completing a social studies project, independent math practice, writing a poem for English, etc)
-In-building Connection Days at the D3 My Way Learning Center for enrichment activities (individualized tutoring, science labs, STEAM activities, teacher led workshops, collaboration with peers, project based learning, etc.) 
-Virtual small group sessions with teachers for additional support and instruction
-Individual conference with the student's mentor teacher to gauge individual academic progress

Elementary Students: A typical day in the life of an elementary school student can vary depending on the student learning style and schedule. However, within the flexible schedule there are sessions that all students will attend. Each teacher and grade level has scheduled virtual classes that are mandatory. At the beginning of the year, students will receive a class schedule with assigned meeting times that will be consistent for the semester. During these live class sessions, students will receive direct instruction, engage with their classmates, participate in engagement activities such as discussion threads, community building activities, review of content material, and much more.

After the live class session, students are expected to work independently in their coursework within the Accelerate platform. This is considered asynchronous learning time. Our expectation is for students to complete module work in each class, each school day. Students will work in math, science, social studies and language arts. Students may also be involved in small group instruction with their teachers. These small groups are designed to meet the needs of students and could include extra math support, targeted reading skill practice, or advanced math skills. 

If the student has chosen the Enriched Virtual model, the student will attend in-building sessions each week. These sessions will be led by their teacher and include hands-on enrichment activities, science labs, additional instruction, tutoring support, STEAM activities, and opportunities to socialize with their grade level peers. Students will also have the opportunity to engage in experiential learning through field trips to various locations such as Fountain Creek Nature Center, Colorado Springs Philharmonic, yoga studios, Discovery Science Space Center, and more. 

How much support do Elementary students need from parents? 
Elementary students will need the support of an adult that will be available during the school day to offer guidance and assistance. D3 My Way refers to this person as the "Learning Coach." The learning coach will encourage and support the students as they learn from home. Teachers communicate regularly with the Learning Coaches. Below is the approximate level of learning coach support needed at each grade level: 

Grade Level

Independent Module Time

Level of Learning Coach Support

Kindergarten

4 Hours

HIGH

First Grade

4 Hours

HIGH

Second Grade

4 Hours 

HIGH

Third Grade

4 Hours

MODERATE

Fourth Grade

5 Hours

MODERATE

Fifth Grade

5 Hours

MODERATE

 

Will my student be able to alternate between attending our neighborhood school and D3 My Way Virtual School?
Starting with the 2021-2022 school year, D3 My Way is a full time primary school option for students. D3 My Way policy allows for on "in district" transfer per school year. If you decide to enroll your child in another in-district school after enrolling at D3 My Way Virtual School, you will need to dis-enroll your student from D3 My Way. If you decide to enroll your child at D3 My Way again, you will be required to wait until the following school year to submit an application. 

Can a student receiving special education services enroll at D3 My Way Virtual School? 
Once a student with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) has applied to D3 My Way Virtual School, the special education team at your child’s current school will be notified and a meeting will be held to determine if D3 My Way Virtual School is an appropriate academic placement for your student.

Can my high school student still take classes at WHS or MRHS? 
D3 My Way high school students can participate in specific classes at WHS or MRHS that are not offered at D3 My Way such as fine arts, certain foreign languages, and NJROTC. d3 My Way students can also participate in the Manufacturing Industry Learning Lab (MiLL) program. High School students will work with the D3 My Way counselor to determine a personalized course schedule for your child. 

Can my student participate in sports? 
D3 My Way secondary students (6-12) who wish to participate in sports can do so through their neighborhood school. D3 My Way student athletes are held to the same academic standards for eligibility as students in the traditional learning environment. 

Will my high school student still be able to graduate?
Starting with the 2021-2022 school year,  high school students enrolled at D3 My Way Virtual School will graduate with a D3 My Way Virtual School Diploma. D3 My Way Virtual School will host its own graduation for our seniors in May. Credits earned from WHS, MRHS, or DHS before enrolling at D3 My Way Virtual School will transfer to D3 My Way Virtual School. 

Does D3 My Way offer Advanced Placement classes for high school students? 
D3 My Way Virtual School offers Advanced Placement classes. Students must work with the D3 My Way counselor to enroll in these classes. Certain prerequisites may be required.

How does my high school student select classes? 
High School students complete a course request form on the D3 My Way website at d3myway.wsd3.org/course-lists

Can high school students participate in events such as homecoming and prom? 
D3 My Way Virtual School students may attend events such as homecoming and prom at MRHS or WHS. 

 

 

For More Information call the D3 My Way office at 719-391-3080