faq

FAQs

  • If I am not enrolled in a consortium district, can I take a course from JEDI?
    • Yes, if a student is not a resident of a consortium district you must use Wisconsin DPI’s Open Enroll process to our Chartering District to attend JEDI.  This includes regular Open Enrollment, Alternative Open Enrollment, and Part-Time Open Enrollment.
  • What kind of diploma will my child receive after completing JEDI Virtual School?
    • The parent and student decide whether the student will receive a diploma from the chartering district, or work toward receiving a diploma from their local consortium member high school.
  • My child has an IEP and has been enrolled in Special Education in our home school district. Does JEDI enroll students with special needs?
    • Yes, JEDI is a public school, and accepts students with disabilities. Students requiring special education services would have access to those services through their consortium school. As with all students, virtual courses must be evaluated with the student’s needs in mind. The virtual program, with one-to-one teaching, the support of parents and a learning coach, and flexible work environment and schedule may be deemed as an appropriate placement as a part of the student ’s appropriate Individual Education Plan (IEP) within the resident district. However, learning in an online environment may not be an appropriate placement for every student. District Guidance staff, parents, and special education staff should make that determination before deciding to enroll the student in courses.
  • What tools are available for students to communicate with one other?
    • Students enrolled in the same class communicate with each other through virtual classroom discussions using a discussion board. Student instant messaging and e-mail is also available.
  • Is JEDI Virtual School Affiliated with any for-profit organizations?
    • JEDI is a completely non-profit organization, funded solely by course and consortium fees. Unlike many other virtual schools, none of the funding received for the operation of JEDI is given to any outside organization.
  • What is a charter school?
    • A charter school is a public non-sectarian school created through a contract or “charter” between the operators and the sponsoring school board or other chartering authority. The Wisconsin Charter School Law gives charter schools freedom from certain state rules and regulations in exchange for greater accountability for results. The charter defines the missions and methods of the charter school. The chartering authority holds the school accountable to its charter. The basic concept of charter schools is that they exercise increased autonomy in return for this accountability. They are accountable for both academic results and fiscal practices to several groups: the sponsor that grants them, the parents – who choose them, and the public that funds them.
  • Is there required participation in state standardized testing?
    • Students taking part in the JEDI Virtual School are required to participate in the same State standardized testing as other public school students.  
  • My child wants to participate in high school sports, forensics, and other extra-curriculars. Will he/she be able to do that in the JEDI Virtual School?
    • JEDI students are eligible to participate in WIAA (Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association) sanctioned activities if they meet their district and WIAA eligibility requirements.
  • How will students be evaluated?
    • Students will be given quizzes and tests, as well as a variety of assignments and projects to assess their understanding of the subject matter being learned. 
  • How do I get help from teachers if I am having difficulty with my course(s)?
    • Teachers can be contacted via their e-mail, through the Genius messaging system, or on the phone during established office hours.
  • Where do we get textbooks and how much do they cost?
    • Most courses do not require textbooks. However, we suggest you browse through your course at the start and make a list of any books, novels, software, etc. that might be needed. Many may be borrowed from your local or school library free of charge. All materials needed for students enrolled in the JEDI Virtual School will be provided by the school at no charge to the student. Students (or schools) purchasing single courses for students not enrolled in JVS will be responsible for the purchase of required materials. Individual school districts may have policies regarding single course fees and materials purchase. Students are encouraged to check with their local school regarding those policies.
  • What grades do you cover?
    • Currently JEDI Online Charter School enrolls students from grade PK-12.
  • What is the role of the learning coach or On-Site Monitor?
    • A trained learning coach is provided to full-time JEDI Virtual School students to be a consistent guide in the student’s learning. The coach will monitor the student’s progress and maintain close contact with the student, parents, and JEDI Student Advisors via phone, e-mail and virtual visits, if needed. 
  • What access to technology should the student have?
    • Students will need to have a computer system with a broadband Internet connection. Some courses require access to resources on the internet (You-Tube, Teacher Tube, etc.)  Please contact your resident district or JEDI if computer and/or internet access is needed.
  • Is JEDI Virtual School the same as home schooling?
    • Students enrolled in the JEDI Virtual School are attending a public school, however they do their schooling at home. Home Schooling families choosing to enroll in their home district while maintaining the at-home learning environment, as well as those currently enrolled in their traditional district schools enjoy the advantages of JEDI. JEDI offers Board approved comprehensive elementary, middle, and high school curriculums that are aligned to State standards and accessible to students online. JEDI Virtual School students are guided by a Personal Education Plan. The plan is cooperatively developed by the student, the parent, guidance and/or special education representatives, and a JEDI representative. This planning process gives much more parental control regarding course selection, learning site, and learning pace.
  • What kind of safeguards are in place to keep my child safe while working on the Internet?
    • The main content of courses is available directly through our secure, online student classroom area. In some cases, links might be provided so that students can take advantage of other information available online. It is suggested that filtering software is used on your child’s computer and that you use parental supervision to protect your child from unwanted information on the Internet.
  • Our family travels quite a bit. Would that be a problem in the JEDI program?
    • JEDI is the perfect environment for a family that travels. As long as WiFi or broadband access is available, your child will be able to complete the lessons.
  • As a parent, how can I check on my student’s progress?
    • All parents are given access to the student login and password so that they may go into their child’s classes and monitor the assignments that have been completed and the grades. Parents are also given a login and password to monitor progress in our student information system. We encourage all parents to be actively involved in their student’s progress and are happy to assist them.
  • What happens if we complete the Open Enrollment forms and later change our minds about attending JEDI?
    • The Open Enrollment process is directed by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, and has very specific directions. The information is available at the following website: http://dpi.wi.gov/sms/psctoc.html. You may request open enrollment to a school with the assurance that you may change your mind at any time until the year begins. If a decision is made not to follow through with the open enrollment, the parent should notify the non-resident district immediately so that when the open enrollment information is sent out at the beginning of the school year, your student will be listed as not open enrolled.
  • What types of courses are offered at JEDI Virtual School?
    • JEDI offers comprehensive high school, middle school, and elementary school curriculum including core, elective, and enrichment coursework.
  • What makes JEDI different than other online schools?
    • While there are many choices for online schooling. JEDI is one of the few online schools that provides students a team to coach their educational success.  JEDI is operated by a Governing Board made up of appointed members from the school districts and community members of the JEDI consortium. Therefore all funds acquired by the JEDI Virtual School go directly into the educational programs offered by the school, not to a for-profit organization.
  • How much time does it take to complete a course?
    • While the pace for individual assignment completion is established by the student, students are given a semester to complete a half-credit course. We encourage students to create a pace chart that includes individualized due dates to finish on schedule. The student may complete courses as quickly as they choose, but they must complete ALL assignments, and all work submitted must be of passing quality to ensure a passing grade and credit being earned.
  • Is the curriculum accredited?
    • JEDI offers a Board approved comprehensive curriculum that is aligned to State standards. The course content mirrors that of the courses offered in the other schools in area districts. All teachers hold appropriate licenses.
  • How is a student’s grade placement determined?
    • For students entering the program, initial grade placement is determined after a review of an official transcript, other documentation, and information provided by the student and parent during the application process. Grade advancement will be based on cumulative credits earned while enrolled in the program. The school district’s decision on grade placement is final.
  • How is a student’s educational plan determined?
    • The educational plan for a JEDI Virtual School student is determined first by the student’s educational needs and then by their interests. With the assistance of student services personnel, guidance, and parents, students select core and elective courses at a pace that meets their ability level. Students can work toward meeting the requirements of either a JEDI/Whitewater High School diploma, or a diploma from their local high school.
  • Which students are viable candidates for Internet-based courses?
    • Online courses can be a valuable option for many different types of students if they have regular access to a high-speed internet connection and the ability to read and operate a computer well enough to complete assignments on the computer.