Frequently Asked Questions

Is Tech Trep Academy a Public Charter / District School or a Private School?
Tech Trep Academy acts as a bridge between school districts and families who want to educate at home.

Students throughout all of Wyoming are invited to apply and receive FREE resources and support as they learn from home.

How much does the Tech Trep program cost?
An education through Tech Trep Academy is personalized and FREE. In addition, parents also receive access to a supplemental learning fund which can be used to select customized learning resources for their children.
What does the school calendar and daily schedule look like?
Students follow a traditional school year calendar. Students are not required to login every day or keep track of seat time.  We understand that students are learning at home all day, every day.  Parents decide what they want their daily schedule to look like.  
Does my child's schooling need to be done on a computer if we are part of this program?

No, we believe parents should have the flexibility to choose the best format for their student’s learning. Some families prefer a technology-based curriculum while others want to do learning using textbooks. Others prefer hands-on activities and real-world learning and many choose a mix of all three. It is our goal to support parents as they choose the ways their student learns best. It is the parents who will decide how much time the student spends on the computer, if any.

Families in Tech Trep Academy are required to have access to a computer/tablet and internet to be able to fulfill the state testing requirements that are part of the program.

What curriculum is provided?

Free Resources, Group Buys, and Direct Courses 2020-21

 We are excited to offer many free resources and group buys again for the 2020-21 school year. Many of the same resources will be offered in 2021-22.

 

Free Resources

BrainpopA collection of short videos and activities on a wide variety of topics

Brainpop Jr. Geared for students in grades K-3

Epic (school hours only) Online library

Generation Genius Standards-aligned video-based lessons for elementary students.

Khan Academy is a comprehensive math program with videos and exercises. Khan Academy also has some coding, science, and history classes. Class codes will be sent by homeroom teachers. 

Learn360 Teachers, students, and parents can access more than 164,000 media resources on any Internet-enabled device, anytime, anywhere, and engaging content landing pages make it easy to find the wealth of videos, interactives, printables, audio content, and maps and flags. 

Moby Max A complete multi-subject standards-aligned curriculum for k-8 which is designed to find and fix learning gaps, personalize and differentiate learning, and show student growth.

Tangy Tuesday MathWeekly math puzzles

 

Optional Homeroom Resources – Fees deducted directly from student allotments 

ABC Mouse – ($72 per family/3 accounts) *Price may be reduced with large enrollment

Adventure Academy ($72 per family/3 accounts)*Price may be reduced with large enrollment

Accelerated Reader($35) comprehension tests on popular books, often used in public schools. Parents will be set up as teachers. 

Adobe Creative Cloud($35/year) Adobe Creative Cloud offers more than 20 industry-standard apps for design, photography, video, and web. As students develop in-demand digital skills with these tools, they also learn how to express their ideas in more visually compelling ways. So they can make the world take notice. Includes Photoshop, Illustrator, Adobe Premium Pro, and Acrobat.  Can be used on up to 3 devices. Regularly $19.99/month

ALEKS($50 per student) Online math program for 3rd grade and up. Students can work through multiple grade levels in one year. Reading intensive.

APEX($50) can be used for middle school classes. 

Beast Academy Online ($55) A full online curriculum that helps young students master fundamental math concepts with interactive practice and challenges, as well as detailed progress reporting.

Centervention ($10) Social and Emotional Learning Games helps students practice and improve social and emotional skills. 

Code Monkey($15) Kid-friendly coding program.

CTC Math ($35) online math program for kindergarten through high school. This curriculum is taught by Australian math teacher Patrick Murray. It is a core math program and can also be used as a supplemental resource. 

DIY.org($25) Huge library of hands-on projects, step-by-step how-to videos, and an awesome kid community.

Dreambox ($40) online math program with individualized lessons to keep students engaged. DreamBox dynamically adjusts to students’ actions, meeting them at the right level–with personalized instruction that promotes student decision-making and strategy development in real-time.

Headsprout / Raz kids($25) Two programs in one. Headsprout is a phonics-based reading program, followed by reading comprehension lessons. Raz Kids is a leveled reader program where students listen to a story, read it, then answer comprehension questions about it. This program is great for 2nd and up, but can also be used by students as young as K. It requires more mouse control than reading eggs and moves faster. 

IXL($40) Online standards-based program covering grades Pre K to 12. Students answer questions on topics to show mastery. Math, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies. NEW ***This program now includes Spanish for all students!

Kids Discover Online($10) Library of over 2,000 visually stunning science and social studies articles on any internet-enabled device

Mathseeds($15) Online math program for students from K-3rd grade.

MiWrite ($10) Writing program for grades 3-12

Mr D. Math ($100) This price is for the self-paced course.  Class levels start at Pre-Algebra. Live classes and tutoring are at an additional cost of $29/month. Live classes start on August 17th. 

Nessy Numbers($10) Teaches multiplication and telling time

Nessy Reading and Spelling($40) Program for struggling readers, specifically created for students with dyslexia. I love how this program tests to find gaps and then teaches those skills specifically. My kids who were struggling really enjoyed the trial. (Regular price is $12 per month.) 

Nightzookeeper($55) By providing thousands of fun and engaging lessons, challenges, and games, Night Zookeeper helps children to learn new words, use them in sentences, and then create amazing pieces of writing that are shared with children from around the world. They receive feedback from our team of tutors as well as other children that highlight where they can improve. In-game awards and competitions keep them motivated to continue to learn and progress.

Prodigy math($15) Game-based math practice. Content is the same as the free program, but students with the paid option can level up faster and access more game options. 

Quill ($10) Writing and grammar activities for elementary through high school. Quill will be included in TTA writing workshops. It will be $10 for students not taking the workshop.

Reading eggs/eggspress ($15) This is a great phonics and reading program, especially for younger students. The Reading Eggspress program can be used by struggling readers up to about 5th grade. 

Reflex math($25) Fun program to master math facts through games. Great for any student who does not have their math facts mastered. 

Squiggle Park/Dreamscape ($15) Combining strategy, engagement, and imaginative reading passages to create a fun, curriculum-aligned literacy game!

ST Math($55) A visual instruction math program good for students who struggle with reading.

Study.com($65 student/year) An online program with courses covering math, science, social studies, and language arts as well as a large selection of elective class opportunities. There are short video lessons generally followed by short quizzes to track progress. While available for grades 3-12, it is best for grades 6 and above. The cost is per student and allows access to all classes offered by the site. This resource is dependent on enrollment numbers. 

Study Island ($35) Standards-aligned program that is great for showing mastery of power learning goals. Each standard has a lesson followed by a 10 question quiz for a student to show mastery. Math, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies.

Sumdog ($20) Supplemental game-based math/LA program

Tales2Go($25 for 2 licenses. One license can be used on one device at a time.) This is an online audiobook library with over 2000 titles. 

Time/Edge ($10) An online news source that brings relevant current events and primary sources to students.  All of the content is written by the editors of TIME and TIME for Kids and geared specifically for middle school students.  Access the content online from any device.  From engaging nonfiction text and a 90-year archive of primary sources to formative assessments, TIME Edge has a lot to offer!

Typing Program – ($10) Choice of Edutyping or Typing Club 

 

*The following additional direct courses will be available through schedule builder for $100 per semester length course or $200 per year – deducted from the student’s learning funds.

Tech Trep Academy Direct Tech/Entrepreneurship Courses 

 

Resources we are considering:

Mystery Science(full price) 

Rosetta Stone (full price)

Box Subscriptions:

Kiwico

What happens if my preferred curriculum is not part of the provided free curriculum?
We believe parents should have the flexibility to choose the curriculum that fits their student best.  If you prefer something other than the curriculum provided, you can still receive this curriculum through a direct order or through reimbursement.

As Tech Trep is in partnership with the public education system, only secular materials are approved for reimbursement or direct orders.

Can I select religious-based curriculum as part of my approved program?
Parents are free to supplement their child’s education with religious materials using their own private funds. As this program is in partnership with the public education system, only secular materials are approved for reimbursement or direct orders.
What if I need help choosing a curriculum that is best for my child?

We would love to help!  We have two curriculum specialists who meet with parents to help them navigate through the curriculum options.  They are both seasoned educating-at-home moms and certified teachers.

What is the supplemental learning fund?

Each student will receive $1700 in supplemental learning funds each year. ($850/1st semester and $850/2nd semester).

These funds can be used to supplement the free resources that are already provided.  Educational items such as curriculum,  online subscriptions, computers/tablets, internet fees, extracurricular classes, tutoring, museum passes, tech items and so many more things can be purchased with the supplemental learning funds.  Parents gets access to these funds through direct purchases and/or reimbursements.

Do we get to keep the learning resources we receive through the supplemental learning fund?
Yes, as long as you meet all program requirements for the year and do not withdraw, the learning resources are yours to keep. Program requirements include state testing and bi-weekly reporting.  If a family does choose to withdraw from the program before the end of the school year, or does not meet program requirements, all materials, curriculum, and technology must be returned (and all reimbursements repaid).

NOTE: Any new computer, Chromebook, or iPad/tablet which is fully reimbursed with a student’s Technology Allowance funds remains property of the school’s program for three years.  If a student withdraws from the program after year one or year two, the parent will be asked to return the computer, Chromebook, or iPad/tablet or re-pay the depreciated value of the device.

How do I access the supplemental learning fund?

Each child is wonderfully unique and with the supplemental learning funds parents can choose the resources that will benefit their child the most. Each student has $1700 in their supplemental learning fund. Half of that amount can be used per semester ($850/1st semester and $850/2nd semester).

Supplemental Learning funds can be accessed in multiple ways:

Direct Tech Trep Courses – Tech electives, virtual clubs, online teacher-led courses, and the virtual Bridge program all have fees associated with them. When parents sign-up their students for these resources the fees will be deducted from the students’ supplemental learning fund.

Optional Homeroom Resources – Parents will find a list of optional homeroom resources at greatly discounted group-buy prices in InfoCenter once enrolled. Through InfoCenter these resources can be requested at greatly discounted rates. The purchase price will be deducted from the student’s 2nd-semester supplemental learning fund.

Reimbursements – Beginning in May, of the upcoming school year, parents can begin purchasing learning resources and classes. Receipts can be submitted for reimbursement at the appropriate time. Reimbursements for 1st-semester begin in September and reimbursements for 2nd-semester, in February. All reimbursements must be requested by April 30th of the current school year.

Direct Order – Tech Trep Academy can purchase your approved supplemental learning resources from either Amazon.com and/or Rainbow Resource and have the items shipped to you directly, bypassing the reimbursement process. This service is FREE.

Close to the beginning of the school year, usually in July or August, direct orders will become available. Parents can create a wishlist on Amazon.com or RainbowResource.com and then set up an appointment with the direct ordering team to have the school purchase learning resources. Direct orders can be placed all year long, until the end of March.

 Parents can find additional information about the supplemental learning fund, how to access direct ordering, and a list of items that are NOT approved for reimbursement in the InfoCenter Parent Link after they are enrolled in Tech Trep.

NOTE: Any new computer, Chromebook, or iPad/tablet which is fully reimbursed with a student’s Technology Allowance funds remains property of the school’s program for three years.  If a student withdraws from the program after year one or year two, the parent will be asked to return the computer, Chromebook, or iPad/tablet or re-pay the depreciated value of the device.

What subjects or classes are required?

Students will have the four core classes:  Math, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies as well as two electives.  The electives can be PE, fine arts, foreign language, technology, or anything the student is interested in. 

How often do students/parents turn in student work?

Families turn in student learning assessments every two weeks for the four core classes. There are also work samples/reporting on electives twice a year. Submissions consist of a learning sample which can be in the form of a worksheet, test, paper, picture of a project, or video of your student explaining what they have learned. Our goal is to keep reporting very simple and easy!

Are students required to participate in state testing?

Yes.  All students are required to participate in state tests. 

Do you offer field trips?

Yes!  We offer FREE field trips EVERY month!  These activities are free for our students and at least one parent.  Most of the time, additional siblings or parents can attend at a discounted rate.  These field trips are such a fun benefit of our program! We provide many activity opportunities throughout the year.  Field trips included outdoor activities, educational opportunities, and fun entertainment for the family.

Tech Trep Academy also offers virtual field trips. This year a few of the events our families have enjoyed include attending online book clubs and tea parties, viewing exotic reptiles, learning about severe weather and the constitution, meeting authors, touring a TV station, and enjoying a virtual tour of Jamestown!

What courses or clubs are offered as electives?

There are SO MANY fun ways to fill elective requirements. Families are welcome to create their own custom elective plan – gathering their own resources using the supplemental learning fund.

Tech Trep Academy offers virtual teacher-led clubs that students can participate in. There are also many virtual tech elective classes offered through Tech Trep Academy. Fees for virtual clubs and Tech electives can come from the student’s supplemental learning fund.

Tech Trep Academy virtual clubs provide opportunities for youth to participate in activities, interact with peers in a positive and supervised setting, as well as pursue interests and develop skills. Many students fulfill elective requirements while participating in these virtual clubs.

View a List of Virtual Clubs effective as of January 2021.

View the many fun Tech Electives offered through Tech Trep Academy.

 

Do you offer teacher-led courses or classes?

Yes, absolutely! Many parents prefer that some subjects be taught to their student by a certified teacher.

Virtual teacher-led classes are part of the optional resources parents have access to for their students. There are classes offered in science and social studies for many grades. Some courses are free while others include a minimal fee which can come from the student’s supplemental learning fund.

Another fun opportunity many Tech Trep families enjoy is the optional virtual Bridge program. The Bridge program offers virtual teacher-led classes in core subjects and students also pick one virtual club as an elective. Fees for the bridge program can come from the student’s supplemental learning fund. 

Many families also enjoy the virtual clubs which are teacher-led and cover a wide variety of interests.

View a List of Virtual Clubs effective as of January 2021.

 

Does every student need to take a Tech or Entrepreneurship course?

No. Our goal is to help students gain valuable skills to be successful in college, career, and life, while encouraging them to pursue their interests. When selecting electives students may choose one of the courses we offer or they may pursue some other skill they are interested in!  The sky’s the limit!

Families are welcome to create their own custom elective course designed specifically for their student.

View a List of Virtual Clubs which many students use as electives – effective as of January 2021.

See the many fun Tech Electives offered through Tech Trep Academy.

Is the recommended age for the Tech courses flexible?
Yes – absolutely.  We believe the parent knows their child best and can decide if he/she would be able to handle a course that may be designed for older students.
Which Minecraft course would be best for my child?
The Minecraft STEAM course is broad and touches on Art, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Math, Language Art / Social Studies concepts.  The course can be applied at multiple levels, depending of the skill level of the student.  Since it is very open, it allows students to do projects at their own level.  Experienced Minecraft players may know some of the Minecraft techniques already (how to make a character skin and how to use redstone), but will discover new concepts  such as basic art techniques, making scale models, and learning about circuitry with redstone.

The Minecraft Modding with Java course is fairly technical and focuses exclusively on creating and adding custom modifications to Minecraft using Java. The course is appropriate for any student 11+ that has a basic foundational grasp of coding and is comfortable with a little bit of troubleshooting.

Can parents or schools purchase individual tech and entrepreneurship courses?
Yes!  Visit TechTrep.com, and private pay parents and schools can purchase individual courses for students. Note:  Several partner schools and programs across the country are pre-approved to purchase via Tech Trep.
If / when my child is accepted, will I receive additional information?

Yes!  Once accepted into the program, parents will have access to Parent Link, a secure site with extensive details regarding all aspects of our personalized education program. 

What is the enrollment process?
  • Parents submit an application for each child in the Tech Trep Academy InfoCenter.
  • Once accepted, parents submit a complete enrollment packet in InfoCenter. The packet includes proof of residence, birth certificate, and immunization information.
  • Both student and parent need an active email account (see video for help with younger children).
  • After the packet is approved, you will receive a confirmation email letting you know your student is fully enrolled.
  • Once enrollment is complete, there is nothing else to do until summer when the student schedule can be created and learning resources are ordered.
  • You will be able to access Parent Link and Announcements in InfoCenter for additional information.
  • If you have questions about the process, please reach out to denised@techtrepacademy.com for help and support in enrollment.
Can I read about other people's experience in the program?
Absolutely! Go the parent testimonials to read what other families have experienced while enrolled in Tech Trep Academy.
I have additional questions. How do I get more answers?

Contact Us with your questions and/or check out the live Parent Information Meetings. We look forward to speaking with you!

How did the Tech Trep Academy program begin?

In 2008, a full-time public school program called My Tech High was created to provide students in Utah with a personalized education experience focused on technology and entrepreneurship.  Interest in the Utah program has continued to grow each year with thousands of students now participating.

Tech Trep Academy (‘trep’ is short for entrepreneur) started in 2015 to help part-time students outside of Utah to access the amazing technology and entrepreneurship curriculum.

Beginning in February 2017, a full-time Tech Trep Academy program became available in Idaho for students in grades K–8! Starting in the fall 2020, Tech Trep Academy has added programs for Indiana, Tennessee, and Wyoming.