Each course is divided into five sections that develop English communication skills. The sections must be completed in the order they appear because tests follow each section and each test builds upon all previously completed sections. Tests must be taken on-site, meaning students must take the tests by appointment in the Hamilton Alternative Academy.
After exploring resources in each section, the student must reflect on the material and personally connect with the content. Written responses must be authentically written by the student taking the course. Any failure to personally connect with the material or any indication that anyone other than the student completed the written responses will result in failure of the course.
Reflections, section by section, must be submitted to the HAA and authenticated before a test can be taken. A student could complete a section, turn in the reflections for that section on Monday, for example, and schedule a test later in the week. Reflections may be delivered directly to the HAA or emailed. Paper for written responses will be provided and can be downloaded from the course page.
Tests are written essays and will be taken at the HAA by appointment and students will not be able to use any reference materials. All tests will refer to the specific material in each section and require students to demonstrate that they have learned the skills presented in each section and that they can show a personal connection with the skills and understand how they will use the learned skills in the future.
Each course should take approximately six weeks. Attempting to complete the course on a shorter schedule likely would not allow enough time for evaluation of the required work before each test. Shorter schedules to complete work must be arranged with and approved by HAA Director Allyson Price. Failure to complete any agreed-upon schedule of work likely will result in course failure.