General FAQs

What grades are offered by eSchool Prep, a Texas College and Career Readiness Academy (eSchool Prep)?

eSchool Prep launched in the 2019–2020 school year for grades 5–11.

What subjects will my child study?

Language arts, math, science, and history are the core courses. There will be other courses in appropriate grade levels, such as music, art, physical education, health, and Texas history.

Does the program provide textbooks and other instructional materials?

Yes, we provide textbooks and instructional materials as part of the program. These books and materials are sent to students directly. A computer and internet access are required to complete the online courses. Based on financial need and eligibility, eSchool Prep may loan a computer system (including computer, printer, and software) to support the learning process. Our enrollment consultants can help address your technological and computer questions and needs. Common household items and office supplies like printer ink and paper are not provided.

How will my student interact with their teachers?

Teachers host virtual class sessions called Class Connect sessions to provide personalized instruction.

Can my child work at his or her own pace?

Our school students complete lessons in synchronous and asynchronous sessions and are expected to complete quizzes, tests, and other assignments in a timely manner and according to the students’ individualized learning plan and Class Connect schedule.

How much time do students spend on the computer?

We expect that students will spend no more than 15 to 30 percent of their school time on the computer in grade 5, 50 to 70 percent in grades 6–8, and students in grades 9–11 will spend nearly their entire school day online. Time online could be spent working on asynchronous lessons, working in Class Connect with teachers synchronously, and collaborating with peers in engaging assignments and projects. We believe in a balanced approach toward education. Computers help us provide you with effective assessment, planning, and time-management tools. Computers also act as powerful teaching tools that can motivate, stimulate, and inform children about the world around them. They do not, however, replace a solid education. Rather, they help facilitate one. That's why we use a unique multimedia approach that also includes a great deal of traditional books, workbooks, and instructional materials.

Do you provide curriculum for students with special needs?

Depending on a child's needs, we can tailor our curriculum to meet your needs. To discuss your child's needs with us, please contact our office, and we will put you in touch with our special programs team.

Can you accommodate the accelerated learning needs of my gifted/talented child?

Depending on a child’s qualifications, we offer a Gifted and Talented program for enrichment.

How do students interact socially?

Throughout the year, students may be invited to participate in school outings, field trips (e.g., to historical sites, museums, zoos), picnics, and other social events. Local students and parents can get together on a regular basis in their areas. There are also more than 50 online national clubs like LEGO®, Survival Skills, Chess, Debate, German, Spanish, Quiz Bowls, American Red Cross, Mathematical Mysteries of the Universe, American Girls, Guitar, Oceanography, Photography, College Prep, and more.

How do I enroll my student?

Visit our How to Enroll section for information on enrolling your student in eSchool Prep.

Where can I find the most recent Texas state, school report cards?

Under the ESSA, beginning with information from the 2017-2018 school year, report cards must be posted annually on district websites. (ESEA section 1111(h) (1) (A), (B)(iii) and (h)(2)(A), (B)(iii)). At the core of the Texas eSchool Prep is the belief that all students can grow, and all schools can improve. While no student report card tells the full story of a child, no school report card tells the full story of a school. Education is far more than a single score or letter grade, but it is important that families and communities can see both strengths and areas that need support and improvement.  Please find the state dashboard, here:  https://rptsvr1.tea.texas.gov/perfreport/src/2018/campus.srch.html

*Please note, that as a SY 19/20 new school, eSchool Prep will not have a school report card released, until the conclusion of the academic year.

Where can I find resources on bullying in Texas?

Bullying Resources

At Texas eSchool Prep (TXESP), we believe every student should have access to a safe learning environment. Our students and their safety are important to us, and bullying is prohibited in both the virtual school environment and during in-person events, such as outings or state testing.

What is Bullying?

Per Section 37.0832, of the TEA Education Code, Bullying involves a pattern or series of actions or one single occurrence of significant proportions. It may be conducted by one person or a group of people and directed toward another student. Bullying may be written or verbal; it may be found electronically, such as on social media; or it may be physical. No matter how the bullying proceeds, it is characterized as an exploitation of unequal power which allows the bully or bullies to control or harm others. An act of bullying:

  • has the effect or will have the effect of physically harming a student, damaging a student's property, or placing a student in reasonable fear of harm to the student's person or damage to the student's property;
  • is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that the action or threat creates an intimidating, threatening or abusive educational environment for a student;
  • interferes with a student’s education or substantially disrupts the educational process or the orderly operation of a classroom or school; or
  • interferes with a student's education or otherwise infringes on the rights of the victim at school

The definition of bullying includes cyberbullying. "Cyberbullying" means bullying that is done through the use of any electronic communication device, including through the use of a cellular or other type of telephone, a computer, a camera, electronic mail, instant messaging, text messaging, a social media application, an Internet website, or any other Internet-based communication tool.

This applies to:

  • bullying that occurs on or is delivered to school property or to the site of a school-related activity on or off school property;
  • bullying that occurs on a publicly or privately-owned school bus or vehicle being used for transportation of students to or from school-related activity; and
  • cyberbullying that occurs off school property or outside of a school-sponsored or school-related event, if the conduct interferes with a student's educational opportunities or substantially disrupts the operations of school, classroom, or school-related activity.

How to Report

If a student believes that he or she has experienced bullying or has witnessed bullying of another student, it is important for the student or parent to notify a teacher, school office staff, the campus director or another district employee as soon as possible to obtain assistance and intervention.  To submit an Anonymous Report, please complete the survey, here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3P3SX69

The administration will investigate any allegations of bullying or other related misconduct. 

If the results of an investigation indicate that bullying has occurred, the administration will take appropriate action. Disciplinary or other action may be taken even if the conduct did not rise to the level of bullying. The district will also contact the parent of the victim and of the student who was found to have engaged in the bullying. Available counseling options will be provided to the individuals, as well as to any students who have been identified as witnesses to the bullying.

Any retaliation against a student who reports an incident of bullying is prohibited. 

If someone needs immediate assistance because they need medical attention or are threatening to harm themselves, call 9-1-1 to reach out to local law enforcement for help.

Students with suicidal thoughts can reach out to their counselors and school administration for help, but they can also reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 as well.

https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

Resources

When bullying happens, it can be difficult to know what to do. Reach out to school administration for help. Be vigilant about bullying that may happen outside of school, and consider ways to protect against cyberbullying on social media.

Below are resources with information that can help prevent cyberbullying, educate students on what actions may constitute bullying, or provide resources for parents and families dealing with the aftermath.

StopBullyingNow.com has information about bullying and what parents and youth can do if they are experiencing bullying.

http://stopbullyingnow.com/

Tips for staying safe online from the Texas Young Lawyers Association: http://www.tyla.org/tyla/index.cfm/resources/educators-students/elementary-school/r-u-safe/

If you need to report to a social media site about cyberbullying or abusive behavior, you can report the behavior. Below, the link to CyberBullyHelp.com directs you to each social media company’s reporting information.

http://cyberbullyhelp.com/help-center/

StopBullying.gov also has resources to help identify warning signs for bullying, the effects, and how disabilities or sexual orientation increase the risk for students to be bullied.

https://www.stopbullying.gov/

Where can I find transition and employment information for students with disabilities?

Transition and Employment Services Designee (TED) & Legal Framework

Annually, Texas public schools must release and make available, a transition and employment guide to support students that received special education services due to a disability.  This guide can also serve as a resource for parents, including the steps students need to take to identify the appropriate educational and work options available, following the transition from high school.  In addition, some students may continue to qualify for services after high school; this guide will assist you with pertinent information as you plan for life after high school.

The guide is divided into sections on Self Advocacy, Transition Services, Employment and Supported Employment, Social Security Programs, Community and Long-Term Services, and Supports, Postsecondary Educational Programs and Services, Information Sharing, and Guardianship and Alternatives.  To access the Texas Transition Guide, click here:  www.transitionintexas.org/guide   

The Legal Framework is a statewide leadership project partnering the Texas Education Agency and Region 18 Education Service Center. The project which includes contacts from each educational service center is a compilation of state and federal requirements for special education organized by topic in a user-friendly format.

This site includes frameworks, publications, and resources helpful in the special education process. There is a glossary of terms and acronyms, links to laws, rules and guidance; and a search feature.

The Legal Framework can be found, here: http://framework.esc18.net/display/Webforms/LandingPage.aspx