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Course Formats

Individually paced, session-based, & flexi-paced courses

Online Programs offers challenging distance courses in three different formats:

Individually paced courses

Students may enroll at any time during the year and progress at their own pace within their enrollment period, guided by instructors who strive to meet individual needs. Enrollment and tuition are time based, and students may enroll in a course for three, six, or nine months. Students who complete a course with five or more days remaining in their enrollment period are advanced to the next most appropriate individually paced course after receiving their grade for the previous course. Students can work on this new course until their enrollment period ends, or, if they want more time to work on the new course, they can pay additional tuition and fees to re-enroll for one or more months online by logging in to MyCTY, select "Online Programs" and then "Reenrollment."

Students who are unable to work on an individually paced course because of a vacation, illness, camp, or other reason can pause their enrollment for breaks of seven days or longer. Students who do not complete their course before their end date can pay to re-enroll for an additional time period to complete it. Math courses (including AP Calculus and Statistics), computer science and technology, and most science courses below the level of AP are individually paced. See the FAQ for more details.

Session-based courses

These courses have specific start and end dates; students receive a schedule and must meet deadlines for assignments. Tests, if any, are taken according to the course schedule. All writing, AP (except AP Calculus and Statistics), critical reading, grammar, engineering, forensics, musicand world language courses are session-based. Visit the FAQs for more information.

Flexi-paced courses

Students start the course on a set date, and develop with their instructors a schedule to complete the course within the next nine months. Students submit one assignment at a time, allowing instructors two weeks to review and provide feedback before moving on to the next unit.

Although the flexi-paced format provides considerable flexibility, students must manage their time carefully to avoid rushing at the end of the course. The Process of Writing, Writing for an Audience, Crafting the Essay, and Writing Analysis and Persuasion are offered in the flexi-paced format.

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