Frequently Asked Questions

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 (powered by My Tech High) is available in Idaho for students in grades K–8! Starting in the fall 2020, Tech Trep Academy has added programs for grades 9–10.

Does Tech Trep Academy operate as a Public Charter / District School or a Private School?
Neither. We are a personalized education program which operates under a Public / Private Partnership model administered by existing public schools (both district and charter).
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. (These resources are the ones we anticipate offering, but may have changes as we work out contracts with each different company. If a resource does not have a minimum number of students order it, it will be canceled as well.)

    Free Resources

    Brainpop https://www.brainpop.com/ A collection of short videos and activities on a wide variety of topics.  

    Brainpop Jr. https://jr.brainpop.com/ – Geared for students in grades K-3

    Epic (school hours only) https://www.getepic.com/ Online library

    Generation Genius https://www.generationgenius.com/  Standards aligned video based lessons for elementary students.

    HOMER  https://learnwithhomer.com/ Early learning reading and phonics program for ages 2-8. 

    Khan Academy https://www.khanacademy.org/  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  https://www.infobase.com/ 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 www.mobymax.com 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 Math https://tangmath.com/ Weekly 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 https://www.abcmouse.com/abt/homepage 

    Adventure Academy ($72 per family/3 accounts)*Price may be reduced with large enrollment https://www.adventureacademy.com/

    Accelerated Reader ($35) https://www.renaissance.com/products/accelerated-reader/explore/ comprehension tests on popular books, often used in public schools. Parents will be set up as teachers. 

    Adobe Creative Cloud ($35/year) https://www.adobe.com/ 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) https://www.aleks.com/ Online math program for 3rd grade and up. Students can work through multiple grade levels in one year. Reading intensive.

    APEX ($50) https://www.apexlearning.com/ an be used for middle school or as high school classes. For middle school classes (non-credit), parents will be set up as teachers and are responsible for grading. For high school credit, students will also need to get approval and sign up with our school counselor to enroll in the high school class. High school students have access to this resource at no cost and do not need to request it. 

    Beast Academy Online ($55) https://beastacademy.com/ 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) https://www.centervention.com/ Social and Emotional Learning Games helps students practice and improve social and emotional skills. 

    Code Monkey ($15)https://www.codemonkey.com/ Kid friendly coding program.

    CTC Math ($35) https://www.ctcmath.com/ 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  https://diy.org/ ($25) Huge library of hands-on projects, step by step how-to videos, and an awesome kid community.

    Dreambox ($40) https://www.dreambox.com/ 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) https://www.headsprout.com/ and https://www.raz-kids.com 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) https://www.ixl.com/ 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) https://www.kidsdiscover.com/ Library of over 2,000 visually stunning science and social studies articles on any internet-enabled device

    Mathseeds ($15) https://mathseeds.com/  Online math program for students from K-3rd grade.

    MiWrite ($10) https://measurementinc.com/miwrite Writing program for grades 3-12

    Mr D. Math ($100) https://www.mrdmath.com/ 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 August 17th. 

    Nessy Numbers ($10) https://www.nessy.com/us/product/nessy-numbers/ Teaches multiplication and telling time

    Nessy Reading and Spelling ($40) https://www.nessy.com/us/ 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) https://www.nightzookeeper.com/ 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) https://www.prodigygame.com/ 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) https://www.quill.org/ 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) https://readingeggs.com/ 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) https://www.reflexmath.com/ Fun program to master math facts through games. Great for any student who does not have their math facts mastered. 

    Squiggle Park/Dreamscape ($15) https://www.squigglepark.com/dreamscape/ Combining strategy, engagement, and imaginative reading passages to create a fun, curriculum-aligned literacy game!

    ST Math ($55) https://www.stmath.com/ A visual instruction math program good for students who struggle with reading.

    Study.com ($65 student/year)https://study.com/ 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 with 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) https://www.studyisland.com/ 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) https://www.sumdog.com/ Supplemental game based math/LA program

    Tales2Go ($25 for 2 licenses. One license can be used on one device at a time.) https://www.tales2go.com/ This is an online audiobook library with over 2000 titles. 

    Time/Edge https://www.timeedge.com/login($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) https://www.edutyping.com/ Choice of Edutyping or 

    Typing Club https://www.typingclub.com/

    THE ULAT ($40)  https://www.theulat.com/ Learn Spanish and French in this three-year language program based on the Natural Language Acquisition Sequence.  It imitates the natural means by which one learns one’s native language, first laying a strong oral foundation to ensure that students actually learn to speak their new language, before moving on to elementary reading and then finally to writing. 

    *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 (Find course descriptions at www.techtrepacademy.com)

    IDLA classes (IDAHO only) https://www.idahodigitallearning.org/ Online, teacher directed classes for 6th grade and up. Significant teacher interaction. Advanced students can access high school level classes for credit.

     

    *The following additional direct courses will be available through schedule builder for the cost charged by BYU – deducted from the student’s learning funds.

    BYU Independent Study (IDAHO only)Teacher provided assignments and teacher graded classes. Relatively little teacher involvement and feedback. – https://hs.ce.byu.edu/

    Resources we are considering:

    Mystery Science (full price) https://mysteryscience.com/ 

    Rosetta Stone (full price) https://www.rosettastone.com/

    Box Subscriptions:

    Mel Science Kits https://melscience.com/

    Kiwico https://www.kiwico.com/

*Indicates a program for which ALL students have unlimited access

What is the supplemental learning fund?
Each student in grades 1st through 10th grades will receive $1700 in supplemental learning funds each year. 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.  A parent gets access to these funds through direct purchases and/or reimbursements. 
What happens if I don't see my preferred curriculum?

This is not a problem!  We believe parents should have the flexibility to choose the curriculum that fits their student best.  If you prefer a book-based or other curriculum, you can still receive this curriculum through a direct order or through a reimbursement. 

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.  

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 homeschool moms and certified teachers. 

What subjects or classes are required?

Students in grades K-8 grade 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.  Students in grades 9 and 10 will need to take the courses that are required for graduation. 

How often do students/parents turn in student work?

Students in grades K-8 grade will turn in work every two weeks for the four core classes.  This will consist of a learning sample Our goal is to keep reporting very simple and easy!  For high schoolers, the frequency of homework submissions depends on which courses they are taking. 

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

Our program is focused on helping students gain valuable skills to be successful in college, career and life.  Students with a strong foundation in creativity, innovation, technology and business are poised to change the world for good. Review all tech and entrepreneurship courses available for full-time Idaho students.  There is a lot of flexibility for the technology or entrepreneurship elective.  Students may choose one of the courses we offer or they may choose some other skill they are interested in!  The sky’s the limit! 

Do you offer field trips?

Yes!  We offer FREE field trips in many regions throughout the state 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!  In the 2018-2019 school year, we provided about 100 field trips throughout the year.  Students can attend any field trip in the state! 

Why are Pass / Fail grades given instead of traditional letter grades?

We believe STRONGLY in personalized education and providing flexible resources to help every student enjoy their learning experience.  Letter grades limit flexibility and force children to navigate artificial grade distinctions.  We have concluded that this subjective and stressful approach would contradict our goal of inspiring our students to gain a true lifelong love of learning.  For our high school students, they do receive a letter grade in order to receive high school credit. 

Are students required to participate in State testing?

Yes.  All students are required to participate in State tests.  For more information visit this page.  The IRI is a reading test that is given virtually in the fall and the spring for students in grades K-3.  Students take this test from home.  For students in grades 3-10, the ISAT is given in the spring.  We provide testing at over 13 different locations throughout the state. 

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. For Idaho students, you will first apply for the program,  Once the application is accepted, you will receive an email with additional instructions to complete the enrollment process through the IHLA-PowerSchool website.  

Are all the learning materials and technology resources property of the program?
Yes.  All materials, curriculum, technology are considered property of the program and must be returned (and all reimbursements repaid) if a student fails to adhere to all program requirements and/or withdraws at any time prior to the end of the school year.

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.

Can I select religious-based curriculum as part of my approved program?

As this program is in partnership with the public education system, only secular materials are approved for reimbursement or direct orders.  With that said, parents are free to supplement their child’s education with religious materials using their own private funds.

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.  And 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.

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.
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.