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How does Online tutoring work with GiftedApples?

Design of Intervention Learning Options and Digital Course Selection

With GiftedApples, online tutoring is very much like learning at school. The difference is that your learning session is private with your teacher, and the instruction provided to you is designed especially for you. Occasionally, you and another student, or even a group of 4, may participate in a unique learning activity which will increase the transfer of a newly learned skill by engaging in an activity with a peer partner or partner teams. However, small grouping is not typical with GiftedApples for intensive Tier III instruction. If a small group activity is planned, you will break-out of the group to back your individual, private session, when the activity is complete.

Your individually-designed learning option is taught by a certified and licensed “tutor”, and is scheduled by appointment. You will be able to login to our instructional learning platform for streaming video during instructional time; which will be recorded for progress monitoring and evaluation. All of your learning sessions will be supported by an online supportive Course of Study. Your tutor will schedule a time to work with you on your online Course of Study based on your scheduled calendar; but you may also study independently on your online course by logging in at any time.

Supportive Courses are required for the 3-Month; 4-Month; 5-Month; 6-Month or 7-Month Intervention Options.

At no additional Cost, we offer a 2-Sessions per month Bonus: Your intervention program will include the additional “2 Sessions Bonus” which will be scheduled each month and will provide additional learning in one of our Adaptive©, Prescriptive©, or Sequential© online courses.

The 2-Sessions Bonus shall be applied to all Intervention Program Options.

Refer to our How it Works Page for more details

Is testing required?

Yes. An individual assessment of your abilities in the area(s) you are seeking help is necessary and required to meet educational standards and curriculum guidelines established by your state’s Department of Education.

The Individual Assessment Observation & Tutoring phase (IA&OT) is scheduled and begins with the initial screening and continues through the evaluation of reading performance in the areas word study (phonology/phonemic awareness); fluency naming speed, vocabulary; rate of fluency for appropriate comprehension; and retelling of story to assess comprehension of text. Motivation to reading and learning is also observed.

An assessment of your knowledge of basic math skills required for solving a variety of math problems; vocabulary of fundamental math concepts necessary for interpreting math problems; demonstrating reading foundational skills critical in comprehending the language of math problems; and familiarity of formulas for solving unknown variables word problems and math equations will be evaluated using traditional testing resources administered by your Interventionist/tutors as well as online computer-adapted assessments.

How are Instructional and Intervention Sessions Calculated?

Why Is So Much Instructional Time Required?

GiftedApples offers six (6) Intensive Intervention Learning Options ranging from 750 to 2500 minutes or the equivalent of 15 to 50 Clock Hours @ 50 mins/per session. One (1) Carnegie credit is 120 Clock hours/7200 mins. There are four quarters in the traditional school year equivalent to 30 Clock Hours or 1800 minutes per academic quarter. A typical Reading or Math class is Based on 40-minutes of instruction 5 days/week totaling 200 minutes per week X 9 weeks, equal to 1800 minutes or 30 Clock Hours. If GiftedApples’ Intervention sessions were delivered for 40 minutes, 5 days per/week for 9 weeks, students would receive a total 1800 minutes or 30 Clock hours— equivalent to 0.25 Credit Hour or, (1 academic Quarter of instruction). GiftedApples intervention sessions are 50 minutes which provides more intensity since students cannot attend 5 intervention sessions per week. At 50-minute sessions, your child will receive 2250 minutes or 37.5 Clock hours of private, individual intervention compared to the traditional 40-minute class session with 18-26 students per class. Our classes are designed on a Clock-hour basis so that instruction can be aligned to traditional credit courses in most academic programs.

What is the Learning Gap Guarantee?

The Close the Learning Gap Guarantee is designed to increase your skill and knowledge ability by 15% on critical components of reading and math assessed during your Individual Assessment & Observation Tutoring Phase (A&OT). Students enrolled in an Intervention Option program must work with their Tutors or Interventionists for a total of 150 minutes per month for three (3) consecutive months on a single subject or learning target that they want covered by the Learning Guarantee (e.g., word development; fluency development; comprehension development; basic math; algebra; geometry).

Refer to our Learning Terms for more details.

How do I earn GiftedApples Learning Stipend?

Earned Credits & Stipend Award

In our effort to support your academic success, we will award you with a monetary stipend for each month that you fulfill the Learning Gap Guarantee (LG Guarantee). You can earn three (3) credits per month for each consecutive month you attend your Intervention Option session for 150 minutes; and complete your Online supportive class learning for 150 minutes on a single course, without absence. Each credit is worth $10. Students can earn nine (9) credits by the end of their Intervention Option Program and be awarded $90.

The maximum award is $90 per household. Students must complete their 16; 20; 24; or 28-week Program according to the LG criteria of 150 minutes per month in both classroom sessions and Online learning on a single course; without absence. Students will receive their GiftedApples Stipend Award at the end of their Intervention Option Program.

Refer to our Learning Terms for details.

Can I change my Learning Program Option?

Yes. You can change your Learning Program Option, but your initial areas of concern will still be targeted for instruction. In order to maintain a “balanced learning structure”, an increase or decrease in frequency or intensity of instruction on a specific area may be modified. Instead of having to change your Learning Program, an evaluation of your skills and abilities may be re-assessed. Based on the data from the curriculum-based measurement of your learning growth or deficiencies, the Learning Program may be modified and/or differentiated.

You can also decrease or increase your sessions hours without changing your Enrollment Contract.

What forms of payment do you accept?

GiftedApples accepts all credit/debit cards; Paypal account; ACH Processing payments; and Payment Installment Plans.

Payment Installment Plan Options

Note: If you choose the Installment Pay Pal, your GAs program Intervention Option Program will not begin for approximately two weeks, but not later than twenty (20) days from the date of completion of your Assessment & Observation Phase. This time frame allows for review of all testing data; writing of the Intervention Plan Report; preparing the Intervention Plan Program; and scheduling the Course of Study program and calendar.

Installment Payment Plan

  • If you pay the Assessment & Observation Phase (A&OT) fee in full, you will receive a ten-percent (10%) deduction off of the initial A&OT Phase fee.
  • A minimum of one-third (1/3) of the A&OT Phase fee is due before the initiation of testing and in conjunction with your Tutoring and Intervention Contract.
  • You can also choose the option to pay for your child’s Assessment & Observation Phase fee in three installments; the first of which must be paid at the time of enrollment.
  • If you opt for an agreed upon Installment Pay Plan for your Intervention Option Program; Individual Private Tutoring; or Small Group Virtual class; your Invention Option Program will be scheduled and begin in accordance to your agreed upon Installment Pay Plan and Course of Study schedule.
  • A 2.5% Convenience fee for the 2-payment Installment Payment Plan; a 3.5% Convenience fee for the

3-payment Installment Payment Plan; or a 4.5% Convenience fee for a 4-payment Installment Payment Plan shall be charged for each billing transaction of each installment.

Note: The maximum installments for of our Intervention Option Programs will be four (4).

When is the remaining balance of my tutoring program due?

For our assessment and evaluation of your child, your Enrollment fee, plus one-third (1/3) of the Assessment and Observation Tutoring (A&OT) Phase fee must be paid at the time of your enrollment. You may pay in full and receive a ten (10) percent discount); or have the option to pay for your A&OT fee in three installments, of which one-third or your A&OT Phase fee would be due upon enrollment, along with an extended time to pay for the A&OT from the initiation of your child’s assessment. Your Assessment & Observation Tutoring will be scheduled and initiated with only one-third of the fee submitted.

If you enroll in an Intervention Option Program; Individual Private Tutoring; Small Group Virtual class; or Online Course, all fees, plus two-thirds (2/3s) or sixty-six percent of the Assessment & Observation Tutoring Phase fee must be paid before your Individual Learning Option Program can be initiated.

Refer to our Learning Terms for details.

What is the refund policy?

Refunds

GiftedApples will provide additional tutoring (up to 9 sessions) at no cost to your parents if your academic performance does not increase by 15% on any of the assessed areas measured during the Assessment & Observation Tutoring Phase. If after the additional tutoring and instruction, there is not significant improvement in the target areas assessed, GiftedApples will return up to 100% of your tuition for the 9 sessions required by the Closing the Learning Gap Guarantee (including the enrollment fee).

What is the Withdrawals & Cancellation policy?

Withdrawals & Cancellations

If you withdraw from your GAs Learning Program or cancel your intervention Option Plan, you will be eligible for a refund on the following terms:

  • If you choose to withdraw your enrollment within three (3) days or 72 Hours before the first scheduled

Assessment & Observation Tutoring (A&OT) Phase we will refund 100% of the tuition you have paid less the Enrollment, Course Setup and Administration fees.

  • If you choose to withdraw your enrollment after three days (3) days or 72 Hours before the first scheduled A&OT Phase we will refund 60% of the tuition you have paid, less the Enrollment Course

Setup and Administration fees.

Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)

Apples Literacy Advance and Math 4-12 Academy d/b/a GiftedApples Literacy and E-Learning complies with all Federal Trade Commission Laws; and complies with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 guidelines.

This part implements the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998, (15 U.S.C. 6501, et seq.,) which prohibits unfair or deceptive acts or practices in connection with the collection, use, and/or disclosure of personal information from and about children on the Internet.

June 1, 2016