Academic planning is the cornerstone of online learning at digiTIES. It’s essential that our students are set up for academic success from the moment of enrollment. Working as a team, our goal is to meet students where they are as a starting point and to implement a growth plan to facilitate appropriate academic and religious growth. With the support of families, enrollment specialist, admissions coordinator, and the school principal, teachers will work with each student to identify skill baselines in English Language Arts, Math, Science, Arabic Studies, and Qur’an recitation. Our entrance assessments help us identify academic leveling for each student. We then thoughtfully design an appropriate academic plan taking into consideration the student’s post-secondary goals. Academic progress is monitored throughout the school year, and teachers provide individualized teaching methods to support each student’s potential.
Approximately two weeks before the enrollment start date, each student at digiTIES receives access to our online orientation course. Participating in this orientation experience is an important preparation step for beginning the online learning experience. The orientation will provide students and their families the tools and resources needed to be successful at digiTIES. The orientation covers:
Students and families will also learn how to navigate through their course materials, gradebook, email, calendar, and virtual classrooms. They will be introduced to their teachers and learn how to connect with them. Students will also receive their fall schedule built to accommodate their individualized learning plan.
Having a time management plan in place is a critical piece to a successful academic experience. digiTIES relies on families to support their children in making sure they keep up with their studies. Helping our students have a positive and successful experience is a important to us, and we believe the way to achieve that is by partnering with families to ensure each student has the support at home as well as at digiTIES.
Our college-preparatory program will prepare students for post-secondary education through offerings in SAT Prep and AP courses. Students interested in pursuing Islamic and Arabic studies in ALIPH can apply for enrollment in the Junior Aliph Program.
Our elementary school program (grades 1-5) is founded on our belief that, with a solid partnership between parents and teachers, young students can thrive in an online environment. With the help and support of parents as family learning coaches, students log in to their online classes and work towards learning grade-level standards.
In each grade, students will study standards aligned content required by the California Department of Education. Their studies include English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Health, and Physical Education. They will have the opportunity to explore courses in the arts and computer literacy as well. Students will also tie in to the Islamic culture by participating in Islamic studies, Qur’an recitation, and Arabic as a second language classes with credentialed, trained teachers.
digiTIES students play an active role in their learning. With the help of their family learning coach, students connect with live and offline instruction and materials to follow rigorous learning goals and curriculum.
The digiTIES Middle School program covers grades 6-8. These are formative years where our students transition from being young learners to young adults. As such, we believe having a family learning coach is essential to their success, but with the goal of helping their student practice responsibility, independence, time management skills, and self advocacy. In middle school, students study a standards aligned curriculum that meets the requirements identified by the California Department of Education. Student studies include English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Health, and Physical Education. Students also explore courses in the arts, computer literacy, career exploration, world languages, and various electives. Students further their connection to Islamic culture by delving deeper into the Personal Obligatory Islamic Knowledge that they will need to guide their adult life; they further refine their Qur’an recitation skills as well. Our goal at digiTIES is to prepare students for success in their life aspirations as well as the hereafter.
digiTIES middle school students are expected to play an active role in their learning. Students work with a team of subject specific teachers to foster a rigorous high-standards learning environment. They use live and offline resources to mold their learning and achieve established learning goals. Teachers work hard to differentiate learning and support resources for each student, striving to help students not only solidify foundation skills needed for success in high school, but develop social skills of time management, self advocacy, honesty, and responsibility.
It is our belief that open and consistent communication and collaboration is essential to the success of our students. Teachers work diligently to ensure that information is available and accessible to families. They use a variety of tools, including emails, virtual meetings, parent teacher conferences, written announcements, newsletters, and posting of lessons, materials, and content in an accessible way to students and family learning coaches. To jump start a relationship of open communication, students and parents begin the school year by participating in an orientation program designed to introduce students and their learning coaches to the skills and technical proficiency needed to successfully complete online courses.
It’s important to us, at digiTIES, to be able to support our high school students in achieving their post secondary goals. Whether the plan is to graduate early, pursue dual enrollment, or continue on to post-secondary studies at a college, university, vocational school, or Aliph, our team will work with families to chart out the most suitable path towards that goal. We believe the high school experience should be relevant. Our goal is to help students discover their interests and draw clear lines to viable opportunities the modern world has to offer, all within the acceptable boundaries of what is Islamically permissible.
We currently are offering grades 9 & 10. Students access live and asynchronous course material to meet California Department of Education’s graduation requirements.