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Frequently Asked Questions

  •  What is Thompson Online?


Thompson Online is an online program that offers an online education for students K-12 through the Thompson School District. Thompson Online is not a credit recovery program. Students attend classes through an online platform but maintain their connection to a brick and mortar school. A student accesses the curriculum and assignments 24/7 from anywhere with an Internet connection. Online teachers and mentors interact with students through multiple venues creating a virtual learning environment as well as continue to implement blended learning opportunities for all students.



  • Does Thompson Online provide state required assessments?


Thompson Online provides the support and communication for all students to take required state assessments at their home school.  This includes CMAS, PARCC and ACT assessments.  Students are informed of the assessment obligation prior to starting TOL.



  • How does a student register for Thompson Online?


Thompson Online is an alternative learning option in Thompson School District; therefore, admission will be personalized.  If you are interested in Thompson Online please meet with your counselor and complete the paperwork, including all necessary signatures, and turn in to Ferguson High School.   Once your paperwork is received, the Thompson Online staff will review it and schedule an interview and orientation.  The staff will meet with you to determine academic goals, discuss successes and struggles to help determine the most effective educational pathway for you.

 Students are required to meet with their cohort teacher weekly to monitor progress.  If a student is not completing classes and is it determined this is not a successful environment we will work with you to determine next steps to you being a successful student.



  • What is the registration window for TOL?


Thompson Online will offer open enrollment from August 15 - September 10 and December 10 - January 10.  During these times we will be accepting enrollment paperwork and scheduling the interview and orientation. Please contact TOL staff regarding special circumstances. 



  • How do I know if Thompson Online is a good fit?


Thompson Online provides rigorous learning experiences in an environment that offers 24/7 learning as well as blended opportunities and events to encourage social interaction and team building experiences. Online learning allows for students to customize learning times during the day to work around other time commitments such as jobs, extra-curricular activities, and learning preferences.   We offer a variety of options to create a personalized academic pathway for student success.


If a student has an IEP or 504, a meeting is required to determine if the student's needs can be met through Thompson Online.



  • Does Thompson Online offer on site opportunities?


Face-to-face interactions are important in a student’s educational journey. TOL will offer two Learning Labs for students.  We will have a “quiet” lab where students can come in a work in a comfortable environment and receive support from our teachers.  We will also have a Learning Lab where our teachers will be offering workshops as well as cohort meetings. 

Both Labs will be open from 8:00am-3:30pm Monday-Friday



  • What are the TOL Cohorts?


Cohorts are groups of students with similar needs and experiences.  Cohorts will meet weekly.  Attendance is mandatory; you can earn credit for participating in your cohort and the weekly activities.  During the 45-minute cohort time you will be focusing on weekly progress, transcripts and credits, future planning, and team building activities.  Your cohort teacher will decide how weekly participation will look.  There will be a variety of ways to “attend”.  One week may be an online class and discussion with all participants logging in at the same time.  It may be on site with specific activities planned that you will participate in.  Email participation will not count towards your attendance. 



  • What is the attendance policy for Thompson Online?


If you are a full time student, you are expected to work 4-6 hours a day, 5 days a week.  This usually means you will be working on each class each day for 1-3 hours per day depending on the number of classes you are enrolled in.  You may choose to work on one class each day for the entire 4-6 hours or you may decide to work on 1 class every day until the entire scope and sequence is complete, while still maintaining some progress in all other courses.  Students must show weekly progress according to each student’s schedule or the student will need to meet to determine a more successful academic environment.  See policy below.

      1st Occurrence:  Meeting with Cohort Teacher, email reminder and/or phone cal

      2nd Occurrence:  Attendance contract, email, and phone call

      3rd Occurrence:  1st Attendance letter, date determined progress needs to be made by

      4th Occurrence:  2nd Attendance letter, meeting with TOL staff to determine a new academic environment, TSD Truancy involvement



  • What curriculum will Thompson Online students use?


The curriculum for Thompson Online is rigorous and aligned with Thompson School District expectations and Colorado Department of Education Common Core Content Standards. Secondary course content is FuelED. Elementary course content is provided through, K12.



  • What teachers will Thompson Online students have?


Online teachers are Thompson School District teachers or some course teachers are a third party online teacher. For Secondary students, highly qualified online teachers provided through Thompson School District for Core classes and most electives. For a fee we can use FuelED Highly Qualified online teachers for elective and other classes (Advanced Placement, world languages, other).



  • How will Thompson Online students be progress monitored?


Thompson Online student progress will be monitored weekly. Thompson Online staff starts a relationship with students and parents prior to registration to help students become successful and engaged learners.

Students are required to meet with their Cohort teacher weekly to monitor progress.  The Thompson Online staff will maintain regular communication with the online class teachers and students when students are not meeting class requirements.



  • Can a student attend Thompson Online half-time?


Half-time enrollment is possible. For example, a student could be enrolled in half of her classes with Thompson Online and half of her classes at an existing Thompson School District school or through home school status.



  • Can a Thompson Online student participate in extra-curricular activities?


Thompson Online students can participate in extra-curricular activities through Thompson Online or through other Thompson schools if Thompson Online did not offer the specific extra-curricular activities. This is similar to how home-school students participate in extra-curricular activities. If extra-curricular activities require certain eligibility, the student would need to meet such eligibility requirements through his or her online course work.



  • Are there fees associated with Thompson Online?


Fees may be associated with some classes.  For example if TOL needs to pay for a FuelED teacher for 1 class and student there may be a fee.  If a student in elementary student un-enrolls after 10 days they will be responsible for the shipping costs of the materials.