Frequently Asked Questions
- Who can enroll in Tonka Online?
- How do I enroll in an online course through Tonka Online?
- What are the enrollment deadlines?
- Can I drop a Tonka Online course?
Students in the Minnetonka School District
- In-District Students should sign-up for classes during the regular registration window
- Minnetonka students should talk to their school counselor if they want to register after Skyward registration closes. Minnetonka students will still pay via Skyward Fee Management.
Students Outside of the Minnetonka School District
- Deadline for Summer 2019 is June 3
- Note: Depending on class size, we may be able to enroll students past the final deadline, pending approval. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about late enrollment.
Course sessions align with the Minnetonka School District calendar.
- Summer 2019 runs from June 10 - August 16
- Fall Semester 2019 runs from September 3 - January 24
- Winter Semester 2020 runs from January 28 - June 9
- How much does Tonka Online cost?
- Does my school pay the fees or do I pay the fees?
- When will I pay for a Tonka Online course?
- How do I make payments?
- What is the refund policy?
If Tonka Online is selected as a part of a student's regular schedule, there is no charge to the family for a Tonka Online course.
However, if you are taking a Tonka Online course as a 7th class, or over the summer, there is a fee of $325 for Semester 0.5 Credit Courses (P1 = $325 and P2 = $325) with the exception of Fitness A and Wellness B Physical Education courses. They are $199 each.
When you attend a public school and Tonka Online is part of your regular schedule within the school day during the school year, there is no charge for a Tonka Online course.
If you are taking a Tonka Online course as an extra class/over the summer, attend private school, or are homeschooled, there is a fee.
During the School Year
Payment is due before the first day of the course. An invoice and payment details will be emailed from our Business Office to the parent email address provided on the Pre-enrollment Form. After payment is received, access to the online course will be granted.
Summer Course invoices will be generated by May 17, 2019 for enrollments received before May 13, 2019. Payment can be made upon receipt of the invoice. Please allow 3-5 business days to receive an invoice for enrollments processed after May 13. After payment is received, allow 2-3 business days to gain access in the course.
After June 3, 2019 course access is granted within two business days after Payment is received. Summer courses begin on June 10, 2019.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Payment for summer courses is due in full by June 12 for the summer courses. Please note the refund policy for more detail.
- Full refund if course is cancelled
- Full refund if course is dropped before the first day of the course
- 50% refund if course is dropped between the first and end of the 20th day of class
- No refund if course is dropped after day 20 of a class
*Note: Weekend days are included in the calculation of class days.
- What are the course start and end dates?
- Will I receive credit for courses I take online?
- How many courses can I take through Tonka Online?
- Will I have an instructor from Minnetonka High School?
- How is instruction given in a Tonka Online course?
- Why is orientation an important part to being a student in Tonka Online?
- What is the workload?
- Do students have to login every day?
- Can I use my own FitBit or a different fitness tracker for Fitness A and Wellness B Physical Education??
- How does grading work in Tonka Online?
- Where do I go for my online course if I am taking it during the school year?
- Our family travels in the summer. Can I still participate in Tonka Online?
- If I sign up for a summer course and do not finish, can I work on the class in the fall until it is completed?
- What if students have questions or need help?
Course sessions align with the Minnetonka School District calendar.
- Summer 2019 runs June 10 through August 16 (10 weeks)
- Fall 2019 runs September 3 through January 24
- Winter 2020 runs from January 28 through June 9
Yes. Tonka Online courses count just the same as a traditional course. Minnetonka Public School District students will receive a letter grade and credit for courses completed through Tonka Online on their transcripts.
Some courses (Pre AP Chem, Pre AP Bio for example) are available to audit. Students who audit a Tonka Online course participate fully in the course, but a grade will not appear on their transcript, simply a record that they took the course.
Being a student online will be a shift for many learners. Our goal is to provide every possible resource to support your academic success.
There are two parts to orientation for students in Tonka Online. The first part involves a student completing the required documentation that is outlined in the Tonka Online Schoology site. This will introduce you to the expectations as a learner and all necessary forms and documentation.
The second part of the orientation process is the meeting that is either held virtually (such as through Skype) or at Minnetonka High School with the teacher and other students in the class. Parents are welcome to attend this orientation meeting as well.
This is a common question for students considering an online course. While the coursework and assignments can be done when they fit a student’s schedule, there is still an expectation of regular work in all courses. A general rule of thumb is about 5-7 hours per week for each course. Online PE is a less, with about 45 min of coursework (not including routine fitness activities).
Most Tonka Online courses are designed to be primarily self-paced, however the instructors may provide a recommended calendar and timeline to stay on track. Typically, we suggest spending about the same amount of time each week that the student would be in class, 5-7 hours, to stay on track with course work. Students can choose a time that works best for them during the day, allowing flexibility in their schedule. There is no daily attendance, however teachers will notify students that are not making regular progress to help them stay on track for course completion.
Grading will closely align with traditional Minnetonka classrooms, and have both formative and summative assessments. Feedback will be continual and timely in an effort to maintain high levels of student success. Please review the grading policy on page 13 of the Student Handbook.
If you attend Minnetonka High School, Tonka Online students work in the Media Center during their scheduled online course period. Provided it is not distracting to others, juniors and seniors who are scheduled for a Tonka Online class can utilize any space in the building for their study time.
Students enrolling in Tonka Online from outside the District select a space and time best suited to their learning needs.
Yes. Tonka Online not only provides a vehicle to extend learning through the summer months, but it also provides a mobile learning environment. All that is needed is a dependable internet connection.
- Students who are planning to travel and will not be able to access the internet consistently during that time must make a plan with the instructor in advance of their departure.
- In order to stay current in coursework you should not be away from an internet connection for more than a week at a time.
- You may work ahead to avoid missing important due dates, or discuss an adjusted time frame with the course instructor.
- How does online learning work?
- Why would a public school offer online courses?
- Why should I take an online course?
- How can I support my child in online learning?
- How does an online course look to colleges?
Each course is led by a Minnetonka High School teacher who guides students through the curriculum. Tonka Online courses provide a highly-personalized learning path that aims at empowering you to manage your time while providing a structure to keep you motivated and on-track to complete the coursework.
Course curriculum includes modules or units. You have some flexibility in the completion of units/modules, but you are expected to meet the targeted deadlines. Because the coursework requires an ongoing effort, you will need to spend time working in Schoology at least 3-4 times per week.
As you navigate through the units/modules of the course, you will engage with the instructor and other students in a highly collaborative environment that includes the thoughtful use of discussion boards, Google Docs and online virtual conferencing.
The intent of Tonka Online is not to replace the rich learning experience that takes place in a traditional classroom, but rather to supplement this experience with new opportunities for students. Our goal is to provide a world-class online experience that provides students with more course options and increased flexibility in scheduling.
Becoming a successful online learner is an integral skillset that students should master to thrive in the 21st Century. Many students will take online courses in college or post-secondary careers and find themselves with no preparation for success. Online learning through Tonka Online allows you to experience online learning with the guidance of a highly-qualified instructor that is dedicated to ensuring your success in the course and the support of a highly-structured program.
Encourage your child to use help-seeking strategies if he/she doesn’t understand something. This includes contacting the teacher, requesting a time to meet during virtual or office hours, asking peers for clarity, conducting research to learn more, or rereading the instructions for clarity. To create good study habits, students should set a schedule, set aside uninterrupted time to focus on coursework, and actively participate with their classmates and the instructor. As a general practice, students should be encouraged to login at least 3-4 times a week to Schoology.
Being a successful online learner means that students also understand the importance of digital health and wellness. Parents can take advantage of free resources to help promote responsibility and ethical use of technology. Plagiarism is never acceptable and could result in an automatic failure of the course. Help your child understand the seriousness of plagiarism. (To learn more about plagiarism, please visit Plagiarism.org.)
Credits earned in all Tonka Online courses will appear just like any other credit that students may earn while in high school. Minnetonka does not differentiate between an online and a traditional course in content or expectations, therefore there is no difference on a student transcript. In fact, students may take at least one online course as they continue their education after high school, so Tonka Online gives students a great opportunity to develop online learning skills.
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