Can AMCS students walk in the graduation ceremony at their affiliate school?
Yes. Students will earn an ASD high school diploma from AMCS. Students will commence in the AMCS graduation and may also participate in their affiliate high school graduation as per ASD specifications.
Can AMCS students participate in the athletics programs at their affiliate school?
Yes. Students can participate in a sports program with their affiliate schools. All ASAA eligibility requirements still apply. If a student is interested in participating in athletics, they should discuss their intent during the meeting with their AMCS UAA academic advisor and the AMCS school counselor, so they are not scheduled in late afternoon classes. Athletic eligibility for AMCS students will only be determined in the semester. Eligibility cannot be changed at quarter due to grades because college courses do not have equivalent quarter grades.
Can AMCS students attend dances at their affiliate school?
Yes. AMCS students are allowed to participate in extracurricular activities at their affiliate schools. In addition to being issued a UAA Wolf Card, each AMCS student will be issued an AMCS ID card with their affiliate school listed.
Can AMCS students attend sports competitions at their affiliate school?
Yes. AMCS students should also be allowed to purchase an activity sticker from their affiliate school.
Can AMCS students receive academic awards or honor grad recognition from their affiliate school?
No. These recognitions will be awarded through AMCS. Similarly, AMCS students should not be included in valedictorian or salutatorian running at their affiliate school.
Can AMCS students qualify for the UA Scholars program at their affiliate school?
It depends. If they attend their affiliate school as a junior and fall within the top 10% of their class, they should be included when reporting to the UA Scholars program at the end of the school year. If they attend AMCS as a junior and qualify amongst their AMCS cohort, they will be included in the submission from AMCS.
Do AMCS students have to pay for college tuition or textbooks?
It depends. ASD covers these costs for most General Education Requirements (GERs) during the Fall and Spring semesters. A list of approved UAA courses will be provided to students before registering for classes. Students can meet all ASD graduation requirements and potentially earn an Associates Degree or certificate through the approved list courses. Based on academic needs, additional courses may be petitioned to the AMCS principal.
Typically, ASD does not cover online college class costs. AMCS students are expected to attend classes in person. *This is contingent on UAA offering in-person classes.
Students can opt to register for classes, not on the approved list; however, the student will be responsible for the course tuition and any associated textbooks. Registering for non-approved courses must be done in consultation with the AMCS counselor and the UAA Academic Advisor.
Students can also enroll in summer classes at UAA but will be financially responsible for tuition, books, and fees.
Can AMCS students take evening classes?
Yes, if they meet the minimum placement requirements. Please note, if the evening course uses a textbook different from the one for the daytime course, the student may have to cover the book's cost.
Is bus transportation provided?
Yes. Students can take their regular bus route to their affiliate high school and catch the bus to the King Tech High School (formerly KCC). From KTHS, students can ride a bus to the UAA campus. The reverse route is available in the afternoon. A more detailed description of the bus service, including departure and arrival times, is available on the website.
Do students need to purchase a UAA or ASD parking pass?
Students who want to park on the UAA campus will be required to pay for parking. Students who take a class at their affiliate high school will need to purchase a student parking pass if they park on campus.
How does AMCS determine if a student is enrolled full-time?
To answer this question, it’s important to understand how credits are applied to a student’s transcript at the end of a semester:
- Students earn .5 credit each semester for completing a high school course.
- Students earn 1.0 credit each semester for completing a 3-credit college course because it is equivalent to a yearlong high school course.
A high school student enrolled in six semester-long classes, or three 3-credit college classes is considered full time. Many AMCS students will take a blend of college and high school classes. They will be considered full time as long as they are enrolled in a combination of classes totaling 3.0 credits for the semester. It is especially important to understand that, under ASAA eligibility rules, an athlete must be enrolled in the equivalent of five semester-long classes (2.5 credits) to maintain athletic eligibility; senior in good academic standing must be enrolled in four (2.0 credits).
Can a student repeat a university course if they are unhappy with the final grade?
It depends. If a student receives a D or F in a college course, the district will cover the student's tuition cost to repeat the course one more time. After that, if a student does not make a passing grade of C or higher, they may repeat the course at the student's own expense. If a student receives a grade of C or higher in a college course, the district will not cover the student's tuition cost to retake the course. In this situation, the student must cover the cost if he or she wishes to retake the course for grade improvement.
Can a Student retake a class he or she withdrew from in the previous semester?
It depends. Students should first meet with both their AMCS high school counselor and UAA academic advisor to discuss their reasons for the withdrawal. If a student withdraws from a class because of a low grade, he or she will be allowed to retake the course one more time, and the district will cover the cost of tuition. After withdrawing from the same course twice, the student must cover the tuition cost if he or she chooses to retake the course a third time. If a student chooses to withdraw from a course in which he or she is passing with a grade of C or higher, he or she may be required to cover the cost of tuition for that course unless there are extenuating circumstances outside of the student's control.
Are college courses weighted?
No. College courses do not have extra weight in GPA calculations.
Does the AMCS program accept International Student Exchange students?
No. International Exchange Students are not eligible to enroll at AMCS.
Do AMCS students have UAA transcripts as well as ASD high school transcripts?
Yes. AMCS students build a UAA college transcript at the same time as their high school transcript. UAA grades will be posted on their college transcript. At the end of each semester, college grades will be posted to the student's high school transcript.
Can AMCS students earn a Seal of Biliteracy?
Yes. Seniors should complete the Seal of Biliteracy application and return it to the AMCS counselor. Students will need to take the STAMP test during their junior or senior year to qualify. If students are not in a world language class at their affiliate school, they will need to coordinate with the affiliate school to register for the STAMP test.
How do students at AMCS complete their physical education requirements for high school?
Students have several options to complete PE requirements. ASD requires 1.5 credits of PE. AMCS students can take online Apex Health or PE during the school year, take online iSchool PE classes during the summer, enroll in a PE course at their affiliate school, and earn .25 PE waivers for each season of a sport they complete. ASD does not cover the tuition/fees for UAA PE classes; however, students have the option to enroll in UAA PE classes to earn high school PE credit at their family's expense.
What are advisories?
AMCS requires students to enroll in a language arts advisory the first semester they take a college writing course and a math advisory the first semester they take a college math course. AMCS high school teachers teach advisories, meet twice a week, are worth .5 high school elective credit, and are for a pass/fail grade. Advisories should not add to a student's workload but rather support their college coursework. Students in advisory will get support in understanding their syllabus and class expectations and can receive feedback on their written work and assistance with understanding new concepts. In subsequent semesters, students are not required to take advisory as long as they are earning A's and B's in the college classes.
When do AMCS students receive their complete schedule (high school and college)?
For Fall Semester: In early August, the AMCS counselor reviews all college schedules and adds any needed AMCS high school classes/advisories. High school schedules will be viewable on Student/Parent Connect by Orientation Week. College schedules are viewable on UAOnline once students complete their course registration.
For Spring Semester: After students complete college advising and final grades are posted, the AMCS counselor will review all college schedules and add any needed high school classes/advisories. High school schedules will be viewable on Student/Parent Connect during the first week back from winter break. College schedules are viewable on UAOnline once students complete their course registration.
When scheduling AMCS high school classes and advisories, several things are considered: the most sense in the student’s schedule and needs, the high school teachers’ class schedules, class sizes, and student’s requests. Sometimes students will have unscheduled time in their schedule between classes. Even though most AMCS students will not be scheduled in classes Monday-Friday for full days, as they would be in a traditional high school, students should expect that the amount of time required to complete their schoolwork will not decrease. Thus, students are encouraged to make the best use of unscheduled time (studying, working on assignments, getting assistance, eating lunch, etc.).
Can AMCS students take a course at their affiliate school?
Yes, students may request to take one course at their affiliate school. Please review the guidelines and request form for more information.
Can AMCS students take high school courses online?
If a student wants a high school Apex (online) class, they will be scheduled for two in-person class meetings a week. If a student finishes an Apex class before the end of the semester, they will not be required to continue to attend their scheduled class after completing the class. AMCS high school teachers teach AMCS Apex classes. If a course is not available on Apex, AMCS students may take it through iSchool. Students taking iSchool courses will also be scheduled for two in-person class meetings a week until the course is completed. Students are typically scheduled for only one online class at a time.
Can AMCS students do summer school?
AMCS students can enroll in ASD's ischool summer school following iSchool's policies and procedures.
Students can also enroll in summer classes at UAA but will be financially responsible for tuition, books, and fees.
Where are advisories for AMCS high school classes and advisories located?
High school classes and advisories will be located on the King Tech High School campus. Classrooms will be listed with class schedules on Student/Parent Connect.
How can I find where my college classes are located?
Students can find their college course schedule and class locations through their UAOnline account.