Summer School FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions


How does a typical online credit course work?

The school day will run from 9:00AM-3:00PM for credit courses. Online courses at Jesuit High School will use a mix of synchronous (live) and asynchronous (independent) sessions. For synchronous sessions: students are required to attend daily multiple scheduled meetings with their classes and be active students during the school day. Attendance will be taken at synchronous sessions. Asynchronous sessions: students will work independently on activities and assignments as specified by the instructor. The teachers will go over this with students in details to be sure the expectations are clear. 

What is the daily schedule for credit classes (and College Application Workshop)?

We have created two sample daily schedules that teachers might use. Please keep in mind: these schedules are not final. Teachers may modify these schedules to best suit their individual students, lesson plans and subject matter. All teachers will present a final and more detailed daily schedule (that every student will follow) during their class orientation session for parents and students in the week leading up to the start of school. Click here to view the sample schedules.

Is there an orientation for high school level classes?

Yes. During the week prior to the start of class, each teachers will hold a Parent/Student orientation Zoom meeting. We will notify registered students and parents via email. These sessions will be recorded and made available by request to registered students. 

Is there an orientation for The Marauder Seminar class?

Yes. During the week prior to the start of class, each teachers will hold a Parent/Student orientation Zoom meeting. We will notify registered students and parents via email. These sessions will be recorded and made available by request to registered students. 

My student is taking a science class that includes a lab. How will the students complete the labs online?

Students will complete labs using either online simulations or videos.  Online simulations will allow students to manipulate variables on the computer screen and collect their own data.  They will then perform calculations and analyze the data collected from the simulation.  For other labs, students will watch videos of someone else performing a lab.  As they watch the video, students will make observations and record the data.  After the video, students will answer questions about the procedure and analyze the data.  Although students will not be physically performing the labs, they will still be answering the same type of questions, doing the same types of calculations, and writing the same types of lab reports.

What are the attendance guidelines?

Students are allowed a maximum of 2 absences total for a full year course and 1 absence for a semester course. All students are required to attend online meetings at times assigned by their teacher. Each class will feature multiple synchronous (live) virtual meetings per day. Attendance will be taken at each session. Jesuit reserves the right to withdraw students from summer school for excessive absences. If a student is not going to attend a live session, the parent should call the attendance line and leave a message by 9:00AM to report the absence. If a student is absent and the parent has not reported the absence, the parent will receive an email and phone message to help ensure that they are aware of the absence. 

How much time does an online course require?

Summer school courses operate at an accelerated pace compared to the regular school year. Credit courses run from 9:00AM-3:00PM Monday through Friday. Students are expected to be active students during this time. They will attend multiple virtual synchronous sessions each school day. Students should also expect 1-3 hours of homework everyday depending on the student’s study habits and time management skills.

What if my son/daughter has an IEP or 504 plan? What accommodations are available?

With the fast pace of these classes and the limitations that the schedule and online format presents, accommodations are a challenge. We may be able to offer extended time testing for final exams to those students who submit their IEP or 504 documentation. Documents should be uploaded to the student’s profile in the registration portal. 

Will there be tests? Final Exams?

Yes. There will be assessments throughout the course including a final exam each semester. Teachers will specify in their syllabus any expectations for testing.

How does grading work?

All credit courses will use a standard grading system. There is not a pass/fail option. Grade reports are sent at the quarter and semester via email to the student and the parent. 

How do I request a transcript?

Transcripts are automatically sent to the student’s current school at the end of the course. There is no need to request that a transcript be sent. A parent can request that their student’s transcript not be sent by visiting our website at before 12 midnight on Wednesday, July 22nd. Transcripts are mailed out to schools on Thursday, July 23rd and are not available prior to that date. 

Are these courses UC approved?

Yes. Jesuit High School is a college preparatory high school. All of the credit courses are UC a-g approved.

Are these courses NCAA approved?


When do courses begin and end?

Full year course (2 semesters): June 10, 2020 – July 17, 2020

One Semester course: June 10, 2020 – June 26, 2020

Do we ever cancel courses for low enrollment?

Yes. We have minimum enrollment requirements. If a course is cancelled due to low enrollment you will receive a full refund. In this scenario, the family will be contacted via email and phone.

When is tuition due?

Please visit for course and tuition amounts. If you chose a multiple automatic payment option where your credit card is charged on April 30th and May 30th, we will still honor that arrangement. Tuition is due in full by May 30th and should be paid online by logging on to the registration portal at

What payment options do we accept?

We accept credit card payments via the registration portal listed above. If you do not wish to pay by credit card, please contact us at 

Can I drop a course after it starts? What are the refund policies?

Prior to the 1st day of classes: full tuition refund

6/10-6/12 (first Friday): 50 percent of tuition refunded

After 6/12: no refund

Students dismissed from a summer program are not eligible for a refund

Can a student audit a class?

Yes. Basically, the experience is the same. The student would still be issued grades and would have to meet course requirements but could choose to not have the transcript sent to their current school. (see “How to request a transcript?” listed above.) This is especially helpful if a student is struggling in a class. The student can remain in the course and benefit from the material but choose to not report their grades to their current school.  

Is there a textbook required for the class?

Most courses require a textbook. The textbook list is available here: Summer Required Textbook List.  Textbooks should be purchased using the online vendor of your choice. Be sure to search for the ISBN number for the required book(s) to be sure that the correct item is purchased. Students are required to have the textbook in their possession for the first day of class. Please be careful to pay attention to shipping times and order processing times when ordering textbooks. Some websites may show a rapid shipping time but may not mention a 7-10 day order processing time. Some used copies of textbooks may be available. We do our best to minimize costs whenever possible. Jesuit High School does not provide the textbooks for Summer courses. 

How do the live synchronous sessions work? Do we need a particular tablet or laptop?

Synchronous sessions are held using Zoom. Students are welcome to use the device of their choice using an internet connection sufficient to stream live video and sound. 

How do the students communicate with the teacher?

Students will be issued a Jesuit gmail account and are responsible for all of the information communicated to them using this email account. The account log-in and password will be sent out to the family email address on Thursday, June 4th. 

The link for the first class meeting on Zoom will be sent to the student’s email address. Students are highly encouraged to log-in to this account as soon as the credentials are received in order to have a chance to troubleshoot if necessary. The first email the students will see is a Student Behavior Contract that will include a google form to complete that shows that the student has read and understands the expectations set by Jesuit High School. (We do this to help make sure that the student is able to successfully log on to their email and utilize google forms.) Students should use this email account when communicating with their teacher.

How will the teacher distribute materials to students?

Some teachers may choose to use Google Classroom to communicate and distribute materials. Each teacher will provide instruction about how to use any required platform. Students are responsible for all information communicated using these platforms. Please review the syllabus provided by the teacher for more information. 

I have registered my student for the requested class. What else do I need to do to be ready for the first day of class?

1. Order the textbook. 2020 Summer Required Textbook List 

2. Please open the email that we will send out to the family email address (arriving approximately 1 week prior to class starting). This will contain your son’s Jesuit gmail log-in and password. This email will belong to your son throughout his four years at Jesuit. Please ask your son to log-in to his Jesuit gmail and read his messages. He should get into the habit of checking this email several times throughout the day.

3. This email will also contain an invitation to attend a Student/Parent orientation session online on Zoom. During this session, the teachers will go over the class schedule, etiquette during online classes, goals for their class and other useful information. If you are unable to attend this session, don’t worry! We’ll record it and make it available upon request. 

Does my student’s class really start on a Wednesday?

Yes. Please pay close attention to the start dates for each course. Many credit courses begin on Wednesday, June 10th. This was done to accommodate some public schools where the regular school year’s classes end on Tuesday, June 9th. Classes meet Monday through Friday (except July 3rd.)

What if I have already registered and I want to make changes to the classes that my student is registered for? Can I make changes online?

No. If you need to change or cancel a camp, please send us an email at We’ll contact you.

What if I have already registered and I want to make changes to my payment plan? Can I make changes online?

No. If you need to change or cancel a camp, please send us an email at We’ll contact you.

I have questions about my son/daughter’s academic performance in their class. Who should I contact?

Please contact your son/daughter’s teacher via email. The email address is available on the syllabus distributed to students on the first day of classes. Contact the summer school office at if you need assistance obtaining a teacher’s contact information.

When does registration close for academic classes?

Registration is available for classes with open seats up to the first day of classes. If a class is closed, we will take names on the waiting list. Please check the registration page on the website for the most up-to-date information regarding closed classes and waiting lists.

I’ve already registered. When will I know if my son/daughter is confirmed in the class?

Class confirmations for students who register by May 1 will be sent out via email on May 10. Please note: prior communications indicated that confirmations would be sent out on May 3. Due to the shift to online Distance Learning, this date had to be revised. It is not possible to confirm a students’ enrollment in a class prior to this date. It is highly recommended that Textbook orders be made as soon as students are confirmed in their class.

Is financial aid available?

Financial aid for the high school program is only available for Jesuit students. To apply, please contact us via email at We will send you an application. You should register your student for the class and only pay the mandatory registration fee.

Do I have to wait until course confirmations are sent out to pay tuition?

No. If you did not choose an “automatic payment” plan, you will need to return to the summer school site and log into your summer school account to make the tuition balance payment by May 30. Feel free to pay the tuition any time before May 30. Refunds can be made available at the discretion of the Director of Summer Programs.

If I pay the tuition now, does it guarantee a spot in the class?

No. Jesuit Students have priority registration until May 1. At that time, the Jesuit students will be placed in their classes. Then, all other students will be placed in the order that they registered. We would prefer to expand the course offerings and add classes rather than turn any students away.

What are my student’s chances of getting into the class requested?

This question really does not have a good answer. We do our very best to accept all students while still maintaining good teacher/student ratios and high quality instruction. Over the past few years, we have not had to turn students away but each year is different. It really just depends on enrollment.

Do students have July 3rd off?

Yes. There are no classes held on July 3rd. Classes are in session on June 29, June 30, July 1, July 2.

How much homework should my son/daughter expect?

Each class is different. Summer School students often find that being able to focus on one class is beneficial instead of trying to balance out many classes during the regular school year. Credit courses cover about two weeks of material each class day. Students should plan for one to three hours of homework (depending on their study habits) each night.

My son/daughter is ill and cannot attend their Summer School class. What do I do?

Please call the attendance line at 480-2135 by 9:00 a.m. on the morning of the absence. Refer to the class syllabus for the teacher’s policies regarding make-up work and absences. The teacher’s contact information via email will be listed in the class syllabus as well.

I have questions about which classes would be best for my son who will be a freshman in the fall. Whom do I ask?

Please contact our Director of Admissions, Matthew Ramos at We are happy to discuss your son’s requirements and help answer any questions that you may have.