UpNorth Virtual

Locally-Based K-12 Online Learning

About UpNorth Virtual

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Traverse City Area Public Schools is pleased to offer families a new full-time K-12 online learning program. Open to K-12 students in the five-county region, UpNorth Virtual provides a unique opportunity for students to receive 100% of their courses virtually while still being part of a local school community. 

Every student learns differently and what works for one, may not work for another. No matter the reason, whether it's the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, you are homeschooled, or you just prefer to work at your own pace, UpNorth Virtual is here for you. 

What Makes UpNorth Virtual Unique?

UpNorth Virtual allows families to choose a full-time online learning program, while still being part of a local school community, including opportunities to participate in school activities and events and to utilize school resources, like counseling services, while taking courses completely online.

The district utilizes Lincoln Learning, an online platform for K-5 students and Edgenuity for secondary students. The curriculum is aligned with state standards. In addition, the district will offer local connections and enrichment opportunities. Local learning labs will be held where students can study from school libraries and receive support from a teacher or mentor.

Online Registration Information - Open August 1st

2020-2021 Registration Information

The registration form for the UpNorth Virtual program will ask you to sign up for classes, so please take a moment to review the Google Sheet2020-2021 K-12 TCAPS Course Guide prior to registering. 

Enrolling a Current TCAPS Student

Current TCAPS families can log directly into the PowerSchool Parent Portal and use their child's current access ID information. Click on the Forms link and scroll down to the UpNorth Virtual program section. 

Can't remember your login information?

If you are a current TCAPS parent and have never logged in to the PowerSchool Parent Portal or you do not remember your login information, please email Bobbi Jo at lawrencebo@tcaps.net or Kim at bailski@tcaps.net for assistance. You do not need to follow the same steps as Non-TCAPS families. 

Please Note: PowerSchool online registration does not work on mobile devices (phone, tablet, iPad, etc.). You must use a laptop or desktop computer.

Online Forms Required for Enrollment 

Google DocInstructions for Current TCAPS Families on Completing the Online Registration Process

  • Contacts (Please update this form.)
  • Demographics (Please verify the information is accurate.)
  • One2World Laptop Use Agreement (One form for parent and one form for student not on file already)
  • Handbook Acknowledgement Form
  • UpNorth Virtual Parent Contract (filled out by parent)
  • UpNorth Virtual Student Contract (filled out by student)
  • UpNorth Virtual Program Registration Form

Additional Online Form to Complete if Not Enrolling at Your Home School
 

  • School of Choice Form (if you live outside of the TCAPS district) OR
  • Open Enrollment Form (if you live within the TCAPS district but wish to attend a school other than your home school)

Enrolling a Non-TCAPS Student

To get started, please review the Google DocInstructions for New Families on Completing the Online Registration Process.

Other Registration Help Resources

Video DocumentVideo Instructions for Starting the Enrollment Process

Google DocGetting Started on the PowerSchool Public Portal

Please Note: PowerSchool online registration does not work on mobile devices (phone, tablet, iPad, etc.). You must use a laptop or desktop computer.

Online Forms Required for Enrollment
 

  • Contacts
  • Demographics
  • Medical and Essential Health
  • Public Act 328
  • One2World Laptop Use Agreement (One form for the parent and one form for the student)
  • Handbook Acknowledgement Form
  • UpNorth Virtual Parent Contract ( filled out by parent)
  • UpNorth Virtual Student Contract ( filled out by student)
  • UpNorth Virtual Program Registration form

Online Form to Complete if Not Enrolling in Home School
 

  • School of Choice Form (if you live outside of the TCAPS district) OR
  • Open Enrollment Form (if you live within the TCAPS district but wish to attend a school other than your home school)

Additional Information Necessary to Complete Enrollment

Copies of the below information can be emailed to Bobbi Jo at lawrencebo@tcaps.net or hard copies can be dropped off at the Tompkins Boardman Administration Center, 412 Webster Street in Traverse City.

  • Immunization record in accordance with state statute. Students who enroll in a public school who do not have up-to-date immunizations or an authorized waiver will not be allowed to attend school until appropriate paperwork is on file in the school office. View requirements here: Health Information
  • Certified birth certificate or other birth documentation if accompanied by a birth affidavit (A birth affidavit form can be obtained from any school office.)
  • Proof of residency

Virtual Course Offerings

The district utilizes Lincoln Learning, an online platform for K-5 students and Edgenuity for secondary students. All curriculum aligns with state standards.

Google SheetView the course catalog for all grades here.

For Homeschool Students

UpNorth Virtual is a tuition-free, full-time online public school option. Perfectly designed for homeschool students and students seeking an education outside of the traditional classroom, this program uses a personal approach to empower students to learn in a way that is suited to their strengths and needs. 

UpNorth Virtual Offers

  • A high quality, free K-12 in-home, 100% virtual learning experience
  • Flexible pacing with an individualized approach to learning
  • Support from passionate, experienced, professional teachers and/or mentors
  • Local learning labs available for students to study in school libraries
  • Local connections and enrichment opportunities offered
  • Option to belong to  participate in school events and activities
  • Option to participate in co-curricular and extracurricular activities
  • Access to school resources, like counseling services, technology, etc.
  • Access to courses anywhere, anytime
  • An active, supportive school community

Enroll Now

Call 231.933.1785 to enroll today.

UpNorth Virtual FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  Who can enroll in UpNorth Virtual?

This program is open to K-12 students in the five county region. Those five counties are Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska and Leelanau.

Q: When does enrollment open for the UpNorth Virtual program and how do I enroll my student(s)?

The online enrollment process for the UpNorth Virtual program will be open from August 1st until the first scheduled day of school (September 8, 2020) and again prior to the beginning of second semester (January 25, 2021). Entering and exiting at semester allows for the smoothest transition for students. 

Please visit the TCAPS UpNorth Virtual website (www.tcaps.net/upnorthvirtual) for updates, information and registration instructions.

Please note: If your student is not a current TCAPS student, you will first need to enroll your student into TCAPS prior to enrolling in UpNorth Virtual. To start that process now, please refer to the TCAPS enrollment page at www.tcaps.net/enroll

Q: Does the UpNorth Virtual school calendar run the same as the in-class TCAPS school year calendar?

Yes, it is the same calendar year schedule. PDF DocumentClick here to view the 2020-2021 TCAPS school calendar.

Important Semester Start/End Dates to Note:
 

1st Semester - Starts September 8th - Ends January 22nd

2nd Semester - Starts January 25th - Ends June 16th

Q: If my student is not currently enrolled with TCAPS schools do I have to enroll them in TCAPS in order to enroll them in UpNorth Virtual?

Yes, UpNorth Virtual is a TCAPS program so your student will need to be enrolled in the TCAPS district to sign up for UpNorth Virtual. Once enrolled as a TCAPS student, they can then enroll in the UpNorth Virtual program and will also have access to the same services and afterschool activities available to TCAPS’ in-class students. To register your student with TCAPS, please visit the district’s enrollment webpage for enrollment information, forms and requirements.

Q: Do I have to provide a current immunization form if my student is enrolled in UpNorth Virtual? 

Yes. Additional health information, including information related to immunizations can be found on the district’s health information webpage.

Q: Is there a limit to the amount of students TCAPS is accepting into the UpNorth Virtual program?

No, there is not a capacity limit for UpNorth Virtual program enrollment.

Q: Will Chromebooks be available to students and if so, how will technology issues be resolved?

Yes, Chromebooks will be available for students. After students are enrolled in the UpNorth Virtual program, they will be contacted for support with any technology issues that families may encounter.

Q: Is the program self-driven, or will teachers be checking in? Will there be a scheduled virtual teacher/class meeting?

The UpNorth Virtual program is an online, self-driven program. There are resources for families to contact if their student is having trouble in a subject. In addition, local Learning Labs will be available for students who need additional support.

Q: What if my child has an IEP or 504? Can they enroll?                                                        

Yes, accommodations and modifications will be implemented based on the student’s documented IEP, or Section 504 Plan.

Q: How are students placed if they decide to return to the physical building in the second semester?

Students would be placed in classrooms and sections that have space available. 

Q: If we are required to do remote learning in the fall will all students automatically be enrolled in UpNorth Virtual?

No. If your student is enrolled in a traditional school setting and schools are mandated to shutdown in-class learning, the district’s remote learning option will be led by TCAPS teachers. No enrollment would be required. UpNorth Virtual is intended for students and families looking for an entirely online learning program, which offers connections to local school communities. Students enrolled in UpNorth Virtual will attend classes fully online regardless of what phase of reopening the state is in or the status of in-person instruction. 

Q. What is the difference between remote learning and UpNorth Virtual?

UpNorth Virtual is a fully virtual online learning program that utilizes the Lincoln Learning online platform for grades K-5 and the Edgenuity platform for grades 6-12. Students will not have live instruction in the UpNorth Virtual program. Remote learning on the other hand, would take place for those students enrolled in TCAPS in-person traditional instruction, in the event that the district is unable to fully conduct in-person instruction due to the COVID-19 pandemic. TCAPS remote learning would be conducted by their TCAPS teachers and use the TCAPS learning management system platform. 

Q: What is the withdrawal process?

At the end of the semester, students would meet with their counselor or principal and go through the process of enrollment/transitioning to or from brick and mortar or online or vice versa. Semester end dates for the 2020-2021 school year are as follows: 1st semester ends January 22nd, 2nd semester ends June 16th.

Q: If we choose to withdraw from UpNorth Virtual because it is not working for us, will we lose credit?

The UpNorth Virtual program is designed for entry and exit points at the semester. (Semester end dates for the 2020-2021 school year are as follows: 1st semester ends January 22nd, 2nd semester ends June 16th.) This will ensure a smooth transition. Students can reach out to their TCAPS teacher of record/mentor if they need assistance.

Q: What interactions will the students have with the teacher? 

Students will have a Lincoln Learning (elementary) or Edgenuity (secondary) teacher (assessment grader) and a TCAPS teacher of record/mentor to help monitor progress and support the Learning Lab for students seeking additional support. 

Q. What is the Learning Lab?

A Learning Lab is a space provided where students can study from school libraries and receive support from a teacher or mentor.  A schedule of locations, days, and times will be published as the school year begins.

Q: How can parents monitor progress or upcoming assignments? 

Assignments, assessments and progress can all be monitored within the online platform (Lincoln Learning for grades K-5 and Edgenuity for grades 6-12). A TCAPS teacher will also be monitoring student progress.

Q: Can students take AP honors courses?  What about Sci-Ma-Tech and the Talented and Gifted program?

There are a selection of Advanced Placement (AP) and Honors courses offered through Edgenuity. See Google DocTCAPS’ 2020-2021 Course Guide for options. Talented and Gifted programs are not currently available online.

Q: How can my student participate in dual enrollment through NMC or Career-Tech Center programs?

High school students who wish to External Linkdual enroll through Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) or participate in External LinkCareer-Tech Center (CTC) programs offered by the Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District will need to follow enrollment guidelines defined by those organizations. TCAPS counselors at each high school are available to help answer questions about enrollment in NMC and CTC.

Q: Will my 6th-12th grade student still be able to participate in sports and afterschool activities if enrolled in UpNorth Virtual?

Yes, while your student is enrolled in the UpNorth Virtual program they are TCAPS students so they can participate in athletics and afterschool programs. Please note that we are required to follow all MHSAA requirements for athletics. MHSAA transfer rules still apply.

Additional Questions

Google DocK-5: Lincoln Learning Solutions Questions

Google DocMontessori Specific Questions

 

For More Information

For more information, please call 231.933.1785. 

 

(page updated 08/04/2020)