Academics FAQ

Welcome, Students!

Please click the links below to read answers to frequently asked questions about how Indian Springs' academic program has been adapted for the 2020–2021 school year. Please contact Dean of Academics Dr. Jonathan Gray at jonathan.gray@indiansprings.org if you have any additional questions.

List of 7 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. What is our daily schedule?

    For this year, we have eight blocks: A, B, C, M1, M2, M3, D, and E. The blocks M1, M2, and M3 do not rotate, while the blocks A, B, C, D, and E do. Since exactly five classes rotate, we will follow the convention that every Monday will start with A; every Tuesday will start with E, and so on. Here are the rotations we will have every week:

    Monday: A, B, C, M1, M2, M3 D, E
    Tuesday: E, A, B, M1, M2, M3, C, D
    Wednesday: D, E, A, M1, M2, M3, B, C
    Thursday: C, D, E, M1, M2, M3, A, B
    Friday: B, C, D, M1, M2, M3, E, A

    On either side of our "M" blocks, we have 20-minute FLEX blocks (not listed above on in PDF below). Recall that we hold Advisory on Wednesdays; to work this into our schedule, we move our two flex blocks to after the M3 block. For a detailed schedule showing meeting times, please follow this link to a PDF. Do note that the schedule present on mySprings for a particular day should be considered the schedule in the event changes need to be made for that given day.  Also, note that we will follow an Advisory schedule on Mondays for the purposes of Town Meeting.
  • Q. How do I join my classes via Zoom?

    Joining Zoom sessions this year will be different from what was done last year:  We will join all of our Zoom sessions in Blackbaud (mySprings) rather than through Zoom invites [from Google Calendar]. Please watch this video to understand the process by which you will join your classes.
  • Q. How can I review recordings from class?

    Our Zoom recordings will all be stored on a new website called Panopto. The only way to access these recordings is through Blackbaud (mySprings). Please watch this video to see where the videos can be found and how you can interact with the videos.
  • Q. What general guidance can you give for this year?

    • Review the Topics pages for your courses frequently throughout the week.
    • Review your Assignments Center after 4 p.m. daily.
    • Watch the Zoom recording to catch up for the day if you are unable to attend a class for any reason. Class recordings will expire after seven days.
    • Be respectful to everyone.
    • Check your email at least daily.
    • When applicable, you will reply to email within 24 hours.
    • Faculty will acknowledge your emails within 24 hours.
  • Q. What are the expectations for the modes of learning?

    This information is clearly laid out in the Read 'n' Heed (pages 4, 5, and 6). Portions of it are extracted below for your convenience.

    Synchronous and In-Person
    • Wear a mask and practice social distancing.
    • Participate and be engaged!
    • Make use of all resources available through your courses’ Topics pages (including discussion boards)
    • Ask questions or request help promptly.
    Synchronous and Remote
    • With the assistance of a parent, set aside a space for learning that is distraction-free and conducive to desk work.
    • Participate and be engaged! You should consider yourself just as involved as your in-person classmates.
    • Ask questions either by voice or using Zoom’s chat feature.
    • Learn actively: Take notes, follow along with hard copies when applicable, and be prepared to add value to the discussion.
    • Make sure all of your computer software and hardware you need to attend your classes for the day are prepared and working before classes start.
    • Turn your video on. If you believe you have a legitimate reason not to activate your device’s camera during class, you must email your teacher and advisor promptly after class to explain.
    • Mute yourself when not speaking.
    • Wear headphones to improve your ability to hear what is going on in class.
    • Make use of all resources available through your courses’ Topics pages (including discussion boards)
    • Refrain from behavior that would be deemed inappropriate in the classroom (e.g., lying down, eating, using devices for purposes unrelated to class activities, etc.)
    • Ask questions or request help promptly.
    • Be present in the waiting room at the start of class. If unexpected computer issues arise, notify your teacher immediately.
    Asynchronous and Remote
    • With the assistance of a parent, set aside a space for learning that is distraction-free and conducive to desk work.
    • Check-in with your teachers on a weekly basis: communication is crucial.
    • Make sure all of the computer software and hardware you need to attend your classes for the day is prepared and working before classes start.
    • Create a personal schedule and plan your day as if you were attending school in-person.
    • Routine will be the key to success.
    • Participate and be engaged! You should consider yourself just as involved as your in-person classmates.
    • Make use of all resources available through your courses’ Topics pages (including discussion boards)
    • Watch recordings in a timely manner. It is too easy to say, “I will watch it tomorrow.”
    • Ask questions or request help promptly.
    • Coordinate with your teachers any assessment at least two days prior to their administration.
    • At a minimum, watching the class recordings (including advisory) will contribute to attendance. Again, the recordings expire after seven days.
    • The previous expectation also applies to Town Meeting, Grade-Level Meetings, and other announced mandatory meetings.
  • Q. How do I transition between modes of learning?

    This is laid out on page 7 of the Read 'n' Heed. The guiding principle behind a transition is that of clear communication to the school from a parent.
  • Q. Can I attend asynchronously and remote?

    Absolutely! Your teachers want nothing more than for you to join their class.