SDPA Student Handbook

Strategies for Success

The use of technology in education has helped to open the possibility of online learning to thousands of people around the world. The flexibility of online learning allows students to engage in their education anywhere, at any time. Based on having experienced online classes firsthand, and through continuous research, we would like to share some proven strategies with you and your family in order to help you be successful from your first day. 


  • Organize your work area. Keep ALL of your work materials together. This way, your body, and mind will become accustomed to this setting for doing schoolwork. Choose a place that is non-distracting and not where you like to relax.
  • Keep a regular schedule. This means finding what time of day works best for you and your family. Your online classes are replacing in-person classes on campus, so your online school day will mirror an in-person day. 
  • Ask for help! As soon as you realize you’re having difficulty with something contact someone for help. Be sure you know how to contact your teacher, Mrs. Nelson, and/or Technical Support. When in doubt, call or email Mrs. Nelson.
  • Set Goals. Use your Assignment Calendar to set goals, by class and by day. Also, discuss your goals with your parent/guardian so they can help you be successful.


  • Support good strategies. As the adult in your student’s life, your role is critical to his or her success. The best thing an adult can do is to help develop and reinforce the strategies in the Student section (above).
  • Talk with your student EVERYDAY about school. Online learning can be difficult for some students and hence it is easy to lose interest. By showing that you have an interest in their learning and success, it helps your student to view their online classes as a priority in their education.
  • Help the student set up their work area. It should be free from distractions such as TV, video games, cell phones, siblings, pets, etc.
  • Check on your student throughout the day. Your elementary student will require your support throughout the day in order for them to maintain their schedule, log into coursework, and participate in meetings. Your middle and high school students may be able to work more independently.  If you are able to be home while your middle or high school student is working, check regularly to be sure your student is remaining focused and not experiencing any issues. If you are not at home, consider calling, texting, or emailing to check in regularly. 
  • Discuss progress BEFORE it becomes a problem. If your student is having difficulty making progress in a class, help the student identify what the challenge is and how they can get help. If you need assistance with strategies to use, call or email Mrs. Nelson. 
  • Check the student’s progress at least weekly. Ask your student to show you their progress screen for every class. If you ever have any questions, contact Mrs. Nelson.
  • Talk with your student about how they are feeling about their online classes. Students who are performing well and on track will generally feel positive about their classes. Students who are behind, struggling with content, or not making the time for their classes may feel frustrated. Knowing how your student feels and finding ways to support them will help make this a successful semester for them. 

Video and Audio Recording

Please note that virtual learning sessions may be recorded and posted to your child’s Google Classroom/Seesaw account for reteach and review purposes. By participating in this program, you are consenting to the sharing of these recordings in your child’s virtual class.

Academic Integrity

The Sahuarita Digital Pathways Academy is an academic program designed to allow students the opportunity to work from the comfort and safety of their home while completing their required educational program. While classes are offered online, students are still expected to abide by and complete coursework with academic integrity.  Therefore, students are expected to turn in their own work at all times. This prohibits academic dishonesty on assignments, tests and quizzes, plagiarism, copying and pasting text and presenting it as your own, and not citing references. Academic dishonesty is an academic violation and may result in you being removed from the program

High School Grading Policy

All courses are graded on an A-F scale using the below percentage thresholds. 

Grade & Percentage Points Toward GPA What the Grade Means Credit
A = 90%-100% 4.0 Excellent Earns Credit
B = 80%-89% 3.0 Good, Above Average
C = 70%-79% 2.0 Average
D = 60%-69% 1.0 Poor
F = Below 60% 0.0 Failing No Credit

Colleges and scholarship organizations require a Grade Point Average (GPA) and ranking based on the point system. Only Honors and Advanced Placement classes will earn weighted credit (+1.0).

High School Academic and Behavior Expectations

Technology Requirement: Students who are participating in this program must have access to a digital device (laptop, computer, tablet, cellphone, etc.) and working Internet access in order to participate in this online program. Assistance may be available for students with limited access. Please contact Sahuarita Digital Pathways Academy at [email protected]  

Class Length: Students are given 18 weeks (one semester) to finish their courses. Students may complete their course in less than 18 weeks, but if the teacher feels the student is submitting poor quality/failing work, the work may need to be redone prior to moving forward in the class. Students must take their final exam on or prior to their course “end date.” 

Minimum Grade Requirement:  All coursework must be passed with 70% or better to continue moving forward in the class.  The only exception is the cumulative exam (final) which must be passed with a 60% or better.

Athletic and Fine Arts Eligibility: Just like any courses on the school campus, your current grade will determine your eligibility to participate in athletics and fine arts competitions.  The grade reported will be your “Actual Grade” which reflects BOTH your achievement (points earned) and your progress.  If you are behind in progress your actual grade will be lower than your overall grade.

Withdrawing Students:  We are required to withdraw students after 10 calendar days of inactivity. Please be sure that you are logging in and completing assignments in all classes each weekday. If a student is dropped, the student will not be able to log into the system and a parent will have to contact the Sahuarita Digital Pathways Academy to discuss the situation, including possible re-enrollment or other educational opportunities. If a student drops a course after the 10th day of enrollment, the student will earn a grade of an F for the course attempt and this grade will be recorded on the student’s transcript.

Plagiarism/Academic Dishonesty:  Students are expected to turn in their own work at all times.  This prohibits academic dishonesty on tests and quizzes, plagiarism, copying and pasting text and presenting as your own, and not citing references. ACADEMIC DISHONESTY IS AN ACADEMIC VIOLATION AND IS TAKEN SERIOUSLY.  YOU WILL BE REMOVED FROM THE PROGRAM.

Appropriate Language/Conduct:  When communicating with any Sahuarita Digital Pathways Academy staff, ANY use of foul, inappropriate, or insulting language may result in immediate withdrawal from the program.  Also, students are expected to comply with all reasonable directions from staff at all times including instructional guidance.

Sahuarita Digital Pathways Academy Cumulative Exam Policy
  • The cumulative exams for all Sahuarita Digital Pathways Academy courses are administered in a proctored testing setting.  Testing is done by appointment only during regularly scheduled hours. No testing may be done outside of an approved Sahuarita Digital Pathways Academy testing setting unless approved by an administrator.  Tests need to be taken within ONE WEEK of teacher approval.
  • Students are allowed to schedule their cumulative exam once their teacher has emailed them (and Mrs. Nelson) approval for the specific course.  Email [email protected] or call 520-625-3502 x 1055 to schedule an exam.
  • Students are given two hours to take the cumulative exam.  At the end of two hours, the student will be required to submit the exam as-is for grading.  
  • Students may use a self-created, handwritten notecard no larger than 4” x 6” during their cumulative exam. You may write or draw whatever information you feel will be helpful to you during your exam on both sides of the notecard. However, that notecard must be turned in to the testing staff immediately following the completion of that cumulative exam attempt. In addition, some exams have reference materials that will be provided by our staff.  Students taking high school math and some high school science classes are expected to bring their own calculator OR use the calculator provided in Edgenuity.
  • To receive credit for a course, students must PASS THE CUMULATIVE EXAM WITH A 60% OR BETTER.  Students who fail their first attempt will be allowed a second attempt.  All second attempts on a cumulative exam must happen within one week.
  • If a student passes the cumulative exam with a 60% or better, they will not be allowed an additional attempt in an effort to raise their grade on the exam or the class.