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Audit and Drop Options

Audit Option

If a student would like to benefit from the instruction and feedback of a particular course but not do all the work associated with that course, we will on a case-by-case basis consider an Audit option for that course. In the Audit option:

  • Student participates in the class and submits any work (e.g., reports, papers, exams) from the regular assignment schedule that the family wants evaluated.
  • Teacher will evaluate and provide feedback on any regular work submitted on time.
  • Teacher will grade submitted items to the same standard for all students, without making special grading standards for an incomplete assignment submitted by a student auditing the class.
  • TPS will not provide a semester grade or final grade, and provides no transcripted credit for an Audit course.
  • Audited class does not count as a prerequisite for a follow-on course in TPS, so a student who had audited a prerequisite course would have to pass applicable placement requirements to take a follow-on course, or would have to obtain special permission from the follow-on course’s teacher to accept the audited course as a prerequisite.
  • AP courses will generally not be approved for Audit. TPS College courses are not eligible for dual college credit if the Audit option is applied.
  • There is no reduced price for an audited course.
  • Teacher and TPS must approve the Audit option. Send email to TPS Support to request this.
  • Audit option requests, regardless of when they are made, are approved solely at the discretion of TPS. Audit option requests will generally not be considered after:
    • Summer course (6 class weeks): No restrictions
    • Full Year course (32 class weeks): Saturday at end of class week 24
    • Fall or Spring Term course (16 class weeks): Saturday at end of class week 12

Because students taking a class in an audit status may be less likely to take a follow-on course, we will accept non-audit students in priority over audit students, and we generally will not enroll Audit students until after August 1 (June 1 for summer classes).

Drop Option

We consider an enrollment to be an informed decision with commitment to complete a course. In keeping with and in support of this expectation:

  • We provide sufficient information and interaction opportunity that you may know what you need to know before enrolling, including content, workload and materials. We do not support enrollment on a trial basis.
  • We discourage pre-decisional enrollment and contingency enrollment while pursuing other options. We do not permit students to take TPS courses while also taking a full load or similar courses elsewhere. Our courses are not offered as supplemental opportunities.
  • We plan sufficient seating (and options for opening additional seats) so it is unnecessary, wasteful, and costly for you to hold a seat until you are fully decided and committed to completing it.
  • We design our courses and academic processes with features and options to help families maintain continuity of education during major changes such as relocations, medical accommodations, career change, natural disasters, family tragedy and hardship, and more.
  • All drops have non-refundable fees. Prior to processing a drop request, we offer alternatives (switches, audit, deferrals) to avoid or mitigate the fees. We waive fees and penalties at our discretion only in the event of unforeseeable and sudden change of circumstances (e.g., medical, time zone relocation) that make it impossible for the student to take the course in any section or mode TPS can offer. (Student schedule or preference changes, or other discretionary decisions or priorities, do not meet criteria for a waiver.)

Courses Dropped Before the Start of the Term

If you are considering dropping a seat before the start of the Term, we recommend that you consider requesting to switch to a different course in the same subject instead. Switches have reduced or waived fees with minimal or no impact on future enrollments.

Course drops before the Term starts are subject to the following provisions and conditions:

  • In processing a confirmed drop request, we consider the student’s courses and schedule as it they will become after the drop(s). If the resulting arrangement is one that we would not currently offer that student in our academic, enrollment, or seat management priorities, we reserve the option to drop additional classes (with no fees) that we no longer want to offer or approve for that student in the new academic or seating arrangement created by the drop(s).
  • In processing a completed drop request, we review the enrollment and course completion history for the student and family. If the review shows a history of uncompleted courses or avoidable drops, we may place a notification in the student or family account that prompts interaction prior to enrolling from the cart so we can better assist with enrollment planning, timing, and management.
  • For students or families with a history of uncompleted courses or avoidable drops, we may require a larger non-refundable initial payment to hold a particular seat or seats.

Courses Dropped After the Start of the Term

If you are considering dropping a seat after the start of the Term, we recommend that you consider requesting to switch to Audit (see above) instead. Audit has no impact on the transcript (you may request to omit an Audit course from the transcript) and less impact on future enrollments. We will also consider a request made in reasonable time frame to switch to another course in the same subject (particularly if this is in the academic best interests of a struggling student).

Course drops after the Term starts are subject to the above provisions and conditions plus the following:

  • For a dropped course, all assignment data is removed and inaccessible.
  • No partial credit is available, regardless of when the course is dropped.
  • Dropped courses may be recorded as No Grade or Fail.
    • A Fail may be recorded for:
      • Summer Term courses dropped seven (7) days or later after the start of the Term.
      • Full Year courses dropped 42 days or later after the start of the Term.
      • Fall Term courses dropped 21 days or later after the start of the Term
      • Spring Term courses dropped 21 days or later after the start of the Term
    • Courses dropped for emergent or unforeseeable student or family medical needs will be dropped with No Grade.
    • Course switched to another course in the same subject will retain only the grade records from the new course.
    • Courses switched to Audit (i.e., not dropped) have no final grade, including no pass or fail designation.
    • For all other drops after the dates listed, TPS will make a determination between No Grade and Fail based on the individual circumstances and timing of the drop.

To initiate a drop request, send an email to TPS Support explaining the reason for the drop. (The live support team does not process drop requests.)