• Full Online E-Learning Option (APEX)


  • APEX Learning is an online curriculum that is aligned with Illinois State Standards.
  • APEX Learning offers a range of core courses and limited elective courses.
  • APEX Learning is nationally accredited and provides a rigorous curriculum. However, families should be aware that there is not a guaranteed APEX Learning equivalent for all LTHS courses. Further, the curriculum for APEX Learning courses may not fully align with the LTHS course curriculum.
  • APEX Learning courses will be monitored by LTHS teachers. However, there will not be any direct instruction from LTHS teachers for students who choose the Full Online E-Learning option. Students choosing this option will receive only limited instructional support from LTHS teachers.
  • LTHS counselors will work with families to create a student schedule that is comparable to the student’s LTHS schedule. If a course is not available, the student will be given an option of an elective course available within APEX.
  • Courses such as WILCO courses, some Honors courses, and many specialized courses (such as CTE courses and lab-based science classes) are not available.
  • Freshman students will only be able to take 6 classes instead of the 7 available to students not enrolled in the Full Online E-Learning option. AP Computer Science Principles and PLTW are not available in the Full Online E-Learning option. Freshman students who are currently enrolled in these classes and choose the Full Online E-Learning option will have to enroll in Digital Pathways upon their return to on-campus learning for semester 2.

Yes. We are asking families to commit to the Full Online E-Learning option because we want to ensure the most appropriate academic experience for your student. Moving between curriculum programs, much like moving between different courses or different levels of the same course, would not be in the student’s best interest.

  • Although APEX Learning provides a curriculum through an online learning platform, we want your student to have an LTHS teacher to support their learning. The July 31 deadline allows us to determine our staffing needs and to appropriately staff the Full Online E-Learning option.
  • Commitment letters are available at LTHS Guidance Office. Families must notify the Guidance Office of their determination to choose the Full Online E-Learning Option by Friday, July 31st. Counselors will be contacting parents to discuss options and answer questions prior to making any changes in student schedules.
  • Students must choose either full Full Online E-Learning or Hybrid Option from LTHS.
  • The Full Online E-Learning option is designed to support students who are unable to attend face-to-face courses through the Hybrid Learning model.
  • Face-to-face days that are part of the Hybrid Learning model will involve teacher and student interactions that are not designed for live-streaming or remote viewing.
  • The Full Online E-Learning option is designed to meet the needs of students who are unable to attend face-to-face classes.

Students who choose the Full Online Learning option will commit to the program for a full semester. Once enrolled in this option, students will not be able to return to in-person, hybrid learning until the start of 2nd semester. Because a fully online course will differ in pace, start time, and sequence form the courses LTHS teachers will begin in the hybrid platform, student success is more likely when remaining in one platform rather than transferring between them.

Although the curriculum used with APEX and the LTHS curriculum are both aligned to Illinois State Standards, some courses follow a different sequence, and therefore the sequence in which topics are addressed may not align exactly. Students will need to maintain their commitment to the online e-learning option to ensure they are set up for success.

NCAA accredititations is only available in APEX classes that have been approved by the NCAA Eligibility Center.

Yes; PE is a state graduation requirement.

Students will be ineligible to participate in any after school activities including but not limited to IHSA sports, Marching Band, ROTC, drama, and choir that require in-person participation. Students will be eligible to participate in extracurricular activities that meet remotely.

Yes. Counselors will verify coursework to ensure that student course enrollment aligns with LTHS graduation requirements.

Students will take a schedule of courses that aligns as closely as possible with their current requested course schedule.

Students will take a schedule of courses that aligns as closely as possible with their current requested course schedule.

Students who commit to the Full Online E-Learning option will commit for Semester 1 of the 2020 - 2021 school year. Continuing with this option for Semester 2 will depend upon a number of factors, including ISBE and IDPH guidance regarding COVID-19 and the district’s school structure for Semester 2. Certain year-long coursework may not align fully with LTHS coursework. Consequently, students who choose the full-online option might have gaps in knowledge and skills upon returning to regular LTHS course work for the 2nd semester.

There are ways to accommodate students through the Full Online E-Learning option, and students will continue to be monitored by a case manager.

Yes. All coursework will be calculated into the student's LTHS G.P.A. including weighted courses.

Full Online E-Learning courses will be coordinated by LTHS teachers. These teachers will be available to support students but not at the same level as in LTHS courses.

Yes, courses will be coordinated by LTHS teachers and these teachers will issue the grades. However, there will not be the same level of support from the teacher as in an LTHS class. Students will primarily be working and learning independently. Times will be established for students to access and connect with their teachers. The majority of student learning will be asynchronous and independent.

Students will begin classes during the first week of school and will complete the semester on December 22. In addition, students will be expected to engage in learning activities during the same time frame as students participating in the LTHS Hybrid Learning option and to check in for attendance purposes.

To ensure students have the best opportunity for academic success, it is important that they remain in a learning program for the full semester. Families should understand that this is based upon current information from IDPH and our commitment to ensuring students are given the best opportunity for academic success.

Returning to a semester 2 elective course will be dependent on whether or not the first semester is a prerequisite for semester 2 and/or if the student was able to enroll in a comparable course through the Full Online E-Learning program during the first semester.

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