FAQs > (General Questions)
Q: Do you offer courses year-round?
A: Starting in early August and ending by mid-June, KET courses are offered on a traditional two-semester basis or a one-semester block schedule. We do not have a summer session.
Q: What are the start and finish dates for KET courses?
A: These dates are flexible, based on your school calendar and needs. The only limitation is that your schedule must begin after August 5 and end by mid-June.
Q: How do KET courses fit into block schedules?
A: With the exception of AP® Physics B, AP® Latin, and Arts in Culture, which can only be taken over two semesters, all KET courses offer suggested block schedules as well as traditional schedules. However, schools and students need to keep in mind that a block schedule is often quite challenging, particularly in the upper level courses.
Q: Can students begin courses in January?
A: Students may start a course in January to complete the one-credit course in the spring semester, ending in late May to mid-June. They also may complete the first half of a one-credit course starting in January and working until in the end of May, and return the next fall to complete the second semester. However, this is not the recommended configuration for content retention, and may incur a re-enrollment fee.
Q: How are students registered?
A: Principals, counselors, or other school personnel may complete the registration process for students on-line using either the Kentucky Enrollment Form A (for facilitated courses) or Form B (for non-facilitated courses) for Kentucky schools, or Out-of-State Enrollment Form for schools outside Kentucky. You may also call us at 1-800-333-9764 and we will advise you how to proceed with enrollment.
Q: How much does it cost to register for KET courses?
A: The cost of our courses depends upon where you live. The courses have a $100 tuition fee for Kentucky students (as long as a facilitator is present to perform certain responsibilities). This tuition fee is reduced to $50 if 10 or more students enroll in a single course. Instructional materials (student guide binders, physics lab software fees, and textbooks) are not included with basic tuition. The non-facilitated option for Kentucky schools incurs a $200 tuition fee per student, per course. Out-of-state students are charged tuition in addition to their expenses for books and materials.
Q: What are the attributes of successful distance learning students?
A: Distance learning presents special challenges and rewards for students. In general, successful KET distance learning students are well-organized, independent self-starters who enjoy interacting with their teachers and are comfortable with electronic communication. Some students report that they actually prefer this mode of learning to conventional instruction. To see if you or a student with whom you're working is a good candidate for distance learning, give us a call at 800.333.9764 and talk with our teachers.
Q: Can students register themselves?
A: No. We require students to go through their school or homeschool to register for our courses to make sure the school is aware they are taking a KET course, as the school must award the credit.
Q: How do students get feedback from their KET teachers?
A: Students can communicate with their teachers in several different ways. They may leave messages at the KET Message Center; they may email teachers; they may skype with the teacher or tutors; or they may call our toll-free number. Teachers usually are available to answer questions and offer help during regular school hours (Eastern Standard Time) Monday through Friday from August through mid-June.
Q: What are your teachers' qualifications?
A: All KET distance learning teachers are certified in their subject areas and have extensive classroom teaching experience. To learn more about our teachers, visit the individual German, Arts and Humanities, Latin, Chinese, Spanish, and Physics pages.
Q. Do you give final grades for KET courses?
A: No. We provide scores on all tests, quizzes, projects, and assignments, but schools determine the final grade students receive for the courses. We do have an online grading program whereby students and facilitators may check student progress and determine a percentage grade at any time during their course. Progress reports are mailed to schools several times throughout the courses.
Q: Do you award high school credit for KET courses?
A: No, KET is not a credit-granting institution. Credit is determined and awarded by schools. However, all our teachers are certified in their subject areas, and our courses are designed to meet state and national education standards and/or college preparatory standards.
Q: I am home schooling my children. Can I still use your program?
A: Yes. If you are home schooling your children, you may use the KET program for course fulfillment. Although our program does include grade reports and a means to figure a final percentage grade, KET does not award the credit for the courses. Many of our home-schooling parents make arrangements with their local school district to have their children receive credit.
Q: What technology is needed for KET classes?
A: You can visit our technical requirements page to learn what hardware and software students need for their courses. These requirements vary from course to course. Most courses require Adobe Flash, Windows Media Player, and/or RealPlayer for viewing the online video lessons.
Q: How do students get the textbooks or do they need a textbook?
A: Textbooks are ordered directly from the publishers or alternate web or used book sources. The list of required and optional textbooks for each course may also be found under the Course Description links for a specific course on the Course Requirements/Costs page, or in the Info section of each individual course home page.
Q: How many lessons are needed to complete the courses?
A: The number of lessons needed to complete a course for credit varies by course. The Latin courses have from 130-173 required lessons. German 1 has 158 lessons for the yearlong course and 94 for the block course, German 2 has 149 lessons for the yearlong course and 82 for the block course, and German 3 has approximately 155 lessons. All German courses also include oral telephone or skype tutoring sessions two or three times a week. Honors Physics covers 15 chapters plus labs; and AP® Physics B covers 30 chapters plus required labs. The Humanities through the Arts resource is designed for use by a certified teacher, and will vary depending upon the teacher's choices and input. The Mandarin Chinese 1 and 2 courses, the Spanish 1 course, are still in development, so the number of total lessons has not been determined. The Arts in Culture course is based on 12 Units with a varying number of lessons per unit.
Q: How much time do KET classes require daily?
A: The amount of time required depends upon whether a course is taken on a two-semester or block schedule. For specific information about individual courses, see the Course Descriptions for German, Arts and Humanities, Latin, Chinese, Spanish, and physics.