Your Questions…Answered. Below are some of our most frequently asked questions. Please click through this short list to find the answers to many of the questions new members of the Epic family tend to ask. What is Epic? Epic is a Free, Public, Online charter school for grades TK-12th. Curriculum is self-paced within appropriate guidelines. There is no required amount of time on the computer each day. Epic offers a choice of curriculum. Epic provides a California Certified teacher who works with the parent to develop a Personalized Learning Plan. This program also includes access to a Learning Fund of $1,500 allocated to each student to be used in the licensing of curriculum and other educational expenses. Where are you located? We bring the school to you. Learning takes place in the convenience of your own home as students are able to meet with their Epic teacher one-on-one. Epic serves students in the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and San Diego. Is Epic new? Epic is new to Southern California. Epic Charter School originated in Oklahoma in 2011 and began the 2016-17 school year serving more than 9,000 students. Epic currently employs approximately 400 teachers and administrators in the state of Oklahoma. If you’re interested in teaching for Epic in the Southern California area, please click here to apply. How does enrollment work? Who is Eligible to Enroll? Any student who is a resident of the California counties of Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, or San Diego What ages are allowed? Students ages 4-19. For the 2017-2018 school year, Epic’s Transitional Kindergarten is designed for new students who will be turning 5 on or before 1/1/18. For these students, TK is an excellent stepping stone into Epic’s kindergarten and elementary school programs. Through the age of 19 on or before September 1, 2017. When is the first day of school? The first day of school is always the first Tuesday after Labor Day. When Do I Enroll? Enrollment for the 2016-17 school year is now closed. Click here to enroll for the 2017-2018 school year. How Do I Enroll? Click here to enroll for the 2017-2018 school year. You will be asked to upload your student’s birth certificate, a proof of residence (such as a utility bill), and an immunization record. The contact info for document submission is on the enrollment form. *An immunization exemption form is available for download if you choose not to immunize. How do I select a curriculum? For the One-on-One Program only: The Programs tab links to the curricula options available for review. You are not required to choose core curriculum during enrollment. Once your enrollment is approved, you will be assigned a teacher who will contact you to set up an initial meeting. From there, you will work with the teacher to create a Personalized Learning Plan (PLP). The PLP is completed for your student during your initial visit with your teacher. Teachers will identify learning styles, set a schedule for face-to-face meetings, order a curriculum and/or devices needed, and set goals for both long-term and the 2017-2018 school year. Once the PLP is done, you will begin making curriculum selections in the Learning Fund form with the assistance of your teacher. What is the Learning Fund? The Learning Fund is an allotment of $1,500 set aside for each student enrolled in the Epic One-on-One Program. These funds may only be used to acquire materials used for educational purposes. Does the cost of curriculum come out of the Learning Fund? Yes. Do unused funds roll over to the next year? Yes. How much does curriculum cost? Prices vary. Once you are enrolled for the new school year, you will meet with your Epic teacher and discuss the various curriculum options available to you. What can the Learning Fund be used to purchase? After the price of core curriculum choice is deducted, leftover funds can be used for supplemental curriculum and extracurricular activities. You can see a list of our vendors for activities here. When can I access the Learning Fund? Access to Learning Funds (outside of purchasing core and supplemental curriculum for the coming school year) begins the first day of school and ends in March the following year. However, families may place orders through May for activities taking place over the summer. Class invoices that span over the summer need to be submitted by May 31. These invoices would cover June/July/August classes. When I buy something with the Learning Fund, is it mine to keep? No. All items purchased with the Learning Fund are the property of Epic. All non-consumable items must be returned to Epic once the student exits the Epic One-on-One Program. For obvious reasons, though, music lessons, dance lessons and such cannot be returned. What is the process for accessing the Learning Fund? Managing your Learning Fund is done through your Epic teacher. Once an order is made, Epic will purchase the product or service for the student/family using the funds allocated for the Learning Fund account. What is the difference between a product and a service? A product is a learning tool such as a book, chemistry set, software, hardware… A service would be something like instructional courses/lessons such as music lessons, YMCA classes, and other extracurricular activities. When wanting extracurricular activities paid for with the Learning Fund: Check to make sure funds are available through your Epic teacher. Make requests through your Epic teacher. What is the Learning Fund NOT ALLOWED to do? Parents CANNOT be reimbursed for any educational expenses. Epic MUST PURCHASE the products or services for the student(s). Parents CANNOT be paid directly to purchase educational items. Who do I speak with about my Learning Fund? Contact your Epic teacher with any questions relating to your Learning Fund. Is Epic hiring? We are always looking for innovative educators and creative minds. If you’re interested in teaching for Epic in the Southern California area, please click here to apply.