Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
If I am considering taking an eSchool course, what is the first thing that I should do?
The first step in taking an eSchool course is to meet with your campus counselor to discuss approval for the course and to be sure that the course works with your specific graduation plan.
Are Plano ISD eSchool courses accredited?
Yes, the courses offered through eSchool are accredited through Plano ISD. Credit will be granted through Plano East Senior High School in accordance with district policies.
Can I attend Plano ISD eSchool and my regular high school at the same time?
Yes. eSchool is designed for students currently enrolled in a school within Plano ISD or outside of Plano ISD and for students enrolled in homeschool programs.
If you are currently enrolled in school and intend to take an eSchool course for graduation credit, please contact your school counselor to receive official approval to ensure proper recording of eSchool courses on your transcript.
What courses are available?
Plano ISD eSchool offers a variety of courses. Please see eSchool Courses & Registration for a full listing of the courses offered.
How many eSchool courses can I take at one time?
To ensure student success, we recommend that students enroll in no more than 2 courses at one time. Students may earn a total of five credits through Plano ISD eSchool courses and/or correspondence courses. Each semester course earns .5 credit.
We encourage you to balance your eSchool course load with your current schedule. If you are a full-time student, you should consult with your school counselor to design a plan that best fits your schedule and graduation plan.
Students needing both semesters of a 2-semester course must register for and complete the first semester before registering to take the second semester of that same course.
Are eSchool courses used in computing class rankings?
No. For Plano ISD students, grades earned in eSchool courses are not used in computing class rankings. eSchool courses have a neutral impact on a student’s GPA and class rankings. Students who do not attend Plano ISD need to check their district's policy regarding online courses.
Will eSchool course credits transfer to another district?
eSchool course credit is awarded through Plano ISD and is transferable within the United States and internationally. If you are currently enrolled in school and intend to take an eSchool course for graduation credit, we recommend that you contact your school counselor to receive official approval and to ensure proper recording of eSchool courses on your transcript.
I live outside Plano ISD, may I take an eSchool course?
Several of our courses are open to all students in grades 9-12; some courses are only available to Plano ISD students. Please see eSchool Courses & Registration to see our course list.
What if I register as a Plano ISD student and then leave the district before I complete my course?
When you leave PISD, you will lose access to the district network and your course(s). As soon as you know you are withdrawing from the district, please contact your eSchool teacher and the eSchool office. We may be able to provide a new username and password so that you can complete your course, or we will encourage you to finish your course while you still have access. You will also need to provide contact information for your new campus counselor so that we can send your final transcript to your new school.
Who is eligible to take Plano ISD eSchool courses?
Students who have finished 7th grade may enroll in our Health course in the summer before 8th grade. For all other courses, students who successfully pass 8th grade are eligible to take eSchool courses in the summer before 9th grade. Discuss the possibilities with your middle school counselor.
Cost and Time
What it the cost of tuition?
Tuition for eSchool courses is currently $340 per .5 semester credit. Some courses may require the purchase of additional materials not included in the tuition fee.
What is the eSchool refund policy?
Within 15 calendar days of online registration, students may cancel enrollment and receive a reimbursement of tuition, as per the enrollment agreement. A fee of $50.00 will be retained for administrative expenses. If a student is dropped from an eSchool course for not communicating with his/her teacher and adhering to the schedule for completing and turning in assignments, tuition will not be reimbursed.
When does the course start?
Registration for eSchool courses is ongoing. Therefore, each student’s start date is unique. The course will officially start when the eSchool office sends you your welcome letter via email. This email will contain all the information you need to begin working on your course. Please contact the eSchool office at email@example.com if it has been over one week, and you have not received any communication.
How long does it take to complete a course?
We expect eSchool courses to be completed in a minimum of 6 weeks and a maximum of 18 weeks. The course will be set up to reflect the maximum amount of time allowed to complete an online course, and may not be applicable to you. If you need or want to complete a course in 6 weeks or somewhere in-between 6 and 18 weeks, your teacher can help you set your schedule.
I want to take an eSchool course in the summer. When should I register?
You should register no more than one week before you wish to start your course. The eSchool office does not hold registrations and will process registrations as they come through the office. Most registrations are processed within five business days from the registration date. Once you are assigned to a course and email notifications are sent out, you are expected to begin working on the course.
Just For Parents
I would like to monitor my student's progress. Is there a way I can do that?
Absolutely! You will need to work with your student.
If your student is enrolled in a Blackboard course:
- Log onto the course website at: http://pisdeschool.blackboard.com
- Enter your student’s username and password. Passwords are case-sensitive.
- Click on the name of the course listed in the upper right of the screen.
- Click on the Tools button on the left of the screen.
- Click on the My Grades button in the middle of the screen.
If your student is enrolled in an Edgenuity course:
- Ask your student to share a Course Report with you.
If my student is graduating in May, when is the last possible date that he/she can complete his course and still graduate?
To monitor dates and deadlines go to the eSchool Calendar. It is the student's responsibility to discuss course completion dates with their eSchool teacher.
I can't afford to pay for the course all at once. Is there assistance available to help me pay for it?
Plano ISD students who qualify for free and reduced-price meals may qualify for a discount on eSchool courses. Please complete the form below. A member of the eSchool Team will reach out to let you know if you qualify for a tuition discount and how to proceed with registration. Please do not register until you hear back from us.
Can I pay for a course in installments?
We do not have the ability to take installment payments. The course must be paid for in one payment before course enrollment.
Can I come into the eSchool office and register my student for an eSchool course?
No. All eSchool registrations must be completed online. To register, go to eSchool Courses & Registration.