How is an eStart college course different from a high school course?

An eStart college course:

  • Requires the student to work more independently and be more self sufficient. Instructors will not be calling students on the phone. It is up to the student to contact the instructor if he or she has questions.
  • Makes greater demands on students’ abilities to conceptualize, understand implications, draw conclusions and apply what they have learned than some high school courses.
  • Requires students to complete all assignments by assigned due dates and complete all coursework according to the CCSNH academic calendar.
  • Requires the purchase of a textbook and/or other course materials.
  • Requires students to use CCSNH e-mail, the CCSNH Student Information System (SIS) and Canvas (the learning management system).
  • Includes a student orientation to online learning.
  • Offers students with disabilities access to a college Disability Coordinator, who can discuss appropriate accommodations. 
  • Requires students to sign the release form included in the eStart registration form to allow parents or guardians to have access to the student’s records, due to federal law (FERPA) protecting academic and financial records.

What grade level are students eligible to enroll in eStart courses?

Eligibility requirements can be found here

What is the cost of tuition?

eStart tuition is $150 per course, provided that the course is taken concurrently for high school credit. The cost of tuition does not include the cost of textbooks or other course materials.

Are eStart courses college or high school level?

eStart courses are college courses taught by CCSNH college faculty. eStart courses are taught at the college academic level with the college grading system. Online classroom discussions and course content assume a level of maturity, attitude, experience and academic preparation consistent with a college level course. Students should verify with their high school that the college course will meet a high school requirement. 

Do students receive a college or high school transcript? 

Students receive a college transcript from the CCSNH college offering the course. High school credit is awarded through the Virtual Learning Academy Charter School (VLACS). The student or parent must contact the college and VLACS to obtain transcripts. See the Textbooks and Transcripts page for specific information.

Are there specific times during the week when students must be online?

Most assignments are “asynchronous,” (students are not online at the same time and can work on the course according to their individual schedules) and some classes may involve “synchronous” sessions, where the class meets in a virtual classroom on a specific day at a designated time. The course syllabus, found on the Course Schedule page, details the requirements of each course.  

Is the course Syllabus available to view before the course begins?

Each course syllabus can be viewed by clicking the “course syllabus” link below the course title on the Course Schedule page. The syllabus defines the learning objectives of the course, the learning resources and technologies and the assignments and assessments that will enable the student to accomplish the learning objectives.