TOPS FAQs

Please check back regularly as FAQs are subject to updates and additions.

Enrollment

Little Girl in Pink, Learning at HomeCan I get into TOPS after the registration deadline has passed? After the school year begins?
(July 23) After the August 7 registration deadline, students may still register for TOPS by contacting their in-person school of enrollment registrar. After the school year begins August 24, the restrictions for entering TOPS will follow what is stated on the website (this differs at each level).

What will happen to TOPS if the whole district is moved to remote learning after school starts?
(July 27) LPS is committed to TOPS for the 2020-2021 school year. Many families need consistent, on-going education options regardless of changing health guidelines this year. Students who register and enroll in TOPS will remain part of TOPS even if the rest of the district moves to remote learning (see registration timelines for more information). Students wishing to return to their school of in-person learning will follow the outlined timeline; elementary school – anytime, middle school – at a quarter, and high school – at the semester.

Will enrolling in TOPS affect my student’s open enrollment status at their current school?
(July 23) Open enrollment status is not affected by TOPS registration. Students will have to remain in good standing and complete the annual intent to renew enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year. See additional information regarding optional/open enrollment.

Can I register for TOPS after the Friday, August 7th deadline?
(August 2) Deadline for Online Registration for the TOPS program is Friday, August 7 by 5:00 p.m. Registration by this deadline will insure accurate staffing needs are in place. Registration after August 7 will require you to contact your registrar at your specific school location to complete the process. They will take registration until Friday, August 21. Once school begins August 24, students will have to go through a transition process to enroll in TOPS.

Curriculum / Program Info

When can I see what classes are offered?
(July 23) A TOPS Course Guide will be available on the LPS website in the coming days.

What will the TOPS day be like?
(July 23) Students will have weekly learning plans to engage in each of their courses. An LPS teacher will help facilitate a student's learning through synchronous opportunities during the program day (8:30-3:30). When not participating in synchronous learning activities a student will complete work independently.

Child Learning on Computer, Teacher on VideoWhere are you finding the teachers to teach the TOPS program?
(July 27) All TOPS teachers (to the degree possible) will be LPS teachers from LPS schools. TOPS will not be affiliated with a specific school as it is a stand alone program, students and teachers will be from all schools. Some advanced courses may be taught by high school teachers (with advanced training) in addition to their responsibilities at their high schools.

What online curriculum will TOPS use?
(July 23) TOPS will be using age appropriate, standards-aligned curriculum chosen by LPS educators. While materials are not the same as materials used in the classroom for in-person learning, they will address the same standards and concepts. Every effort has been made to ensure students have an engaging, robust learning experience that challenges them and ensures a smooth transition back to in-person learning.

(July 27) TOPS secondary students (6-12) will be using Pearson Connexus as their online curriculum and learning platform. Additional information can be found here.

What will the learning experience through Pearson Connexus be like?
(August 5) Please see this student experience demonstration for more information about how students will use Pearson Connexus. Depending on courses and level not all features may be available. 

What will TOPS students do for P.E. credits? (other electives?)
(July 27) TOPS is a program, with likely a smaller student count and therefore staff count than a comprehensive high school. With those limitations, we won’t be able to offer the range of courses that we could in a comprehensive, brick and mortar school. Likewise, not all classes lend themselves to online learning, especially in the areas of performing arts. Students will have some choice in electives, including taking P.E. and all graduation requirement courses for high school students. 

What are the concurrent enrollment options for students?
(July 27) Concurrent enrollment courses will be offered through online options at Arapahoe Community College and Colorado State University.

What are the Honors, Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate opportunities for high school students in TOPS?
(July 27) Honors and Advanced Placement courses may be available based on TOPS program enrollment and student request. International Baccalaureate courses will not be offered in the TOPS program.

How will students be graded?
(July 27) TOPS staff and students will have the same grading practices as their in person school of attendance. This will help facilitate transitions back to the in-person schools.   

Will students still have their picture in the yearbook? Have the opportunity to go in for school pictures?
(July 27) Yes. Students will have their picture in their in-person school’s yearbook.

My high school student needs credit recovery courses, will they be available?
(August 2) Yes, the TOPS program will use the same credit recovery program that is used at the other high schools. 

How will TOPS know which classes my student needs?
(August 3) We will be working with in-person school staff-counselors, teachers and administrators to identify previously requested courses as well as in-person schedules that may have been created over the summer. Not all these classes may be available at TOPS so we will be connecting with families, as needed, to resolve the differences. This process will take place over the next couple of weeks so that students can have schedules for the week of August 20. 

What will the daily structure for students look like?
(August 5) Schedules will depend on grade level. Please see an EXAMPLE schedule here. Specific daily schedules will be released the week of August 20. 

Support Needs

Little Girl Online Learning, Teacher with A Book on ScreenHow will my student’s IEP or 504 Plan be implemented if they are in TOPS?
(July 28) Students who require the support of an IEP or Section 504 Plan will receive comparable services based on their current needs. There will be licensed special education staff available to provide virtual direct instruction and related services to students as indicated on their IEP.  Reasonable accommodations will be implemented to ensure students have access to their education and make progress on their IEP goals. Plans will be updated annually, just like when students attend their in-person school of enrollment.

If my student has a disability that requires significant support, can they still participate in TOPS?
(July 28) TOPS staff will work to accommodate, modify and supplement coursework so that every student is able to meaningfully participate in online learning activities.

Will my student receive their Special Education support from the team at their school or from new people?
(July 28) Depending on program need, LPS will utilize a team of professionals to meet the special education needs of students in TOPS. This may or may not include staff from your current in-person school of enrollment. If not, you can expect that your current team will collaborate with the team at TOPS and that they will have a representative at the IEP meeting.

Graduation

Will my high school student continue to make progress toward graduation requirements?
(July 23) Yes-high school students will be enrolled in a full schedule of courses that will be aligned to the graduation requirements of his/her in-person school. 

Can students participate in graduation or continuation ceremonies at the in-person school of enrollment?
(July 23) Yes, students who complete their senior year in TOPS and meet LPS high school graduation requirements will be allowed to participate in their in-peron high school’s graduation ceremony at the end of the year. Elementary students and middle school students will be allowed to participate in their in-person school’s continuation ceremonies.

Internet & Technology

What about families with connectivity/internet access issues? 
(July 23) TOPS staff will work with LPS on access strategies and resources. Reliable internet is critical for your student’s success.

Will LPS be issuing Chromebooks for TOPS students?
(July 23) Yes. It is preferred that students use their LPS assigned device. Tech support will be available for staff and students through a central depot.