FAQ Middle & High School

STEM Summer Programs

We are very pleased to bring our summer program to Dublin Unified School District for the 8th straight year. Please note that all DPIE high school courses are the same courses taught at Dublin High School.

On March 16, 2017 the governing board of the Dublin Unified School District, following the guidelines of the UC systems “Principal’s Certification” process, passed resolution 2016-17-32 accepting all DPIE courses as their own and agreeing to issue credit and add them to student transcripts.

Who can enroll in the DPIE STEM Summer Program?

Students in grades 5 – 8 who attend school in the Dublin Unified School District may enroll in the program for course credit and receive A-G UC admission credit towards college admission. The courses taught in the summer academy follow the course outlines as taught at Dublin High School and all quizzes, tests and finals are those used by Dublin teachers.

Non-Dublin High School Students participate in our program for exposure purposes only,  they will NOT be able to submit transcripts to their district for advancement purposes nor will DPIE be able to issue a transcript for college admissions purposes. Please note that some school districts allow students to “challenge” a course by successfully taking the course final assessment for a specific course. Students who successfully challenge a class in their home district may receive high school credit towards graduation in that district. You will need to check with your district’s Educational Services Department to determine if they approve you to take course for credit in our program.

Can any Dublin student take a DPIE course for credit & advancement?

All Dublin students who wish to enroll in DPIE math and science courses for advancement purposes must be pre-approved by Dublin High School to participate in the program and receive credit.  Approvals will be based on satisfaction of class pre-requisites and grade criteria established by Dublin High School.

This school year (2018 – 2019), the DUSD is doing away with the paper application form and for the first time is allowing students to complete an online Course Credit Application form which will be submitted to department chairs at Dublin High.  Students and their families may use the link below beginning on January 18, 2019 to apply for approval to take courses with DPIE.

Online Approval Form Application Opens January 18, 2019

Once first semester grades have been posted to student transcripts on January 25, 2019 Math and Science department leads will begin reviewing student applications and will send email notifications that it is ok for students to enroll.

Students enrolling in Physical Education or Elective courses do not need prior approval and may begin enrolling in classes the day enrollment opens on January 25, 2019.

What are the pre-requisites and grade criteria required for approvals?

 Math Pre-Requisites and Grade Criteria

**NOTE: Students may only take one Algebra based course for acceleration through DPIE. They can take either Algebra 1 or Algebra 2/Trigonometry in DPIE, but they cannot take both classes through any Summer program.

Science Pre-Requisites & Grade Criteria

 Biology with Research

  • Student must be entering grades 9 or 10 in the Fall (2019 – 2020 school year).
  • Students wanting to enroll in this class must have a strong “B” or better in both their current science and English classes.
  • Note: Students enrolling in the Biomedical Academy must take this class during the regular school year and cannot take this class in the Summer.

Honors Chemistry

  • Successful completion of or concurrently enrolled in Alg.2/Trig class.
  • Successful completion of Biology with Research.

Physical Education and Elective Courses

  • Students who want to enroll in Physical Education or Elective programs do not need prior approval from the high school and may register as soon as registration opens on January 25, 2019.
  • Physical Education credit earned during the Summer counts toward the completion of the Sophomore PE requirement and does not satisfy the requirement of Physical Education for Freshman. This means all freshman will be required to take Physical Education in their Freshman year.

Where Will the DPIE STEM Summer Program be held this year?

Dublin High School
8151 Village Parkway
Dublin, CA 94568

What are the dates and hours for the 2019 STEM Enrichment Academy?

Dates:   Wednesday, June 5 -  Friday, July 13, 2019

Times:   Monday – Friday, 8am – 12:45pm

Holidays:  Thursday July 4th 2019, NO SCHOOL

Why do I have to pay to enroll my student in the DPIE summer program?

 The State of California does not fund summer courses for any California public school district. Without your fees, there could not be a STEM Enrichment Academy. The good news is that our fees are significantly lower than both private and public options in the Bay Area and run $700 to $2,000 less than nearby programs.

What does the enrollment fee cover?

 DPIE charges a fee for STEM Summer Academy to pay the costs for teacher and staff salaries, additional mandatory employer expenses, administration, security, utilities, custodians materials, supplies and rental of classroom facilities, textbooks, chrome books, and other related costs.

What method of payment do you accept?

When you enroll online, you will be required to pay the enrollment fee with your credit card. Our website is secure and encrypted so you can feel safe in paying online. Your card number is not stored. Please contact us if you need additional payment information or have payment questions.

Is financial aid available?  

Yes, any family that qualifies for the National School Lunch program which provides free lunches to students can receive financial assistance. If you are already in the program email us the name of your child, their student ID number and school of attendance.  Once we have determined they are in the program, we will send you information to help you enroll your child in the class of their choice.  Students must still be pre-approved by the district to take a class with us.

 If you would like to know more about the National School Lunch Program and complete an online application, please click here   http://www.schoolnutritionandfitness.com/index.php?page=lunchapps&sid=2203112030183753.  This Link will take you to the DUSD webpage where you can apply for entrance into the program.  It will take a couple of days for the school district to determine if you qualify.  Upon notification of qualification for this program, please let us know your students name and ID number.  We will then verify that you have qualified for the program, and how much financial aid for which you qualify.

Which grade levels may enroll in the high school STEM Enrichment Academy?

 Students currently enrolled in grades 8-11 may enroll in the high school program for credit and course advancement pending approval from Dublin High School.

What if my child does not meet the grade criteria by the end of the first semester, can they still participate in the program for course credit if their grades improve?

 Students who not meet the grade criteria at the end of the first semester will have their grades re-evaluated by Dublin High at the end of the 3rd and 4th quarters.  If their grades improve and they meet the grade criteria as required by DHS policy, they will be notified that they have been approved and they can then enroll in the course they applied for.

What is the cost of enrolling in the STEM summer program?

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All 6-week, year-long Summer high school courses

  • $950 – January 25 to February 28
  • $1,000 – March 1 to March 31
  • $1,050 – April 1 to June 5

3-week semester courses

  • $475 – January 25 to February 28
  • $500 – March 1 to March 31
  • $525 – April 1 to June 5 for 1st semester and June 21 for 2nd semester

What is the refund policy if we change our mind or my child’s grades drop?

Before enrolling your child, please be aware that DPIE has a strict “NO REFUND” policy in place so we recommend you only make the decision to enroll if you are confident your child meets the requirements established by the school district.

We apologize for this inconvenience, but it is important that we get an early start hiring teachers so we get the best teachers possible for our program. Once we contract with teachers, we are obligated to pay them and as a non-profit, we cannot afford to give refunds once we’ve committed to hire a teacher.

Additionally, you will find that DPIE charges anywhere from $700 - $2,000 less than other summer programs in the area or online.  We do our best to keep costs down and make the program affordable to Dublin families.

My child has an IEP or a 504 Plan, can I enroll them in the summer program?

 If you have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) or a 504 plan set up by a California school district, you can apply for approval to take a class in the STEM Enrichment Academy. A copy of the IEP or 504 plan MUST be provided to DPIE so that we may determine if we can accommodate the student’s need in our programming. Enrollment in our program is provisional until we have made this determination as this is an accelerated learning environment that may not be compatible with your child’s needs.

How do I enroll my child in the DPIE STEM summer program?

Enrollment in our program takes place online at www.dpie.org. Click on the Acadmies tab and select Summer High School, where you will find the enrollment link. Classes will be filled on a first come, first served basis, as determined by the date stamp at the completion of enrollment. Seating is limited so please consider enrolling early. Once you have completed enrollment you will receive an email receipt.  You will receive a second notification once the class has filled and will be moving forward.

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What do I need to know about enrolling my child in DPIE Math & Science courses?

Students must meet the prerequisites to qualify for any math courses offered by DPIE STEM Enrichment Academy. As an example, students must have successfully completed Algebra I before taking Geometry. Additionally, the STEM Enrichment Academy is an accelerated program and students should be strong students who come ready to work.  It’s normal to expect 1-3 hours of homework each night, but some students report that it takes them longer to complete all assigned work. Please See the Math & Science Criteria above.

If my child performs well and meets the grade criteria required by Dublin High, will they be allowed to advance to the next course level in the Fall of 2019 - 2020?

Yes, please see the “DPIE Grades Required for Advancement” Column of the Dublin High Math Criteria document above to see what is required for advancement in Math courses.

Students earning B- or above in Science, Physical Education and Elective courses will be allowed to advance to the next course level in the Fall.

Your Literature indicates that the STEM Summer Academy meets the UC Systems A – G Requirements, so why Isn’t the DPIE STEM Enrichment Academy Listed on their Approval List?

 All STEM Enrichment Academy courses meet the curriculum guidelines of the Dublin Unified School District. The Dublin School Board has passed a resolution, # 2016-17-32, allowing DPIE courses and grades to be added to Dublin High transcripts and therefore are approved and meet the A-G requirements for UC admission.  This process, known as "Principal's Certification" was created by the UC system’s Admissions department in support of supplementary programs like ours.  UC recognizes that the DPIE Academy is accredited by WASC (Western Association of Schools & Colleges) just like Dublin High and we offer the same courses as offered by Dublin High School.

When may I enroll my child in the DPIE summer program? 

 Once you receive the approval email from Dublin High School you may enroll your child in the summer program.  The Enrollment button will go live at 12am on January 25, 2019. Once you have enrolled you will receive an email receipt of enrollment which you should keep for your records and proof of enrollment.

When will I receive my child’s schedule and room assignment? 

 You will receive several emails from DPIE between the time you enroll and the time the summer program begins.

  1. You will receive a enrollment receipt upon enrollment in the program.
  2. A second email will be sent once the class you enrolled your child in has enough enrollments to move forward.  You can consider this a confirming email that you class is going to happen.
  3. About a week before the Enrichment Academy begins, you will receive notification of your room and teacher assignment.
  4. Additional emails will be sent during the Summer Program to inform you of any program updates.

What is the attendance policy?

 All students MUST attend the last day of their assigned class so they can take their final exam. Students must successfully complete the final in order to successfully complete the class.

 Any student not in attendance on the first day needs to receive prior approval from DPIE STEM Academy Administration for the absence or they will be dropped in favor of a student on the waiting list.

 Excused absences must be agreed to in advance with Academy Administration. Students are generally not allowed more than 1 ½ days of absence in any 3-week semester. Students are not allowed more than 3 days of absence when enrolled in a 6-week program without prior consent of Academy Administration. Two tardies equal one ½ day absence. It is very important that your student be on time and available for the full session to be successful at such an accelerated pace.

Each day in the STEM Enrichment Academy is the equivalent of one week of instruction in the regular school year.  Students who miss class are not likely to be successful in the program.

How can I get a copy of my grade report? 

A grade report will be mailed out at the end of the Academy to the families of all enrolled students. Grades for all Dublin students who meet the grading criteria for advancement will automatically be uploaded to your child’s transcript in August or September when the DHS counselors return from Summer Break.

How do I order additional transcripts?

Since your child’s grade will be automatically added to their DHS transcript, there will be no need to order additional transcripts from DPIE.

The Dublin High Counseling Department will be able to inform you about how to order your child’s Dublin High transcripts when you child applies for college admission.

How can I monitor my child’s performance in the class during the summer program?

 Progress reports will be given to students every Monday and Thursday. You should ask your child to look at the progress report when they arrive home.  If they don’t have one, please contact our office for more information. 

 We will also provide every student with a daily log for homework, quizzes and tests where they can input their scores for all assignments and parents can monitor as long as students are keeping the log up to date.  Additionally, each teacher will have an email address for you to address questions directly to the instructor.

May our child take more than one class at the same time in the DPIE summer program?

 
High school students will only have the time to take one year-long course in our summer program.

My questions were not answered, what should I do? 

 If you need additional information or have a question that was not answered, please contact:

Vickie Constantinides
Academy Program Manager
Dublin Partners In Education
(925) 857-5610 Ext. 1003
vickie@dpie.org

or
Rich Boschetti
Academy Superintendent
Dublin Partners in Education
925 857-5610 Ext. 1004
rich@dpie.org