Distance Learning Series Part 1: My Tech High

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The Distance Learning Series

  1. Part 1: My Tech High
  2. Part 2: Canyon Gove Academy
  3. Part 3: AISU@HOME
  4. Part 4: Lumen Scholar
  5. Part 5: Harmony Ed

What other distance learning programs would you like to see in the series? Tell us in the comments below!

Disclaimer: We are not affiliated with My Tech High. This post is for informational purposes only, and hopefully serves you as a useful introduction. If what you see here interests you, definitely check out mytechhigh.com/utah.

Post last updated July 20, 2016

About My Tech High

My Tech High (MTH) is a business that partners with Utah charter schools for personalized education at home. Utah residents enroll free in MTH, which fulfills Utah education requirements and qualifies students for homeschool expense reimbursements.

MTH Course Options

The MTH program offers up to $1,900 per student, per year in reimbursements for Utah residents:

  • $0 Period 1: Homeroom (provided via MTH Direct)
  • $300 Period 2: Math
  • $300 Period 3: English / Language Arts
  • $300 Period 4: Science or Social Studies
  • $300 Period 5: Tech or Entrepreneurship (or Engineering!)
  • $300 Period 6: Elective
  • $400 Technology Allowance: or Second Elective called Period 7

There are three options for each of the five classes, periods 2 through 6:

  1. MTH Direct: $0. Enroll in an online course through MTH.
  2. 3rd Party Provider: up to $300. Tuition is paid by parent and reimbursed.
  3. Custom-built: up to $150. Learning resources are purchased by parent and reimbursed.
  4. MakerSpace Classes: Still in the experimental stages.

What is Homeroom?

Basically, Homeroom is an arena for accessing core learning resources, receiving help from a teacher, interacting with other students, and submitting your weekly learning log and attendance records.

What is an Elective?

Any class your child is interested in. Karate. Needlepoint. Cooking. Or even a third class at Wasatch Learning because they just can’t get enough.

What is the Technology Allowance?

This fund is for ensuring that each student has a computer, webcam, and internet access. Once these needs are met, it can be used to cover any surplus school expenses: $150 for kindergarten, $300 for new students, $400 for returning students.

As of 8/29/2016, any new computers or tablets purchased entirely with MTH technology funds remain property of the school for three years. So if you leave the school after one or two years, you can return the computer or pay the depreciation value. If you remain in the school for three years, buy a used computer/tablet, or only receive reimbursement for a portion of the cost, this new policy does not apply, the computer will remain school property only for the school year.

What is Period 7?

Students may choose to take a second MTH Direct elective course in which case they would forfeit the Technology Allowance.

What is MakerSpace?

MTH is partnering with Thanksgiving Point and Utah State University Extension to offer MakerSpace classes at several sites around the state. It’s still in the early stages while they gauge student interest. These classes are for 13-18 year olds, meeting once per week for 2 hours, with a full school-year commitment. These classes are approved for periods 5, 6, or 7, and are paid for by MTH. Here the students get hands-on experience focused on creating cool projects laser cutters, CNC machines, 3D printers, eTextiles, vinyls, prototyping and entrepreneurship.

MTH Program Requirements

  • Weekly Learning Log demonstrating progress in every course
  • Weekly Attendance Record
  • Dibels and SAGE tests (opt-out available)

General Reimbursement Tips

  • Submit school schedule by July 31
  • Make purchases between April 1 and March 31.
  • Enroll in third-party classes running August 1 through May 31.
  • Submit reimbursement requests between September 25 and April 30 (after Oct. 25 for technology allowance).

Check out the comparison chart

See how MTH ranks on our comparison chart of homeschooling programs in Utah.

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2 Responses to Distance Learning Series Part 1: My Tech High

  1. Jeff Poulton July 21, 2015 at 10:11 pm #

    Spencer, this is a fantastic snapshot of the reimbursement details at My Tech High. This is the most comprehensive outline of what we could expect if our kids end up enrolling. Thanks for putting this together!

    • Spencer July 22, 2015 at 11:31 am #

      You’re welcome, Jeff! It’s great to hear it’s useful!

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