How It Works
How GCPA's Online Elementary School Works
Who can attend?
The Grand Canyon Private Academy (GCPA) elementary school program serves students in grades K–5 who reside anywhere in the nation and in select countries. Contact enrollment for a list of eligible countries.
What are the costs?
Grand Canyon Private Academy has worked hard to offer private school prices that respect the commitment and investment families make when they choose to enroll their children in private school.
Tuition and Fees
- K-5: $3,025/one semester or $5,500/full year
- 6-10: $3,500/one semester or $6,500/full year
- Part-time per course for MS and HS: $550/one semester or $1,100/full year
High school students who sign up for dual enrollment will have an additional fee of $500 per semester for two courses or $400 per semester for one course.
There may be additional costs associated with special education services, which could vary based upon the level of services needed to properly support a student’s IEP/ISP/MET/504 plan.
Grand Canyon Private Academy participates in Arizona's Empowerment Scholarship Account. Arizona's ESA fully covers GCPA's tuition costs, meaning Arizona students can attend for free. Connect with a GCPA enrollment consultant for guidance.
What's my role as a parent?
As a parent, you (or another responsible adult you choose) serve as your child's Learning Coach. You'll work with your child's teacher to help record student attendance, monitor mastery of online lessons and assessments, and review student work.
Parent/Learning Coach involvement is vital to your child's success, especially at the elementary level. The typical Learning Coach time commitment in grades K–5 is 4–6 hours a day. The initial 4–8 weeks can be intensive, as your family settles into a routine.
Parent/Learning Coach daily involvement is critical and approximately 10–15 percent of this time is online.
Students begin to have increased independence, but parent/Learning Coach involvement is essential for about 70–80 percent of school time and approximately 15–25 percent of this time is online.
In the elementary grades, students are required to show mastery of each lesson by achieving 80 percent or better on all lesson assessments. If your child is having difficulty mastering a lesson, let their homeroom teacher know as soon as possible. Teachers offer many support sessions to help students learn new concepts.
Working with Your Teacher
Teachers provide individual and small group assistance via online synchronous sessions called "Class Connects." Students are expected to attend all required Class Connects and meet with their teacher to receive course assistance, tutoring, and instruction. Class Connects vary by grade level and are scheduled by your teacher.
Attendance is logged Monday through Friday; however, academic progress can be achieved during the weekends as well. The daily amount of expected instructional time for K–5 is 5 hours.
- Grades K–2: Estimate approximately 4–5 hours of productive schoolwork five days per week
- Grades 3–5: Estimate approximately 5–7 hours of effective schoolwork five days per week
Testing and Assessments
Families enrolling at GCPA must be willing to participate in all required areas of the program.
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