Frequently Asked Questions
When did the Tech Trep Academy program begin?
In 2008, a full-time public school program called My Tech High was created to provide students in Utah with a personalized education experience focused on technology and entrepreneurship. Interest in the Utah program has continued to grow each year with thousands of students now participating.
Tech Trep Academy (‘trep’ is short for entrepreneur) started in 2015 to help part-time students outside of Utah to access the amazing technology and entrepreneurship curriculum.
The full-time Tech Trep Academy program (powered by My Tech High) is available in Tennessee for students ages 5-13!
Does Tech Trep Academy operate as a Public Charter / District School or a Private School?
Neither. We are a personalized education program which operates under a Public / Private Partnership model administered by existing public schools (both district and charter).
For the Tennessee program, in which public school will my child be enrolled?
In Tennessee, all students are full-time, virtual students enrolled in the following innovative Tennessee public school:
- Putnam County Schools – VITAL
All program requirements, details, policies, schedules, courses, testing, student records, credits, IEPs, reimbursements, etc. are subject to the approval of the partner school of enrollment. Please review this list of key policies.
With which curriculum providers do you partner directly?
The following providers are available as a My Tech High Direct option:
- Waterford Early Learning (Language Arts, Math, Science)
- ALEKS Math
- Edgenuity (via Provo eSchool)
- K12 Virtual (via Provo eSchool)
- BYU Independent Study
- Odyssey by CompassLearning
- Apex Learning
- GLM Education
- Dreambox Math
- ST Math
- Imagine Language & Literacy
- Imagine Math (formerly Think Through Math)
- Imagine Math Facts (formerly Big Brainz Timez Attack)*
- BrainPop and BrainPop, Jr.*
- Education City*
- Study Island*
- Rosetta Stone
- Duo Lingo
- Leadership Education Academy
- Reading Eggs
- Math Seeds
- College for America at Southern New Hampshire University
- Onsite Dual Enrollment (with local district schools)
*Indicates a program for which ALL students have unlimited access
Do you ever have face-to-face events?
Does every student need to take a Tech or Entrepreneurship course?
Can parents or schools purchase individual tech and entrepreneurship courses?
Why are Pass / Fail grades given instead of traditional letter grades?
Are students required to participate in State testing?
Is the recommended age for the Tech courses flexible?
Are all the learning materials and technology resources property of the program?
Yes. All materials, curriculum, technology purchased or reimbursed with public funds are considered property of the program and must be returned or repaid if a student fails to adhere to all program requirements and/or withdraws at any time prior to the end of the school year.
NOTE: Any new computer, Chromebook, or iPad/tablet which is fully reimbursed with a student’s Technology Allowance funds remains property of the school’s program for three years. If a student withdraws from the program after year one or year two, the parent will be asked to return the computer, Chromebook, or iPad/tablet or re-pay the depreciated value of the device.
Once my child is accepted, will I receive additional information?
Can students with disabilities participate in the program?
Can I select religious-based curriculum as part of my approved program?
Which Minecraft course would be best for my child?
The Minecraft STEAM course is broad and touches on Art, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Math, Language Art / Social Studies concepts. The course can be applied at multiple levels, depending of the skill level of the student. And since it is very open, it allows students to do projects at their own level. Experienced Minecraft players may know some of the Minecraft techniques already (how to make a character skin and how to use redstone), but will discover new concepts such as basic art techniques, making scale models, and learning about circuitry with redstone.
The Minecraft Modding with Java course is fairly technical and focuses exclusively on creating and adding custom modifications to Minecraft using Java. The course is appropriate for any student 11+ that has a basic foundational grasp of coding and is comfortable with a little bit of troubleshooting.
What type of computer do you recommend for students to use?
We recommend students use a standard PC or Mac (not a Chromebook or tablet). A student typically just needs a basic desktop or laptop.