Dear School Partner:

Thank you for working with us to provide online learning options to students in your school district! We are excited to collaborate on this innovative approach to customizing learning. The process outlined below should help to answer questions as families begin to indicate an interest in the Black Hills Online Learning Community (BHOLC) program.

friendsPre-Registration Information

1. Families are able to begin the online application process at Online enrollment will be available until August 21, 2020. After this date, new enrollments will only be allowed if requested by the school district.

2. When a family completes the online enrollment application, they will be contacted by the BHOLC enrollment coordinator.

  • Families from school districts who have an existing MOU with BHOLC will be advised to continue with the registration and approval process as indicated below.
  • Families from school districts who do not have MOUs with BHOLC will be informed of this and provided with a list of schools that do. Families are always encouraged to remain with their home school district. When that is not an option and they indicate an interest in open enrollment, they are advised to do so with a district that is geographically close to them. Once the family decides to continue with enrollment, they are advised to follow the registration process listed below.

3. Upon completion of the online application process, the family is instructed to print and complete the 20-21 BHOLC Learning Agreement. They are told to provide this completed form to the school for approval.

Registration Process

4.The family provides the completed Black Hills Online Learning Agreement to their local school.
5. The school administrator and any other required school representatives decide whether or not to approve the application.
6. Once the application is approved, the school’s South Dakota Virtual School (SDVS) manager will register the student into the SDVS system.

  • The contact person will need to know:
    • Grade level for students in grades K-8
    • Specific FuelEd course names for students in grades 9-12
  • If needed (grades 9-12), the student should meet with a local school counselor to generate a four year plan indicating which courses will be taken to meet local graduation requirements and the individual goals of the student.

7. The SDVS manager for the school then registers the student via the SDVS website.

a. Use the school login information. If you do not have this information, contact SDVS.
b. Once the student is registered via SDVS, an email will be generated to BHOLC informing us there is a pending registration in the system.

8. The BHOLC enrollment coordinator will accept the SDVS registration, which will also generate an email back to the school district letting you know the registration has been approved.
9. Enrollment and registration is complete. Students should be entered into Infinite Campus, with coding to indicate student is taking courses online, by the school. BHOLC staff will follow up with the family to get them started.

All families are asked to complete an orientation to ensure familiarity with the expectations of the program. Students in grades K-8 using the K12 platform are assigned an Introduction to Online Learning course. Students using the FuelEducation courses will be enrolled in an orientation course named, Future Ready, and have an orientation as part of each course.

Students in grades K-8 using the K12 platform will have a grade level online teacher who has contact with the learning coach (parent/guardian) throughout the school year. Students in grades 9-12 using the FuelEducation option will have a content-based online teacher who provides content area support to the student and a mentor provided by BHOLC who provides engagement support. The person listed as an E Mentor is SDVS will also have an account in the FuelEducation system so that he or she receives weekly updates regarding student progress and participation.


Updated March 15, 2018

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Are courses considered semester or year-long?
    Some are a semester, some are year-long. Please refer to the course list. For our full-time 9-12 program, we will enroll students in the equivalent of up to 6 year-long classes. They can choose a combo of semester classes and yearlong classes to equal the proper amount. We will let your counselor help them decide what is best to meet their graduation goal and then your counselor or South Dakota Virtual School (SDVS) designated contact (usually this is also the counselor) actually enrolls them via the SDVS system.
  • Do you charge a pro-rated amount for less than a full-time ($3,250 per student) program? Is there a per-course charge option?
    Yes, you can do al a carte classes for the price listed. So for instance, if you have a student in your regular face-to-face program, they can take Mandarin Chinese online as an elective. It will be up to you if the district pays or if the student pays.
  • What are the beginning and ending dates for the courses?
    Please refer to the official BHOLC school calendar. However, we can offer classes about any time of the year. We try to structure it to the advantage of your district so that you can count them in September and then have funding to pay for the program. Students can finish classes faster if they want.
  • What was the experience with the Smarter Balanced system this year and do you have any requirements for the school districts in this area next year? Since it’s online, do students need to come to our school to take the test?
    Smarter Balanced made testing more difficult for these students. The state requires that they come onsite to your district. Most schools choose to do portions of testing over a week or more – this doesn’t work well for the families to travel in. We also had families that were abroad, so they couldn’t show up. Your district has to count them as a non-participator. You don’t get dinged for this unless you fall under 95% participation. I don’t see this as a problem for any district right now, our numbers are too small to equal 5% of your school population. We work with you and the families to try to get them to the school for testing, but that does not always work out. Schools are responsible for this type of testing. The burden is on your district for state-mandated testing and the students’ scores count for your district. BHOLC is not a school; we are a program that partners with schools. Think of us like an alternative high school program, but you don’t have to pay your own instructors or overhead on a building, we exist in the cloud, but we are providing services for your school.