PCHS Online Learning

Hybrid Learning | Precautions in the Building

What are the options for learning from home?

Students electing to learn from home can choose 100% online learning through Accelerate or Synchronous Learning. The Accelerate curriculum is currently used by the online high school in our district.

Accelerate is an independent, self-directed, self-paced* curriculum. Highly qualified Pine Creek teachers will monitor student progress, assign grades, and communicate progress to parents. Attendance is not taken, and students can login and complete work on their own schedule.

*The classes are self-paced in that students can work at any time of the day or night, but they must still login every week and complete work. Students can work ahead in most classes, but they must complete work by class deadlines.


Synchronous learners remotely participate in classes taught by Pine Creek teachers in real time. Students must be online and participating during regular class meeting times. Attendance is taken each period, and students follow the pace of the course.


How much homework can I expect with Accelerate?

All learners vary in the speed with which they master new material and complete homework. Students are expected to spend, at minimum, the same amount of time on these courses as they would in a traditional class (3-4 hours per week per course).


How do I decide between Accelerate and Synchronous Learning?

See the table below for a brief overview.

Accelerate vs. Synchronous Learning



  • Asynchronous Learning (students work based on their own schedules)
  • Real-time Instruction (when at home, students must login and participate during class time)
  • Work at your own pace as long as you meet deadlines
  • Follows course pacing (work and activities are due on the same class deadlines, and often, during class)
  • Teacher provides monitoring, grading, feedback
  • Teacher provides instruction, grading, feedback
  • No attendance taken
  • Attendance is taken
  • Ideal for students who share devices at home, need flexible scheduling
  • Ideal for students who have their own device and are consistently available during school hours
  • ​Ideal for students who are self-disciplined and who thrive when working independently.
  • ​Ideal for students who thrive when working in the structure of a classroom.
  • Can participate in athletics and activities
  • Can participate in athletics and activities


Common Misunderstandings About Accelerate
Below are some of the common misunderstandings we hear from students about Accelerate.



  • Acclerate courses are waaaay easier (or harder) than regular classes.
  • Accelerate courses and Pine Creek courses all follow the same State Standards. They are different in their learning activities and the way that learning happens. Choosing a structure that works for you is critical. The biggest difference we see is between students who thrive when working independently versus those who thrive with more teacher direction.
  • ​You can't fail an Accelerate class.
  • ​Students have to keep up on classwork and pass the assignments; if they don't, they can indeed fail. Teachers help keep students on track by communicating their progress and directing them back to learning activities they might have missed.
  • ​The only difference between Accelerate and regular classes is you don't have to go to class.
  • ​There are several differences. The most significant one is how learning happens. Accelerate classes offer an independent curriculum, meaning students have to read and participate in other activities (ex. watching videos) in order to learn the material. Teachers are available to answer questions but don't teach lessons. Another difference is when students learn. With synchronous classes, students must participate during scheduled classtimes, but with Accelerate, students can login anytime of the day or week, as long as they keep up with deadlines.

Which classes will be offered online through Accelerate?

Click this link to access the complete list of Accelerate courses offered through Pine Creek. Course availability may change based on enrollment. If you would like to read individual course descriptions, click this link.


How do I know what classes are offered synchronously?

Please reference this list of courses. Pine Creek courses are listed by department. For each course, we indicate the comparable Accelerate course, as well as whether the course will be offered synchronously or hybrid-only.

Is there a fee for Accelerate?

No. Accelerate does not charge an additional fee for students who choose this option this year. There may be course fees for some labs or supplies, but the fees are the same as our in-person classes.


A class in my schedule is not offered through Accelerate, what should I do?

If Accelerate does not have a course currently in your schedule, and if you are able to meet the requirements of synchronous learning, you may take the course remotely through Pine Creek. If you cannot meet the requirements, note that in your registration form and your counselor will contact you.

Can I take Honors and AP courses through Accelerate?

Some Honors and AP courses are available through Accelerate. These courses have their own curriculum that is appropriately rigorous and comparable to courses offered at Pine Creek. Please read course descriptions for more information.


Synchronous learners will participate in their Honors and AP courses as normal. All honors students will still complete the Honors Project.

What will my Accelerate courses look like on my transcript?

Accelerate courses have been aligned to State Standards and district curriculum and will be taught by Pine Creek teachers, so they will appear on your transcript under their usual course names.

If I choose Accelerate for first semester and come back to Pine Creek for second, will I be in the right place in my year-long classes?

Despite our best efforts to align courses, some courses do not have exactly the same pacing or order. If you are considering switching from Accelerate at semester, we recommend you talk to your instructor toward the end of first semester to better understand if there are gaps or overlaps in the curriculum. Teachers will send mesages to their classes with general information, but if you have more questions about your specific situation, please talk to your teacher.


What type of hardware do I need to learn online?

School iPads will be sufficient for most courses, whether you are an In-Person, Synchronous, or Accelerate learner. Computer science and graphics arts classes may have additional requirements, and teachers have communited to students to let them know what those requirements are.

If I choose Accelerate for online learning, am I still a Pine Creek student?

Yes, you are still an Eagle! You can participate in athletics and activities, and schedule virtual meetings with your counselor or College & Career Counselor. Choice students retain their status as Pine Creek students.


If I choose online learning, can I still participate in sports and activities?

Yes, students who choose Accelerate or Synchronous Learning may participate in athletics and activities. All club and honor society meetings will be virtual this fall, which will allow for broader participation.

I read that Accelerate and Synchronous students can participate in clubs and activities. How do I know when and where club meetings will take place?

All club meetings will be virtual for first semester. The Clubs & Activities page will link you to club advisors and information about meetings.

Are online learners still eligible for honor societies and academic awards?

Yes, regardless of learning format, all students remain Pine Creek students. GPA, rank, and eligibility for participation for honor societies follow the same requirements that they always have.