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Welcome Students!

Your classroom syllabus, PowerPoint lectures, copies of papers distributed in class, lab makeup assignments, and answers to Study Guides are on Blackboard (https://eschool.dvusd.org), not this website.  I have switched to Blackboard as it is more efficient and user-friendly.  My office hours for grade conferences and/or free tutoring are Mondays and Tuesdays from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm. 

Dear Parents,

Thank you for letting me teach your student.  I have my B.S and M.S. in Biology, and I have taught college biology for 25 years and high school for 5 years.  I have three daily goals in my classes (1)  did we meet the essential question and learning objective, (2) did we learn something, and (3) did we have fun.  Please feel free to contact me at vanessa.montgomery@dvusd.org and my office phone 623-445-8741.  Please go to http://portal.dvusd.org to access District Websites and then Blackboard/eschool(Bb).  You will need your students Bb username and password.  On Blackboard, you will see PPT lectures, Study Guides, Exam hints, Syllabi, and Discussion Threads.

This will be a great year!


Mrs. Vanessa Montgomery 

Rm 506

Office hours:  Mon and Tues, 2:30 - 3:30 pm

Club Sponsor Environmental Club (meets Mondays at 2:15 pm in Rm 506), Manga Club (meets Tuesday at 2:15 pm in Rm 506), and Pre-Nursing Club (meets Wednesday at 2:15 pm in Rm 506).


Course:     RIO SALADO BIOLOGY 160 College Anatomy & Physiology (year-long course)

Register at http://my.maricopa.edu (need your MEID and password).

E-mail:  vanessa.montgomery@dvusd.org


Instructor:  Mrs. Vanessa Montgomery (lecture and lab instructor)


Voice Mail: (623) 445-8741, RIO number (480) 517-8080

Office Hours:  Mon, Tues., 2:15 pm to 3:15 pm

Room:  506   Web Page: http://eschool.dvusd.org

Course Description:

Bio 160 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology (college anatomy course) involving principles of scientific method, structural organization, homeostasis and control mechanisms of the body, and specific chemistry concepts. Structure and functions of the 11 major systems of the human body covered. Prerequisites: None.  4 lab credits.

Course Objectives:

Semester 1 MCCCD Course Competencies


  1. Describe and apply anatomical terminology.
  2. Describe multicellular organization.
  3. Distinguish and describe major tissue types.
  4. Describe structure and function of the integumentary system.
  5. Describe structure and function of the nervous system.
  6. Describe structure and function of the skeletal system.
  7. Describe structure and function of the muscular system.
  8. Define homeostasis and describe specific examples for the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems.


Semester 2 MCCCD Course Competencies


  1. Describe the structure and function of the endocrine system.
  2. Describe the structure and function of the circulatory system.
  3. Describe the structure and function of the respiratory system.
  4. Describe the structure and function of the digestive system.
  5. Describe the regulation of water, electrolyte, and acid/base balance.
  6. Describe the structure and function of the reproductive system.
  7. Describe the structure and function of the lymphatic system and immunity




Lecture and Lab Text:            Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology, Elaine Marieb, 9th ed. (ISBN 978-0-13-6001-65-2); Laboratory Manuals for Dissection (both provided).


Required:                                Spiral notebook (college-ruled) for BIO 160 DAILY QUESTION (Only BIO 160 DQ in this notebook, all other papers must be removed). DQ BOOK is due day of unit exam.  Separate sheets are not accepted and will not be graded.  Students are advised to keep all the paperwork from this course until final grade is received from Rio Salado.


Recommended:                       3x5 cards for flashcards for exam and practical study, colored pencils and #2 pencil for labs, highlighters and #2 pencil for lecture, hand calculator, and a Medical Dictionary.

Classroom Rules:

1.  Use electronics outside this classroom.  Electronics are confiscated and returned to student at the end of the period outside Rm 506 door.  Minor offense is documented; third offense = detention.   No warning for first offense.

2.  Eat food outside this class with exception of celebrations.  Minor offense is documented; third offense = detention.

3.  Chew gumoutside this class. Minor offense documented; third offense = detention.

4.  Draw on your papers, not the lab tables (pen, pencil, eraser).  Minor offense documented; third offense = detention.

5.  Clown around in the hallway, not in this class.  Minor offense (non-compliance) documented; third offense = detention.

6. Use professional words in class (aka no swear words).  Minor offense (respect) documented; third offense = detention.

7. Apply makeup and comb hair in the restroom, not in this class.  Makeup will be confiscated and returned at the end of the period. Minor offense (non-compliance) documented; third offense = detention.

Grading Policy: A = 90-100%, B =  80-90%, C  =  70-79%, D  = 60-69%, F  =  below 60% 

The semester grade is a cumulative grade for the 18 weeks weighted at 100% (no comprehensive final, no honors or AP weight). 

Your grade is based entirely upon the total points you earn during the semester (grades will not be skewed or statistically curved).  Rounding up of grades will only occur if the student is no more than one-half percent away from next higher letter grade (i.e., 89.5% or higher rounds up to 90%).  An incomplete grade (I) is only given to a student doing acceptable work (C or better) who is unable to complete the course due to illness or extenuating circumstances, and who only needs to make up the last lecture and/or lab practical to complete the requirements.  An “Incomplete Grade Contract” must be filed with the Front Office.  No extra credit will be allowed.

Powerschool Access:  The Powerschools site allows parents/guardians and students to access the student’s grades, attendance, and other information. If you need your access information, please stop by the front desk during business hours.  You will need a photo I.D.  The web address is: http://ps.dvusd.org/public 


Learning Environment


  • Bring materials
  • Come prepared to learn


  • Respect others, their property, equipment, and the facility


  • Complete your own work
  • All electronic devices are off and out of sight


  • Arrive on time & be in your seat
  • Behave appropriately and use courteous language
  • Keep food and drink outside

Everyone United


  • Encourage confidence
  • Cooperate and collaborate

Adherence to the Boulder Creek Academic Integrity Code:  All students enrolled will adhere to the framework and guidelines set forth in the Boulder Creek High School Academic Integrity Code. Cheating and Plagiarism will not be tolerated. The purpose of this code is to promote a positive learning environment for all involved. As humans, we will make mistakes as we grow. It is understood that we can learn from those mistakes and become better individuals in the future. Any student who violates this code will be referred to the Students Rights and Responsibilities handbook and assignment of appropriate consequences. Please refer to the Academic Integrity Code in your student handbook for more details.

Make-Up Work PolicyUpon return to class after an absence, a student has one school day for each day missed to make up work/test assigned during his/her absence regardless of the number of days absent. For example, if a student is absent on Thursday and Friday, he/she will have Monday and Tuesday of the following week to make up work and must turn in the work that was assigned during the days absent on Wednesday.   

Coursework and assessments assigned prior to the absence(s) may still be due on the date assigned. It is the student’s responsibility to check with teachers immediately upon return for work missed and possible adjustment of due dates. It is the student’s responsibility to retain all course papers in the eventuality of the creation of a semester notebook.  Teachers may choose to schedule an appointment with the student to arrange due dates as needed.

Missed work is available in your student personal folder (green folder, your name on it, in your class period crate) and/or on Blackboard (http://eschool.dvusd.org).

Late Work:  There is no late work accepted in this college course.

Long Term Project Policy:  Long term projects are assignments given at least two weeks in advance.  Teachers should note that the assignment is a long term project in the written instructions provided for the students.  Long term projects are due on or before the date assigned, even if the student or teacher is absent on the due date. See the Student Handbook for additional details. 

Classroom Behavior Expectations and Consequences:

ATTENDANCE POLICY: In order to maintain college credit, students are not allowed to miss more than 12 class periods per semester.  Upon the 13th absence, the student will lose college credit. 


CHEATING:  1st offense:  Grade of zero on assignment; 2nd offense:  loss of college credit.  Students are not allowed to copy data from the Internet and/or another student’s work.


CIVILITY STATEMENT:  College policy prohibits “any conduct which is harmful, obstructive, disruptive to, or interferes with the educational process…” Therefore, the faculty of Rio Salado insist that the language of any communication between students and instructors or among students meeting electronically or in person at any Rio Salado site shall maintain the level of formality appropriate to any college teaching/learning situation.  Excessively informal, rude, or insulting language will not be tolerated.  Students who engage in such behavior will be withdrawn from the course.


COMMUNICATION: Please contact the teacher for any student concerns.  It is crucial that teachers, parents, and students maintain open lines of communication.  Contact information is provided at the top of the first page. 
DISABILITY STATEMENT:  Rio Salado will make reasonable accommodations for persons with documented disabilities.  Notify Disability Services (480-517-8540) and your instructor of any special needs.


DISTRACTIONS:  Please no electronic use (no warning), gum, food, or drinks, do not leave during lecture/lab introduction (ask to use the restroom in the first 5 min of class), and ask the instructor for clarification not your neighborElectronics are confiscated and returned to student at the end of the period outside Rm 506 door; minor offense is documented.The instructor will take actions if a student’s behavior is distracting to the rest of the class or the instructor (including but not limited to, loss of points and expulsion from lecture or lab).  Please note, each gum, hat, electronic use, food, defiance, and distraction violation is documented and “three strikes” results in disciplinary action.   Also due to the noise of switching out tapes, audio taping of lecture and lab is not permitted.


EXTRA CREDIT:  There is no extra credit offered in this college course.


FINANCIAL AID:   Financial aid is available in some cases.  Please consult http://www.riosalado.edu/dual for more information.  If you do not receive financial aid of any kind, it is your responsibility to protect your eligibility to receive financial aid by meeting the requirements of this class.


GRADE CONSULTATIONS:  Instructor and student will grade consult before or after school, not during the class period(student will make an appointment with the instructor).  Student will bring a hard copy of the questioned assignment and a copy of their PowerSchool to the meeting.


PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES:  Conferences will be held in Fall and Spring and run from 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm and 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm.  If a parent is planning on attending, the instructor is requesting that both the parent and student participate in the conference as this will allow for additional insight and will directly benefit communication between all parties.  Please note that the sheer volume of students and the time available for each conference need to balance.  Therefore the time has been set at 10 minutes per conference. 


STUDY HELP:  Find a “class buddy” to study with and to take notes if you have to miss a lecture or are unsure of the material.  See Blackboard at http://eschool.dvusd.org  for missed lecture notes, study guides, study guide keys, and missed lab makeup assignments.  See instructor for free tutoring.


STUDENT RESPONSIBILITY: Students are responsible for college policies outlined in the college catalog.  The Rio Salado College Catalog can be found at http://www.riosalado.edu/schedule.


Lecture exams 1, 2, 3, 4                                                                                                          240 pts

                50 multiple choice questions

                10-20 pt. essay (1-4 essay questions)

                1 day makeup. Student must communicate with instructor.


Homework (3 pts. each; various)                                                                                              30 pts.

                All homework is handwritten, not typed, for kinesthetic learning

Assigned on Monday, due on Friday

                No copying.  No late work accepted.


Exam Study Guides and DQ Book (various, due on exam days)

                All work is handwritten, not typed, for kinesthetic learning

No copying.  No late work accepted.                                                                       


Completed Labs (5 pts. possible)                                                                                              100 pts

                All work is handwritten, not typed, for kinesthetic learning

Due at the beginning of class on the following Tuesday

                No copying.  No late work accepted.


Laboratory practicals (4 x 50 pts)                                                                                            200 pts.

                1-day oral makeup.  Student must communicate with instructor.


LECTURE:  Each student will receive Power Point lecture notes.  These notes are not a substitute for reading your book.  Lecture will be on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday.


LECTURE EXAMS & QUIZZES:  Lecture exams consist of 50 multiple-choice questions (1 pt. each) and 1-2 essay questions (10 pts.).  Lecture quizzes consist of fill in the blank and matching.  You must earn an average of 60% or better on exams to receive college credit.  All electronics are shut off and in your backpack, and all backpacks/personal items will be placed in the front of the classroom (not under your chair), and sit every other seat during test days.  Completed Study Guides and Daily Question (DQ) Books are due the day of the exam. 


LABORATORY:  The purpose of labs is to reinforce the lecture concepts.  Some concepts in lecture will not be tested on in lab, and vice versa.  Labs are Wednesday and Thursday. Completed labs are due the beginning of class on Tuesdays.


LAB PRACTICALS:  There are four (4) Lab Practicals each worth 50 points in Semester 2.  You must earn an average of 60% or better on practicals to receive college credit. Specimens are spaced around the classroom and/or a PPT slide presentation of specimens is shown to the student for identification.  Timed test with 1 minute per station/slide.  There is an oral makeup for missed lab practicals.


LAB SAFETY:  “Arizona Statute ARS15-151 specifies that every student, teacher, and visitor in community colleges must wear appropriate protective eyewear while participating in or when observing vocational, technical, industrial arts activities involving exposure to: heat treatment, explosive materials, caustic solutions, and radioactive materials.”


Science Laboratory Breakage Policy:  According to BOULDER CREEK HIGH SCHOOL and the DEER VALLEY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT the following policy on laboratory breakage will be as follows.


Breakage Policy:  Laboratory investigations are a crucial part of science investigations.  Without science equipment, labs and projects are very difficult to perform.  Due to costs, students will check- out equipment and tools to use in lab.  If a student breaks something, he or she will be held responsible for paying a replacement fee.  This is designed to reinforce that the students follow instructions and use care when using equipment.  Many of the process are included; however the list is not limited to only these items.  Students are responsible for paying the breakage fee at the bookstore. 







$ 5.00



$ 4.50



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$ 4.50



$ 4.50



$ 5.50



$ 6.50



$ 12.50



$ 6.00

Dropping Bottles


$ 9.00

Glass Rod


$ 0.50

Medicine droppers


$ 0.50

Meter Stick


$ 4.50

Metric Ruler


$ 4.50

Glass slide


$ 1.00

Blood pressure cuff


$ 15.00

Prepared Slide



Spot Plate



Test Tube


















Thermometer (20-110 c)



Triple Beam Balance



Microscope, light


$ 950.00


COURSE DISCLAIMER:  This syllabus is subject to modifications by the instructor.


BIO 160 Semester 1 Lecture

 Human Anatomy and Physiology

Rio Salado Community College

Lectures are Monday, Tuesday, and 1st half of Friday


Tentative Lecture Schedule

                                                                                                                                                Preread before lecture (aka Homework)

WEEK                                                     TOPIC                                                                     CHAPTER


1                                                              Introduction                                                             1


2                                                              Introduction/Tissues*QUIZ                    1 + 4


3                                                              Tissues/Integumentary System                                4 + 5


4                                                              Integumentary System                                             5


5                                                              Exam 1/Nervous System                                         11


6                                                              CNS: Brain                                                               12


7                                                              CNS: Spinal Cord                                     12


8                                                              Senses                                                                     15


9                                                              Senses/Exam 2                                                        15


10                                                            Bone Tissue*QUIZ                                 6


11                                                            Bone Tissue/Skeleton                                              6 + 7


12                                                            Skeleton                                                                   7


13                                                            Skeleton   /Articulations                                           7 + 8


14                                                            Articulations*QUIZ                                 8


15                                                            Exam 3/Muscle Physiology                     9                             


16                                                            Muscle Physiology/Anatomy                   9 + 10


17                                                            Muscle Anatomy                                                     10


18                                                            Muscle Anatomy/Exam 4                                        10

BIO 160 Semester 1 Lab

Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology

Rio Salado Community College

Labs are Wednesday, Thursday, and 2nd half of Friday


Tentative Lab Schedule


WEEK                                                     TOPIC


1                                                              Anatomical Terminology


2                                                              Microscope/Cells


3                                                              Histology 1: Epithelium/Histology 2: Connective tissue


4                                                              Histology 2: Connective tissue/Histology 3: Muscular and nervous tissue


5                                                              Integumentary


6                                                              Lab practical #1 (Terms, Microscope, Cells, Histology, Integumentary)


7                                                              Brain and Spinal Cord


8                                                              Special senses


9                                                              Skeleton: Overview


10                                                            Lab practical #2(Sheep Brain, Sheep Eye, Eye/Ear Models)


11                                                            Skeleton: Axial


12                                                            Skeleton: Appendicular


13                                                            Lab practical #3 (Skeleton)


14                                                            Dissection #1: Axial muscles (cat)


15                                                            No Lab (Thanksgiving)


16                                                            Dissection #2: Forelimb muscles (cat)


17                                                            Dissection #3: Hindlimb muscles (cat)


18                                                            Lab practical #4 (Muscles)



BIO 160 Semester 2 Lecture

Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology

Rio Salado Community College

Lectures on Monday, Tuesday, and 1st half of Friday


Tentative Lecture Schedule


WEEK                                                     TOPIC                                                                     CHAPTER (Homework)


1                                                              Blood/Heart                                                             17 + 18


2                                                              Heart/Blood vessels                                 18+ 19


3                                                              Blood vessels                                                          19                                           


4                                                              Endocrine and Lymphatic systems                          16 + 20


5                                                              Immune system/Exam 1                                         21


6                                                              Respiratory system                                  22


7                                                              Respiratory system/*QUIZ                      22


8                                                              Digestive system                                                      23


9                                                              Digestive system/Metabolism                  23 + 24


10                                                            Metabolism/Exam 2                                                24


11                                                            Urinary system                                                        25


12                                                            Urinary system/*QUIZ                                            25


13                                                            Fluids and electrolytes                                             26


14                                                            Acid-base balance/Exam 3                      26                           


15                                                            Male reproductive system                                        27


16                                                            Female reproductive system/*QUIZ        27


17                                                           Pregnancy and human development         28


18                                                            Review/Exam 4


BIO 160 Semester 2 Lab

Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology

Rio Salado Community College

Labs on Wednesday, Thursday, and 2nd half of Friday


Tentative Lab Schedule


WEEK                                                                     TOPIC                                    


1                                                                              Blood Cells


2                                                                              Heart


3                                                                              Blood Vessels


4                                                                              Lab Practical 1


5                                                                              Endocrine System/Lymphatic System


6                                                                              Respiratory System Organs                                     


7                                                                              Respiratory Volumes


8                                                                              Lab Practical 2      


9                                                                              Digestive System Organs        


10                                                                            Action of a Digestive Enzyme or Urinary System


11                                                                            No Lab (Parent Teacher Conference)      


12                                                                            Lab Practical 3


13                                                                            Urinalysis and/or Urinary System


14                                                                            Reproductive System – Male


15                                                                            Reproductive System – Female


16                                                                           Embryology


17                                                                            Lab Practical 4      










Bio 160 Signature Form – Due Friday (first week of school)


Student’s Name (Printed)_______________________________           Home Phone: (       )________________________

Parent’s/Guardian’s Name: _____________________________           Student Email:____________________________

                                                                                                                                Parent Cell Phone: (       )____________________


Congratulations on your decision to take Bio 160, a college anatomy course! You are very fortunate to have extensive equipment, dissections, and multimedia resources to aid your learning.  You must be able to:             

1. Follow all safety guidelines explained by the lab manual and by the instructor.

2. Work cooperatively with your classmates.

3. Properly handle and clean all microscopes, slides, equipment, the lab area, and student prep room.

4. Follow all guidelines for using the computers and SmartBoard.

5. Help instructor inventory equipment and course papers before class is dismissed.

6. Pay for any equipment, dissections, or materials you break or misuse.  The cost will be determined by what it takes to replace the item.



Student Parent

_____      _____      I have read and understand the guidelines listed above.  I realize I will need to pay for any materials I break/misuse.  I understand that I can be dropped from the class, with no refund, by the instructor for not following these requirements.


_____      _____      I have read and understand the syllabus for Bio 160.  I know the syllabus is subject to modification as determined by the instructor.

_____      _____      I understand this is a dual enrollment college/high school class.  Realizing this I expect this college class to require more reading and studying than other high school classes.  This course is not an honors or AP weight course as college credit is awarded if the student earns a C or better.

_____      _____      I understand that movies illustrating general biology and anatomy concepts that are rated PG and PG13 movies may be shown in class including “House”, “Gataca”,  and “Health Matters”.

_____      _____      I understand some laboratory exercises need to be conducted outside of Boulder Creek High School.  I (the parent) give my son/daughter permission to go to cadaver labs/workshops at Grand Canyon University and/or A.T. Still University during class.



_________________________________________                                                              ________________

                                                Student signature                                                                                    Date


_________________________________________                                                              ________________

                                                Parent signature                                                                                                     Date




No students will be permitted to perform laboratory activities unless this contract is signed by both the student and parent/guardian and is on file with the teacher.




The Deer Valley Unified School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities. For any inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies contact the Superintendent's Department, 20402 N. 15th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85027. 623.445.5000.


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Course:     RIO SALADO BIOLOGY 101 College Biology for Non-Majors (year-long course)

Register at http://my.maricopa.edu (need your MEID and password).

E-mail:  vanessa.montgomery@dvusd.org


Instructor:  Mrs. Vanessa Montgomery (lecture and lab instructor)


Voice Mail: (623) 445-8741, RIO number (480) 517-8080


Office Hours:  Mon, Tues., 2:15 pm to 3:15 pm

Room:  506   Web Page: http://eschool.dvusd.org


Course Description:

The study and principles of structure and function of organisms at the molecular, cellular, histological, organ levels. A detailed exploration of the chemistry of life, the cell, genetics, and protein synthesis (Semester 1).  A detailed exploration of the evolution of life on Earth,  bacteria, protists, fungi, plants, animal kingdom survey, and human anatomy (Semester 2).  Prerequisites: None. One year of high school or one semester of college-level biology and chemistry is strongly recommended. 4 credit course.


Course Objectives:

Semester 1



Describe and apply the scientific method to solve problems in biological context. (I)


Describe the characteristics of life. (I)


Identify the basic parts of atoms and describe how they influence chemical characteristics. (II)


Analyze the relationships between the structure and functions of the four kinds of organic molecules found in living things. (II)


Identify the parts of a cell and describe their structure and functions. (III)


Compare and contrast prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. (III)


Describe cellular transport, membrane structure, and membrane functions. (IV)


Describe the laws of thermodynamics, energy processes, and enzymes as they relate to biology. (V)


Explain the purpose and components of cellular respiration. (V)


Explain the purpose and components of photosynthesis. (V)


Describe the biological processes of mitosis, meiosis, DNA duplication, and protein synthesis. (V)


Compare Mendelian and non-Mendelian genetics and use problem solving to predict the outcome of genetic crosses. (VI)


Describe gene regulation and effectively analyze the various biotechnological applications. (VI)


Describe the genetic basis of development. (VI)


Demonstrate knowledge of laboratory safety skills and procedures. (I-VII)


Practice principles of scientific method while conducting laboratory activities and experiments. (I-VII)


Perform laboratory activities using relevant laboratory equipment, chemical reagents, and supplies to observe biological specimens, to measure variables, and to design and conduct experiments. (I-VII)


Operate light microscopes, prepare wet-mount slides, and use stains. (III, VI, VII)


Exhibit ability to use pipettes and other volumetric measuring devices, chemical glassware, balances, pH meters or test papers, spectrophotometers, and separation techniques, such as chromatography and/or electrophoresis to perform activities relevant to other course competencies. (I-VII)


Develop graphing skills manually and/or by using appropriate computer software. (I, IV, VI, VII)


Calculate and make molar and/or percent solutions of varying concentrations. (I, II, V, VII)


Analyze and report data generated during laboratory activities and experiments. (I, V, VI, VII)


Semester 2 Course Objectives:

I. Fundamentals of Biological Science

A. Common characteristics of living organisms

  • Can I take consecutive classes at the same time?

You can take some consecutive classes at the same time. For example Language Arts 3 & 4, World History 1 & 2, Fitness Center & Advanced Fitness Center. There are certain courses that require the preceding class as a prerequisite. No concurrent classes in Sciences, Math, Accounting and Spanish. 


  • Can I take a class if I'm not in high school?

The Deer Valley Online Learning program is for students currently in grades 9-12.


  • How do the Credit Recovery classes work?

In credit recovery classes, each unit has a pre-test. If you can pass the pre-test with a 75% or better, you can skip that unit and move on to the next. If you score less than 75% on the pretest, that unit will open and you will be required to complete the assignments in that unit before moving on.


  • Do I have to pay for the class?

If you are a DVUSD student taking 6 or less classes between your campus and online during fall and spring semesters there is no fee. There is a $150 fee for 7 or more classes between your campus and online during fall and spring semesters.

For out-of-district students the fee is $150 for every course. 

For classes during the summer the fee is $150 for every course.

Fees are subject to change.


  • Can students work at their own pace?

Students must maintain a minimum pace, dictated by the due dates posted in the course. Students may work at any pace as long as they maintain the minimum pace.


  • What happens if a student goes out of town?

Students may travel, however, they must have a reliable computer with internet connection in order to continue to work in their course. It is the student’s responsibility to check-in daily with their course, meet their due dates, and continue to communicate with their teacher. Any assignments missed while out of town are considered unexcused and will result in a zero. 


  • What is the parent’s role in Deer Valley Online Learning Program?

Parents have an active role in the online learning community, much like they do at traditional schools. Parents are encouraged to engage with their child by monitoring their progress and communicating regularly with teachers. Parents should help plan a daily schedule for their child. They should plan to check on their child's progress and help the student stay on schedule. Once a student learns the daily routine and becomes an engaged online learner, a parent should be able to expect more independence. Parents are encouraged to create their own parent account to easily monitor their child's work. Create a parent account here. Parents are expected to give their approval on their students' eslog completion each week by entering their initials. View the attendance policy information on the parent information page for additional information regarding the eslog requirement. 


  • What is my Portal/Canvas username and password?

Your username and password are the same as your login for DVUSD school computers.

Use the first letter of your first name, the first letter of your middle name, the first three letters of your last name, and the last three digits of your student ID number for your username. Your password is your whole ID number.



     Bob Tim Smith, ID 123456

     Username: btsmi456

     Password: 123456


  • What is my DVUSD learner email address?

The DVUSD learner email address is formatted as the following: username@learner.dvusd.org . This is accessed through Gmail.


  • What website are the online classes accessed through?

Go to https://dvusd.instructure.com to access Canvas and log in with your username and password to access your classe(s).

The Deer Valley Online Learning Program Student Orientation Video shows you how to log in.


  • I forgot my login information. What do I do?

Make sure you've watched the Deer Valley Online Learning Program Student Orientation Video. If you still don't know your login information, contact the Deer Valley Online Learning Program administration immediately.


  • How often do students have to log in?

Your class will be much easier if you log in daily. Students are usually given a daily schedule to follow and due dates that must be met. However, students may certainly work ahead in their courses. Student success is not necessarily measured by login time – it is performance based and is measured by whether or not a student is current in their course and is showing mastery of the course content. If you go more than 10 days without completing your eslog and/or 10 days without logging into Canvas and participating in your coursework, you will be dropped or withdrawn. Eslog is not required during the summer semester.


  • I clicked on assignments and there's nothing there. Where are the assignments?

You must complete the student orientation before your class will open up. If you are in a credit recovery class, make sure you are following directions posted in the class announcements and/or syllabus as you must meet certain requirements before assignments will open.


The process to drop a course during fall and spring semesters is to contact your high school counselor. If you are out-of-district, you will contact the DV Online Learning Program staff via email. Please be aware of the drop date cutoff on our home page. A full refund will be given for students who drop prior to the start of class and for up to one week after the start date. To drop a class during summer semester, you will email the DV Online Learning Program staff to make the request. 


  • If I drop a class, will it be on my transcript?

If you drop a class, it's as if you never took it and it is not recorded on your transcript. If you withdraw from a class, your transcript will show that you withdrew and whether you were passing or failing at the time. This information does not affect your GPA.


To ensure the academic integrity of the Deer Valley Online Learning Program, students must attend in-person final exams and show a photo ID. Final exams are held over 2-3 days with exact times and locations posted in our classes as well as here. The final dates listed are the only final dates the exams will be administered. There are no early or make-up exams given. If you are unable to attend due to an emergency, you must alert the Deer Valley Online Program administration prior to the conclusion of final exams. No-shows at final exams will not receive credit for their Deer Valley Online Learning Program class. Students will not earn credit unless they earn 60% or better on the final exam.


  • Can I take the final even if I am failing class?

To receive credit for a Deer Valley Online Learning Program course, students must pass BOTH the final exam with a 60% or higher and the course at 60% including the final exam. Students do not have to be passing the class at the time they take the final exam. However, the student’s overall course grade must equal 60% or higher for a passing grade to be issued. For example if a student has 58% in the course they should take the final exam to see if they can raise their overall grade to passing.  


  • Do I need to pass the final to pass the course?

Yes. To receive credit for a Deer Valley Online Learning Program course, students must pass BOTH the final exam with a 60% or higher and the course at 60% including the final exam.


  • I'm having trouble with the online textbook. Can I get a hard copy of the textbook?

Yes. Go to the bookstore of your home school and tell them you are a Deer Valley Online Learning Program student. You may have to leave a deposit for the book.


  • I messaged my teacher. How long will it take to get a response?

Instructors will respond within 24 hours. If you sent a message more than 24 hours ago and have not received a reply, please notify the Deer Valley Online Learning Program administration.


  • The site went down and I have work that's due. What do I do?

When there are technical problems at the district, teachers are notified immediately and due dates are adjusted accordingly. Students will not be penalized academically due to technical problems at the district. Students should not plan on turning in assignments last minute. 


  • I'm trying to register for this upcoming semester, I took an online class in a previous semester, and I'm trying to use my login I used previously but it isn't working. 

The registration accounts are erased once a semester ends. You will need to create a new family account each time you register for a new semester.


  • I registered for a class and want to review my selection. How do I do that?

You will need to log back in, click Student Registration, Click Go to Registration under the students' name. This will bring you to the confirmation page. Scroll to the very bottom and click on the blue magnifying glass - this will show you your receipt. This can be shown to your counselor to confirm you signed up for the correct class(es).


  • How do I register for online courses?

Registration for online classes is completed only during the registration window. The registraiton website will be available for you to use during the registration window only. The DV Online Learning Program is not an open-entry, open-exit program.


  • Is an online class easier than brick and mortar clases?

Online classes require independent learning, self-motivation, and responsibility. The online classes emphasize on critical writing and reading. Online classes are different than a brick and mortar class. Students may spend more time in an online class than they typically would in a brick and mortar class. 


  • Do the courses follow a certain curriculum?

Yes. All DV Online courses are aligned with the Deer Valley Unified School District's curriculum. The courses also follow state and national curriculum standards.

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