Frequently Asked Questions about Frameworks

Northwest Christian School

16401 North 43rd Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona, 85053

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Is there a Frameworks instructor for each course? 

Each Frameworks course has both a Subject Matter Expert and a Frameworks Facilitator.  The Subject Matter Expert is the individual that worked with a team of curriculum designers to write the class and develop its content.  The Frameworks Facilitator is the individual who virtually partners with participating students, answers questions, grades work, and gauges student progress.  In certain circumstances, the Subject Matter Expert is also the Frameworks Facilitator.  In other cases, the two roles are separate.

What is the platform used to facilitate Frameworks courses?  

Frameworks courses are facilitated using two different Learning Management Systems (LMS).  The primary Frameworks LMS is LoudCloud, a system developed by Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona.  The secondary LMS is Canvas, developed by Instructure.  Courses within LoudCloud have a hard start date and a hard finish date.  During the 2021/2022 school year, all Frameworks courses will be uniquely facilitated by LoudCloud.  The Canvas LMS will eventually allow for on-demand start dates.

Can a student work through the course at their own (faster or slower) pace? 

In certain instances, yes.  But, each Frameworks course is designed so that a student would proceed through the 18-week class as part of a cohort of high school students from around the country.  During the 2021/2022 school year, if a student needs to alter the schedule for their learning, this will be handled by the Frameworks Facilitator.

How does a student clear the course as a public school elective credit? 

Frameworks is a Biblical worldview initiative from Northwest Christian School in Phoenix, Arizona.  In other words, Northwest Christian School and Frameworks are the same entity.  Northwest Christian is accredited through two accrediting secular and one Christian.  On the secular side, the school is accredited by Cognia--formerly known as AdvancED. []  On the Christian side, we are one of just seventeen Christian schools in the world that have earned "Exemplary Accreditation" through the Association of Christian Schools International.  [ a student completes a Frameworks course, they will receive high school credit on a Northwest Christian High School transcript.  Because of accreditation, this transcript is fully transferable to any public high school in the country.  On account of the Biblical worldview that is foundational to each Frameworks course, Northwest Christian/Frameworks is fully prepared for a public high school or charter school somewhere to object to the transfer on the basis of the Biblical worldview within the course.  When that happens, that school will receive a kind letter from attorney Erik Stanley with the Provident Law Group.  Erik is a tremendous champion of religious liberty.  When he was with the Alliance Defending Freedom, he successfully argued the Trinity Lutheran case before the U.S. Supreme Court. 

When do Frameworks courses begin and end? 

Each Frameworks course is designed to be a semester in length and each semester consists of eighteen weeks.  For the Fall 2021 semester, this means that Frameworks courses will begin on Monday, August 16th and run through Wednesday, December 22nd.

Can a student with an IEP enroll within Frameworks courses?  

Yes, but it will depend upon the nature of the IEP.  In certain circumstances, the online format of the course and the supplemental tools that are available online may actually improve learning outcomes for such a student.  In other cases, the student’s experience may be diminished.  If the student has an IEP, please reach out to the school to better understand which of these two situations best describes the student’s situation.

How are student assessments (tests, quizzes) handled within Frameworks courses?  

Based on the type of Frameworks course, this answer will vary.  In some courses, there are online quizzes.  In other courses, higher order thinking assignments, writing prompts, and similar strategies are employed.

Can a family participate in the state tuition tax credit system to pay for a Frameworks course? 

If a student is a full-time on-the-ground or full-time online student of Northwest Christian School, yes, a family is able to work through a recognized and approved School Tuition Organization towards securing a state tuition tax credit scholarship.  However, state tuition tax credit scholarships are only available to NCS full-time students.

Is there a Parent Student Policy Handbook for Frameworks students? 

Yes, the link to that handbook is here.

Take a next step

The Frameworks Initiative is being released for fall of 2021 as a pilot program. We are limiting registrations to 100 for this program.

We are excited for you to consider Frameworks for your student. Please use this form to save your spot in this program. Space is limited so saving your spot and beginning the application process will prevent you from missing out.