Northwest Liberty School is a valued resource for courses and opportunities. We are here to help you learn and work towards your goals.
Bookmark this page and refer back here when you have questions as you progress through your course.
Prior to starting in your course, read the content is each tab by clicking on the various links.
Thank you for enrolling in one of our many courses.
Step 1 Log in.
Click on Student Login at the top of the screen; select the Apex Learning Logo. Type in your username and temporary password.
Step 2 Run System Check-Up.
Please run the System Check-Up at the bottom of your login page to ensure you can access and work with Apex Learning. Contact Apex Learning with questions.
Step 3 Check Course Materials needed, if any.
Some courses require additional texts or materials. Course Materials
Step 4 Watch the Getting Started videos.
Log in to your APEX account. Click on “Getting Started” under Help in the top right hand corner. Click on “Getting Started: Courses” and watch the corresponding videos. You will need to be signed in to your APEX account prior to seeing the videos.
Step 5 Begin working on your course.
1. Complete the assignments in the order they are presented.
2. All quizzes and exams are closed-book. All assignments and test questions require your original thought and responses without the aid of written notes or electronic data.
Read through all of the Online “How To” to learn how to navigate through your course and how to complete assignments.
Step 1 Log in.
You should have received a course invitation from Canvas. You need to accept the course invitation. From there you can access your course. After accepting the course invitation use this link: https://nwls.instructure.com/login/canvas to login into Canvas. If you google Canvas and try to login IT WILL NOT WORK. Use this link or the link on our website. Remember your password – we do not have access to your password.
Step 2 Begin working on your course.
Complete the assignments in the order they are presented. All quizzes and exams are closed-book. All assignments and test questions require your original thought and responses. Written or electronic data are not allowed.
Upon your course completion date an “L5” in entered to remove you from your course. This is a placeholder and doesn’t mean anything. Within two-weeks after the completion date, a grade will be assigned. Please note if your final grade is changed from “L5” to an “I” it means your course is incomplete and you will need an extension to finish.
Letter Grades: All Regular (RE), Honors (HR), and Advanced Placement (AP) courses will earn a letter final grade only after ≥70% has been earned for the entire course. Percentages are not rounded.
A 93 – 100% A- 90 – 92.9%
B+ 87 – 89.9% B 83 – 86.9% B- 80 – 82.9%
C+ 77 – 79.9% C 73 – 76.9% C- 70 – 72.9%
D+ 67 – 69.9% D 60 – 66.9%
Pass/Fail Grades: Within 10 business days from enrollment, a written request must be received by NWLS if a student prefers to take a course for a “Pass/Fail” grade. This will still require a minimum 70% of the overall score in the course to earn a “Pass”. After 10 business days from enrollment, the student is only be eligible for a letter grade.
Credit Recovery (CR) courses require a minimum 70% for the overall percentage with all TSTs completed to earn a “Pass” for the course. If you don’t score a 70%, our practice is to offer an extension to students and work with them to decide what assignments need to be redone in order to achieve 70% overall.
To keep you and your student informed of the course’s progress and grades, we sign both of you up to receive progress reports.
Progress Reports for Apex: Weekly reports are sent from both NWLS and Apex Learning. Apex sends their report on Sundays, while NWLS sends our report, usually, on Thursdays.
Canvas: Parents are enrolled as “observers” in Canvas classrooms. You may sign in at any time to check on your student’s progress. Currently no reports are sent.
Additional Help: NWLS can provide temporary or ongoing support. Academic Support is available as needed.
The Troubleshooting page answers many issues that may arise from time to time.
Academic Questions: e.g. grades, curriculum, content, assignments, quizzes, tests, and general academic questions.
Contact: your teacher via email or through the Apex Message Board.
If a course is locked due to failed quizzes or exams, you may also call NWLS during business hours (425.420.1236).
General Questions: e.g. assignment due dates, lockouts, course dates, costs, payments, course extensions, login information, password resets, transcripts, placing a course on “Hold,”and general questions
Contact: Jen Cihak – Office Manager Email: Jen.Cihak@NWLS.us
Office Hours: 9:00 – 5:00, M-F
Technical Questions: e.g. troubleshooting, technical problems, system requirements, and general technology questions. (Note: NWLS is committed to resolving technical issues within one school day.)
Contact: Apex Learning – Support Email: Support@ApexLearning.com
Hours: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm (PST), M-F
Please note, the due dates in your course are only guidelines to complete the course by either the official completion date or your personal goal to finish earlier.
No points are deducted for turning in an “overdue” assignment. Please allow for 1 week after submitting an assignment for the grade to be posted.
Turn in all completed coursework as soon as you have finished it. It is NOT acceptable to submit an entire semester’s work at the end of the course without prior approval. This does not give you results of your work and slows down the efficiency of getting grades.
For all World Language courses, Computer-Scored Tests (CST), Teacher-Scored Tests (TST) and Final Exams are proctored at Northwest Liberty School. Written or electronic data (notes, guides, dictionaries, devices, etc.) are not allowed.
Students may take World Language course tests and exams during normal business hours at NWLS (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm). No appointment is necessary for students wishing to complete tests though it is advisable to plan to arrive no later later than 4pm to ensure enough time to complete.
There is no time limit for tests or exams though students must complete their work in a single session.
AP Science Students:
Wet Labs are required.
AP Biology Labs: The AP Board requires the completion of wet labs. Materials can be purchased at 3rd party online retailers (http://www.qualitysciencelabs.com/) for $194.95 + shipping. The same kit is used for both semesters. (Prices may be subject to change without notice.)
AP Chemistry Labs: The AP Board requires the completion of wet labs. Materials can be purchased at 3rd party online retailers (http://www.qualitysciencelabs.com/) for $194.95 + shipping. The same kit is used for both semesters. (Prices may be subject to change without notice.)
AP Physics Labs: The AP Board requires the completion of wet labs. Materials can be ordered directly from the 3rd party vendor’s website at: http://www.labpaq.com. From the site you will need to click on “order here” and enter the following: Log In: C000006 and Password: labpaq. Select LabPaq, Physics ($181+ shipping and handling). (Prices may be subject to change without notice.) For LabPaq customer service, call 1-866-206-0773.
Regular or Honors Science Students:
Labs are required.
This course includes the option of either wet labs (hands-on) or dry labs activities. Dry labs require only the lab manual; there are no additional lab materials needed for these activities. Hands-on labs require specified materials that students would need to purchase. For a list of wet lab materials, go to: http://support.apexlearning.com. In the upper-right corner, under Quick Links, select Course Materials.
The Lab Manuals need to be purchased separately. Below are the books needed
Biology: Exploring Life Lab Manual, Student ed. Neil Campbell, Brad Williamson, and Robin Heyden (Prentice Hall, 2004).
Chemistry: Prentice Hall Chemistry Lab Manual, Student ed. Antony Wilbraham, Dennis Staley, Michael Matta, and Edward Waterman (Prentice Hall, 2005).
Earth Science: Prentice Hall Earth Science Lab Manual,Student ed.Edward J. Tarbuck and Frederick Lutgens (Prentice Hall, 2006).
Completing proctored tests and exams at Northwest Liberty School.
1. All Lake Washington High School students: Computer-Scored Tests (CST), Teacher-Scored Tests (TST) and Final Exams are proctored at Northwest Liberty School. Written or electronic data (notes, guides, dictionaries, devices, etc.) are not allowed.
2. Students may take tests and exams during normal business hours at NWLS (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm). No appointment is necessary for students wishing to complete tests though it is advisable to plan to arrive no later later than 4pm to ensure enough time to complete.
3. There is no time limit for tests or exams though students must complete their work in a single session.
Honors Algebra 2 with trig second semester is a hybrid course – meaning we pull instruction from two different courses to make one course.
Student will complete units 1-5 in Algebra 2 HR s2 and units 1-2 in PreCalculus s2 HR.
Your dashboard will look like you are enrolled in two courses. Please don’t panic – you are only enrolled in Honors Algebra 2 with trig semester 2. Complete all of the Algebra 2 prior to moving onto the two units of PreCalculus.