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Vision & Backstory

Community Support

One of the key components of Khan World School is learning together. Throughout your educational journey, you’ll be supported by your family, peers, learning guides, mentors, tutors, small groups, friends, and ASU faculty.

 

Groups

Grade Cohort

This is the group of fellow students you came in with. While each learner’s path and timeline is unique, you all line up at the starting line together.

Seminar House

These are the students you’ll be seeing the most. While the daily Seminar groups of 15 might change due to schedule and time zone flexibility, this group of 40 will be your partners on projects, study buddies and support system. It’s your house.

Squad

Support goes beyond academics, and that’s where your squad comes in. Our Learning Guides will connect you to 4-5 fellow students you’ll rely on for support during your time at KWS. Your squad can help you navigate the systems. They’ll push you to think outside your comfort zone. And they’ll be there when times get tough. Being a good squad member means you’ll also learn to help others when they face academic, social and emotional challenges.

Current KWS Students

Khan World School

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Tuition Information

  • The tuition for full-time students who are Arizona residents will be paid for by the state at no cost to families.
  • Students who live in the US, but outside Arizona, will pay $9,900 per year tuition.
  • Students who live outside the US will pay $12,900 per year.
  • Tuition for all students does include the opportunity to take two university courses per semester and earn college credit.
  • Additional lab fees for high school science courses are required.

FAQS

  • What is Khan World School @ ASU Prep?

    Khan World School (KWS) @ ASU Prep offers a completely new approach to online education. Bringing together enthusiastic students from all around the world, KWS provides a rigorous, self-paced curriculum that fosters the individual intellectual spirit of each student. We aim to teach students valuable skills for the real world and give them agency to explore their own academic interests, leaving them prepared to excel in college and in life beyond. 

    • Honors program
    • Open for incoming 6th-12th graders
    • Mastery-based
  • How is Sal Khan involved in the day-to-day school?

    In addition to being a founder and visionary for the Khan World School, Sal hosts some Seminar sessions and also makes special appearances in special Q&A events where students can “Ask Sal Anything”.

    October Session Q&A 1
    October Session Q&A 2

    December Session Q&A 1
    December Session Q&A 2

  • How is Khan World School different from other online schools?

    Key design elements include:

    1. A weekly synchronous seminar around engaging, relevant essential questions. Students spend approximately 1-3 hours for required synchronous time each day.
    2. A full mastery-based instructional model leveraging the best of Khan Academy with ASU Prep infrastructure
    3. High school peer-to-peer tutoring using the Khan Schoolhouse.world system
    4. University courses available on a learner pathway
    5. Student-driven projects to show mastery

    Compare KWS and ASU Prep Digital

  • Is Khan World School a good fit for me?

    We are looking for students that are:

    • Self-motivated
    • High achievers
    • Curious
    • Collaborative
    • Enthusiastic about learning
    • Resilient
    • Hardworking
    • Ambitious

    Note, students will be required to attend approximately 2.5 hours of synchronous learning each day.

  • What are the admissions requirements?

    Admission Requirements for the Fall 2024 semester:

    • Student must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher
    • Student must have proficient standardized test scores or higher
    • High School students must be on track to graduate with at least 6 credits per High School year completed
    • 12th grade students are admitted only after careful review of transcripts and a family meeting with a KWS Guide

     

    Recommended Requirements:

    • Honors or Gifted level of coursework is recommended

     

    In addition to the ASU Prep Digital application information, students must also provide the following:

    • Current Transcript (must show courses in progress)
    • Most recent standardized test scores for ELA and Math (may be from most previous school year)
      • If your student has not taken any standardized tests within the last school year, please follow these instructions to take the CAT test and upload results in the KWS Application.
    • Reference Letter
      • Should be from someone who has insight into your academic and/or personal qualities including: Community contributions, perseverance, and/or work ethic.
    • Student Introduction Video
      • 1-2 minute video that should include: How do you manage your time? What motivates you to learn? How do you learn best?

     

    All pieces must be approved and present before a mock seminar is scheduled.

  • How do I apply for Khan World School?

    If you are a current ASU Prep student, contact an admissions advisor to apply. You can ignore the steps below. 

    If you are not currently an ASU Prep student, you must complete the ASU Prep enrollment process to apply for Khan World School. 

    1. Go to the ASU Prep Digital enrollment page and/or link directly to the ASU Prep Digital enrollment form.
    2. Create a user profile and fill out the enrollment forms. We will know you’re interested in the Khan World School when you check the box that says, “I’m interested in applying for the Khan World School.” 
    3. Upload all the required documents. Because we are a public charter school, the state of Arizona requires us to collect some important information from you.
    4. Hit the submit button. An admissions advisor will be notified (because you checked that KWS box, right?) and will contact you via email to request additional application materials listed in the admssions requirements FAQ above. 
  • What are the next steps after I submit my application?

    We will review your enrollment forms, documents, and application materials. An ASU Prep admissions advisor will reach out to you to discuss the next steps after the application deadline.

    Khan World School is a selective honors program with limited seats available. While all qualified students will be admitted into ASU Prep Digital, not all students will be admitted into Khan World School @ ASU Prep. We will let you know your status as soon as possible. 

  • What if I am not offered to enroll in Khan World School?

    If you still need to work on a few things to prepare for this unique (and rigorous) learning experience, we will enroll you in ASU Prep Digital and help you put together a plan to reach your goals, including Khan World School, college or beyond.

    Khan World School is a selective honors program with limited seats available. While all qualified students will be admitted into ASU Prep Digital, not all students will be admitted into Khan World School @ ASU Prep. We will let you know your status as soon as possible. 

  • When will enrollment open for Fall 2024?

    Enrollment for Fall 2024 is open.

    If you are interested in receiving updates about Khan World School, please fill out the form on the bottom of the home page. 

  • Who will be enrolling in Khan World School?

    Top students in grades 6–12 from around the world. Anyone meeting the baseline qualifications is welcome to apply.

  • What is the tuition for Khan World School?
    • The tuition for full-time students who are Arizona residents will be paid for by the state at no cost to families.
    • Students who live in the US, but outside Arizona, will pay $9,900 per year tuition.
    • Students who live outside the US will pay $12,900 per year.
    • Tuition for all students does include the opportunity to take two university courses per semester and earn college credit.
    • Scholarships may be available.
  • Is the school fully online?

    Yes, you can work from anywhere with a stable Internet connection. While students will have the option to collaborate in person, all required activities and curriculum can be accessed through a web browser. Students will be working synchronously about 2.5 hours each day. Students in the Phoenix metro area can attend one of our local microschool programs.

  • What type of grading system does KWS use?
    1. At KWS, our focus is on learning rather than grades only, so there will be a few things different in our approach. First, learning won’t be boxed into traditional semesters. If you finish Geometry early, your learning can continue to Algebra II without waiting for a new school year. 
    2. Second, we want all students to meet “mastery” in their subject area. Unlike a traditional school where it may be acceptable to move on with a C or D in a subject, we will encourage all students to meet a level of demonstrated learning before moving on in their coursework. Or, if you do move on in your learning, you will always have the ability to go back and show deeper levels of mastery (change a C to a B or a B to an A for instance).
    3. Feedback is more important than a letter grade (don’t worry–still need those letter grades for college admissions–we get it!). You may notice that in courses like Seminar, the focus will be on your continued dialogue and discussion with your Guide as you continue to grow and improve. We believe that all our students at Khan World School can achieve mastery of all their subjects. KWS students value intrinsic motivation for learning rather than “playing the game of school.”
    4. We will ensure that you have a transcript with final grades that will prepare you for college admissions and scholarships.
    5. KWS measures student progress by a zero-based grading module. This means all students begin with zeros in all courses and as they progress, their percentage goes up.
    6. There are no due dates. However, to keep a healthy pace toward graduation, a suggested pacing guide is provided.
  • Is this just taking Khan Academy classes online?
    1. We use a variety of curriculums such as Khan Academy to best serve our students who remain in the driver seat and excel at their own readiness.
    2. All high school students will take a course called Seminar. In middle school, seminar-style discussions are held during live sessions in the content areas.
    3. In addition to Seminar, students are a part of learning communities, including a House made up of 15-20 students and a Squad of 4-8 students. Our community of learning is an important part of the Khan World School model.
  • When you say flexible schedule, how flexible is flexible? Are there any live classes?
    1. Imagine a schedule that matches more of an adult remote worker rather than the traditional school bell schedule. Your personal calendar tool will help you stay organized. Guides will work with you to set up a plan that fits your schedule and time zone. 
    2. Each day there is a minimum live component about an hour in length.
    3. While you will have an assigned live tutorial or Seminar time each day that meets your schedule, your Guide will work with you on making sure the time is a good fit and planning for any days that you may have a conflict. 
  • Is there a GPA requirement for incoming students?

    Students must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and proficient standardized test scores or higher.

  • I'm already an ASU Prep Academy or ASU Prep Digital student and want to apply to KWS. What should I do?

    Current ASU Prep students should speak with the KWS lead admissions advisor, Ana Vidaca.

    Email: avidaca@asu.edu
    Phone: 844-692-3372

  • Will diplomas and graduation from Khan World School @ ASU Prep be recognized by all universities in the US?

    The diploma that students receive will be recognized globally by colleges and universities.

  • Will there be SAT and other college prep to help with admissions into colleges and universities?

    Yes, KWS Guides will work with students to prepare them for the SAT and other college-going requirements as upperclassmen. However, college prep starts in the first year! We will have yearly milestones for students and families that ensure students are on track for college admissions. Students also have the opportunity to start a college major while in high school by taking university level courses as soon as they are ready. ACT prep through our Naviance program is required for Arizona students.

  • How will students be able to attend if they live in different time zones?

    We expect to have students in many time zones, so synchronous time like seminars and small group meetings will be scheduled accordingly. Students in similar or nearby time zones will be paired together to make these offerings convenient for all students, but we will also make sure they are getting to collaborate with students across the country whenever possible. We do our best to offer live tutorials and seminars during a variety of time zones to meet the needs of all students. Typical offerings are between 6am and 5pm Arizona time (PST/MST), which are subject to change. Scheduling conversations happen during course selection conferences after admissions.

  • How much parent involvement is expected to help children with an all-digital experience?

    We love to see Khan World School parents and families because we know they play an essential role in the success of our students. You will not be required to instruct your child, but we encourage you to take an active role in their education and learning. We look forward to ideas that parents have around getting involved too. We want to get to know you and build a parent/caregiver community.

  • Will students be able to work year-round if they wish to continue academics beyond the regular school year?

    There will be a start and end dates with breaks for students in fall, winter, and spring and planned summers off. Also, in KWS we realize that learning is not contained in semesters like a traditional school, so students may finish more quickly and begin new courses if they choose.

  • Will there be accommodations or special education resources?

    KWS will leverage the established social and emotional services offered through ASU Prep Digital. KWS will evaluate a 504 or IEP to see if KWS will be a good fit for a student.

  • How will lab work and science curriculum be executed?

    For high school level courses, lab work and hands-on science experiments will meet Arizona, A-G, and our accreditation standards. We will pair both at-home experiments with virtual labs. The rest of the science curriculum will be a mixture of Khan Academy courses, small group tutorials, and other projects. Students will also have the opportunity to take university level science courses that meet higher education accreditation standards. An additional lab fee for high school science courses are required.

  • Is financial aid offered for eligible incoming students?

    Scholarships may be available based on funding. Stay tuned for details.

  • Is there a plan to extend Khan World School to all grade levels?

    The Fall 2024 class will include students in grades 6–12.

  • Can you take more than 2 university courses?

    Yes! Students can take more than two university courses each year. Tuition covers two university courses each semester, and students have access to additional courses for a small fee.

How does KWS compare with ASU Prep Digital?

ASU Prep Digital
Khan World School

Eligibility

Grades K–12, all students working at grade level are eligible to enroll.

Grades 6–12, students must apply and be accepted into this honors program.

Teacher support

Each class has an assigned online teacher plus each student has a dedicated Learning Success Coach.

Each class has an assigned Learning Guide and each student is assigned to a “House” supervised by a Learning Guide.

Grading System

Traditional

Mastery-based

Primary Learning Methods

Self-guided online lessons and synchronous live-lessons with teachers.

Mandatory guided tutorials, seminars, and independent student work in online course material.

Synchronous Learning Time

Average of 1 hour per week, per class of optional live-lesson time.

Average of 2 hours per day of mandatory time.

In-person/Hybrid/Online

100% online

100% online

Flexibility

Students have full autonomy to create their own schedule. 

Students have full autonomy to create their own schedule, but must coordinate 2 hours each day for seminar and synchronous learning.

Can I earn a diploma?

Yes. Qualified ASU Prep Digital students may earn a high school diploma from ASU Prep Academy.

Yes. Qualified KWS students may earn a high school diploma from ASU Prep Academy.

Concurrent Courses or Dual Enrollment

Students are eligible to take two college courses per semester tuition-free and earn concurrent college and high school credit.

Students are eligible to take two college courses per semester tuition-free and earn concurrent college and high school credit. All KWS students are expected to take college-level courses during their high school tenure.

Acceleration Options

Students may work at their own pace.

Students may work at their own pace.

Full-time Student Tuition

  • The tuition for full-time students who are Arizona residents will be paid for by the state at no cost to families.
  • Students who live in the US, but outside Arizona will pay $7,920 per year.
  • Students who live outside the US will pay $9,900 per year.
  • Tuition for all students does include the opportunity to take two university courses per semester and earn college credit. 
  • The tuition for full-time students who are Arizona residents will be paid for by the state at no cost to families.
  • Students who live in the US, but outside Arizona, will pay $9,900 per year tuition.
  • Students who live outside the US will pay $12,900 per year.
  • Tuition for all students does include the opportunity to take two university courses per semester and earn college credit.
  • Scholarships may be available.

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