Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

We understand that you may have questions regarding the BE THE WAIE Campaign and even the digital learning school. Thus, we’re providing a list of our most frequently asked questions (FAQ) below to help answer some of your questions. However, we understand that the list is not all encompassing. If you have a question that is not answered below then please click the “Ask A Question” button to let us know what you would like more information on.

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Are immersions mixed gendered?

Yes, majority of our immersions are mixed gendered. On few occasions we hold single gendered immersions in order to provide a comfortable atmosphere for young scholars and students on specific topics. However, most of our immersions are mixed gendered but attendees are separated by gender for housing.

Are students required to be vegan?

No, we welcome all dietary preferences. However, we do encourage a plant based lifestyle for our young scholars and their families. That being said, young scholars are not expected to follow a plant based lifestyle unless they reside in our dormitory for homeless and runaway youth. However, plant based lifestyle meal plans are provided during Adventure Based Leadership immersions unless there are medical needs for special meal plans.

Are students required to be vegetarian?

No, we welcome all dietary preferences. However, we do encourage a plant based lifestyle for our young scholars and their families. That being said, young scholars are not expected to follow a plant based lifestyle unless they reside in our dormitory for homeless and runaway youth. However, plant based lifestyle meal plans are provided during Adventure Based Leadership immersions unless there are medical needs for special meal plans.

Are there opportunities for students to practice investing?

Yes, during their investment focused Financial Wellness courses they will have the opportunity to do mock investing. Also, if they join the Investment Club they will be able to support the investment efforts of the WAIE Scholarship Fund.

Can students meet in person to work on projects?

Yes, if a young scholar is working with a peer on a project and they live in close proximity they can meet in person to work on projects. However, WAIE does provide periodic social and study events throughout the term where we invite all young scholars from the area to attend an in person event focused on fun and academic achievement.

Also, during phase 4 we plan to build youth hubs that will allow for youth to participate in co-working in different locations to complete projects and build their businesses.

Can students skip the sex and health education courses?

No, when you apply to WAIE you are committing to participate in all aspects of our educational curriculum, including ensuring your child is adequately informed and safe when it comes to sex, health, and reproductive matters so they may be well informed for future situations they may face.

Can students use their sports for physical fitness credit?

Yes, we strongly encourage students participating in athletics, including but not limited to: American Football, Fútbol/Soccer, Basketball, Baseball/Softball, Cheer, Dance, Marching Band, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball, and Gymnastics, to utilize them for credit. They will need to work with their CCR Counselor to maintain accurate logs and complete the necessary paperwork to earn the credit. However, this does not replace the Adventure Based Leadership requirement but can replace other courses.

Do students get time off for holidays/breaks?

Because WAIE is self-paced, families can plan breaks and vacations for their child’s schooling schedule. On days when their child does not log in, we will assume that the family has excused them for that day and they will not be considered absent and their grade will not be impacted.

However, it is important to note that WAIE follows the Hebraic calendar for holidays and breaks and our faculty and staff won’t be available during certain holidays during the year.

Do students have to follow the Hebrew lifestyle?

No, our role as educators is to provide young scholars with the information about their ancestry and tools for them to make critical decisions. We do not expect our young scholars to commit or follow any teachings regardless to the lifestyle path. However, if a young scholar would like to learn more about the history and teachings then we do have educators who are available to meet with them.

That being said, students who reside in our dormitory for homeless and runaway youth are expected to adhere to the Hebrew lifestyle.

Do students need a computer to take classes at WAIE?

Our 1:1 mobile device program ensures that every WAIE scholar has access to a digital device and working internet. The device is loaned to families starting at the beginning of their seventh grade year. Families may choose to purchase the device from WAIE or maintain the loaner relationship until the completion of the Diploma+ program, at which time the device becomes the property of the young scholar. WAIE works with families to make sure that young scholars have dependable and free internet access at home.

Do students need to participate in state testing?

WAIE is considered an independent private school. Our young scholars are not required to participate in state testing. To ensure young scholars are mastering the material, exams are incorporated into each course of instruction.

To make sure students are satisfying all the local requirements in their state, we recommend they check with their school district to see if any reports would be required. The district should be able to advise them on the home education requirements for their state.

Do students need to sign in at a certain time?

Since WAIE is completely self-paced, we do not require students to sign in at specific times. We make the program available 24/7 year round so that they can set whatever schedule works best for their specific schooling environment.

Do students participate in internships?

Yes, each year starting in their 11th grade year they are expected to complete a 72 hour internship. The internship can be one provided by WAIE or one they wish to seek out to support their growth. Internships can be completed at anytime in the year as long as the full 72 hours plus all written materials must be completed no later than August 30, of that year.

Do the FOOD courses require purchasing and making food?

Yes, some courses do require young scholars to grocery shop and purchase food for meal preparation. However, for those specific courses funds will be added to the scholar’s WAIE card so that they may make food specific purchases within a specific budget amount for assignments.

Does Adventure Based Leadership accommodate physical disabilities?

Yes, since Adventure Based Leadership is focused on our matriculating scholars we plan activities and learning around the needs and skills of our community so that all feel included. Also, our educators and partners receive continuous training to support young scholars with both visible and invisible disabilities.

Does WAIE work with community groups to leverage cultural prioritization?

WAIE does invite community groups to partner with WAIE in order to provide additional opportunities, resources, and learning for our student populations. However, we pride ourselves in hiring high quality staff and faculty who lead our work and design our school’s culture under the guidance of the Board of Trustees & CEO and Board President. That being said, there will be opportunities where faculty and staff may bring community groups, who have been approved by the Office of Strategic Partnerships, in to support the work and mission of WAIE.

How can I keep track of who donated as a result of my outreach?

Keeping track of who has contributed and who you need to follow up with in your campaign is important. So, if you’re wondering “How can I keep track of who donated as a result of my outreach?” then just know that you will receive a notification email every time someone donates as a result of your outreach. You can also log on to your Fundraiser page and see a list of all the donors (except those who chose to remain “Anonymous”).

How do I become an advocate?

If you’re wondering “How do I become an advocate?” Then, first, thank you for your support! The best way to help is to promote the campaign to your family, friends, and professional network by signing up to be an Advocate/Fundraiser, or by creating/joining a Team.

By signing up to be a Fundraiser, you can create your own page to describe why this campaign is important to you personally. Alternatively, create a Team and invite others to join. This is a great option if you want to bring together a particular group of individuals to raise funds collectively – for example, to support a specific element of WAIE.

Even if you don’t register to be a Fundraiser, we encourage you to share with your family, friends, and professional network through email or social media. You can click the Facebook, Twitter, and email icons in the top right corner of any campaign donation landing page to generate a post. Feel free to use this as a base, but include specific language you think will mobilize your network.

How do I start a fundraising team?

If you’re wondering “How do I start a fundraising team?”. Then, first, thank you for interest in supporting WAIE! In order to start a fundraising team with WAIE you will need to follow the below steps:

  • Click “Advocate”
  • Click “Start a new team”
  • Create a “Fundraiser” account by entering your contact information.
    Note: You will receive an email from “BE THE WAIE Campaign” at [email protected] asking you to verify your email address.
  • Customize your fundraising page by uploading a profile image, setting a fundraising goal, creating a page title, and entering details in your appeal story.
    Note: This is for your personal fundraising page. You first have to create a personal page, before you can create a team page.
  • Customize your team page by uploading a profile image, creating a team name, setting a team fundraising goal, creating a team page title, and entering details in your appeal story.
  • That’s it! You will then be directed to your Team Page. You can easily share a post by clicking on the Facebook, Twitter, or Email buttons. At the top of your screen, you will see a menu bar with four buttons in the right corner: (1) My Page; (2) My Team; (3) Settings; and (4) Logout. To make changes to your page or your team page, click on the settings button. Once on the settings page, to see who has donated as a result of your outreach, click the Donations tab. 

How do online schools receive accreditation?

Online school accreditation has existed for a while and there are several schools that operated in different capacities in the digital arena that have previously received accreditation. WAIE is seeking accreditation from a reviewer that represents the unified policies and procedures for accreditation and certification from North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC), and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI). They comprise three of the six regionally recognized K-12 accrediting bodies and together have been accrediting institutions for 125 years.

How many students do you plan to accept?

Each year, starting in 2022, we plan to accept 120 new seventh grade students per location (state or country) in each active region. Also, we have the following transfer spaces per location per grade level.

8th Grade: 20 spaces
9th Grade: 20 spaces
10th Grade: 20 spaces
11th Grade: 20 spaces
12th Grade: 0 spaces
13th Grade: 0 spaces
14th Grade: 0 spaces

How much of my donation will go to WAIE?

It’s important for as much of your contribution to go to WAIE as possible. So if you’re curious to “How much of my donation will go to WAIE?” Then, if you choose to cover the 7% processing fee then 100% of your donation will go to WAIE. However, if you choose to not cover the fee then 93% of your donation will go directly towards helping WAIE accomplish its outlined goals.

How often do students meet with their counselor?

Young scholars meet with their career and college readiness counselor once every two weeks (twice a month). However, they meet with their mental wellness counselor based on a schedule set by the counselor, but typically is a weekly meeting.

How often is Adventure Based Leadership?

Adventure Based Leadership occurs three times per year for matriculating scholars. The location of the immersion may change, however, transportation from local hubs to the immersion location will always be provided to our students.

Is my donation tax deductible?

A question you or those you recruit may wonder is, “Is my donation tax deductible?”. The short answer is yes. World Academy for Innovation & Entrepreneurship is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization and your donation is tax deductible within the guidelines of U.S. law. To claim a donation as a deduction on your U.S. taxes, please keep your email donation receipt as your official record. We’ll send it to you upon successful completion of your donation.

Is transportation provided for immersions?

Young scholars and students who register for an immersion will receive a pick up location where faculty and staff of our community will meet them. Families are expected to arrange transportation to that pick up location. From there WAIE will transport them to the immersion location.

Is WAIE a religious school?

No, WAIE is not a religious school. However, we do prioritize educating our young scholars about the history and teachings of Hebrews and Arabic cultures. As well as how those cultures and people were impacted by Catholicism, Christianity, and the road to the Western world.

What if a student isn’t good with art?

That’s fine! The beauty of art is that it is up to the eye of the beholder. Art is very versatile and allows for each young scholar to present their truth. Our educators will help them expand on their art skills but it will be at a pace that is comfortable for each young scholar.

What if a student isn’t succeeding in math?

That’s okay. We are strong believers in working with each young scholar in their own learning method. A child may not have succeeded in math before but they still have the capabilities to succeed in math and our educators will work with them to achieve that.

What is a champion?

You may be wondering what is a champion? A champion in the WAIE community is someone who is passionate about the World Academy for Innovation & Entrepreneurship. They have personally contributed over $6,000 annually to the campaign to show their support. Also, they recruit others from their network to contribute to the campaign.

They have their own standalone campaign page to support the fundraising campaign each year and provide a point of contact to communities that WAIE may not be able to reach otherwise without their help.

What is a donor?

You may be wondering what is a donor? A donor in the WAIE community is someone who has contributed funds towards the BE THE WAIE Campaign. There are five levels in which a donor can contribute to the community.

  1. One-time donor: Contributes an amount of more than $5 at anytime throughout the campaign.
  2. Dollar-A-Day donor: Contributes either $30 a month for 12 months or does an annual donation of $360.
  3. Double-A-Day donor: Contributes either $60 a month for 12 months or does an annual donation of $720.
  4. Triple-A-Day donor: Contributes either $90 a month for 12 months or does an annual donation of $1,080.
  5. Premium donor: Contributes $500 a month for 12 months or does an annual donation of $6,000.

What is an advocate?

You may be wondering what is an advocate? An advocate in the WAIE community is someone who is passionate about the cause and recruits donors to support the overall BE THE WAIE Campaign. They are not necessarily donors themselves but can donate to the campaign.

They have their own standalone campaign page to support the fundraising campaign each year and provide a point of contact to communities that WAIE may not be able to reach otherwise without their help.

What is asynchronous learning?

Asynchronous learning is the idea that students learn the same material at different times and locations. Asynchronous Learning is also called Location Independent Learning, and is opposite to synchronous learning where students learn at the same time by activities such as attending a lecture or laboratory.

What is integrated curriculum?

Integrated curriculum means that each course a young scholar takes connects with one another. This helps solidify material learned, applies it to real life situations, and lessens the overall workload for the individual.

For example, grade 7 scholars take: physical science, language arts, two history courses, entrepreneurship, math, public speaking, and computer literacy. However, the project and homework assignments are integrated so that scholars can complete one project or homework assignment to satisfy the requirements of more than one course.

What is personalized learning?

Personalized learning, individualized instruction, personal learning environment and direct instruction all refer to efforts to tailor education to meet the different needs of students.

Who are your staff and faculty?

The CEO and Board President of the World Academy for Innovation & Entrepreneurship is personally involved in the selection of qualified staff and faculty who will help drive the mission of the school and the success of students. Majority of our staff and faculty will be people of color who come from similar backgrounds as the histories and cultures we are teaching our young scholars. Furthermore, the Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion develops continual training opportunities, along with the President’s Cabinet and President’s Advisory Board, for faculty and staff to continuously improve their work.

Who is the school best for?

Our leadership completely understands that WAIE may not be the best fit for every student in the world. However, successful members of WAIE have a demonstrated joy for learning and a passion for entrepreneurial and innovative education. Also, they are someone who prefers self paced learning with minimal coaching sessions with faculty and staff at WAIE. Successful members also have an interest in multicultural, non-Eurocentric education.

Will students learn about college and career?

WAIE has an extensive and personalized career and college readiness process. It begins, in earnest, in the third trimester of student’s eighth grade year. Our goal is for students to participate in internships throughout their academic career with as. We believe that life is not a one size fits all solution and support students towards reaching their self defined comfortable life. This can be achieved through: becoming an entrepreneur, attending a post-secondary school where they will thrive, or enter gainful employment. 

Will students participate in community service programs?

The World Academy for Innovation & Entrepreneurship does require students to participate in community service. Our service immersions bring both WAIE scholars and students of other communities together to work on local and global challenges. Young scholars participate in opportunities that last for one-week to one-month, spanning across our focused admission locations. After learning about the culture, language, and economic and environmental context of the location they will serve in, young scholars and adult leaders travel to the communities where they live until the end of their service learning trip.

Will students receive a high school diploma from WAIE?

We are currently in the process of review for accreditation to be able to offer a high school diploma to all young scholars who graduate with us.