ED 2022 Family Guide for Online Courses

Elementary Division 2022

Family Guide for Online Courses




Good company and stimulated learning await you. We’re glad you’re joining us!

This Guide provides steps for admitted ATDP students to prepare for class. See also our page for general Elementary Division Online program information.


Course Placement

Course placement details, including any wait pool status, can be viewed on your online account by logging into atdp.berkeley.edu/account and going to the COURSE PLACEMENT tab. We attempt to place students in their first choice when possible. Factors in course placement include the date an application is complete (not necessarily the date submitted) and a student’s relative academic performance. Please consider these factors carefully if applying in 2023!

Confirming Your Spot

Whether or not they are planning to attend, each student’s parent/guardian must fill out and submit the online Enrollment Form, which allows ATDP to confirm or release that space in the assigned course. This can be found in the FORMS tab of your online account. Please let us know as early as you can!

Tuition Payment

Tuition payments are due by May 25 for those who applied by our standard deadline, and within 10 business days for applicants applying during our extended period. For families electing to pay in installments, a minimum amount of $100 of your tuition balance is due May 25, with the remaining balance to be paid in full no later than June 30.

See also our Course Placement & Wait Pool FAQs.



Preparing for Class

Good study habits must begin even before the first class! Check off each item below as your summer at ATDP approaches.

  • Review this Family Guide
    You’re doing it right now! Well done!

  • Complete your Enrollment Form – due Monday, May 25
    Review the policies and procedures below before agreeing to enroll. See the Course Placement tab in your online account for details and tuition payment instructions. Need to withdraw? See Withdrawal & Refunds.

  • Register for Explorations
    Optional. Students may sign up for Explorations online workshops & classes. You’ll find the online Explorations Registration Form in the Forms section of your online account.

  • ED Welcome & Orientation Online
    Recommended, optional.
    Your online teacher will email you before the start of class to invite you to a Zoom meeting. This will be a chance for you to meet your teacher, ask questions about the class, and check your internet connection and setup.

  • Review the Welcome Letter from your instructor
    Three weeks before the start of classes, instructors will have their Welcome Letter available to download, which will include more information about the daily class schedule and supplies for you to obtain, if any.

Also: mark the date!

Secondary Division Information Session

Wednesday, July 27, 12:00 p.m. There will be an information session on Zoom for the families of students who will have completed 6th or 7th grade by summer 2023 and are interested in learning about the ATDP Secondary Division programs. Registration information will be sent out during the summer program.



Policies & Procedures

Requesting a Change in Course Placement

All communications regarding changes in course selection or placement must be in writing and sent to the ATDP office through the online Modify Course Selection form. You can find links to this online form in the Course Placement tab of your online account. You may only request courses for which you have not already been considered. You may also use this form to request to be added to the wait pool for a currently closed class or to request a second course (completing grade 4, 5, or 6).

Give the Director at least ten business days to review your request and do not send more than one copy of your request. We often need to wait for spaces to open up before we can make course changes, so please be patient. We will make changes until the second week of June.

If you are requesting a course change and are planning to decline your current course placement, please act promptly in submitting your Modify Course Selection form. We will send you a new course placement notice if we are able to accommodate your request. You will then have ten business days to accept or decline the new offer.

Withdrawals & Refunds

If you decide not to accept your course placement, you must select the appropriate option on the online Enrollment Form (in the Forms tab of your account). The form must be submitted no later than Wednesday, May 25th, 2022, (Early and Standard window applicants) or within 2 weeks of your course placement offer (Extended window applicants), but please complete it as soon as possible so that another student can be placed in the class. If you need to withdraw after you have completed your Enrollment Form, please email your written withdrawal notice to ATDP.

Prior to the full refund deadline (June 8th, 2022), payments are refundable. After this date, refunds are subject to the Refund Schedule; see below. No refund will be made in the case of a student who fails to attend classes or is withdrawn from ATDP for failure to meet the standards of appropriate behavior, including completion of homework. Students with outstanding balances after June 30th, 2022 will be automatically withdrawn from the program without refund.

Refund Schedule
Wednesday, June 8th 100% Refund of tuition paid to date
Friday, June 24th 40% Refund of tuition if paid in full
Friday, July 8th 20% Refund of tuition if paid in full
No refund after July 8th
  • All withdrawals from the Program must be made in writing (email).
  • Withdrawal date is the email date.
  • The refund amounts indicated are based on tuition paid in full.
  • If paying in installments, refunds are issued only if tuition paid
    to date exceeds the refund amount according to the percentages above.
  • Refunds will be issued by the end of August.

Live online class meetings

All students are expected to attend online meetings via the Zoom video-conferencing platform. Students are expected to abide by all ATDP policies, including those regarding behavior, academic integrity, and attendance (see Program Policies) no differently than if attending an in-person class. Students who anticipate any problems in meeting the technology requirements of online class meetings must inform ATDP as soon as possible. (List these in the ‘Concerns’ section of your online Enrollment Form.)

Technology malfunctions or other difficulties that prevent full participation in class may constitute an absence and are not the responsibility of ATDP. Even provided good faith efforts on the part of the student and of ATDP to resolve technical issues, missing too much live class time may affect the student’s grade, affect eligibility for a recommendation of credit, or result in dismissal from the program without refund.