Fast Forward Guide

  • West Ada School District Fast Forward Guide


    Step 1: Complete the West Ada Fast Forward Participation Form online.
    Go to the PowerSchool Parent Portal.


     Click on “update student information” bottom left corner.
     Available forms will display. Click on Fast Forward.
     The process for the Fast Forward Participation form will only have to be done once per student during their
    high school career.


    Step 2: Obtain course information from student’s high school teacher.


     High School teachers will provide student with the course number (for college/university Concurrent Credit)
    or exam name (AP, CTE, or IB).


    Step 3: Create an account in the Advanced Opportunities Portal.


     Only one account can be created per student. If a student has an existing account they will proceed to “Step
    4” below to request funding.
     To create an account:
    o Log in to the Idaho State Department of Education Advanced Opportunities Portal and create a new
    account http://advancedops.sde.idaho.gov/. Use Chrome as your browser. Do not use Internet
    Explorer (most other browsers will work).
    o Follow instructions provided by high school teacher or on West Ada District webpage under
    “Academics” and “Fast Forward Program”. West Ada is still listed as Joint School District No. 2 but
    should be listed as West Ada by the 2017-2018 school year. Full legal first and last name must be
    used when creating account.

    Step 4: Request funding through the Advanced Opportunities Portal.


     Log in to the Idaho State Department of Education Advanced Opportunities Portal Log request funding for
    each class or exam. http://advancedops.sde.idaho.gov/
     Use Chrome as your browser. Do not use Internet Explorer (most other browsers will work) Follow
    instructions provided by high school teacher or on West Ada District webpage under “Academics” and
    “Fast Forward Program”. West Ada is still listed as Joint School District No. 2 but should be listed as West
    Ada by the 2017-2018 school year.
     Funding MUST be requested during the same semester that the student registers for the course or exam.
    Most year-long BSU, ISU, NNU register in the fall. Most year-long CWI courses register in the spring. IB
    exam registration is in the fall. AP and most CTE exam’s register in the spring.


    Step 5: Register for the course with the college or university or with the school for an AP, IB, or CTE
    exam. Your teacher will provide instructions on how to enroll for the course or exam.
    Important points to remember:
     Registering for the course with the college does not request Fast Forward funds (step 5).
     Requesting Fast Forward funds does not register you for the course with the college (step 4).
     All steps must be complete prior to Fast Forward deadlines or payment for courses/exams will be
    the responsibility of the student/parent.
     You can check the status of your Fast Forward course requests by logging in to the Idaho State
    Department of Education Advanced Opportunities Portal and selecting previous course applications.
     All courses paid for using fast forward funds must be placed on the students high school transcript and
    will count towards your cumulative GPA.

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