California Charter School Hopes to Incorporate Online Courses

California Charter School Hopes to Incorporate Online Courses

This California school has an innovative model grounded in student agency, service, and project and inquiry-based learning.

State: California Number of Students: N/A
School Type: Charter School Free and Reduced Lunch: N/A
Grade Level: 9-12 English Language Learners: N/A

School Context

This California charter school is the final stages of development and will be awarded funding this coming Spring. This progressive high school will open in 2017, with a soft launch in 2016. It will have 68 students per "house" or class. The school is modeled after an Oxford Model and will focus on inquiry and service learning, a project-based approach. All learning will be blended, allowing for flexibility, rigor, and high achievement, similar to Summit Public Schools. It will serve about 50% low-income population will have a high percentage of Black, Latino, and South Pacific students. They expect 88% to be low performing students.

State of Technology

Students at this school will have the opportunity to learn based on their own interests. Through projects and service learning, students will learn core subjects through their projects. However, some content and basic skills might be missed through this method or need to reinforced, so the school wants to make sure they offer selections for courses for students to take in order to make sure that students graduate ready to enter college.

Currently, there is no solution.

Tech Needs & Requirements

These courses should cover all basic skills in core content areas like Math and English to help fill in skill gaps, or reinforce what they are learning through their core curriculum. These courses will run parallel to the students' journeys through their tenure at this school. Content delivery: The school would like the option of breaking the courses into chunks and be able to assign it to students as needed.

It would be ideal to have basics covered, but if there were options to add advanced placement courses, like Chemistry, that would be a nice to have. Students who need to earn credit through these courses, can because the tool is credit compliant.

Students will work independently on this subject matter, so the content needs to be comprehensive and be able to work from most locations as the tool is web-based and it should be compatible for iPads.

Students will be placed in classes based on their skill-level. They hope to allow for students to elect to take both a regular subject and then modules of an advanced section. They are willing to "frankenstein" this option if it is not able to be developed within the tool itself.

The teacher is a guide in this school, leading the students on their individual journeys. The teacher should be able to “take it from there” after a student has learned and practice skills on the program. The teacher’s job is to connect the project to basic skills be able to teach across the curriculum.

The tool must be credit compliant. It should be easy for the school to award credit to the student after taking these courses or diving deep into the content provided. Also, the tool must offer multiple content areas, provide comprehensive data and reporting and be able to work on iPads. The school offers 1:1 iPads. Data is very important in this model. Students will be graded based on competency and mastery of skills. Ideally, the tool has allows users to see and use a variety of reports. The tool should be able to report on assignment and assessment data, student progress including by course, or by competency. The tool must integrate with preferred learning management system.

*Content From 2016

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