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Teens Are Entering High School Reading at a Third Grade Level

Yes, the pandemic created huge learning losses for millions of students, so what’s being done about it? “We work with many students who used to come to us as freshmen reading at a fifth-grade level,” explained Kathyrn Limata, literacy teacher. “Now, most of the students I see in my literacy classes are at a third-grade […]

Written by on September 15, 2023

Parents and Students Seeking Online and Hybrid Learning Options

More and more parents and students are choosing online high schools than ever before. For many students, the thought of returning to the COVID-era remote learning gives them a sense of dread. “But true online learning is nothing like remote classes that schools attempted during the pandemic,” explains Shellie Hanes, superintendent of schools.  “Remote learning […]

Written by on September 15, 2023

Cimari Found the Extra Help She Needed to Shine

Cimari described herself as a very outgoing child, but also a bit of a troublemaker. Her biological father was not involved in her life, forcing her mother to fill the difficult role of single parent to Cimari and her older brother. Her mother later remarried and life became a little easier having a father figure […]

Written by on September 15, 2023

How Does Personalized Learning Work?

Most of the students who come to us are behind in credits because they weren’t successful in their previous school. Not all students do well in a large classroom with the teacher giving the same lecture to everyone. The kids who are more advanced get bored, and those who need a little help fall behind. […]

Written by on August 21, 2023

Personalized Learning – It’s What Teachers Want

Seven in 10 high school teachers agree that a one-size-fits-all education, with the same curriculum and teaching methods for all students, is a thing of the past. In a recent survey conducted by OnePoll, more than half (51 percent) feel uncertain about their ability to impact their students’ performance in a traditional large-group classroom setting. […]

Written by on August 21, 2023

Dual Enrollment Classes Allowed Matthew to Graduate Early

Matthew’s upbringing was conflicted; he grew up in a good home, but he had a broken family. His parents were divorced, but they were always supportive and pushed him to excel. Middle school was challenging because students would often pick on him and, being a pacifist, he didn’t really defend himself. He tried hard to […]

Written by on August 21, 2023

This Teacher is Showing Students How Much She Cares

We see time after time how students can blossom and flourish when just one adult in their life shows that they care. Tanja Politiski is that inspiring, caring teacher for so many of her students…like Zane, a homeless student she was determined to help meet his goal of graduating. He was doing well with school, […]

Written by on July 21, 2023

Changing Stories One Student at a Time

Again and again we hear from our students that coming to our school was life changing. For the first time they had teachers and staff who really listened to them and cared about them as individuals. With their lessons tailored to their strengths, weaknesses and learning styles, they flourished and gained confidence. Many who thought […]

Written by on June 27, 2023

Students: Slide into Summer Break Without Risking the Summer Slide

Learning loss during summer break has been a concern of educators and parents for decades. Summer brain drain is a real thing, with the average student losing up to 34 percent of the prior year’s learning gains during the long break. Fortunately, there is a lot that parents can do to keep their kids engaged […]

Written by on June 27, 2023