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Model Overview

Program Overview

2012
Year Launched
6 - 8
Blended Grades
456
Enrolled

Implementation Q & A

When you first implemented blended learning, why did you choose that particular model? (has your model changed? why?)


Alpha's blended-learning program began with a two-station Station Rotation model where half of the class would be working on online learning while the other half received direct instruction from the teacher. The model has changed to a three-station Station Rotation model in order to personalize instruction and meet individual student needs.

What was one of your biggest challenges when going blended, and how did you overcome it?


For a first-year school in a first-year organization, the greatest challenges have been typical: recruiting students and teachers, fundraising, securing a facility, establishing a strong school culture, etc. With respect to blended learning, we have struggled with data integration, effectively training and supporting teachers, balancing risk tolerance and innovation with the responsibility of ensuring that the academic program is effective, and selecting and creating meaningful content and assessments. Another one of our biggest challenges was not being able to meet the needs of students who were falling behind. It solved this problem by incorporating small-group instruction where students filter through based on tiered levels.

What's the one piece of advice you'd give to emerging blended-learning programs?


Make sure you know what your end-goal is for incorporating a blended program. This goal should drive all decisions for how to move forward, otherwise there will be components in your program that may deter you from your goal.

Program Focus

General

School Overview

Traditional schools take a one-size-fits-all approach, marching all students through the same material. Teachers try their best to differentiate instruction across their classes, but rarely have the tools and resources they need to meet each student’s needs, interests, learning style and pace — let alone move students beyond basic academic competency and toward true college-ready skills. By using technology to empower great teachers and inspire active learning, Alpha Public Schools will not only change the educational and economic trajectory of our students’ lives, but also transform their surrounding communities.

Ratings Source: GreatSchools

GreatSchools Rating

6

out of 10

School Contact

Contact: Manny Barrera

Address:
Alpha: Blanca Alvarado Middle School
1601 Cunningham Ave
San Jose, California
95127
United States

Telephone: (408)-780-0831

Alpha: Blanca Alvarado Middle School's Website

Demographics

456
Total Students
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FRL
--
ELL

Student Ethnicity

State Test Scores Source: GreatSchools

2016

2015

Blended Program Launched 2012