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Model Overview

Program Overview

2011
Year Launched
9 - 12
Blended Grades
150
Enrolled

Implementation Q & A

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


The Indiana Area School District already had an established virtual high school with content made in-house. With an A La Carte model, Indiana Area High School was able to use resources from the virtual school to create online courses. The model gives many students the opportunity to take online courses without making the entire school transition to blended learning.

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


At first, it was challenging to redistribute enough teacher-time within the school day to accommodate the online courses. School administrators had to make some creative scheduling decisions; for instance, they combined the school's online algebra and geometry courses into one class period. Teachers and administrators attended school board meetings to express their concerns about staffing the online courses. Their advocacy resulted in increased time and funding foronline teachers.

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


'Professional development is key,' said Holly Rougeaux, Indiana Area School District's Coordinator of Instructional Technology. 'Even if you start with just a small pilot group, it's important to have teachers ready to go.' Rougeaux says that communication with all teachers and stakeholders also is essential. To achieve this, the district has hosted collaborative PD workshops that teachers can attend online through Google+ Hangouts.

Program Focus

General

Blended Subjects

Math
English Language Arts
Science
Electives

School Overview

Indiana Area High School serves students from Indiana and Shelocta Boroughs and the surrounding White and Armstrong Townships. The school began developing A La Carte online courses to give more students access to popular courses and to expand the brick-and-mortar component of the district's virtual high school, IDEAL Virtual Academy. The high school currently offers A La Carte online courses in multiple core subjects and electives.

Ratings Source: GreatSchools

Community Rating

GreatSchools Rating

6

out of 10

School Contact

Contact: Holly Rougeaux

Address:
Indiana Area High School
450 N 5th St
Indiana, Pennsylvania
15701
United States

Telephone: (724)-463-8562

Indiana Area High School's Website

Demographics

847
Total Students
26%
FRL
--
ELL

Student Ethnicity

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Blended Program Launched 2011