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Model Overview

Program Overview

Year Launched
10 - 12
Blended Grades

Implementation Q & A

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

It's hard for the students to understand the idea of self-pace. It's difficult for them to realize that then they're done, they're done: they don't need to sit around waiting for their peers. But we've been tackling this by streamlining course completion times with goal-setting and planning.

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

Have a professional development system that includes coaching. Also have an instructional rubric so that there is a common language and professional expectations that everyone understands.

Select up to two focus areas you feel that you demonstrate leadership in, and tell us why here:

AdvancED Accreditation - Merit Learning Center is an approved alternative education program in Indiana. Merit Learning Center is the only approved program that has earned accreditation.

TAP System - Teacher Excellence.
Student Achievement. Opportunities for All - Merit Learning Center (through Goshen Community Schools) has successfully implemented the TAP System. All staff participates in weekly professional development meetins facilitated by a Master Teacher, a Mentor Teacher, and an Administrator.

Blended Subjects

English Language Arts
Social Studies

Program Focus

Credit Recovery
Dropout Recovery/Prevention
Special Education

School Overview

Merit Learning Center is an accredited alternative school that serves five public school corporations in Elkhart County, Ind., for students in grades 10-12. The school strives to ensure that each student leaves the program with a high school diploma or, at minimum, the skills and resources necessary to continue their education and job-advancement in the future.

School Contact

Contact: Kristen Watt

Contact Title: Principal, Merit Learning Center

Merit Learning Center
801 W Wilkinson St
Goshen, Indiana
United States

Telephone: (574)-533-8651

Merit Learning Center's Website


Total Students

Student Ethnicity


Blended Program Launched 2004