At Career Path High we seek to empower students over their education and career pathway. It was essential that students have control over time, place, path and pace as they balanced their college program with high school. Blended learning provides that flexibility. Additionally, it was essential in our model for us to personalize each student's learning pathway.
One of our biggest challenges was keeping students on pace and teaching them how to take ownership over their learning. To address this we created support systems.
The first support is our Success Coach model. Students are assigned a mentor (who is one of our faculty members) to assist and guide them throughout their high school career. They meet weekly with their Success Coach for reflection, to set and review long and short term goals, review weekly and overall progress, adjust goals as necessary, and discuss issues that may be affecting their learning. This relationship serves as a way for students to take ownership over their learning pathway. It is a mechanism that teaches them accountability and responsibility. Through this trusted relationship they reflect on and discuss their progress and challenges. Success Coaches communicate on a regular basis with parents and provide them with updates. Both concerns and successes are shared. The Success Coach is also responsible for creating the students Learner Profile which can be accessed by all faculty. Success Coaches have access to student data. Every Monday morning faculty participate in a Data Dive where student needs are discussed.
The second support system is a Targeted Intervention Program. Student Progress is closely monitored. Once a student slips beyond a specified threshold of pacing, they are placed on Targeted Intervention in order to receive the supports necessary to get back on pace. This intervention includes assigned/mandatory time in the Learning Center. Success Coaches and Teachers work together to map out the students schedule to ensure they receive the one-on-one attention needed to get them back on track.
In addition to these supports, we have created a very robust onboarding program. This begins with new enrollments and extends to well structured resources and supports that are ongoing. Our mandatory orientations for students and parents set expectations, explain programs and processes, and allow everyone to get to know each other. Students experience extensive orientation for the first two weeks of school. Very clear communication and protocols for students and parents are set and well defined at the onset.
One piece of advice in three parts: throw away the traditional ideas of what a school is, have a very defined program with clear protocols, and be flexible and ready for change. Don't be afraid to fail forward!
Career Path High is a charter school designed from the ground up. There was no template or model to build from. Developing the school from concept through to becoming fully operational and beyond was a very entrepreneurial task - much like developing a start-up company. Strategic thinking and subsequent execution were paramount to building a successful model of education. Every detail had to be identified and designed. Trial and error was often necessary to the process in order to bring us to success. Iteration was and is the constant. As the start up team, this pathway of creating a blended learning model became a powerful learning experience that enriched our knowledge and understanding of key strategies for implementing as well as taking strategies to scale when developing a blended learning model.
Career Path High is high school reimagined. A unique Early College model located in Kaysville, Utah, Career Path High was designed as a blended learning flex model. The school opened in 2012 with the intent to empower high school students over their own pathway through two key approaches: (1) personalize student learning by using a flexible learning environment paired with technology and (2) prepare students for a career and higher education by partnering with Davis Applied Technology College (DATC).
Students at Career Path High School graduate with not only a high school diploma, but also a Career and Technical Certification from DATC.The goal is 100% student placement either in the workforce, an institution of higher education, or continuation in an Applied Technology College program. Both the high school and college-level curricula are competency-based to ensure student mastery in their fields of study. Career Path High students leave their high school experience prepared for both career and/or additional post-secondary pursuits.
Career Path High is proud of our early success. Within the first three years of operation our students were graduating with Applied Technology College certifications, we were able to achieve an 85% graduation rate and we received one of the highest accreditation scores!
Contact: Robyn Bagley
Career Path High School
450 S Simmons Way
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