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Model Overview

Program Overview

2015
Year Launched
9 - 12
Blended Grades
175
Enrolled

Implementation Q & A

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


West Ada School District (WASD) has been working for several years to create a new educational
model for its high school academies. These schools are composed of learners who struggle in the typical
large-scale setting of our traditional high schools. Our original goal was to address teacher/student engagement in the learning process. We have since transitioned to focusing on equity for ALL learners.

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


One of the biggest challenges was changing the mindset of all stakeholders. Though change may seem inevitable, we have learned that it is actually the loss of one's identity, confidence and competence that creates the biggest hurdles.

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


A phrase we use in education often is "buy-in" and another term is engagement. My greatest advice is to meditate deeply on changing your vocabulary to include ownership and empowerment. In our society, there is not a common set of beliefs, morals and values to define success. I encourage the human beings in our culture to seek their truth and model the process to get to your destination, goals, or dreams with true authenticity.

Program Focus

General
Credit Recovery
Dropout Recovery/Prevention
Gifted/Talented
English Language Learners
Special Education
PowerSchool
Data Systems
SLATE
Grading

School Partners

Idaho Mastery Education Network

Blended Subjects

Math
English Language Arts
Social Studies
Science
Electives

School Overview

Located in Meridian, Idaho, Central Academy provides educational services for students who meet the state of Idaho's at-risk criteria. With a growing population in the city and an increase in societal pressures to ensure college and career readiness for every student, district officials decided to "disrupt" the district's alternative school model.

School Contact

Contact: Donell McNeal

Contact Title: Principal

Address:
Central Academy Alternative HS - Meridian, Idaho
6075 N. Locust Grove
Meridian, Idaho
83646
United States

Telephone: (208)-855-4325

Central Academy Alternative HS - Meridian, Idaho's Website

Demographics

152
Total Students
43%
FRL
5%
ELL

Student Ethnicity

2018

Blended Program Launched 2015