Our school originally started with all student work being completed online, with teachers available to help students in one-on-one or small group settings. Students moved at their own pace and decided which classes they wanted to work on.
This model allowed students to avoid certain content areas, which meant that our students were not showing growth in those content areas during standardized testing. The model also required a large amount of self-discipline in working on classes, as well as depending on the students to self-advocate when they were struggling.
Our current model allows advisers to place students in face-to-face classes for courses where the students would benefit from direct instruction, as well as the opportunity for labs and other group activities. Students are held to a schedule in those classes, as well as being forced to make progress in all content areas each semester. Students that want to move more quickly through classes have the opportunity to do so as long as they maintain adequate progress.
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Eastlake High School of Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs, Colorado