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Model Overview

Program Overview

Year Launched
6 - 8
Blended Grades

Implementation Q & A

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

One of the biggest obstacles that administrators at the school have faced is allowing students the flexibility to receive online instruction when they want. The administrators have found that too many students do not have the self-discipline to stay on top of the schedule set at the beginning of the course. They have adjusted to this issue by requiring students in credit-recovery courses to complete their work after school in the media center under the supervision of a teacher.

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

When we launched our program a few years ago, we started only with the teachers who were most excited about blended learning and most invested in making great changes. These teachers then began to serve as models for others and ambassadors for the program, which led other teachers to become interested in blended learning and to incorporate technology in their own classrooms. By implementing the program this way, we ensured that teachers wanted the changes to happen and were ready to use the technology in an intentional way.

Program Focus

Credit Recovery

Blended Subjects

English Language Arts
Social Studies

School Overview

Elmhurst Community Prep is a small middle school housed on the Elmhurst College campus in Oakland. Because Elmhurst Community Prep is a small school, it allows staff to build strong relationships with students and families. Families are seen as integral partners in the education of their children, helping students set and meet their goals. Like many schools in the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD), Elmhurst Community Prep is comprised of low-income students who vary widely in their level of academic achievement-with only one-third of students at grade-level for reading and math standards. It is one of eight schools in the OUSD that has received a Rogers Foundation grant to implement blended learning.

Ratings Source: GreatSchools

Community Rating

GreatSchools Rating


out of 10

School Contact

Contact: Killian Betlach

Elmhurst Community Prep School
1800 98th Ave
Oakland, California
United States

Telephone: (510)-639-2888

Elmhurst Community Prep School's Website


Total Students

Student Ethnicity

State Test Scores Source: GreatSchools


Blended Program Launched 2012