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Model Overview

Program Overview

Year Launched
9 - 12
Blended Grades

Implementation Q & A

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

We started with this model when we founded the school, and we have been working to strengthen it as we go.

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

Many of our students come from traditional schools, where much of the learning is teacher-directed. We want to provide students with more agency and choice. With that comes the challenge of helping students design and complete work in a timely fashion. Our staff takes as a guiding question: How can we support students as they transition from a traditional educational model to a real-world learning model? We have worked to overcome this challenge by establishing routines and supports for students. We aim to meet students where they are and grow their autonomy: allowing self-directed students to excel on self-determined paths and supporting less autonomous students as they work to direct their learning.

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

Make sure that you have systems and structures in place at the beginning and that you're not figuring that out as you go. This can create frustration and get in the way of students owning their learning.

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

Real-world learning is one of the most significant strengths of our school. We have a program where students are outside the school building doing internships two days a week. Additionally, we are very proud of helping students drive their own learning and create relevant, authentic learning experiences for their own lives.

Program Focus


School Partners

Mastery Transcript Consortium

Blended Subjects

English Language Arts
Social Studies
World Languages

School Overview

Gibson Ek High School is a small innovative high school where students' interests, passions, and talents drive the learning. Gibson Ek students chase after their curiosities through rigorous interest-based learning and real-world internships. Gibson Ek follows a non-traditional learning model: Students earn academic competencies through projects rather than earning grades through courses, and students connect with mentors in the real world through internships two days a week.

School Contact

Contact: David Berg

Gibson Ek High School
Issaquah, Washington
98027 United States

Telephone: (360)-604-4005

Gibson Ek High School's Website


Total Students

Student Ethnicity


Blended Program Launched 2016