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Model Overview

Program Overview

Year Launched
K - 2
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 blended learning during our first year as a school. We felt that the opportunity to give our students access to technology and individualized learning was too good to pass up.

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

Teaching young children to log on independently, and problem solve independently, while on computers. Also ensuring students stay engaged on the correct program. We implemented classroom rewards for learning passwords. We implemented school-wide competitions for progress in programs that motivated our students. We also had Jiji, the mascot for ST Math, visit our school.

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

Pay for high quality headphones; the cheap ones break right away. Ask, ask, ask others what programs are working for them.

Program Focus



Blended Subjects

English Language Arts

School Overview

Great Lakes Academy is a public elementary school in Chicago that develops students who excel in fundamental academics, critical thinking, problem solving, and strength of character. Great Lakes Academy is founded on eight core principles called the 'Anchors for Success': game changing teachers, a fiercely positive school culture, college prep beginning in kindergarten, every minute matters, smart technology use, data-driven decisions, strong parent and community partnerships, and social emotional learning through character and fitness. The school sees technology as a tool to promote individualized, mastery-based skill acquisition in an effective and efficient manner. The school currently serves over 200 students in grades K-2; at capacity, the school will serve nearly 600 students in grades K-8. Great Lakes Academy was awarded the 'Breakthrough Schools: Chicago Planning Grant' for Fall 2015. The school individualizes instruction through highly skilled teachers, a blended-learning model, and the use of data for teaching, practice, and reteaching in dynamic learning groups.

School Contact

Contact: Katherine Myers

Great Lakes Academy
8401 S Saginaw Ave
Chicago, Illinois
United States

Telephone: (773)-530-3040

Great Lakes Academy's Website


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Blended Program Launched 2014