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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 did a book study with staff years ago on Disrupting Class. That’s what really motivated our staff to entertain the concept of blended learning. Our shift to blended has brought a shift in ownership: students own the learning. Students have a greater amount of flexibility in how, where and when they learn. While we most closely align to a flex model, this kind of classification was not in our creation plan. Rather, we built our program in-house based on self-identified needs within our school, not to fit any particular model. We still don't fit any one model perfectly, but rather have continued to evolve and grow over the years from a pilot with three teachers and 100 students to more than 50 teachers and nearly 2,000 students enrolled in at least one blended course. Key to our framework was maintaining and enhancing the close student-teacher relationship while breaking down the walls of the traditional school day via technology and innovation.

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

Our biggest challenge was incorporating blended learning into a traditional framework. Although we could have launched an entire blended school, we choose to become a school or student choice where students can choose the learning methods which work best for them in that content area.

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

Research best practices and implement the practices with fidelity that best fit your school's learning environment while networking with other professionals in the field. Also, start small, evaluate, and evolve based on what's working and what's not within your particular institution.

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

Huntley High School has been a leader in modeling how any school, even a large, traditional public school with low per-student spending, can build using existing resources a program that better serves today's students. In addition, over the years of building a blended program from scratch, we have acquired expertise within our staff of how to design and teach blended courses that meet student needs. All of our courses have been developed by existing staff, and a number of our early-adopter staff members have now transitioned into full-time instructional coach roles, helping their fellow teachers best design and implement blended learning and other strategies within and outside of their classrooms.

Program Focus


School Overview

Huntley High School is a public high school located in Huntley, Ill., that currently serves over 2,500 students in the surrounding suburban and rural communities. Beginning in SY2011-12, Huntley High School started offering blended-learning classes to 100 students in English, social studies, and science in order to provide students with more opportunities to take required courses and develop 21st-century skills. Today, the program at Huntley has grown to cater to over one-third of the student population in every academic subject, including a wide range of electives. For every blended-learning class, there also is a traditional class offered.

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Community Rating

GreatSchools Rating


out of 10

School Contact

Contact: Scott Rowe

Contact Title: Principal

Huntley High School
13719 Harmony Rd
Huntley, Illinois
United States

Telephone: (847)-659-6600

Huntley High School's Website


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Blended Program Launched 2011