We chose the a la carte model of Blended Learning to enable students to progress at their own pace toward becoming "college ready" by Kentucky academic standards by the end of the Sophomore year so they can enroll as full time college students as juniors and seniors and earn a high school diploma and Associate's Degree in four years.
Our biggest challenge came from choosing an online learning system that did not meet student needs. They weren't learning and we had to switch systems mid-semester.
Spend time developing coaching strategies to support diverse learners who struggle with developing self-discipline and lack of minute-by-minute supervision as they adjust to a blended environment.
We are the most competency-based school in Kentucky. We are the only school that does not have to take snow days or track attendance, Each of our 80 students (we will have 120 by our fourth year of implementation) is on a personalized path to college and career readiness and takes classes at iLEAD, the Area Technical Center, and the regional Community College. iLEAD also is Kentucky's only regional high school and serves students from five school districts. We're redefining what learning looks like as a model for the state. It's not without challenges as districts continue to operate traditional high schools and we merge the iLEAD approach withing their operational systems for grading, funding, attendance, and the time, place, and pace of learning.
iLEAD Academy is Kentucky’s first regional high school. Five sponsoring school districts – the Carroll, Gallatin, Henry, Owen, and Trimble County Schools - came together as small, rural school districts to do more for their students together than they could alone. iLEAD offers each student a personalized, career preparation education spanning grades 9 – 14 and tactically aligned to the high-demand occupations in Kentucky’s Golden Triangle region. In four years of high school, students earn a high school diploma, Associate's Degree, and work certifications of top priority to regional employers in engineering, advanced manufacturing, and information technology. Students learn online and inn project-based courses at iLEAD and the Carroll County Area Technical Center. iLEAD is a competency-based school where students progress at their own pace and are provided the technological tools to learn any place and at any time with support from creative and innovative teachers.
Contact: Alicia J. Sells
Contact Title: Director of Innovation
100 Alpine Road