Our two main high school campuses are huge. We wanted to provide an educational option that would better serve a population of students (for example, special needs students) in a smaller setting. At this campus, we have the opportunity to provide flexible learning in a small learning environment for our students. While there is also a fully virtual learning option for Lakota CRA students, the blended learning option gives them flexibility around pace and place of learning while also giving them face-to-face support from their teachers and the soft-skills development that comes with in-person learning.
Like many schools, student attendance and transportation has sometimes been a challenge. To overcome this, we take preventative measures: the principal conducts home visits and families meet with our on-site social worker. If transportation to school is a problem for a student, we can create a customized schedule for the student that allows them to do a greater amount of coursework online. Lastly, we have a point system in which students are rewarded points for positive behavior, such as a strong attendance record and good communication skills. Points are visible to the entire student body, creating positive peer pressure to behave responsibly.
In a blended-learning environment, make learning real and authentic. Give students ownership of their learning.
Teachers, always put relationships first even in a blended environment. Relationships with students is the priority. And don’t be afraid to be creative to truly personalize the experience.
Professional development for teachers and admins on blended learning and Project-Based Learning.
The Lakota Career Readiness Academy (CRA) is the definition of personalized education.
The alternative high school program, located on Lakota West's freshman campus and available to both Lakota East and Lakota West ninth- through twelfth-graders, offers students the opportunity to earn their high school diploma in a smaller, more flexible environment. Students facing different circumstances in their lives or struggling with the traditional high school format can work at their own pace with the benefits of a curriculum that combines online instruction with one-on-one support from the Academy's academic staff.
The Academy's individualized approach explains why the student profile is far from “cookie cutter.” For some, the smaller environment conquers the social challenges that come with attending a large high school. For others, the flexible work schedule allows students to fulfill personal obligations that tend to compete with the traditional school day, like work or medical care, for example. And still, for many others, the access to one-on-one teacher support and a pace that matches their own allows them to catch up on credits and sometimes even graduate early.
Contact: Nicole Isaacs
Contact Title: Principal
Lakota Career Readiness Academy
5030 Tylersville Road
West Chester, Ohio
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