We had been integrated with technology for quite some time, using Google Drive, homework apps, etc, but needed to have the highest level of differentiation while at the same time ensuring students were spending the most amount of time on task. That's why we went with a Flex model where students could be working primarily online and teachers could support students on an as needed basis.
Our biggest challenge initially was finding the right math tool that helped our kids really work through the material in an organized and effective way. We started out using Khan Academy but it was mostly multiple choice and not highly organized.
Longview combines rigorous academics in the traditional curriculum with electives hardly ever seen on the pre-K to 12th grade level. Some of our electives include computer programming, game design, visual basic programming, debate, sociology, anthropology, Japanese, philosophy, improvisation, graphic design, engineering, construction, business, etc.
Longview’s small, personalized environment supports both academic learning and social development. Beyond classes, students help run the school through participation in the school legislative body—school meeting—and the school court system—judicial committee. Our unique approach supports students in becoming independent, responsible, thoughtful individuals as they develop into well-rounded, happy young adults.
Contact: Mark Jacobs
Brewster, New York