The school has faced three major obstacles in its implementation of a blended-learning program. The first obstacle is that current legislation in Colorado doesn't offer much flexibility in the way of blended-learning programs; to expand the school's blended-learning offerings, legislation in the state will need to change first. The second obstacle is balancing teacher workload and making sure that teachers still have enough time for instruction and curriculum development. The final obstacle the school has faced is convincing stakeholders that the blended-learning program at Springs Studio for Academic Excellence should not look the same as a traditional brick-and-mortar school environment, as many of the students had left brick-and-mortar school environments in search of learning options that better suited their needs.
Springs Studio for Academic Excellence started as a full-time virtual school in the fall of 2009. Although the school maintains a fully online program for home-schooled students, it also added a blended-learning program in the fall of 2010. It hopes to include more on-campus and face-to-face learning opportunities in the future as Colorado's legislation changes and allows for more flexibility.
Contact: David Knoche
Springs Studio for Academic Excellence
108 E Woodmen Rd
Colorado Springs, Colorado