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Model Overview

Program Overview

Year Launched
6 - 8
Blended Grades

Implementation Q & A

When you first implemented blended learning, why did you choose that particular model? (has your model changed? why?)

Because the program is about accelerated, mastery level, personalized learning in a gaming format.

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

Parent's confusion and students taking ownership of learning was a big challenge. One of many, actually. We addressed it with ongoing training, support, and requiring accountability.

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

Don't give up, but be prepared to fail on any given day. The key is to learn from the struggles, get student feedback, parent support, and passionate teachers that believe it will work.

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

Because the last two years I have been in charge of designing and running a school.

Program Focus


School Overview

The REALM stands for Rigorous Arcade Learning Model. Students in The REALM learn from mainly the flex model, using an LMS and a gaming platform that is self-pacing and promotes accelerated learning. Also, incorporating individual rotation, teachers facilitate learning opportunities with personalized support as needed. Students in The REALM engage in learning from the approach of playing a videogame, where it is okay to temporarily fail, as long as progression is made with the goal of leveling up. Mastery is mandatory in each subject prior to progressing to the next level.

The REALM also includes a coding class, and students will be prepared to pursue degrees such as Computer Science and Engineering, Digital Art and Animation as well as being taught to design video games and apps. Some students in The REALM will be able to enter a variety of fields, equipped with a background in technology usage and critical thinking skills that will serve them in any career.

School Contact

Contact: Cheryl Essex, Dean of The REALM

Contact Title: Dean of The REALM

Burleson, Texas
United States

The REALM's Website

Student Ethnicity


Blended Program Launched 2017