Each year FuelEd holds the Transformation Awards to recognize innovative schools and districts who have achieved stellar results through creative use of online and blended learning platforms. We highlight these innovators throughout Learning Outside the Lines, as we know our readers are always looking to share best practices and learn from their peers.
Crater Lake Charter Academy (CLCA) has been recognized with a Transformation Award for providing the ultimate flexibility in a blended learning environment so students can chart their own personalized learning path. The school opened in 2013 and provides students in grades K-12 with an onsite, blended learning option, while also providing students additional flexibility in determining their path to graduation.
CLCA operates on an accelerated block schedule allowing students to focus on four classes at a time, increasing the depth of knowledge being garnered from each course. They also offer on site core instruction classes, along with electives to increase the level of support provided, as well as providing student-to-student learning opportunities. In addition, students may elect to come into the Academy’s Learning Center for assistance in online course work between the hours of 8 am and 4 pm Monday through Friday.
The Academy is housed in an inviting facility that appeals to students. There are sofas, lounge areas, social spots, in addition to computer labs. The primary goal of Crater Lake Charter Academy is to provide a personalized education for every student every day. It is their staff’s focus to build rapport and establish relationships that foster a positive educational experience for all of their students.
CLCA uses PEAK on a daily basis to manage student engagement and activity. Teachers use it to determine the specific needs of students so they can provide help when and where it is needed. PEAK Library allows teachers to personalize learning for each student by leveraging additional third party content and adding their own content when needed.
In just one year, the Academy has grown from a program within an existing school building to one that needs an additional site—its own building. So far this school year, the Academy has 600 course enrollments—and is expecting more enrollments throughout the remainder of the school year.
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