Top 5 Courses for Supplemental Course Academy


Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 12:30pm

Educators are on a tight deadline to provide high school students with a personalized learning experience leveraging funds from Supplemental Course Academy (SCA).  For those of our readers unfamiliar with SCA, it is a program funded by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) in Louisiana. The goal is to supplement student educational experiences with the addition of online courses that address at-risk students who need credit recovery solutions, as well as those who require advanced placement courses or are interested in expanding electives for career planning. 

While most districts struggle to provide all of the resources needed to address their diverse student population, the Minimum Foundation Program (MFP) allocation enables districts to take advantage of funding specifically for this purpose.

In many cases, districts are not sure what to do with these funds or are unable to decide what courses would benefit their student population by the September 12th deadlines. When this happens, the funds are no longer available. So what are districts spending their funds on?

We’ve pulled together a list of the top 5 most popular courses from our catalog from last year to give you a better sense of what is available:

1.      Expanding world languages? Spanish I/II were the top courses selected last year using MFP funds.

2.      Already have Spanish? French I/II were the next most popular courses provided.

3.      Prepping students for Advanced Placement (AP) courses? Leveraging online courses, students are able to review AP materials and prep for tests. Our most popular SCA course is AP Psychology.

4.      Diversifying electives is hard to do with limited resources. MFP funds allow you to provide students with alternative electives that can capture their interest. Game Design was a top pick for districts that leveraged SCA last year.

5.      Career development courses are of great interest to districts. We offer many courses in this area, and Veterinary Sciences was one of our most popular last year.

How will you leverage your SCA funds? Last year, more than 350 Louisiana students chose online courses from K12, a curriculum partner of Fuel Education. Your students can earn the credits they need—in the subjects most interesting to them—with the nation’s leading provider of online education solutions for students in grades K-12.  Learn more here.



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