Springs Studio for Academic Excellence (SSAE) provides alternative education opportunities not available to students in traditional schools. The core of the SSAE instructional model combines online, blended, and project-based learning, facilitated by dedicated SSAE teachers, working with students in an open and innovative brick-and-mortar facility. Students learn via face-to-face instruction, tutoring from certified teachers, and experiential, project-based learning combined with flexible virtual options.
Teachers, who often work one-to-one or with small groups of students, can customize the online
FuelEd courses to meet the specific needs of their students. Students refine their skills through practice, and demonstrate proficiency while teachers and peers provide guidance and feedback. This practice-feedback process occurs both in face-to-face interactions and in online interactions.
From the fall trimester of 2013 (SSAE’s fourth year of operation) to the fall trimester of 2015, course completion rates improved from 84% to 94%—and student scores have significantly exceeded state and national averages. SSAE attributes this to its fully integrated studio design, best-of-class teaching staff, and the online and blended teaching and learning models.