Provo City School District, UT - 2012 Transformation Award Winner

Mary Kate Appel

Transformation Award: For leveraging online learning success to give local students a global outlook. 

Providing online learning for just three years, the Provo City School District has already been recognized by the state of Utah for the Provo eSchool, the district’s highly successful full-time online and blended school for grades K-12.

Under the direction of Dr. Greg Hudnall, Associate Superintendent, and Allyson Barry, Administrator, the Provo eSchool uses FuelEd Online Courses (formerly Aventa) and its Full-Time School Program (powered by K12® curriculum) as part of a rich online program for students who live throughout the state. Students have the opportunity to take their classes within the traditional brick-and-mortar schools, and online at any location, including home. Online students can opt to eat lunch, check out library books, participate in sports, and be part of their local school. This level of flexibility has provided hundreds of students with more options to meet their individual needs.

A few years ago, PCSD faced the challenge of providing students access to foreign language education. With limited resources, and challenged by its geographic location between Utah’s largest school district and a mid-sized neighbor, the district found that attracting and retaining qualified foreign language teachers was not easy, and not cost-effective for those languages that garner lower enrollment. However, the District was determined to arm its students with the skills they need to be competitive in a 21st Century global marketplace.

Last year, PCSD introduced Elite Language Academy. Taking advantage of its success and experience with online learning through the Provo eSchool, the district now provides students across the state with multiple dual immersion and online options spanning seven languages. The Elite Language Academy is based on curriculum from FuelEd's content partner, Middlebury Interactive Languages. Today, more than 400 students are taking world languages through the Elite Language Academy and eProvo School.

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