Keystone Virtual Learning Academy

 

Program Overview

 

Platform

Students are provided with access to a web-based student portal which includes access to their coursework, virtual classrooms, online gradebook and numerous other resources.  The portal also includes a monthly calendar and weekly progress indicator to help students stay on track and finish their coursework on time.

 

Parents/Guardians are provided with a Parent Portal account in which they can view their students’ online gradebook, coursework submissions, teacher feedback, and daily activity, as well as, the due dates calendar and weekly progress indicator.

 

Materials, Equipment & Technical Support

Students receive a district-issued notebook computer to utilize while in the program. Students will also receive physical textbooks for each of their assigned courses. If needed, Help Desk Specialists are available 7 days a week, from 7am to 7pm, in order to provide assistance with the online interface. In addition, District-provided technical support is available for any hardware issues.

 

Learning Environment & Curriculum

We recognize that each student has a personal learning style and unique needs for scheduling flexibility. Our program is designed to provide students with flexibility while maintaining daily checkpoints to ensure students are accountable and develop the necessary skills to be a successful online learner. The Virtual Learning Network curriculum is standards-aligned and district‑approved for grades K-12. Courses are designed with a consistent weekly module structure which provides students with engaging content while dividing the coursework into manageable lessons. Courses include a wealth of web-based resources, including: lectures, videos, interactive animations, supplemental materials from textbook publishers and a wide range of other engaging educational media.

 

Mastering the Content

A variety of activities and assessments are vital to a student’s success.  While multiple-choice assessments are an important part of any assessment structure, we ask students to further demonstrate mastery with the following exercises:

 

·         Assignment – Questions/problems designed to provide students with practice of key concepts.

·         Short Answer – A worksheet that requires the students to handwrite their responses to strengthen the learning process.

·         Essay – A topical essay question intended to assess students’ understanding of the overall concept outlined in the reading assignment and to gauge students’ writing skills.

·         Project – Long-term assignments interspersed throughout a course to give students the opportunity to build on multiple units.

 

Students are also required to show their work on all math assignments so teachers are able to verify their understanding of the material.

 


 

Student Support & Achievement Monitoring

It is our goal to provide students with the tools and support systems needed to be successful. Student support and performance tracking is provided via Daily Homeroom Sessions, Office Hours and Labs, and Weekly Progress Reports.

 

Daily Homeroom Session – Homeroom is a daily synchronous session in which:

·         Attendance is taken

·         Important District announcements are delivered

·         Student expectations and due dates are reviewed

·         Weekly one-on-one progress meetings are conducted with the Homeroom Teacher to review individual performance and set goals for areas of improvement

·         Students have the opportunity to ask questions related to teacher support, orientation, technical concerns, etc.

 

Office Hours and Labs – Daily Office Hours enable students to ask specific questions about their coursework and receive one-on-one assistance from a content area teacher. Office hours are available Monday through Friday from 10:00AM-11:00AM and 12:30PM-1:30PM. Students are not required to make an appointment to attend scheduled office hours, but can request an appointment to meet with a teacher outside of regular office hours if needed.

 

A secondary level of support and remediation is also available through our Math and Writing Labs, which help students to develop essentials skills in these specific content areas.

 

Weekly Progress Reports – Awareness is vital to the success of students in online learning programs.  With that in mind, students, parents and district administrators receive weekly Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) Reports that provide a snapshot of a student’s current performance in their coursework.