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Pilot Onsite/Online Personalized Learning Program

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THE STORY:

We are planning to deliver a new kind of personalized/blended schooling at the high school level to meet an ongoing need in our community. We hope that a successful pilot in 2013-2014 will allow our school to better serve a wider grade-range of students in the future, and be a model for other faith-based PK-8 schools in other communities. Our model blends the physical location of an established K-8 school with rich high-school-level course options now available through online course providers.

Oak Hill Christian School, a ministry of Oak Hill Bible Church, just completed its tenth year. The school currently serves students in grades Pre-K – 8. Students who have struggled academically in other school settings have been successful here, in part due to the small class sizes, personalized attention, the school culture, and dedicated staff. However, after 8th grade, our parents and students have a tough choice; there are no options for high school in the area that offer the same environment of Christian values/culture, a small school setting, and tuition that is affordable.

Our blended learning model will combine a rich selection of online classes, taught remotely by qualified teachers, with an on-site mentor / learning coach, and on-site activities, such as physical education. In this way students can experience the academic depth and breadth offered by a large high school with large staff and course catalog, but in a small school environment. Students will be able to take courses at different levels such as honors, advanced placement, and may be able to participate in dual-enrollment college courses in upper grades. Parents will agree to take responsibility to monitor their child’s progress in online classes, with access to online teachers, and assisted by the on-site mentor. The on-site mentor will work with parents and help students develop and monitor individualized learning plans.

We have set affordable fees for participation in the program that can sustainably fund the program with a target number of participants. During the pilot, however, there will be fewer students enrolled than the number needed to fully fund staff salaries and cover other costs associated with the program.

This fundraiser will:

1. provide start-up funds to cover the salary for the staff member who will mentor students during the pilot

2. seed a scholarship fund (that will allow needy families to participate in the future while keeping the fees at the level needed for budget sustainability)

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