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What can your student expect?

Students will be given instruction in a combination of synchronous and asynchronous formats which means students will have access to class content when it works best for them as an individual. Students learning synchronously will receive live instruction online and will have structured supports throughout the project completion process.  Students will also have access to all of our online learning platforms, so we can tailor the educational experience to the student. 

  • Learners will start by building a sense of community in the online setting either as individuals with adaptive platforms or with groups in an online environment. 
  • The first course for all learners will be our PBL 101.  Learners will design projects that embed standards through our I Can statements for 4K-12 that will be monitored with Presentations of Learning throughout the unit.
  • Learners will complete 2-4 projects in a quarter depending on the content requirements, skill development, and length of each project.
  • Learners will also have small group lessons in specific skill development around content mastery, communication, and problem solving.
  • Learners will have access to Social Emotional Learning through embedded lessons and activities allowing them to explore their own identities and learn more about empathy.
  • Learners will have access to online platforms for core content (ALEKS, StudySync, My Math, Wonders, etc.) and project based learning planning tools (Jamboard, Miro, etc.).
  • Each quarter, students will have a week when they can come into our physical school to do builds and make products.  Other materials for builds will be available to take home. They will also participate in one large Presentation of Learning for the community per quarter.  This can be done in person or virtually through Zoom.  
  • Learners will create a Profile of a Graduate using a Blog wherein they collect evidence of their learning each year tied to the I Can statements.
  • High school learners will have access to take our transcripted courses and participate in Youth Apprenticeship as well as Early College Credit Program/Start College Now opportunities.  
  • Learners identified with special education needs and Learners identified EL will have supports through certified special education/EL staff. 

Assessment and Project-Based Learning

Assessment in a PBL model can look different than in a traditional model. In a traditional model, students are typically assessed through an exam taking the form of a test or quiz. While tests and quizzes may still be used for assessment, in project based learning, students are more likely to be assessed on their ability to show mastery of the content through their projects. That content is clustered into I Can Statements and students grades are based on the mastery of those I Can Statements. 

Connection to Deeper Learning

Project based learning provides real world context for the content being delivered in a classroom and provides students with an opportunity to apply that content in meaningful ways. The application of the content gives students practice in communicating, collaborating, and solving problems which deepens their learning.