Crater Lake Charter Academy, OR - 2014 Transformation Award Winner

June 28, 2016 Mary Kate Appel

Transformation Award Winner: For providing the ultimate flexibility in a blended learning environment so students can chart their own personalized learning path.

Crater Lake Charter Academy opened in 2013 to provide students with an onsite, blended learning option, and to provide students additional flexibility in determining their path to graduation.

Crater Lake Charter Academy operates on an accelerated block schedule allowing students to focus on four classes at a time, increasing the depth of knowledge being garnered from each course. Crater Lake Charter Academy offers on site core instruction classes, along with electives to increase the level of support provided, as well as providing student to student learning opportunities. In addition, students may elect to come into the Academy’s Learning Center for assistance in online course work between the hours of 8 am and 4 pm Monday through Friday.

The Academy is housed in an inviting facility that appeals to students. There are sofas, lounge areas, social spots, and computer labs. The primary goal of Crater Lake Charter Academy is to provide a personalized education for every student every day. It is their staff’s focus to build rapports and establish relationships that foster a positive educational experience for all of their students.

The Academy uses PEAK on a daily basis to manage student engagement and activity. Teachers use it to determine the specific needs of students so they can provide help when and where it is needed. PEAK Library allows teachers to personalize learning for each student by leveraging additional third party content and adding their own content when needed.

In just one year, the Academy has grown from a program within an existing school building to one that needs an additional site—its own building. So far this fall, the Academy has 600 course enrollments—and is expecting more enrollments during the school year.

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