Program: Flexibility & Student-Centered Choice
Imagine a school day where learners are not directed by busses and bell schedules. Through eAcademy™ and our partnering school districts, learners can choose a schedule and courses that suit them. Because each of our partnering districts are part of a consortium, learners have the option of taking a wide range of online courses in all areas of the curriculum. Learners may choose to utilize facilities from their home school district as they work through their courses or work from home. When learners are working from home, they will have access to teachers and technical support both online and over the phone. Whatever path your child takes, you can be assured that his or her education will be well supported.
A Quality Online Education Begins Here
All courses offered through eAcademy™ are taught by highly-qualified, Pennsylvania certified teachers from our Consortium Member school districts in and surrounding Westmoreland County. All teachers have received comprehensive training in best practices and pedagogy for online teaching and interactive learning.
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Each eAcademy™ course is 100% developed by the teacher that instructs that course and fully incorporates all standards as set forth by the PA Department of Education for that course. This means that learners can move seamlessly between online courses and the traditional classroom without experiencing “gaps” in the curriculum. When a learner takes an online course, he or she will engage in the same high-quality learning targets and objectives as learners in their home school district’s brick and mortar classrooms.
Each course is designed with the rigor and quality instruction of a traditional classroom. Lessons and assessments are designed to challenge learners and encourage inquiry while fostering individual needs and learning styles. Because learners have more flexibility in an online course, they move through the material at a more customized pace.
We firmly believe in the importance of developing a sense of community and socialization within learning experiences. Each course integrates the use of several multimedia tools designed to engage learners in the course content, as well as with their peers. This provides learners with the ability to discover and share with their online classmates while building critical skills for interacting and online collaboration. Since students remain enrolled in their home school district, they are able to participate in the activities offered through the district.
Courses are offered through an online environment using asynchronous instruction. Unlike typical courses offered through other online learning institutions, the online courses offered through eAcademy™ are robust and interactive. Content is presented in a variety of engaging ways using multimedia and collaborative tools. Teachers use the latest tools and emerging technologies to bring course content to life, which results in lessons that intrinsically motivate learners and appeal to the preferences of today’s digital learner.
Computer and Internet Access
Each district works with families to ensure that they have consistent access to a laptop and reliable internet. The Westmoreland Intermediate Unit supports our districts in this effort by offering equipment rentals for learners enrolled in eAcademy™ courses.