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We’re here to answer all of your questions and welcome all inquires. Now more than ever, education has become crucial to the future and success of youth. Here are our most commonly ask questions to get you the information you need to know now.

For more information please contact Sam Ralston by e-mail, here.

TELL ME ABOUT YOUR ACADEMIC PROGRAM

Our job is to prepare students to be scholar-athletes in high school and college. This means a rigorous academic schedule aligned to California Common Core state standards, using curricula approved by the California Department of Education.

Our educational program is designed to meet students at their level, with a small class size to allow our teachers to offer students more personalized instruction. We also strategically utilize technology in our classrooms to provide students with a more individualized learning experience and the ability for parents to easily follow their child’s progress.

HOW DOES VIRTUAL MIDDLE SCHOOL WORK?

Laurel Springs Schools’ and Enlightium Academy asynchronous learning model provides students with a flexible learning experience with personalized learning plans to suit their needs and schedules. A schedule for each course is provided to the student that acts as a guide to keep them on top of their coursework. In addition, with trained teachers in the classroom the Future Elite student has an additional level of support to assist in their successful completion of assignments as well as for effective preparation for assessments. Both assignments and coursework are designed in conjunction with a student’s individualized learning plan to ensure that they truly learn the skills needed to transition to their high school program successfully. 

WHAT IS THE PROGRAM STRUCTURE?

Your child’s academic learning plan is carefully drafted to support their individual strengths and needs as a student. Throughout the program, we make sure students get the support and information they require to learn and grow at their best. 

  • Planning – Through student-centered learning, our online provider will create a personalized learning plan especially for your child that encourages their love of learning and promotes their development of knowledge and collaboration. 
  • Progress Tracking – In order to monitor progress and determine the appropriate next steps for each student, we regularly assess the student’s ability to comprehend and keep up with their assignments and courses in addition to their acquisition of skills and knowledge. These assessments provide teachers, students, and parents with specific information about their experience and progress within the program. 
  • Flexible Schedule – We use an asynchronous learning model that gives students greater flexibility to help them succeed in academics, whatever their learning style may beOur learning model is designed for a student to grow personally and academically while providing flexibility to ensure the education works with their own terms and schedule. 
  • Coursework– All students are given a schedule that acts as a guide for when assignments and coursework need to be submitted. Dates for submission are provided for assignments and projects to ensure students can stay up-to-date on their academics.

what is the CURRICULUM?

Students in 7th & 8th grade can select from text-based or online courses or may choose a combination of curriculum options as needed to create an optimal learning experience. In addition, beginning in 7th grade, students are eligible to join our online social network and clubs. We want all students of our accredited online school to enjoy the benefits of developing a network of peers with whom to collaborate and share support for one another as they advance through their online education and beyond. 

Our online middle school program offers students the option to accelerate and prepare for the rigor of upper school. Students can take high school level courses and earn credit that applies toward their high school graduation.

 

SINCE THE CURRICULUM IS SAT-ALIGNED, IS MY CHILD JUST GOING TO BE DOING TEST PREP?

No. This is a core curriculum, not a test prep curriculum. In ELA students will engage with a variety of texts. These cover a range of topics and genres, including works by Ray Bradbury and Walt Whitman,  as well as an essay about Civil War heroes, narratives about the Holocaust, and Elie Wiesel’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech. In math, they will be learning conceptually: they will be able to explain underlying mathematical concepts and apply it to a variety of situations, rather than just rote memorization. The alignment to the SAT comes with the complexity of the texts they will read in ELA, and types of questions they will be expected to answer in both subjects. This will be reinforced both on daily lessons and periodic unit assessments.

HOW ARE PARENTS MADE AWARE OF THEIR CHILDREN’S PROGRESS?

Both our core and digital curriculum have frequent opportunities for teachers to gather data on how students are progressing. Our online educational providers will communicate through reports. Additionally, a parent can request an individual update at any time.

WHAT IS THE GRADING POLICY?

Students are graded on a 4.0, A-F scale. Individual grades are made up from a combination of daily class work, quiz and unit assessments, homework, and participation.

SCHOOL CALENDAR

Please see our 2020-2021 school year calender HERE.

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