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Five Ways to Implement EdOptions Academy Virtual Courses in Your Summer School Program

Five Ways to Implement EdOptions Academy Virtual Courses in Your Summer School Program

Whether students need to make up missing credits, want to get ahead on college or career requirements, or need to work around hectic school-year class schedules, summer school programs are a great opportunity for motivated learners to make progress toward academic goals. However, managing the logistics of these programs (and making the most of limited resources) can be a perennial challenge for educators. Working with a virtual learning partner like Edmentum’s EdOptions Academy can ease some of that pressure and offer students expanded, flexible options for summer learning.

Ready to get a head start on your planning process? Here are five different ways that EdOptions Academy online courses can be implemented in your summer school program.

Lab-Based Credit Recovery

Credit recovery is the most common use for summer school, and a majority of programs are conducted on-site so that schools and educators can provide the greatest level of guidance and oversight to students. In this format, students are enrolled in EdOptions Academy virtual courses taught by our state-certified teachers but are required to spend time in a supervised lab working through their lessons and assignments, where they can take advantage of additional support from school or district staff. Generally, the expectation is that students will work in the lab between three to seven hours a day and spend additional time working at home. Schools will choose to run these programs for anywhere from two to six weeks, and students are expected to finish all of their coursework within the set timeframe. If students complete their course(s) early, they no longer need to attend the lab time.

Independent Credit Recovery

If staffing or availability of facilities is a concern, offering EdOptions Academy courses for independent completion can be a practical summer school model. Even though students work when and where they want, school or district administrators are still able to monitor progress, control the courses available to students for enrollment, and determine the timeframe students are given to complete their summer courses. This model can be an effective approach for students who have struggled with the classroom environment in the past or need a lot of flexibility to manage significant family or work commitments.

Credit Advancement

This summer school model allows students to take EdOptions Academy courses for original credit in order to free up space in the school-year schedule for specific courses or prepare for postsecondary requirements. This can be a great way to overcome scheduling challenges for students interested in taking lots of elective courses or very advanced courses offered at only limited times. And, for students with very clear college and career goals, summer credit advancement programs can be a great way to get ahead and set themselves apart on applications. This type of program can be offered in either a lab or independent format, but it is important to make sure that the timeframe for students to complete their credit advancement courses ends before the first day of school because students generally need these courses as prerequisites for regular school-year courses.

Parent-Paid Credit Recovery or Advancement

This model allows parents to pay for summer courses instead of the school or district. Students can be enrolled as EdOptions Academy students (instead of being enrolled as district students), and they follow the guidelines for EdOptions Academy’s nine-week-long summer courses. With this model, students will have a very similar experience to what they would have with a school- or district-sponsored independent experience. However, because enrollment will be through EdOptions Academy’s fully accredited virtual school, your school or district will not have access to view students’ progress. Instead, EdOptions Academy will send a transcript to your school or district school for students’ official grades to be entered as transfer credit. This approach can be effective if funding is especially tight or if your school’s or district’s existing summer offerings are more traditional, on-site programming and parents are looking for alternative options.

Extended School Year

This summer school model allows students who need more time to complete school-year courses to stay on track with their cohort for graduation in the four-year timeframe. Students can be enrolled in the EdOptions Academy equivalent to the course they were enrolled in during spring semester as soon as the summer starts and can continue working. In some cases, students may need to work on completing multiple courses simultaneously. Typically, students are required to finish all EdOptions Academy courses by August to be ready to take the next set of courses starting in the fall semester.

Interested in learning more about how your school or district can partner with Edmentum’s EdOptions Academy for engaging, cost-effective summer learning? Check out our complete catalog of more than 400 courses, or take a look at this blog post on 5 Ways to Keep Students Learning This Summer with Edmentum Courseware and EdOptions Academy!