eHarvey, the online program at The Harvey School, is ready for its eighth consecutive year of online summer sessions. Students can earn full course credit in just 7 weeks with our summer program.
Our program seeks to give all students the opportunity to take their education in their own hands. Our original intent was to offer online summer school for students who wanted to reinforce content learned in the previous year of traditional school or get a head start on content that would be covered in their next year of traditional school; however, as the program grew, we recognized that students wanted to earn full credit and use their summer to advance!
Our students are given a full year’s worth of academic content in math, world language, English…basically whatever course they want. We use a digital curriculum provided by Apex Learning, which offers a full range of courses for secondary school. We supplement the online content with teacher interaction through a multitude of technologies, including phone, IM, Skype, text messaging and, best of all, a fully interactive online classroom via Blackboard Collaborate. The best part is that, through these technologies, we have been able to connect all over the world and have taught diplomatic students in Qatar, students abroad in China, and students on vacation in the Caribbean.
According to an article in the New York Times back in February 2013 , the success rate of students taking online course is diminished when the course are administered without a teacher to moderate and maintain student engagement. The studies referenced in that article where done at the college level. Imagine how teacher involvement affects the success rate in secondary school online courses?
At The Harvey School, and here I mean the bricks-and-mortar school, teachers strive to provide an environment where students get the level of support they need, right when they need it. At the online school, eHarvey, we are doing our best to provide that same level of support for students who, for whatever reason, want to take an online course. We will use any technology we can to do it.