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.]]>
The cost includes access to Apex (our interactive online curriculum), our content management system for assignments and course management, and Blackboard Collaborate (our fully interactive online classroom). As always, we commit to a 24-hour turnaround time for any student questions, and 1-3 hours each week of online support and instruction from the course instructor. Additional support is available if necessary. The $875 course fee does not include additional materials, which may be required for certain courses, or the $50 non-refundable registration fee.
In addition to taking a full-year of course content for complete credit, we also offer credit recovery program that will allow students to earn partial credit for courses. Our credit recovery program goes beyond the traditional summer school program by allowing students to customize the course content they need to make up. Students can “test out” of specific content they have mastered and instead focus on the content they struggled with…the topics that landed them in summer school to begin with!
eHarvey summer session is not just for Harvey students; it allows any student to get a taste of the Harvey experience!
After reading, you will begin to understand why it was so important for eHarvey to offer curriculum content that students can learn at a more flexible pace. Student can enroll and complete the content in less time, or more time if necessary, that is available to them in a traditional classroom. Imagine mastering content before moving on to new content!]]>