Virtual learning removes time and place barriers and offers students a quality alternative to the traditional classroom. Districts are quickly, seamlessly — and successfully — integrating virtual options from Apex Learning to engage more students by enabling them to enroll in a wider variety of classes and complete coursework on a schedule that works for them.
Iowa Online AP Academy
Online Courses Extend Advanced Placement Access to All Students
Students attending small, rural schools gained access to AP courses through a virtual learning environment. A total of 5,135 members of Iowa's graduating class of 2010 took at least one AP exam while in high school, a 9.5 percent increase over the previous year and more than double the number 10 years ago. Not only did more students take AP exams, but they also outperformed the national average by 3.4 percentage points.
White River, IN
Digital Learning Increases Student Enrollment from Outside the District by 8 Percentage Points
White River Valley Schools needed a way to reduce spending, while still providing students with a high quality education in a rigorous learning environment. By offering a comprehensive online course catalog, they were able to gain a competitive advantage by retaining their own students and attracting new ones.
Single Digital Curriculum Meets Diverse Needs of School District
Addressing diverse educational needs of 50,000 students across 2,000 square miles is challenging. Apex Learning digital curriculum has met a range of needs for learners — from those who are struggling to those capable of accelerating. Virtual learning opened a world of possibilities: access to Advanced Placement (AP)*, the ability to earn original credit, and the opportunity for students in dropout prevention and credit recovery programs to get back on track toward graduation.
Small Charter School Uses Virtual Learning to Expand Advanced Placement Options
Students are expected to be self-directed learners, collaborative workers, and complex thinkers. Apex Learning digital curriculum allows teachers to work with students individually to make sure they are successful in a rigorous learning atmosphere. Apex Learning has provided 172 students in the district with the opportunity to take AP courses that otherwise would not have been available.
Virtual Learning Model Individualizes Learning, Increases Student Outcomes
Students liked that online learning is individualized and student-centric. They worked at their own pace with the ability to "rewind the teacher" if they missed or didn't understand part of the lesson. Students felt they learned more in their online courses; 95 percent of the students in the Virtual Academy earned their credit.