Apex Learning is pleased to announce the winners of our annual Award of Excellence, which honors six exemplary online learning programs from across the nation. The schools and districts selected foster and demonstrate extraordinary vision and dedication to increasing student achievement through blended and virtual learning.
Read on to learn more about the innovative 2015 recipients.
2015 Award of Excellence Recipients
Boston Public Schools (MA),
Charlestown High School
With a diverse student population, many students arrive at Charlestown High School only to quickly fall behind and struggle academically. Through the Charlestown High School Credit Recovery Program, students are able to effectively get back on track to earning their diploma and in many cases continue onto college. Committed to preparing students for college and career, Charlestown High School is not only expanding course access, they are increasing the graduation rate as well.
Burbank Unified School District (CA),
Burbank Adult School
The mission of the Burbank Adult school is to meet the diverse educational needs of the community by empowering lifelong learners to reach their professional, personal, and/or family goals. What began as a single teacher helping students on improvement plans, has grown to serve both high school concurrent students as well as adult students working to attain their diploma, recover credits, or seek additional educational options. During the 2013-2014 school year, students completed over 358 courses with an average B- GPA.
Cabot Public Schools (AR),
Academic Center of Excellence
The Academic Center of Excellence (ACE) opened to provide a unique learning experience that allows students to engage in their learning anytime, anywhere while increasing academic access and support for students otherwise unable to succeed in a traditional setting. Serving three distinct student populations through three different programs, ACE reached an impressive 96% graduation rate for the 2013-2014 school year.
Lincoln Public Schools (NE),
The eLearning program was established to provide students with alternative methods to earn course credit. By improving academic support for those unable to attend high school and providing alternative educational opportunities, the eLearning program is seeing significant increases in its graduation rate and student retention. The class of 2013 showed a record-high graduation rate at 87.1% (84.6% the previous year), as well as experienced a decline in the dropout rate, with 6% rate in 2013 (8.3% the previous year). The 6% dropout rate is the lowest in Lincoln Public Schools' history.
Sycamore Community Schools (OH),
Created in 2008 to help stabilize and maintain the graduation rate, Aves Academy takes a progressive approach to instruction. Aves Academy offers a non-traditional setting in which students engage in rigorous coursework while also preparing for college and career. Today, Aves Academy focuses on raising the graduation rate, increasing access for students who are unable to attend or succeed in the traditional classroom, and providing additional academic options for all student. From 2008-2015, Aves Academy has graduated 105 students. Due to the continued success of the program, administrators are exploring ways to expand program capacity.
Westerville School District (OH),
Academic Enrichment Center
Recognizing a sizable population of its students consists of at-risk students who have either been expelled, dropped-out, or those considering dropping out, the Academic Enrichment Center (AEC) was formed. At the AEC, the primary objective for each student is to facilitate successful school completion and develop skills to be successful within the school and community upon transition from the program. Countless lives have been transformed through the educational opportunities provided through the AEC, with the vast majority of students graduating who otherwise would not have.