Case Study

District Switches to Apex Learning to Increase Student Achievement

Early County Schools, GA
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Learn by Watching: It Just Doesn't Click

Early County Schools switched to Apex Learning after utilizing digital curriculum from another provider for over five years. Karen McNeal, Curriculum Coordinator for Early County Schools, explains that the other provider's curriculum primarily uses prerecorded lecture videos to replicate the traditional classroom model. This approach did not connect with students or produce the outcomes the district needed.

"Despite their best efforts, our students struggled to stay engaged and learn with that curriculum. We could see that students watched the videos, but it was a passive experience. They weren't expected to do much more than watch and click," says McNeal. When Early County Schools spoke to neighboring districts, their peers echoed the district's concerns about the other provider's curriculum, and recommended Apex Learning.

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Learn by Doing: Students Thrive

Instead of offering video lectures, Apex Learning intentionally takes a more active pedagogical approach: learn by doing. Rather than being told what they should know, students are prompted to interact with the content and build their own knowledge. Students progress through the curriculum by actively observing, inquiring, creating, connecting, and confirming.

"Now that students are using Apex Learning curriculum, they actively participate in their learning. They're engaged, staying on schedule, and achieving at higher levels," McNeal says. "We're very happy with our decision to switch to Apex Learning and would recommend that any district looking to improve their outcomes do the same."

We're very happy with our decision to switch to Apex Learning and would recommend that any district looking to improve their outcomes do the same.

Karen McNeal 

Curriculum Coordinator
Early County Schools, GA

District Profile

  • Small district
  • Student Population: 2,193
  • Free and reduced lunch: 96%
  • English language learners: 1%