Online Classes Being Offered By Five Schools This Spring

Posted by Community Relations at 4/29/2015

Online classes are being offered at five schools this spring, and will soon expand District-wide. In January, the Governing Board approved Edgenuity as its online platform to provide a virtual learning experience to any PUHSD student. Locally based, Edgenuity, provides Arizona standards-based content, and is aligned to PUHSD scope and sequence. Early adopters are Camelback, Central, Alhambra, Suns-Diamondbacks and Maryvale. Next year, online classes, facilitated by PUHSD teachers, will be offered as an alternative to the traditional classroom setting at all schools as outlined within the school’s bell schedule and school calendar. Extended learning opportunities at each site will also allow students to complete a course online, either during Evening School, on their own time, and using available school or community technology resources.

By the 2016-17 school year, instruction with PUHSD teachers teaching online course in school will be blended with face to face instruction as well as computer based learning experiences. Although the courses are designed to follow 18-week semesters, students will be able to complete the courses earlier depending on their own learning pace. Eventually, online virtual learning will be open to all Phoenix Union students, as well as out-of-District students. Students should check with their schools to see which courses will be available online.

Online classes will provide increased opportunities for our students by allowing students to repeat a course to gain credit or improve their grade and in turn grade point average. They will have the option to complete classes if unable to attend school for family or medical reasons, take classes that may not be offered at their home campus, and develop proficiency in a virtual classroom and experience they will likely have in college.