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What is Blended Learning?
Blended learning is a formal education program in which a student learns part online, part away from home, and along an integrated learning path.
In addition to regular daily sessions with educators, Richland Two Charter High School students have 24/7 access to their course content through an online learning management system. This allows for control over the some aspects of time, place, path, or pace in student learning. This means students and parents can control more of what happens inside and outside of school. Students can participate in their learning at any time and in any place they have internet access. Parent can monitor student work on a daily basis and help to guide their students outside of the classroom. Students can accelerate or slow their pace as necessary and can continue working toward their high school diploma no matter where they are.
At CHS students participate in Fuel Education or VirtualSC online courses. While pacing and timing requirements may vary from course to course, students and parents still have a significant amount of control. We've learned that students work well with deadlines for course and task completion. We love when students can accelerate their own learning, but we support student progress by setting course completion and progress deadlines.
Part Away From Home
Most schools utilizing online coursework don't offer daily class sessions with core teachers. We do. Even though much of our course content is available online, students will also attend class sessions in a brick-and-mortar location away from home. Students attend school with us 4 days a week during either our AM or PM sessions. While in the building, students move through 4 class periods giving them access to English, Math, Science, and Leadership teachers.
Our AM and PM attendance sessions run just 3 hours and 45 minutes each, so students must work while they are not in our building. This also allows parents to monitor and participate directly in their student's learning. Like colleges and universities, we recommend students work at least 1 hour for each our they attend school. Thus, students should plan to work for a total of about 6 hours each weekday including Fridays.
Students in need of additional support will attend Friday morning sessions with us as well. We select these Friday VIPs based on how students are progressing through their course content and individual graduation plan. We believe a student maximizes their potential when they maximize their time spent on their work both in the building and outside the building.
Along a Learning Path
Students at The Richland Two Charter High School, work toward a South Carolina High School Diploma. Our teachers strive to offer learning oppotunities that integrate with and support students in their online classes. This means students are likely to participate in instructional and support activities to enhance the online experience. These experiences may include regularly scheduled direct instruction, one-on-one tutoring sessions, scheduled work sessions with teachers, benchmark assessments, academic interventions, progress monitoring, and counseling. Student experience here also integrates a Leadership course and character-focused advisory sessions to support long-term graduation and career goals.