Innovations High School – A Model for Georgia?

July 30th, 2014 by Leave a Comment

Innovations High School provides an vision of what could be the future of education.

Innvations is a public school located in Salt Lake City, Utah. Much like the career academy model here in Georgia, students can take classes at Innovations while they are enrolled and participate in extracurricular activities in one of the other four high schools in the school district. They are co-located with a community college, where there students also take classes.

With Georgia’s leadership in career academies and digital learning, this could be an interested model for Georgia school systems to consider.


In the video below, Innovation’s principal Kenneth Groover describes the unique attributes of the school.

Some background from their web site:

As a student-centered learning school, we

  • provide students with access to blended learning regardless of time;
  • provide high quality courses for all students through blended learning;
  • utilize the power and scalability of technology to customize education so that students may learn in their own style preference and at their own pace;
  • utilize technology to remove the constraints of a traditional classroom. This allows students to access learning at any time and in any place, facilitating flexibility to take advantage of their peak learning time;
  • provide personalized learning where students can spend as much time as needed to master the material;
  • provide greater access to self-paced programs enabling high-achieving students to accelerate academically, while struggling students have additional time and help to gain competency;
  • allow students to customize their schedule to better meet their academic goals; and
  • provide quality-learning options to better prepare students for post-secondary education and career opportunities.

A day at Innovations Early College High School

A student attends school each day between 7 am – 5 pm.  When on campus they will be involved in teacher led student skill groups, study groups, a group project session, and working alone on the determined courses. Student assemblies are held every two weeks where we nourish our culture of success, and we also recognize individual student achievement with immediate feedback.

A personalized learning environment for every student

A student has the opportunity to dynamically customize their schedule. In addition to taking courses at Innovations, students may also take courses at East, Highland, West, the Career and Technical Center, or at the college. Through the personalized education plan, a student may take anywhere from one to eight courses at a time.  We believe that managing four to five courses at a time creates opportunities for students to find immediate success in their courses.  A student may complete a course as quickly as they demonstrate competency, with the capacity to begin taking a new course immediately thereafter.

This approach allows students the capacity to focus more deeply on fewer subjects at a time if they choose, thus increasing their motivation, sense of accomplishment, and empowered self-paced learning.

What role does technology play?

Innovations Early College High School utilizes the following technology-enabled strategies:

  • Online, self-paced courses
  • Rich multimedia and interactivity
  • Competency and deeper learning-based curriculum
  • Mastery-based progression/modularization
  • Access to online courses for college credit
  • Adaptive digital content
  • Learning labs
  • Game-based learning
  • Digital content creation
  • Delivery and access through a course management system
  • Embedded assessments
  • Social networks for student collaboration

Advanced educational opportunities

Partnered with the Salt Lake Community College and the Salt Lake District’s Career and Technical Education Center shared campus, a seamless and visible transition between K-12 and higher education becomes a viable option for every student. The facility, completed April 2012, is open year round with extended daily hours. It is equipped with labs, technology, and classrooms designed for collaboration and individualized learning. It is a place where the best of both worlds is intertwined into a full-service learning experience; a place where college and careers becomes an absolute partnership with high school. A place where students are empowered and parents and teachers are liberated with real-time data about performance and progress. A place where every student has control over time, place, path, and pace.

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