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