Clarifying School-Directed Requirements

We are working hard to make sure that our language, descriptions and requirements are clear both for parents and students but also for Alberta Education.

What is a school-directed program?

Our school-directed program is for students in grades 1-12 and follows the Alberta Program of Studies (APS) in all subject areas. It uses our online learning platform (Schoology) and other teaching resources and tools. This form of education is called BLENDED elsewhere in the world.

Blended learning is a delivery model that combines online digital media with traditional classroom methods giving some element of student control over time, place, path, or pace.

Blended learning is a term increasingly used to describe the way e-learning is being combined with traditional classroom methods and independent study to create a new, hybrid teaching methodology. It represents a much greater change in basic technique than simply adding computers to classrooms; it represents, in many cases, a fundamental change in the way teachers and students approach the learning experience.

Through blended learning, 1-12 students can access high-quality course materials, course calendars, and assignments during and outside school hours.

Students can also take part in face-to-face lessons and communicate with their teacher and classmates using a suite of secure online tools inside the password-protected LMS. These tools help students learn or review key concepts, stay organized, show what they have learned, submit assignments, track their achievement, and communicate with others. This suite of online secure tools includes:

Blog Calendar Checklists Content
Discussions G-suite Email ePortfolio
Grades Journal Assignments News
Audio / visual interactive web Quizzes Survey

What kind of student is this the best choice for?

This choice is best for students who wish to learn primarily at home but with some enrichment through small group classes and school-sponsored activities, as well as, interactions with the teacher face-to-face. In this program a certificated teacher (Learning Coach):

  • develops the instructional path,
  • delivers the learning opportunities,
  • coaches and assesses the student.

Parents must be highly engaged partners in this learning path.

School-Directed Learning Embraces Learning Partnerships

The school-directed program is a learning partnership that is a collaborative effort between the home and the school, combining the strengths of parent-student, student-teacher (Learning Coach), and parent-teacher (Learning Coach) interaction. The degree to which parents are engaged in learning partnerships varies with:

  • the age of the student
  • the learning needs
  • the grade level

See the example below for grade 1-3 students:

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In order to ensure that all of our students are set up for success in their individual programs, we ask all of our families to come to an understanding of the attributes necessary to be a successful student at Phoenix. We do this through a series of initial meetings and orientations with the Admin staff, then through regular ongoing meetings with the Learning Coach (Teacher).

As a Phoenix Student, my responsibilities are to:

  • communicate with Learning Coaches in all subject areas on a regular basis
  • attend scheduled sessions / classes regularly whether online or onsite
  • utilize a work plan that reflects the amount of time that I need to commit to my academic studies
  • promptly respond to email and phone calls from Phoenix staff
  • ask for help from  a Learning Coach when I need it
  • communicate with Phoenix’s Help Desk if there are technology concerns
  • complete assigned work, follow teacher directions and meet deadlines
  • work in partnership with my parents and Learning Coach
  • return resources upon completion of my courses
  • access Schoology regularly to view school information and course materials, assignments and marks
  • write final exams as required in all core subjects
  • participate in PATs in grades 6 and 9

As a Phoenix Parent, my responsibilities are to:

  • supervise at-home learning and support the learning process
  • understand that students requires a structured learning environment in order to be successful in academic studies
  • ensure student completes assignments in a timely manner
  • ensure student participates in assessment as required
  • communicate with teacher(s) and other members of Phoenix staff
  • provide a personal email address at the time of registration
  • promptly respond to email and phone calls from Phoenix staff
  • access Schoology regularly to view school information, course materials and marks
  • assume responsibility for all materials and resources issued
  • cover the costs of mailing or transporting resources and textbooks
  • ensure resources are returned as required

Phoenix Learning Coaches are responsible to:

  • deliver, monitor and evaluate your course work that meets the requirements of the Alberta Program of Studies
  • maintain communication with you and your parents through email, phone, online sessions or in person
  • communicate your progress and achievement through reports cards, email, Schoology, by phone and/or in to face-to-face meetings
  • be accessible and available to you and your parents, by appointment, for advice, personal student instruction and general assistance
  • respond to all work submitted in a timely fashion
  • respond to all phone and email messages within one working day of receiving them
  • provide you and your parents with meaningful feedback
  • help you to prepare for final and provincial diploma examinations
  • create opportunities for you to enhance your learning
  • post interim marks to Schoology regularly for you and your parents to access
  • maintain your student’s permanent record
  • inform you and your parents of school events and other news
  • accommodate the educational needs and pursuits of students identified as having special needs

Program Delivery

  • Elementary (Grades 1-6)
    – Schoology, teacher-provided resources, teacher-directed assignments, additional onsite classes and activities based on the APS
  • Junior High (Grades 7-9)
    – Schoology, Junior high in a Box Resources, onsite weekly classes, additional classes and activities based on the APS
  • High School (Grade 10)
    – Grade 10 Supported program, ADLC materials, onsite weekly classes, additional classes and activities based on the APS, must complete 20 or more credits
  • High School (Grades 11-12)
    – ADLC materials and instruction using ADLC’s online platform (Moodle), must complete 20 or more credits each year

Author: Diana Stinn

Co-Founder of Phoenix