How to find the right school for your child?

Choosing a school for your child can be a daunting and scary experience.  There are many aspects that you have to consider, and the fear of making a mistake can haunt you for years to come as a parent.  Nevertheless, have no fear, we are here to point you in the right direction and give you the necessary questions you should ask yourself as well as a prospective school.

The most important aspect of choosing the right school is understanding your child.   Knowing your child’s academic and social needs gives you the essential information to determine if they can flourish in a particular type of school or not.   Whether you are choosing a public, charter, or private school, or homeschooling, whether or not you are paying tuition, careful planning is a must.

The following sections have questions for you to consider, with workspace for you to write down your thoughts, as you go through the process of choosing a school for your child. Remember, you are looking for a school that will make the educational experience for your child and you as rewarding as possible.

Step 1: Consider your child & your family

Start your search for the best school by thinking about what you want a school to do and be for your child. Perhaps your child has special language or education needs or has a special talent that needs to be fostered. Keep these in mind. After all, you know your son or daughter better than anyone else does.

Your child's needs:

  • Does your child need a more structured environment?
  • Does your child need a less structured environment?
  • Does your child need more challenging work?
  • Does your child need more individual attention?
  • Does your child generally need extra help or more time to complete an assignment?
  • Does your child have any special learning needs?
  • Does your child need an environment that fosters creativity?
  • Does your child need an English language acquisition program?

Your child's learning style:

  • Does your child learn best by seeing how things work?
  • Does your child learn best by reading about how something works?
  • Does your child learn best by listening?
  • Does your child like to participate in discussions?
  • Does your child like to learn through physical activity?
  • Is your child logical or mathematical?
  • Is your child musical or artistic?
  • Does your child like to learn in groups?
  • Does your child like to work alone?

Location of school:

  • Do you want your child to go to a school within walking distance of your home?
  • Can your child's talents be nurtured outside your neighborhood?
  • How far are you willing to have your child bused?
  • How far are you willing to drive your child to school?
  • Does your child want to be in a school with his or her friends?
  • Do you want your child to go to a school near your after-school care? Near where you work? Near a close relative?
  • Does your child have any special transportation needs that must be considered in choosing a school?

Step 2: Gather information about schools


If you were looking to buy a car, you could talk to friends and family and find information on the Internet, in consumer magazines, or in other published resources. Similarly, when investigating schools, you may also have to make phone calls, collect written material from different schools and look for reports in your local paper to get the information you need. You can check public school report cards and go to parent fairs and school open houses. You can find reliable school information online on sites such as www.greatschools.net and www.privateschoolreview.com. The in-depth research will be worth your while if you find a school that brings out the best in your child.

Along with the schools' curricula and philosophy, you will want to know about school policies and services. Parents may also wish to consider the after-school programs a school offers, for example, sports, clubs, tutoring, or academic enrichment. Some schools have after-school activities funded by the U.S. Department of Education's 21st Century Community Learning Centers program. These centers provide educational activities outside of the regular school hours' before and after school or during summer vacation' that complement what is taught in school. You may also want to ask if the school offers free tutoring, test prep, and technical education programs.

Curriculum

  • Does the school have a vigorous program of core academic subjects such as English, history, mathematics, science, arts, and foreign languages?
  • What courses does the school offer in addition to the core subjects?
  • What evidence is there that the school is effectively teaching students to read?
  • Does the school have a particular focus or theme for the curriculum?
  • Does the school offer challenging courses such as Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and high school honors courses?
  • Does the school provide enrichment opportunities for all students? For gifted students?
  • Does the school have extracurricular activities that support what is taught?
  • Is there an effective English language acquisition program for children who need it?
  • If your child has special learning needs, does the school have a curriculum and the necessary supports to appropriately accommodate those needs?

Approach to learning

  • Does the school have a particular approach to teaching and learning (e.g., group projects, individual performance, frequent testing)?
  • If yes, do you think your child will enjoy and learn from this approach?
  • Does the school do all it can to make sure each child learns? Does it provide opportunities for children to get extra help when they need it?
  • Is the school staff able to communicate in the language that your child understands?
  • Are children with limited English language skills, learning disabilities, or other special needs learning and performing well on tests?
  • What is the homework policy? Does it match your expectations for how much homework your child should do?
  • Do you want your child to go to a single-sex (all-boy or all-girl) school, or a coeducational school?
  • How large are the classes?

Academic performance

  • How do the school's test scores compare to those of other schools? (Check the school's report card if it is a public school or ask for information from the school if it is a private school. See 'Parent Tip' on school report cards.)
  • In the past few years, have test scores risen or declined?
  • How does the school explain the rise or decline? How well have children similar to yours performed on these tests?
  • How do students moving on to the next level of schooling perform in their new schools?
  • How many students leave the school before completing the last grade?
  • What special achievements or recognition has the school received?

Behavior policy

  • What does the school do to help develop character and citizenship?
  • What is the discipline policy? How does the school handle students who misbehave?
  • Are teachers fair in their responses to students? Does the school have a program and supports to prevent and address behavior problems?
  • Are students allowed to leave school by themselves?
  • What measures has the school taken to ensure safety? What security measures are in place?
  • What is the policy on school absences? How does the school encourage daily attendance?
  • Do school personnel call parents when students are absent?
  • Does the school have a drug and alcohol abuse prevention program?
  • Does the school have a dress code?
  • Do students wear uniforms?

Safety

  • Is the school safe?
  • How does the school prevent and handle problems with drugs, alcohol, and tobacco?
  • How does the school prevent and handle violence, bullying, harassment, and other forms of abusive behavior?
  • What measures does the school take to ensure safety? What security measures are in place?
  • What is the school's relationship with the local police?
  • Is there a police officer on duty during school hours and for extracurricular activities?
  • What information is available on serious crime in the school?
  • What information is available on students bringing weapons to school?
  • Does the school have an emergency plan for local and national emergencies?
  • What does the school do to ensure that parents and all school administrators know the emergency plan?
  • Are there drills?
  • How does the school notify parents about emergency closings? How does the school communicate with parents in other languages?

Special offerings

  • What extracurricular activities does the school offer after school or on weekends?
  • Do all students have the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities?
  • What interscholastic activities are available to students?
  • What intramural activities are available to students?
  • What activities receive the most attention and resources?
  • Are there school and student publications?
  • Does the school have field trips?
  • Are they available to all students?
  • Are publications for parents available in other languages?

Facilities and services

  • Is there a well-stocked library where students can check out books and do research? Are reading materials available in other languages?
  • Is there interlibrary loan?
  • Is time provided in the day for students to go to the library?
  • Do students have access to computers and the Internet in the classroom and library?
  • Is use of the Internet monitored?
  • Is there an auditorium or a large room for school assemblies?
  • Is a school nurse on duty daily?
  • Is there a cafeteria, and does the school offer a nutritionally well-balanced lunch program? Breakfast program?
  • Is supervised before- and after school care offered?
  • Are there tutoring programs?
  • Are counseling services available to students?
  • Is the school accessible to children with mobility limitations?

Admissions procedures for public schools of choice and private schools

  • Is there an application process?
  • What is the application deadline?
  • Is anything else required in the application (test scores, interview, recommendations, application fees, etc.)?
  • Are test scores required for admission?
  • What are the ranges of scores for admitted students?
  • Do admissions requirements include a portfolio, an audition or statement of interest?
  • Are there any other admissions requirements?
  • Are admissions requirements published in languages other than English?

Additional questions about private schools

  • What is the tuition?
  • Is there a payment plan?
  • Is there a sliding scale for tuition, based on the parish, church affiliation, or family income?
  • What are the other fees and expenses (room and board, uniforms, books, transportation, lab and computer fees, activity fees)?
  • What scholarships and loans are available?
  • Are students or their parents required to be of a particular faith?
  • Does the school have a policy on student participation in religious instruction and worship?
  • Does the school close for religious and federal holidays?
  • Does the school have the same schedule as the local public school?
  • Additional questions about home schools
  • Have you identified curriculum materials for your child, and how much they will cost?
  • Is there a suitable place for your child's study and instruction?
  • Do you, your spouse, or another homeschooling parent have adequate free time to be available to your homeschooling child?
  • Do other families in your area homeschool their children?
  • Is there a support group of homeschoolers near you?
  • If you are interested in some outside instructional support, have you checked your local library, parks department, scouting organizations, public and private schools, and similar resources?
  • Have you searched the Web for resources on instruction, legal issues, support groups, and other matters?
  • Have you identified other resources you will need?
  • Have you checked state regulations? (They are usually available on the web or from your local public school or school district.)

 

Step 3: Visit and observe schools

Contact the schools you are interested in and make an appointment for a visit. If possible, tour the schools during regular school hours and visit a few classes. Avoid visiting schools during the first or last week of a term to get a realistic sense of how the school operates.

An excellent way to have your questions answered is to schedule an appointment with the school principal. If possible, attend an open house, parent-teacher meeting, or other school function that would also provide valuable information about the attitudes of staff, students, and parents.

Listen carefully to what teachers say about the school. The teachers will be the adults closest to your child, and you will want to know if they are well prepared, dedicated, and happy in their work.

Culture

  • Is the school secretary helpful and friendly?
  • Is the school orderly and neat?
  • What do the bulletin boards look like?
  • How is student work displayed?
  • How does the school communicate with students and parents (weekly/monthly newsletter, e-mail, Website)?
  • Do the students appear to be courteous, happy, and disciplined?
  • Is there a welcoming attitude toward all parents?
  • How are the students with diverse learning needs (e.g., students with disabilities and students with limited English proficiency) treated?
  • Do the teachers appear to be helpful and friendly?

Principal

  • What is the principal's philosophy of education?
  • What is the principal's attitude toward discipline?
  • In what extracurricular activities is the principal most interested?
  • What is the principal's reputation in the community?
  • Is the principal usually at the school and available to talk to parents?
  • Does the principal get to know the students?
  • How often does the principal observe teachers?
  • What does the school do to keep good teachers and improve teacher performance?
  • How does the principal respond to parental concerns/complaints?
  • What is the principal's attitude toward students with diverse learning needs (e.g., students with disabilities and students with limited English proficiency)?
  • According to the principal, what are the school's strengths?
  • According to the principal, what are the school's weaknesses?
  • According to the principal, where can the school improve?

Teachers

  • How do teachers grade student work?
  • Do teachers have high expectations for all students to achieve to high academic standards?
  • How do teachers inform students of their expectations?
  • Do teachers share the course content and objectives with parents?
  • When and how frequently are teachers available for parent conferences?
  • Do teachers assign homework? Is it rigorous? Frequent? Sufficient?
  • Are the teachers highly qualified to teach in their subject areas (do they know the subjects they are teaching)?
  • Do teachers have the skills and knowledge to address students with special learning needs?
  • Are specialized staffs available to address the individual learning needs of a child (e.g., speech therapist, psychologist or aides)?
  • Do the teachers know the individual students in their classes?
  • Are teachers willing to provide extra help to students?
  • What is the school's policy regarding teacher response to parent inquiries?
  • Do teachers have websites with class notes and other information for students and parents?

Students

  • What is the attendance rate for students?
  • What do students say about the principal?
  • What do students say about the teachers?
  • Do the students have school spirit?
  • What do students say about homework?
  • Do students participate in and enjoy field trips?
  • Do students feel safe and secure at the school?
  • What do student publications say?
  • What else do students say about the school?
  • Parent and community involvement
  • How does the school encourage parental involvement?
  • What are the ways parents can get involved?
  • Are parents encouraged to volunteer?
  • Does the school have an active parent-teacher organization?
  • Does the school hold meetings and events at times when parents can attend?
  • How well attended are back-to-school nights by parents?
  • Are families expected to be involved with homework?
  • How frequently does the school communicate with parents?
  • Are community leaders involved with the school?
  • Does the school partner with local businesses and organizations?
  • Are parents involved in the development of school policies?
  • Reputation
  • How is the school regarded in the community?
  • How is the school viewed by other parents?
  • Is the school respected by other schools, particularly those that receive its students (when they move to the next level)?
  • Has the school won any awards?
  • Do people move to the community to go to the school?
  • What do the graduates of the school say?
  • Have graduates from the school made significant contributions to the community and their field of choice?

 

Step 4: Apply to the schools you choose

Once you select the school(s) that you think will be best for your child, you will go through a process of applying to a school (or schools) of your choice and enrolling your child. Consider applying to more than one school, in case your child is not admitted to their first choice.

You will want to begin this process as early as possible to ensure you meet all the deadlines.

Admissions processes can vary. Your child may need to be tested or interviewed, and you may need to provide a school transcript, recommendations, or other information. It would be helpful to learn about admissions criteria for the schools. You will want to double check to be sure you have accurate information on when and how to apply.

  • Select one or more schools to apply to
  • To which schools do you want to apply?
  • What is the application deadline at each school?
  • Submit paperwork and applications before the deadlines
  • Have you filled out the application for each school?
  • Have you included all of the required additional information with the application (deposit, student transcript, test scores, letters of recommendation)?
  • Have you submitted applications before the deadline set by each school?

Follow up

  • Have you contacted each school to check on your child's application status?
  • When will the schools notify you that your child has been admitted?
  • When will you need to notify the school that your child plans to attend?
  • When will you notify the schools that your child will not attend?

You are ready

Congratulations on all the planning you have done to reach this point. Your child will benefit tremendously from your active concern and involvement with his or her education. By collecting information, talking to other parents, visiting schools, and exercising your right to choose, you can now take the lead in making sure your son or daughter gets the best possible education. However, this is only the beginning. By staying involved in your child's education, encouraging your child to work hard, and providing additional opportunities to learn at home and in the community, you can help your child go further still. Remember it is your right, as well as your responsibility, to seek the very best education for your son or daughter.  Thanks for reading!


Article Reference:

URL:https://www2.ed.gov/parents/schools/find/choose/pub_pg7.html
 

Student Portfolios, Transcripts, and College...

As education changes and we reconsider how we assess students, we can't continue to do what is comfortable at the expense of what truly communicates student abilities. Standardized testing and transcripts have proven not be helpful to many students for various reasons, and end up being accurate for a small percentage of kids.

At the 24/7 Learning Academy, we feel that using digital student portfolios is a more advantageous and accurate way to show student accomplishments.  Transcripts only represent standardized outcomes, and we all know individual students have unique challenges and stories that can’t be explained by a letter grade.  Also, just students with the most resources have the best opportunities to prepare for college-entry standardized tests.  

Digital portfolios changes that and levels the playing field by allowing college admission departments to focus on tangible learning outcomes, reflection, and growth.  Colleges are seeing that companies are looking for candidates who are resourceful, can think outside of the box, show grit, and are now looking for the same characteristics from high school graduates.   

We understand the need for quantitative results like test scores and grades, but we see them as a small piece of a more substantial body of work that represents a student’s journey through school.  

We have partnered with a few companies and organizations that support digital portfolio development for students and are looking for more ways for students to accurately display their talents and abilities. 

Below is a list of colleges and universities that accept student portfolios as a part of their admissions process:

  • Amherst College
  • Bates College
  • Bowdoin College
  • Brown University
  • Bryn Mawr College
  • California Institute of Technology
  • Carleton College
  • Clemson University
  • Colby College
  • Colgate University
  • College of the Holy Cross
  • College of William & Mary
  • Colorado College
  • Columbia University
  • Connecticut College
  • Cornell University
  • Dartmouth College
  • Davidson College
  • Duke University
  • Emory University
  • Franklin & Marshall College
  • Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Grinnell College
  • Hamilton College
  • Harvard University
  • Haverford College
  • Illinois State University
  • Indiana University at Bloomington
  • James Madison University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Miami University of Ohio
  • Michigan State University
  • Middlebury College
  • Mount Holyoke College
  • North Carolina State University
  • Northeastern University
  • Northwestern University
  • Oberlin College
  • Ohio State University
  • Penn State
  • Pomona College
  • Princeton University
  • Purdue University
  • Reed College
  • Rice University
  • Rutgers University at New Brunswick
  • Skidmore College
  • Smith College
  • St. Olaf College
  • Stanford University
  • State University of New York at Geneseo
  • State University of New York at Buffalo
  • Swarthmore College
  • Texas A&M University
  • Tufts University
  • Union College
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Florida
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Maryland at College Park
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  • University of Missouri
  • University of New Hampshire
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Rochester
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of Vermont
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Washington
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Vassar College
  • Virginia Tech
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • Wellesley College
  • Wesleyan University
  • Williams College
  • Yale University

THE FUTURE IS HERE AND OUR KIDS NEED TO BE READY FOR IT... VOLUME 3

Welcome to 24/7 Education Group monthly newsletter.  The purpose of this newsletter is to provide you with information about our programs, campaigns, and accomplishments from the previous month.  

Learning opportunities of today are very different from what they were ten years ago. Content is readily available, and self-paced learning is happening all around us. No one person, school, or system controls what we can learn and when.  On-demand learning is everywhere, people learn what they want, when they want, from various sources and the only thing that stops them is a lack of will or drive to learn.  At the 24/7 Learning Academy, the role of the lead teacher (Advisor) is not to just deliver instruction but to:

  • Increase effort, engagement, and our student's will to learn
  • Support student healthy habits
  • Support the Growth Mindset in students and families
  • Provide leadership development and mentorship

We believe a quality education starts with access and a healthy mindset, and our first job as educators is to create that safe place where students can experience just that.  The questions our team is examining this month are: 

  • How can we train our educators to get the most effort from their students?
  • What are the healthy habits students need to succeed?
  • How can we increase engagement with students through online and in-person instruction?
  • How can we create curriculum and assessments that are continuously improving as our students develop and promote the Growth Mindset?  

These are the questions we are working to answer every day and we believe so should you. 


Check out our latest video that describes some of the amazing things we have accomplished at the 24/7 Learning Academy.




STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS

SUPPORT OUR "GET A PRIVATE SCHOOL EDUCATION FOR A PUBLIC SCHOOL COST" SCHOLARSHIP FUND FOR THE HIGH SCHOOL AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS

All students deserve to have access to the best educational experiences possible, but many don't.  All donations small and large will pay for students to participate in our high school or  entrepreneurship and leadership after school program which includes tutoring, test prep, entrepreneurship training, and leadership development for teens.


VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS

Volunteers wanted:

  • Retired Educators wanted to provide virtual mentorship to students (Can work remotely)

  • Board of Director Candidates wanted

  • General Volunteers wanted


THE FUTURE IS HERE AND OUR KIDS NEED TO BE READY FOR IT... VOLUME 2

Welcome to 24/7 Education Group monthly newsletter.  The purpose of this newsletter is to provide you with information about our programs, campaigns, and accomplishments from the previous month.  

The big question that was asked of the executive team last month was, “what are we creating?” All of the answers were similar but had some subtle differences.  For our organization to meet its maximum potential, we all must be in the same boat, rowing in the same direction, and speaking the same language. So I am going to answer that question and explain our vision.

What are we creating:  THE SCHOOL OF THE FUTURE


OUR VISION:  THE SCHOOL OF THE FUTURE

Our school of the future will be made up of:

  • Micro-schools located throughout the world connected through our online instructional platform, the 24/7 Learning Center.

  • A cohort of expert educators that are providing instruction and mentorship to students onsite and remotely in all of our Micro schools.

  • Pedagogy and Programming that will support onsite and remote students of multiple age groups to take ownership of their education and to:

    • Learn by Doing

    • Learn by Teaching

    • Learn by Simulation


OUR TEAM:

New Team Members: Welcome to the team!

  • Michelle M - Fundraising
  • Erica - School Design
  • Jian - Web development
  • Jill - Web Development
  • Sanchit - Web Development
  • Alicia - IDD Team
  • Amanda - HR and Operations

OUR CURRENT PROJECTS:

24/7 LEARNING ACADEMY -  The school designed for the 21st Century

HIGHLIGHTS FOR THE MONTH:  

Starting our first student run and owned business:  Farmers Market and Hydroponic Garden

ADULT LEARNING: 

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I'm learning Social Media Marketing to start a new career


OUR PEDAGOGY IN ACTION: LEARNING BY TEACHING

Book Discussion: Rich Dad Poor Dad, Chapter 1

Subjects Covered: Financial Literacy, English Language Arts, Presentation skills, Video Editing, Public Speaking

Educational Standards covered:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.2
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.2
Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; trace the text's explanation or depiction of a complex process, phenomenon, or concept; provide an accurate summary of the text.


FUNDRAISING AND VOLUNTEERING: 

WE RAISED $2200 FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST AND ARE DEVELOPING SOME LOCAL COMMUNITY FUNDRAISING EVENTS FOR THE FOLLOWING MONTHS.

These include: 

  • A raffle and chocolate sale
  • Local car washes
  • Set up for our End of Year Fundraising

STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS:

SUPPORT OUR "GET A PRIVATE SCHOOL EDUCATION FOR A PUBLIC SCHOOL COST" SCHOLARSHIP FUND FOR THE HIGH SCHOOL AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS.

Donate Today

DONATE TODAY:

All students deserve to have access to the best educational experiences possible, but many don't.  All donations small and large will pay for students to participate in our high school or  entrepreneurship and leadership after school program which includes tutoring, test prep, entrepreneurship training, and leadership development for teens.


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: 

We are looking for volunteers who share our passion for education, technology, and equality. It is a 20-hour commitment per month initially and an opportunity to help ensure access to quality education for all, regardless of race, location, income, and access to technology.

VOLUNTEER TODAY

  • Retired or inactive educators wanted to provide virtual mentorship to students (Can work remotely)

  • Board of Directors

  • General Volunteers wanted


SOCRATIC DISCUSSION RESOURCES FOR THIS MONTH:  

What jobs will be available in the Future and why do we focus on creativity, leadership development, and ownership?

 

 

 

the other?


There are two types of education, is one more valuable than the other?


WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE 24/7 EDUCATION GROUP?

The Future is here and our Kids need to be ready for it... volume 1

Hello, team, the purpose of this newsletter is to provide you with information about 24/7 Learning Academy's programs, campaigns, and accomplishments from the previous month. Our primary objective is to eradicate education inequality by creating access to the highest quality educators and instruction to as many students as possible through innovative classroom infrastructure, program development, pedagogy, and technology.  

Some people may be thinking “that is impossible, the problem is too big for this small organization to tackle,” and I say why not.  Technology has made it so that people from across the globe can easily communicate, collaborate, and share information with a touch of a button.  Why is it so hard for us to utilize the same technology that successful large corporations use in their organizations to transform education so that all students can have access to high-quality educators and instruction?   Why doesn’t everyone see this as an opportunity or is the paradigm shift so significant?

Either way, you are a part of the 24/7 Education movement that sees the big picture, and yes it is a giant puzzle that we are assembling piece by piece.  To simplify things we asked ourselves three questions:

  • How can we get the best educators and curriculum in front of the most students?
  • What are the most effective ways students learn?
  • How can we continually assess the quality of learning?

By asking these questions, we know we have to design a classroom that is not limited by walls or location.  We have to focus on access, pedagogy, content delivery, and how we can assess learning without external impediments.


OUR CURRENT TEAM:

24/7 Learning Academy team

OUR CURRENT PROJECTS:  

1. STARTING THE 24/7 LEARNING ACADEMY - The school designed for the 21st Century

Layout and Design: Our small but innovative school will feature two Gardens and multiple instructional areas to serve student's academic,  entrepreneurial, and leadership development needs.

24/7 Learning Academy
24/7 Learning Academy

2. CLASSROOM INFRASTRUCTURE: The Classroom designed for the 21st Century

Developing hybrid classrooms where onsite and remote educators can teach simultaneously, and onsite and remote students can learn simultaneously.

Our Classrooms are designed to be used with multiple types of educational programs and age groups (high school, after school programs, adult learning programs, and camps), and are easily scalable.

24/7 Learning Academy Hybrid Classrooms
24/7 Learning Academy Hybrid Classroom
24/7 Learning Academy Hybrid Classroom

PROGRAMMING AND PEDAGOGY for the 21st Century

Our programming and pedagogy are designed to prepare students for change, trouble shooting, and to participate in opportunities that have not been created yet.

24/7 Learning Academy High School Program - Features on site and remote learning for teens

24/7 Learning Academy After School Program  - Features Entrepreneurship and Leadership development for teens

24/7 Learning Academy Camp Program - Features Holiday and Summer instruction for students focused on Entrepreneurship and Drones

  • Check out Zachery learning about Growth Mindset in his 24/7 Learning Academy's on site high school orientation.
 
 

EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY:

Our software development team is developing an Immersive Learning Platform that will provide an engaging and effective online learning experience for students in and outside our classrooms.

Our Platform:  

  • Is designed for self-paced learning and to support live access to our classrooms
  • Focuses on connecting the right educators and modes of instruction with the right students, because we believe in matching specific teacher instructional styles with specific student learning styles.

(Front end Design Specs)


FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGNS:

1. DEVELOP THE CLASSROOM OF THE FUTURE

Our crowdfunding campaign to build the Classroom of the Future ended July 31st, and raised $2565.

Top two Team Fundraisers:

  • Diallyo: $1000

  • Kea: $800

Thank you to everyone that donated and shared our links.  A special thanks goes to Kea Paddy who led the fundraising campaign.  Her persistence allowed us to create a functional hybrid classroom that can reach well beyond the  walls of our physical classroom.
 

2. STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS

SUPPORT OUR "GET A PRIVATE SCHOOL EDUCATION FOR A PUBLIC SCHOOL COST" SCHOLARSHIP FUND FOR THE HIGH SCHOOL AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS

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All students deserve to have access to the best educational experiences possible, but many don't.  All donations small and large will pay for students to participate in our high school or  entrepreneurship and leadership after school program which includes tutoring, test prep, entrepreneurship training, and leadership development for teens.


VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS

  • Retired Educators wanted to provide virtual mentorship to students (Can work remotely)

  • Board of Director Candidates wanted

  • General Volunteers wanted


by Justice Jones  © 24/7 Education Group - 2017

"Education will never be the same"

We are so proud to introduce our "Education Will Never Be the Same" promotional campaign for the 24/7 Learning Academy.  We believe  we have built something extraordinary and tackling one of the most complicated challenges facing education today, education inequality. An excellent education begins with access to a high-quality educator. The greater the Teacher, the greater the value of the lesson to the student.

Some people may think that is impossible, the problem is too big for our small organization to tackle, and I say "why not."  Technology has made it so that people from across the globe can easily communicate, collaborate, and share information with a touch of a button. Successful corporations use these innovations throughout the world. Why is it so difficult for us to utilize the same technology to transform education so that all students have access to high-quality educators and instruction?   Why doesn’t everyone see this as an opportunity or is the paradigm shift so significant?

Either way, the 24/7 Learning Academy team sees a bigger picture, and yes, it is a giant puzzle that we are completing piece by piece.  To simplify our task, we asked ourselves three questions:

  • How can we get the best educators and instruction in front of the most students?
  • What are the most effective ways students learn?
  • How can we continually assess the quality of learning taking place in our programs?

By asking these questions, we know we have to design a classroom that is not limited by walls or location.  We have to focus on pedagogy, content delivery, and how we can assess learning without external impediments.

We don't have all of the answers, and there are still many challenges to overcome, but we understand that education in its simplest form begins with the educator and student, and the quality of instruction is determined by the quality of the person delivering it.

 


INTERESTED IN THE 24/7 LEARNING ACADEMY

Help us Build the School of the Future

We are the 24/7 Learning Academy, an innovative new school that is opening in Orlando, Florida in August 2017. Through personalized and project-based learning our students will gain the knowledge and skills they need to be successful.

Our team of educators has over 75 years of experience, and we believe we've designed a school that will have a huge impact on students and communities across the country.

An essential part of the 24/7 Learning Academy is the ability to have both onsite and remote students learning and participating simultaneously within one classroom. With the right technology, we will have the opportunity to share our classroom and instruction with students across the globe. Both students and instructors can effectively engage in the learning process from any internet ready device, anywhere in the world, in real time.

However, financing the right technology for this is difficult. Inexpensive and widely available video conferencing resources currently exist, but they are insufficient for classroom use and experience a plethora of technical issues. We need something more robust and consistent to ensure students have active engagement and participation, regardless of their location.

We are looking to truly integrate remote students and educators through the use of the Cisco SX80 and SpeakerTrack System, a high definition video and microphone system that includes motion and sound-tracking. This technology will allow us to provide seamless access to our classrooms and instructors.

Families no longer have to be limited to the educational choices within their communities, and students no longer have to be subjugated to inexperienced teachers and inadequate instruction because of where they live.

We need your support; please donate today to help us raise the monies required to purchase this groundbreaking technology and help us share our classrooms and exceptional learning experiences with students and families from across the globe. We appreciate your support and all donations large or small are encouraged.

We are grateful to all donors, and we want you to see the impact of your gifts, so we are offering the following rewards for donations.

$500: You will receive 24/7 Learning Academy memorabilia, be listed as a Silver sponsor on our website and plaque at our school location. (The Bronze Donor Package)

$1,000: You will receive “The Bronze Donor Package” plus be acknowledged in a live class as a Gold Donor. (The Silver Donor Package)

$1,500: You will receive “The Silver Donor Package” and sponsor a cluster of 3 students and have feedback on their progress and receive a personal letter or video from each of them. (The Gold Donor Package)

$3,000-$5,000: You will receive “The Gold Donor Package,” plus sponsor a particular project that students complete annually, and the project will be named after you. A larger gift ($4,000 or more) will allow you to help select which project that you would like to sponsor. (The Platinum Donor Package)

$8,000 or over: You will receive “The Platinum Donor Package,” plus, we will name a program and Subject Area after you. (The Diamond Donor Package)

Donate today, and become a supporter of a school that is innovating education and changing the lives of its students. If you cannot afford to donate, please help us by sharing our campaign with your friends and family.

The 24/7 Learning Academy is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, and all donations are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.


Creating an Entrepreneurial Classroom

At 24/7 Learning Academy, students will delve into a rigorous curriculum that includes calculus, physics, programming, and literature, but in our view, some of the students’ most valuable experiences will be when they will run experiments, take risks, and try to launch ideas out in the “real world.” 

As an example, this coming year, our students will have the opportunity to build a hydroponic farm right here at the school facility and then sell the produce to the local community. In doing so, they are going to get to learn a lot of practical skills and knowledge in agriculture, biology, engineering, and marketing and get to see how they apply to creating something real. 

But even more importantly, they are going to get exposure to many of the challenges they will face in both college and their professional careers. Things like: How do you collaborate with a team to solve a complicated problem when there is no one telling you the solution? How do you manage your limited time and resources? How do you adjust when your first approach doesn’t work? How can you stay motivated in the face of failure? 

High school is a perfect time to learn these valuable lessons, and we see no reason why an individual has to wait until they are out of college before they can follow their passions and launch a business or pursue their own entrepreneurial paths. In fact, at PS 11 in New York City, students in 3rd grade (Yes eight and nine-year-olds!) operate a weekly farmer’s market and help take care of the chickens whose eggs they sell to the community. 

If we truly want to prepare our students to become great innovators and leaders, what better way to start then to inspire and support them in creating something real?

We are extremely excited to see what our students create!

Click here to Register for our onsite or virtual high school today!