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Rescue Union School District opens new virtual Independent Study Program

By June 30, 2011

“COOL” stands for Collaborative Opportunities for Online Learning

Rescue’s COOL SCHOOL offers free, innovative and personalized learning choices open to students in grades three through eight in El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, Amador and Alpine counties. Enrolled students participate in an online, blended learning environment combining digital courses with the direct instruction and guidance of fully credentialed teachers.

Each individual student’s progress at mastering the rigorous California content standards is continuously monitored by a highly qualified teacher.

In the blended learning class, students experience hands-on learning, group projects, field trips and school-to-career opportunities with age appropriate peers. The curriculum is provided through a partnership with Odysseyware, an award-winning, national learning management system. Students must be committed and possess self-discipline and independent study skills to be successful. All program options require a great deal of parental commitment, time and support.

There are three available program options:

Blended learning: Students complete most coursework at home and online using Odysseyware and attend class in the COOL School Learning Center (located on the Lake Forest Elementary School campus in El Dorado Hills) three hours/two days a week for direct instruction mainly in the areas of writing, social studies and science. Class time is also spent on field trips, project learning, collaboration and interaction with grade level peers.

Online learning: In this program, students complete their coursework at home and online using Odysseyware under the supervision of a credentialed teacher.  Students will meet with the instructor regularly.

Traditional independent study: Students meet weekly with a teacher to establish, monitor and evaluate student progress on the work plan.Students work independently at home to complete coursework using traditional, district adopted text materials.

Students enrolling in the Rescue COOL SCHOOL Independent Study Program will also have opportunities to participate in instrumental music, visual and performing arts, physical education, libraries and extracurricular sports as individual and school schedules will allow. Go to rescuecoolschool.org to learn more or to register for this innovative program.

An information night will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on July 20 in the Rescue Union School District board room, 2390 Bass Lake Road in Rescue. You may also contact Sheila Simmons, the program director, at (530) 363-7130 or   [email protected].


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