Directory of Distance Learning Opportunities, K-12

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JEFFCONET ACADEMY

Jefferson County Public Schools

1829 Denver West Drive

Golden, CO 80401

Phone: (301) 982-6500 Fax: (303) 982-6320

E-mail: jadsit@jeffco.k12.co.us

Internet: http://jeffconet.jeffco.k12.co.us

Institution Description: JeffcoNet Academy is the Jefferson County School District’s online education center. It provides a wide range of online education opportunities for both full-time and part-time students in an online environment. It provides Jeffco-developed classes, access to classes in the Colorado Online School Consortium, and classes through educational partners such as APEX Learning and class.com. Students may take classes in addition to their regular school schedule to make up for missing credits, or they may take them as a part of their regular school schedule if their school cannot offer that class.

Courses listed and described below have been developed by the JeffcoNet Academy. The academy has a partnership with class.com, a commercial company that provides a variety of courses for high school students. Students may take classes directly from that company or they may register through JeffcoNet as a part of their regular class schedule. See the entry for class.com for their course offerings.

JeffcoNet is a member of the Colorado Online School Consortium, a group of Colorado school districts that have combined to create an online curriculum. Their courses are created by different schools in the consortium in a variety of learning areas. See the entry for the Colorado Online School Consortium for course offerings.

Official(s): John Adsit, Program Administrator

Geographic Access: Colorado

Delivery: Web-based

Grade Level: High School

Admission: Any student in the Jefferson County School District is eligible for admission.

Tuition/Fees: Costs depend upon why the student is taking a class and which source is used for the classes. There is no charge for any classes taken by full- or part-time JeffcoNet students. For students who are taking classes not offered by their schools or because of scheduling conflicts in their schools, the student must have permission from the home school as well as an official school contract within that school. Contact JeffcoNet for current information.

Enrollment Period: Classes are offered on a semester basis.

Equipment Requirements: Hardware requirements, tools, and software needed to successfully participate in an online class include: Macintosh OS 8.5 or higher, 64 MB RAM minimum, PPC; Windows 95 or higher, 64 MB RAM minimum, Pentium II; modem speed: suggested 56K or better; 28.8 minimum. Word Processor: Microsoft Word preferred; Netscape 4.5 or higher or Internet Explorer 5 or higher. Students must have an active e-mail address. Courses are offered via a Blackboard platform.

Credit and Grading: All examinations must be supervised. Letter grades are assigned with credit awarded in Carnegie units.

Library Services: Students are encouraged to use their local school and community libraries as well as the information resources to be found on the Internet.

Accreditation: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools


HIGH SCHOOL COURSES

Government

American Government (Civics): This two-semester course covering federal and state governments has been developed by JeffcoNet Academy. (1 unit)

History

American History (a & b): This high school two-semester course in American History has been developed by JeffcoNet Academy. (1 unit)

Language Arts

Grade 9 English (a & b): This course is aligned with the Jefferson County Performance Expectations for 9th grade English with a strong emphasis on reading and writing skills. The class will be highly interactive with significant online contact with the teacher and other students. (1 unit)

Grade 10 English (a & b): This course is aligned with the Jefferson County Performance Expectations for 10th grade English with a strong emphasis on reading and writing skills. The class will be highly interactive with significant online contact with the teacher and other students. (1 unit)

Grade 11 English (a & b): This course is aligned with the Jefferson County Performance Expectations for 11th grade English with a strong emphasis on reading and writing skills. The class will be highly interactive with significant online contact with the teacher and other students. (1 unit)

Mathematics

Algebra I (a): This interactive course is designed in close cooperation with the Jeffco Math Curriculum team. Students will work through an aligned algebra curriculum with frequent interaction with the instructor. For grade level 9. (½ unit)

Geometry (a & b): This interactive course is designed in close cooperation with the Jeffco Math Curriculum team. Students will work through an aligned geometry curriculum. For grade level 10. (1 unit)

Science

Earth Science (a & b): This is a pilot program for grade level 9 developed by the JeffcoNet Academy. (1 unit)

Social Studies

Economics: This course satisfies the senior semester requirement in Jeffco schools and prepares students to demonstrate proficiency in the district’s Content Standards in Economics. The multimedia course uses a variety of delivery and communication technologies. (½ unit)


JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY

Center for Talented Youth Center for Distance Education

3400 North Charles Street

Baltimore, MD 21218

Phone: (410) 516-0277 Fax: (410) 516-0587

E-mail: http://www.jhu.edu/∼gifted/cde

Internet: tlsmith1@hunix.hcf.jhu.edu

Institution Description: The Center for Talented Youth’s (CTY) Center for Distance Education offers tutorials in math and writing to self-disciplined and highly motivated students from kindergarten through high school.

The Math Tutorials approach math as more than a computational science. Tutors encourage students to view mathematics as a thought-provoking, enriching endeavor. Students progress through elementary and secondary school mathematics at their own pace. In addition to the instruction students receive from multimedia software, they receive input from tutors via electronic mail and telephone. Tutors track student progress and respond to individual student needs. Tutors may direct students to posted help documents on the web, or assign off-line work to ensure mastery and concept retention.

Created in 1983 with assistance from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Writing Tutorials approach writing as both a craft and an art. Students write often and are urged to complete all sorts of formal and informal writing. Tutors introduce writing not just as a means for self expression and understanding, but also as a means for learning in the more academic sense. Each course of 12 lessons is an exchange of letters and assignments.

Official(s): Lea Ybarra, Executive Director

Geographic Access: Nationwide

Delivery: Print-based; Web-based

Grade Level: Elementary; Middle School; High School

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  • Title Page i
  • Contents iii
  • Introduction v
  • Academy of Home Education 1
  • Independent Study in Idaho 94
  • Jeffconet Academy 107
  • Oklahoma State University 158
  • Star Schools 187
  • University of Colorado at Boulder 217
  • Subject Index of Courses Offered, by Level 283
  • Course Level Index 299
  • Geographic Index 301
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