Letter to CoaH New Bedford Families – December 18, 2019

Dear City on a Hill New Bedford Families:

In an ongoing effort to keep you informed of important developments at our school, we are writing to share a few updates on how we are planning to enhance classroom instruction in the new year. 

Starting in January 2020, we will augment our existing CoaH NB curriculum though a blended learning model with Apex Learning, an award winning provider of digital curriculum. This means direct instruction from your child’s teacher will be blended with lessons delivered on students’ school-provided laptops. With few exceptions, students will be taking the same courses they are taking now. Some students may also be enrolled in a new, one-semester course to end school year 2019-20 on a high note. 

All virtual learning Apex courses will provide the required accommodations and modifications for students with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and supports for English Language Learners. Our Director of Specialized Services will work closely with Apex, Special Education and English Language Learner teachers to meet the special learning needs of our students.

We view Apex as a key component of our commitment to finishing the year strong and to helping every family transition to a new school for the 2020-21 school year. The Apex curriculum is accredited and accepted for credit by New Bedford High School as well as at colleges and universities around the country. 

Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the reverse side for more information.

Finally, please note the following calendar updates:

  • Following winter break, classes will resume on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 in the Acushnet Avenue building at 8 a.m. 
  • Students will take midterm exams on Thursday-Friday, January 9-10, 2020.
  • Students will be dismissed at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday-Friday, January 8-10, 2020.
  • Friday, March 20, 2020 will no longer be a professional development day; instead it will be a regular school day. 

As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to us directly. Thank you for continuing to entrust us with your children.

Best,

Kevin T. Taylor

Chief Executive Officer

ktaylor@cityonahill.org

Dr. Lisa Dion

Interim Principal

ldion@cityonahill.org

Amber Donell

Chief Academic Officer

adonell@cityonahill.org 


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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT APEX LEARNING

What is Apex Learning?

Apex Learning is a leading provider of digital curriculum. Apex was founded in 1997 and has since been recognized as an authority in virtual education. We’ve chosen Apex as our model for blended learning because its curriculum is accredited and accepted for credit by New Bedford High School, which ensures that students who attend CoaH through the end of the year will be able to transfer these courses to their new school.

Will my student have access to a classroom teacher who can support their needs?

Yes. We are moving toward a blended model of instruction, which includes teacher-led classrooms, after the holiday break. CoaH remains committed to delivering high-quality instruction to students. Apex Learning will enhance our existing curriculum and will ensure that your student’s education will remain consistent through the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. 

What courses will my student be taking?

With a few exceptions, students will be taking the same courses they are taking now. We are partnering with Apex Learning to enhance what we currently offer to our students. In some cases students may be enrolled in a new one-semester course, such as science or social studies, which will be transferable to a new school next fall.

Will English Language Development students be enrolled in Apex classes?

Yes. Our Director of Specialized Services will work closely with Apex to make sure students have the support they need. English Language Learners will have some Direct Instruction classes with a specialized ELD teacher, and also be placed in some content related Apex courses that will provide a personalized learning experience that lets students learn in their own way and at their own pace. These students will also be provided with a mentor who will push into their Apex classes as their personalized success coach to help them be successful.

Will Special Education students in a substantially separate setting be enrolled in Apex classes as well?

Yes. A one-size-fits-all approach to education fails to meet the diverse learning needs of students who need extra help or whose needs were not met in a traditional classroom environment. Apex courses provide a personalized learning experience that lets students learn in their own way and at their own pace. Our Director of Specialized Services will work closely with Apex to make sure accommodations and modifications are met. Special Education students will have some Direct Instruction classes with a licensed Special Education teacher and they will also be placed in content related Apex courses that will be specialized with accommodations that meet their educational needs. These students will also be provided with a mentor who will push into their Apex classes as their personalized success coach to help them be successful.

What if my student needs extra classes to graduate before CoaH NB closes in June 2020?

We will enroll students in the classes they need to meet CoaH’s graduation requirements. Students who need extra classes to graduate will be enrolled on a case-by-case basis and will be able to access support from teachers, as necessary. We remain committed to ensuring that all students who are eligible to graduate will receive their diplomas in June.

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