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Open Doors Youth Reengagement (Sultan SD)

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Website: www.graduationalliance.
Email: todd.dalsted@gradalliance.com
Phone: (360) 978-4893
Fax: 360-793-9890
NCAA High School Code: 481-335
Student information privacy policy: www.sultan.k12.wa.us/ssd/ssd.cfm?id=199

School District: Sultan School District #311

Grades Served: 9-12

OSPI Approval

Approved as a Single District Online School Program Through the 2016-17 school year.

This program is approved by way of its affiliation with Graduation Alliance (The American Academy). Learn more about Affiliate Approval, here.

Access

Student Enrollment Instructions:

Enrollment into the District’s Graduation Alliance Program is subject to satisfactory completion of the following: Online Student Enrollment Form; Student Honor Code; Terms of Use; Financial Responsibility Form (if a laptop has been requested for the student);Additional forms as required by Sultan Public Schools; Additional forms as required by the State of Washington; First class assignment.

Overview

Graduation Alliance (previously known as the American Academy) provides an innovative dropout recovery program in partnership with public school districts. Once the School district authorizes Graduation Alliance’s Dropout Recovery Program, they request the district’s list of kids who are no longer attending school. Then the Recruiting Team gets to work. The on-the-ground mentor assists with recruiting and holds local in-person meet ups. If students need computers to complete their school work, Graduation Alliance provides them. Graduation Alliance handles the work-from recruiting, to enrollment, to course registration. Their state licensed teachers work with our students at a course level, while their mentors work with students at a program level. All efforts are backed by student services and a support team and systems established by Graduation Alliance to run their own school.

Graduation Alliance is an online high school and educational services provider serving students in 43 states and 8 countries. The school has earned full regional accreditation from the Northwest Accreditation Commission, and offers more than 200 online courses, all supported by state-licensed teachers. Grad Alliance applies online learning to solve real problems faced by schools and school districts every day.

Our mission is to help students who have dropped out or who are at risk of dropping out of high school to complete their high school diplomas online. They partner with local school districts to recover lost students and put them on the pathway to success.

One key element to online learning success is our recognition that online learning requires timely intervention and direct human support; we balance flexibility with accountability and support.

Online learning requires and helps build self-management and self-directed learning skills. It is not for everyone, but for many it’s not only a viable approach, but it’s one that makes sense – given the student’s life circumstances.

Grad Alliance knows from experience- they operate their own online high school and work directly with students across the country – that with the right support structure students can thrive in an online learning environment. They provide on-the-ground mentors who know the kids that they work with and the community where they work. Mentors are available to make sure our students have the support, tools, and guidance they need to truly succeed. While technology (the online learning environment) is the enabler, it’s the human element (mentors and support teams) that drives success.

Course Offerings

Subjects:

  • Arts
  • Business
  • Language Arts
  • Lifeskills-Health
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Technology
  • World Languages

Levels:

  • Credit Recovery
  • Standard

Students

Graduation Alliance partners with districts in both their dropout recovery and dropout prevention efforts.

Graduation Alliance’s Dropout Recovery program focuses on bringing dropouts back into their resident district with a full-time online program. Dropout Recovery is intended for kids who have been out of school for months- and in some cases, years- because life got in their way; Grad Alliance generally works with teen parents, students working to support themselves or their families, kids who are medically fragile, kids who were bullied or had social issues in the traditional school environment, or kids who have been asked to leave a school as a result of disciplinary action.

Graduation Alliance also offers Courses On-Demand, which allows districts to offer access to individual courses to students in need of credit remediation, acceleration, or other learning options. The Courses On-Demand program is designed to serve students who are concurrently attending traditional school programs.

Student-Teacher Contact Requirements

Graduation Alliance supplies an asynchronous learning environment. Teachers provide feedback to students through the learning management system and are available to student for synchronous remediation and enrichment.

Courseware Platform

Graduation Alliance delivers its web-based courses via Brainhoney, a student learning environment developed by Agilix Labs. Brainhoney was designed in collaboration with Graduation Alliance to meet the specific needs of high school-age full-time online learners.

Graduation Alliance offers partner districts access to their fully-integrated, proprietary Partner Portal, which allows students, parents, mentors, and administrators complete transparency into activity and performance at both the student and program levels. Proactive alerts and notifications and role-specific dashboards provide a support infrastructure for student success.

Student Performance and Demographics

Data for school year: 2014-2015

Teacher-to-student ratio: 26

Course completion rate: 76% of 17 enrollments

Course pass rate: 100% of 17 enrollments

Student Satisfaction Survey

Open Doors Youth Reengagement (Sultan SD) did not participate in the student satisfaction survey.