Approved Providers

Internet Pasco Academy of Learning - iPAL

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Website: www.psd1.org/Domain/1045
Email: dthurston@psd1.org
Phone: (509) 543-6700 ext.6765
Fax: 509.543-6777
Student information privacy policy: www.psd1.org/domain/57

School District: Pasco

Grades Served: K-8

OSPI Approval

Approved as a Single District Online School Program from the 2015-16 through the 2018-19 school year.

Access

Student Enrollment Instructions:

The iPal enrollment process is slightly different for grades K-8 and High School. Please follow the steps below for any K-8 grade level student(s) or high school students you wish to enroll. Students may enroll in iPAL full-time or part-time as we partner with all PSD school sites and work to accommodate for the learning needs of each student.
Grades K-8 Enrollment: For Families Not Currently enrolled in a PSD Elementary or Middle School
1.) Download the District Registration Packet and fill it out completely. District Tab> Registration & Community Forms > Registration, Community, and Family > New Student Registration Packet
One per student (English or Spanish), or one per family.
2.) Email, scan/fax or drop off your registration paperwork attention iPAL at the
a. Email: Clerk Registrar MPeiffer@psd1.org; dthurston@psd1.org
b. Scan or FAX: 509.543.6777
c. Booth Building, 1215 W. Lewis St., Pasco, WA
3.) You will be notified to set up a meeting to discuss the iPAL enrollment for the student(s) you are requesting.
4.) Bring proof of residency (Utility bill etc), medical information and any other important paperwork to your scheduled meeting time.
5.) Student and parent/guardian must attend enrollment meeting.
6.) If your student(s) do not have an existing email account please create one before your scheduled meeting time. ALL students require an account for communication purposes with instructors and online facilitator.
7.) Student and parent Accounts will be created as student enrollment in course(s) will be completed at this time. Student will be able to access courses within 24 hours of enrollment.
For Families Currently enrolled in a PSD Elementary or Middle School looking to enroll full-time or part-time
1.) Contact iPAL office and request an appointment for enrollment.
2.) Provide current School Enrolled and Student Counselors name. This will generate a referral/ change of placement with our partner school.
3.) Student and parent/guardian must attend enrollment meeting.
4.) If your student(s) do not have an existing email account please create one before your scheduled meeting time. ALL students require an account for communication purposes with instructors and online facilitator.
5.) Student and parent Accounts will be created as student enrollment in course(s) will be completed at this time. Student will be able to access courses within 24 hours of enrollment.
High School Enrollment: Currently enrolled students AND students not enrolled in a PSD High School.
1.) Parent/Student must visit or contact the High School Student Services Office they will attend according to the boundary stipulations to meet with a student counselor for registration in iPAL. (access:Registration Packet)
CHS- 509-543-6786 PHS- 509-547-5581 NHHS- 509-543-6796

2.) If you are NOT currently enrolled you will need to complete the registration packet to enroll within the district. This paperwork must be taken to your counselor meeting completed, along with proof of residency.
3.) If you are currently enrolled with a PSD high school, the Counselor will work with you to add iPAL to your plan and a REFERRAL will be sent only from the student’s Counselor to the iPAL office. iPAL Facilitator will contact and set up an enrollment meeting where the student and parent/guardian must attend enrollment meeting.
4.) If your student(s) does not have an existing email account please create one before your scheduled meeting time. ALL students require an account for communication purposes with instructors and online facilitator.
5.) Student and parent Accounts will be created as well as student enrollment in course(s). Student will be able to access courses within 24 hours of enrollment.

Overview

Our mission is to create a caring collaborative community that promotes student success in an environment of emerging technologies; giving students’ skills that lay a foundation for a lifetime of learning and productivity.

The Pasco School District finds that it is in the best interest of students to provide a variety of learning opportunities. The district recognizes that the online learning environment provides students with opportunities to become a self-disciplined learner with life-long learning skills. Further, the district recognizes that online learning provides opportunities for students to access curriculum and specialized courses in a flexible learning environment that might not otherwise be available.

The district will facilitate access to a K-6 instructional model for online content courses, middle and high school online original credit courses. Original credit online courses allow students flexible access to standard courses to meet education requirements.

The district contracts with a third-party provider to deliver its online program and offers both full-time and part-time placement.

Pasco and K12-FuelEd Partnership:
Pasco School District has partnered with K12-FuelEd Learning to deliver its online instruction. FuelEd Learning delivers online courses to grades K-12 students in partnership with districts throughout the country. Teachers employed by Pasco School District will be used to assist students through the FuelEd curriculum.

About FuelEd

FuelEd Learning uses the Blackboard learning management system to deliver instruction to its students. Blackboard allows a flexible medium that works around the student’s schedule, allowing the student to work from any location that has internet access at any time.

FuelEd delivers curriculum aligned to the Washington State Standards and meets the graduation requirements of the Pasco School District. FuelEd offers over 100 courses in Math, Social Studies, Science, and Language Arts. For those students who would like to receive college credit while in high school, FuelEd Learning offers Advanced Placement courses which have been authorized by the College Board. Each course offers the option to test out of material previously mastered, helping students succeed more quickly.

Courses offered through the Pasco Academy of Learning (iPAL) may be limited based on student demand and the availability of subject-area qualified teachers.

Course Offerings

Subjects:

  • Arts
  • Language Arts
  • Lifeskills-Health
  • Mathematics
  • Occupational credit qualified
  • Science
  • Social Studies

Levels:

  • Advanced Placement
  • Credit Recovery
  • Standard
  • Others: IEP Accomodations

Students

Eligibility Criteria

The K-5 alternative learning experience offers a blend of on and off-site instruction with certificated teacher support, online courses, and traditional curriculum to meet the unique and individual needs of students.

In order for grade 6-12 students to succeed in an online learning environment, students must be self-motivated, have good reading and writing skills, display time management and organizational skills, and be comfortable with technology. Students must have completed any required course prerequisites and confirm that he/she possesses the academic level needed to function effectively in an online learning environment. Participation in iPAL will be granted based on a recommendation from a student’s school counselor and/or administrator. If a seat is available in an on-campus course, it’s not guaranteed that a student will be allowed to enroll in the online course equivalent. In the case that Online Program seats are limited, priority will be given to full time online students and upperclassmen requiring credits for on-time graduation. In addition, students and their families must also consent to the iPAL Agreement, which outlines expectations for students and their families.

It is also required that students have regular access to a computer with internet capabilities. See Appendix B for minimum computer system requirements.

Student-Teacher Contact Requirements

Minimum participation requirements will be outlined in each student’s Student Learning Plan and will be dependent on the student’s course load. Students must make weekly progress on course participation and assignments. Students are expected to attend class in the lab on campus weekly.

Attendance reports will be available for students, parents, teachers, and the school district to verify participation. The district’s Online Learning Facilitator and online teacher will regularly check attendance and communicate with students to make sure that the student is fulfilling their Student Learning Plan.

Students who are not making satisfactory progress, as outlined in their Student Learning Plan, will be put on an Intervention Plan. Students who fail to meet participation and coursework requirements outlined in their Intervention Plan will be removed from online courses and earn a failing grade.

Courseware Platform

Computer Specifications
Internet Pasco Academy of Learning (iPAL) is web-based and students can access online courses hosted by FuelEd from any computer that is connected to the internet and meets the following specifications:

Browsers
Firefox final release channel
Internet Explorer 9 or higher
Safari 5 or higher
Google Chrome stable channel

Popup blocking disabled
JavaScript enabled

Operating Systems
Windows XP or higher
Macintosh OS X 10.5 or higher

*RAM *
1G for optimal experience

Resolution
1024 X 576 of higher

Media
Soundcard and speakers/headphones
Microphone required for certain courses

Plugins
Sun Java 7
Flash Player version 10 or higher
QuickTime version 7 or higher
Real Player required for some courses

Student Performance and Demographics

Data for school year: 2014-2015

Teacher-to-student ratio: 1:6.8

Course completion rate: 100% of 9 enrollments

Course pass rate: 100% of 9 enrollments

Student Satisfaction Survey

Internet Pasco Academy of Learning - iPAL did not participate in the student satisfaction survey.