Overall Curriculum Goals
Students will be able to use technology:
a. to solve problems,
b. to communicate effectively,
c. to process information,
d. to formulate problems [graphs, portfolio, ...],
e. to evaluate solutions to problems,
f. for creative design, and
g. to be socially responsible.
Secondary Grades: 9-12
a. Students will be able to word process essays, reports, poetry, etc., for all subject areas.
b. Students will be able to use spreadsheets, databases, and graphing software to assist in problem analysis and solutions.
c. Students will be able to use CD ROM’s and the Internet for research and information retrieval.
d. Students will be able to use the Internet to communicate with others via E-mail, Instant messaging, or voice chatting for global distance learning.
e. Students will be able to create Web pages.
2. Technology Goals
a. Students will be able to apply technology to create multimedia presentations.
b. Students will be able to formulate Internet searches using multiple AND, OR, NOT logic, search topics, phrases, media, date ranges and locations.
c. Students taking science and math courses will be able to use graphing calculators, and computer based labs to collect, organize and analyze data.
d. Students will be able to manipulate digital images, graphics, video, text, and audio, to incorporate them into publications and presentations.
e. Integration of technology throughout all subject areas.
Online Program Goals
The application of technology has made the personalization of education possible. Although full-time online school is not appropriate for every student, for many, PRTA can be the bridge that brings students back into the public school system:
-Allowing students to advance at their own pace,
-Providing schedule flexibility to accommodate work or family care responsibilities,
-Enabling freedom of location, for those who have physical challenges, and
-Providing connections in a one-to-one setting with certified instructors for those who need more personalized attention.
The guiding principle around which the on-line piece of PRTA is designed begins as follows:
-All students – as individuals – should be celebrated.
-Some students may need to take a different path to achieve academic proficiency and to achieve their desires and goals.
-Education should be supportive of differences in interests, abilities, styles, and goals.
-Online delivery leverages the power of the information age through deep, varied content made available through the Internet.
-Technology allows students to be educated efficiently and effectively through a flexible schedule where they can learn at the time, pace, and place of their choosing.
-Personalized learning helps high school students build life skills.
Maturity, time-management, and self-direction aid in college and/or career success.
We believe that today’s teens are capable of building successful educational and social relationships even though they work independently.
We also believe that supplementing the online high school experience with community-based interactions will provide powerful social and academic benefits.