About Sarah Pyle Academy
Sarah Pyle Academy (SPA) is the “BREAKTHROUGH” school program of Wilmington, Delaware. A unique program where students experience education through a Blended Learning, Flex Model with as much, or as little Personalized Learning that makes sense for each student along their path toward graduation and “life after SPA.” SPA meets all students at their zones of proximal development creating a personalized plan to support their unique learning from that point. Every student develops their capacity to demonstrate mastery of academic content and skills at their own pace, with the target for achievement set at a minimum of 1.5 years worth of growth, an ACCELERATED RATE. Students also participate in 16 hours/week of aligned Job/Internship experience designed to develop students’ career & college readiness skills.
Authentic & integrated technology practices are incorporated into every facet of the SPA program and evident the moment student’s walk in the door. Students “tap” into school & internship using the web-centric, attendance capturing Scholarchip ID badge, maximizing opportunities for flexible scheduling. It is common to observe SPA teachers using gamification sites to engage students in Civics or Seminar and watch students demonstrate Science standards via a virtual laboratory. Integrated technology practices are used to personalize instruction, connect learning to real life experience, and support goal attainment.
SPA DIGITAL VISION
SPA actively and routinely uses technology to access academic content, to effectively monitor and communicate student progress, memorialize student award ceremonies for future viewing, conduct/record professional development opportunities for staff and students, and to connect with teacher and staff during off shift hours via google hangouts.
Students may participate in online content/curriculum platforms in goal attainment with approximately 60% of credits currently earned using Edgenuinty, 20% other web based APPS & interactive sites (ie. Khan Academy and the Commons OER) and the remaining 20% Project Based Learning, traditional paper and pen or other personalized method to demonstrate mastery of content.