Unlike the 2020-21 school year, when all students learned at a distance for part or all of the school year, in 2021-22, distance learning will be a choice. Also unlike 2020-21, students who choose to learn at a distance will work independently, utilizing our on-line learning platforms, Edgenuity and Accelerate. Both programs are computer-based, user-friendly learning management systems that structure and monitor learning. While students are assigned to a certificated Alvord Unified School District teacher, the teacher simply monitors attendance and progress. The teacher does not directly teach the curriculum. The Edgenuity courses provide direct-instruction videos featuring expert, on-screen teachers. The Accelerate courses provide direct-instruction audio featuring expert, on-screen teachers. Both computer-based programs also provides rigorous assignments, performance tasks, and assessments to engage students and ensure subject-area mastery.

    Visit the Edgenuity Video Library here for a series of videos on the advantages of Edgenuity. For the K-5 Accelerate program, visit their website here for additional information.

    Here are key comonents of the home-based learning program:

    • Students learn from home and do not attend school in-person;
    • Students continue to be active members of the student body at their home school.
    • Students utilize an age-appropriate computer-based leaning program that uses a combination of animations, video-led direct instruction, relevant websites, and activities to support the curriculum;
    • Modification and accommodations will be made for English learners, students in foster care or other high-needs groups;
    • Students are provided with a Chromebook and an Internet connection, if needed;
    • Students in grades' 6-12 use Edgenuity;
    • Students in grades' K-5 use Accelerate;
    • Students in grades' 3-12 with specialized academic needs use Odysseyware;
    • Students in the district's moderate to severe program utilize our alternative curricum, News‑2‑You (N2Y);
    • A parent or guardian is responsible for student progress;
    • Parent is responsible for ensuring student engages in learning platform for designated time per day;
    • Students are assigned to an Alvord teacher, however;
    • The Alvord teacher does not teach the curriculum;
    • The Alvord teacher utilizes the Google classroom to meet with students at the conclusion of each school day for an "office hour" to record daily attendance and to ensure progress is being made;
    • The Alvord teacher supports the student and parent;
    • Instructional minutes are the same as they are for in-person instruction:
      • Kindergarten: 200 minutes;
      • Grades 1-3: 280 minutes;
      • Grades 4-8: 300 minutes;
      • Grades 9-12: 360 minutes;
    • Meals are made available for pick-up for students in the home-based program;
    • Students may transition back into in-person instruction within five days of declaring they no longer choose to participate in the home-based program;
    • For high school students, access to all courses offered for graduation and approved by the University of California or the California State University are made available.

    Our home-based program meets the requirements of AB130, which was recently enacted to ensure all students have the option to participate in an alternative to in-person instruction.

    For more details or to sign up for the program, contact your principal.

Home-Based Learning