by Tammy Sakry
While the start of the 2012-2013 school year is still months away, PACT Charter School is already getting started.
The Ramsey school is looking for students for its new hybrid online program for students in grades seven through 12.
“The primary goal of PACT Online is student success through an individualized high quality education in a flexible hybrid learning environment,” said Principal Daniel DeBruyn.
The free online program is available to Minnesota residents and students will be expected to physically attend PACT Charter School up to twice a week, he said.
“This face-to-face time will provide the opportunity for licensed teachers to meet directly with students, instruct students in a classroom setting, provide social interaction and hold students accountable for work completion,” according to a press release.
During their day in school, the students could be working in the science lab or in other group learning situations, DeBruyn said.
The day on campus also gives the teachers a chance to work with the students on activities they are struggling with and on community service activities, he said.
Students will also get a chance to see guest speakers, DeBruyn said.
PACT Online is the first program that requires the students to come to the school campus during the week, he said.
The 20 additional teachers the school is hiring for the program will be proactive in bringing PACT’s well established mission to the online students, DeBruyn said.
The program also offers students the opportunity to participate in PACT’s extracurricular activities with the on-campus learners and parents can be involved in the school’s committees as well as help in the classroom, he said.
For online students in the Anoka-Hennepin School District 11 boundaries, transportation will be provided.
By the end of December, PACT Online already had 105 applications.
DeBruyn said he is hoping for 200 before the Feb. 15 deadline.
PACT Online has been approved by the Minnesota Department of Education and is the result of three years of planning.
“PACT Charter School’s enrollment has experienced increases every January across grades K-12. With a growing waiting list and a school building filled to capacity, PACT realized the need for an innovative expansion,” DeBruyn said in the press release.
The charter school was establishment in 1994 “by a group of home-schooling parents who wanted a school built on a committed partnership between parents, students and teachers (with a) mission… to prepare students for college and lifelong learning, to promote positive character development and to pursue a community atmosphere of mutual respect,” the press release said.
The online learning is a continuation of that mission, DeBruyn said.
Applications are available in the school office at 7250 East Ramsey Parkway or online at www.pact.charter.k12.mn.us.
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