Online Learning, K-12

  • Developed based on public health requirements, Colorado Department of Education requirements and with input from members of the Cherry Creek School District and our community.

    The decision of online or in-person learning is for the entire 2020-2021 school year as we will need to reassign staff as needed based on parent decisions.

    First Day of School: August 17, 2020 (View the full 2020-2021 calendar here.)

    Online Learning Overview:        

    • All instruction delivered online by a certified teacher.
    • Mix of synchronous and asynchronous learning.
    • Attendance is taken.
    • Students are accountable for their learning.
    • Learning tools are limited to support easy access for students and families.
    • Daily schedules for online learning will be released by Aug. 1.
    • For information about students who receive services such as special education, English language supports, and Gifted and Talented supports, view this presentation.

     

    K-5 Online Elementary Program
    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Cherry Creek Schools will open a one-year, K-5 online program for elementary students in Cherry Creek Schools. Classes will be delivered in an online platform with synchronous and asynchronous (both live and recorded) coursework to support student learning and provide a hands-on, real-world learning opportunity.

    Students Served: Students in grades K-5, who reside in the Cherry Creek School District, can enroll as a full-time student during the June 29–July 17 registration window. Students are typically independent learners, good at time management, and able to advocate for themselves.

    Programming Options: Families who choose the K-5 Online option will be full time online. A student’s home school will remain the student’s school of record, but all coursework will be done through the K-5 online program. By accepting a position in the K-5 online program, a family agrees to have their student remain in the K-5 online program for the entire 2020-2021 school year. At the end of the 2020-2021 school year, a student will return to his/her home school. 

    Schedule: The K-5 online program will follow the traditional school calendar and students will receive a progress report each trimester.

    Weekly Commitment & Learning Expectations: Students will be enrolled in Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies and specials (Art, Computer Science, and Physical Education). Each week, students can expect 3-5 hours of work in the core content areas and 1 hour for each specials course. Computer-based learning activities will include attending class time, collaborating with classmates, reading, playing games, listening to audio clips, and watching videos. Hands-on activities will include completing handwritten worksheets, coloring/matching worksheets, engaging in projects, and performing experiments. 
     
    Parent/Guardian Expectation: Parents/Guardians are an integral part of K-5 online learning. Although each course is led by a certified teacher who provides regular online instruction, elementary-aged students need additional guidance and support from their parents/guardians. Parents/Guardians will be expected to monitor students daily, maintain the student’s weekly progress, ensure the student’s content mastery, and help the student with course navigation. 
     
    Technology Requirements: Students must have access to reliable, high-speed internet at home and a working computer (PC or Mac). 
     
    What is the application process? Students will apply during the June 29 – July 13 registration window. Once a student has registered, students will also complete an orientation, learner profile, and interview before enrollment will be offered. 
     
    What support services do you provide? The K-5 Online Program will have a small team consisting of a School Psychologist, an IEP/504/ALP/ELS Specialist, and an interventionist. There are scheduled weekly opportunities as well as 1:1 support for students to ensure success. 

     

    6-8 Online – Elevation Middle School

    “Igniting Excellence”

    Mission: To Embrace. To Empower. To Excel.

    Colorado Department of Education, fully accredited middle school

    At Cherry Creek Elevation, we are committed to ensuring each student has a personalized curriculum to meet their needs. Elevation is an enriched virtual model with a wide range of rigorous courses that meet the CCSD course requirements and standards found in any school in the district. Students who are interested in classes, activities, and athletics not offered by Elevation could potentially participate at their neighborhood school. Classes are delivered in an online platform but there are synchronous and asynchronous (both live and recorded) to support student learning and provide a hands-on, real-world learning opportunity.

    Students Served: Students in grades 6-8, who reside in Cherry Creek School District, can enroll as a full time student. Our students are typically independent learners who are motivated, they are good at time management, and are able to advocate for themselves.

    Programming Options:

    • Full-Time: Students who enroll for full-time programming at Elevation will maintain a full-time course load. This programming option focuses on promoting growth for students who have demonstrated previous academic success (in online or traditional settings) and provides targeted and personalized support for all students, including those who may have struggled in the past. 

    Schedule: We follow the conventional calendar and our grading periods occur quarterly.

    Technology Requirements:  Students must also have access to reliable, high-speed internet at home and a working computer (PC or Mac). 

    What support services do you provide? Cherry Creek Elevation has a Personalized Learning Team consisting of full-time Counselors, School Psychologist, IEP/504 Specialist, interventionists, and advisors who serve as a learning coach for our students. There are scheduled weekly opportunities as well as 1:1 support for students to ensure success.

     

    9-12 Online – Elevation High School

    “Igniting Excellence”

    Mission: To Embrace. To Empower. To Excel.

    Colorado Department of Education, fully accredited diploma granting high school

    At Cherry Creek Elevation, we are committed to ensuring each student has a personalized curriculum to meet their needs. Elevation is an enriched virtual model with a wide range of rigorous courses that meet the CCSD course requirements and standards found in any school in the district. Students who are interested in classes, activities, and athletics not offered by Elevation could potentially participate at their neighborhood school. Classes are delivered in an online platform but there are synchronous and asynchronous (both live and recorded) to support student learning and provide a hands-on, real-world learning opportunity. Our high school courses are also NCAA approved.

    Students Served: Students in grades 9-12, who reside in Cherry Creek School District, can enroll as a full time or part-time student. Part-time students can enroll as long as they are enrolled at their neighborhood CCSD school full time.  Our students are typically independent learners who are motivated to earn a diploma, they are good at time management, and are able to advocate for themselves. 

    Special note for 2021 seniors who choose to complete their high school credits at Elevation – students will have the choice to receive their diploma and graduate through Elevation or their home high school.

    Programming Options:

    • Full-Time: Students who enroll for full-time programming at Elevation will maintain a full-time course load (5 or more classes) with us. This programming option focuses on promoting growth for students who have demonstrated previous academic success (in online or traditional settings) and provides targeted and personalized support for all students, including those who may have struggled in the past. Students who meet the CCSD graduation requirements will receive a diploma from our school.
    • Part Time: Our hybrid model allows students to take up to 2 classes through our school while maintaining a full-time schedule at their neighborhood CCSD school.

    Schedule: We follow the conventional calendar and our grading periods occur quarterly.

    Technology Requirements: Students must also have access to reliable, high-speed internet at home and a working computer (PC or Mac).

    What support services do you provide? Cherry Creek Elevation has a Personalized Learning Team consisting of full-time Counselors, School Psychologist, IEP/504 Specialist, interventionists, and advisors who serve as a learning coach for our students. There are scheduled weekly opportunities as well as 1:1 support for students to ensure success.

  • Definitions:

    Synchronous Learning

    Learning that takes place in real-time. This might look like students completing daily learning tasks at a specific time where student schedules are “in sync” and at the same pace. Other examples include virtual conferences where the whole class can log on and learn together.

    Asynchronous Learning

    Learning that takes place without real-time interaction. This would look like students having a week to complete 1-3 lessons, but within that week students are progressing at their own pace. This might include using HyperDocs, implementing a project-based learning opportunity, and creating videos that students can watch and re-watch at any time as they progress through the learning.

    Combining Synchronous and Asynchronous Approaches

    Teachers will utilize both types of learning structures. For example, a teacher might hold a virtual class meeting – giving the option for real-time interaction. Teachers can record the meeting so other students who were not able to attend could watch at a later time.

    Support Services for Special Populations

    Cherry Creek Elementary Online will have a Special Populations team, comprised of a School Psychologist, IEP/504 teacher, Gifted and Talented teacher, and an English Language Specialist to support our students.

    Learning Tools (Learning Management System, online platforms, etc.)

    A common technology platform will provide students access to online courses or digital instructional materials.  An LMS generally includes software for creating and editing course content, communication tools, assessment tools, and other features for managing the course.

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