When school starts Aug. 11, the Yosemite Unified School District will be offering a new independent learning experience for all K-12 students, blending traditional face-to-face teacher instruction with online instruction, in a trend that is becoming popular over the traditional one-size-fits-all approach to education.
The new Yosemite Falls Education Centers will be available to Mountain Area families at two sites - the Yosemite High School campus (Yosemite Falls) and in Yosemite Lakes Park (John Muir Academy).
The programs at each site will offer a full curriculum and access to all district extra-curricular activities via independent study or a student choice of options that is a combination of independent study and classroom instruction.
Talitha Musacchio has been selected as the Master Teacher at the YHS location, and Rhonda Corippo has been selected as the Master Teacher at the YLP location. Both have experience working with individualized instruction and independent study, online learning programs and classroom instruction.
“Our discussions with families in our community have indicated greater demand for more flexibility than currently exists in either traditional school programs or other traditional Independent Study programs in our area,” said Corippo.
“We have seen a great deal of family interest in flexible options that still allow students to participate in the many rewarding experiences and options that our district presently offers,” Musacchio said.
Instructional components will include blended online learning (mix of direct teacher face-to-face instruction and online instruction), personalized learning paths, project-based learning and targeted intervention based on data from initial assessments and online learning.
YUSD Superintendent Jim Sargent is excited about the district’s new direction and program.
“It really is a tremendous time in public education,” Sargent said. “The convergence of technology with a broad-based national discussion on educational reform leaves our district uniquely positioned to merge our successful track record of academic achievement with access to our sports, arts, and Career and Technical Education programs into a flexible option for our families and students. This new program is ideal for the student who wants an individualized academic program combined with being a part of YHS and all the programs and activities we have.”
What will be offered by Yosemite Falls Education Centers
The new Yosemite Falls Education Centers will offer the following:
☆ The opportunity to do Project Based Learning assignments that allow students to do in-depth research on individualized topics.
☆ Chromebook laptops for student check out.
☆ Individualized online learning with targeted data guidance.
☆ Participation in programs at district K-12 school sites including athletics, Future Farmers of America (FFA), visual and performing arts (music and drama), Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs such as Athletic Training/Sports Medicine, Auto Mechanics, Criminal Investigation/Justice, Culinary Arts, Multimedia, Floral Design and Welding.
☆ Participation in up to two core classes and/or electives at district schools.
☆ Student on-site hours for collaboration time with teachers and study groups.
☆ On-site classes and field trips based on student interests (media, web design, coding, culinary).
☆ Computer Science offered for third year of high school math.
☆ College prep academic courses that meet all the requirements (A-G) for public and private universities.
YUSD will make available for students and teachers online instructional and intervention curriculum, in addition to tools such as Khan Academy, Google Apps, Google Classroom, Front Rowed, Read Theory, and Code Academy.
Sargent notes that Yosemite Falls staff is eager to meet with families in order to highlight their programs and unique offerings at each site. Orientation and Registration will be held in early August, and families are encouraged to email any questions to Lawnna Porter at Lporter@yosemiteusd.org, or call her at (559) 683-8801, ext. 378.