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a3 VIRTUAL ACADEMY
The a3 Virtual Academy is a non-traditional, interactive program of study that relies on technology designed to support teaching and learning in various educational settings. High school students are offered online courses that enable them to work on their own time, at any location and earn high school credits. Blackboard is the software system that frames the electronic courses in an online setting. The Blackboard medium allows teachers and students access to a wide offering of multimedia resources, while incorporating the School System written curriculum. The Virtual Academy allows for anytime, anywhere access, partnered with unlimited collaboration possibilities.
Students interested in the Virtual Academy first meet with their local school administrators and after careful review of eligibility, a student may enroll in the online courses for which they have been approved.
The Accelerated Reader is a reading program designed for students in grades one through twelve. Students make their book choices from a list of fine literature. Students read at their own pace and then take a computerized test featuring five, ten, or twenty multiple-choice comprehension questions.
The test gives immediate feedback in the form of reading points. The program awards points based on length and difficulty of the book and on student comprehension. These points provide incentives and reinforcement to students.
Reading points also provide teachers with a measurement of student performance. In addition, parents, teachers, and students can easily gauge progress. The Accelerated Reader program bases reading points on three standards: quality, quantity, and reading level.
The Adult Education Program of the St. Tammany Parish School Board operates GED (General Educational Development) high school completion classes, both day and evening. Classes are open to anyone seventeen years of age or older who is not currently enrolled in a regular public school and wishes to complete his or her high school education. Classes are offered at convenient times and places across the parish. This service is offered at no charge.
Students can earn college credit while still in high school through the Advanced Placement program. The program requires students to follow course curriculum prescribed by The College Entrance Examination Board (the College Board) and to pass a test on the subject matter.
In addition to visual arts, music, theater/creative drama, dance/creative movement, and talented arts curricula, students have opportunities to participate in Artist/Teacher Partnerships, Artists-in-Residence presentations, Suzuki Strings, Youth Orchestra, live symphonic concerts, and arts festivals.
ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY TEAM
This group of professionals works collaboratively with parents, teachers, and all related service providers to meet the individual needs of identified disabled students who are not able to address their academic curriculum due to emotional, physical, neurological, and/or cognitive disabilities. The team designs programs and provides equipment to eliminate identified barriers that interfere with academic progress.