UA Online Academy

UA Online Academy


For the 2020-2021 school year, Upper Arlington Schools will be offering a K-12 online learning opportunity through the UA Online Academy. The UA Online Academy is our online alternative to the school-based learning pathway during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Online Academy gives parents an option for their students to learn at home with a curriculum specifically created for online education and fully guided, monitored and supported by Upper Arlington teachers. 
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Schedule benefits
Students have the opportunity to select the Online Academy for the 2020-21 school year. The Online Academy will not be synchronous with classrooms in the traditional setting, therefore a student’s commitment must be for an entire school year or a semester. Students may opt out in November.
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Academic benefits
This 100% digital instruction program allows families to opt into a curriculum designed specifically for online learning. This program offers students the opportunity to learn five days a week but at their own pace, with flexibility in their schedule. Students will multiple layers of support for instruction.
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The Online Academy students will have access to a full complement of classes to create continuity of learning throughout the year. Prioritized standards and alignment to our standards.
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Learning platform
Instruction will be provided through computer based programs and teacher-created lessons. Students will have an digital content platform or platforms for courses along with teacher connections through Canvas, Zoom, and other district resources. 
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Instructional delivery will be supported by Upper Arlington teachers who will be assigned to the online academy full-time. These teachers will be working with cohorts of students in order to monitor and support student learning. 
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Academic support
Intervention Specialists and Gifted Intervention Specialists will be assigned to the Online Academy in order to provide supports for students on an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or a Written Education Plan (WEP).
Most of all, students enrolled in UA Online Academy are still our Upper Arlington Schools students, and we will support their learning and well-being. Online Academy teachers will proactively connect with students weekly to build relationships and community. School counselors will monitor and connect with the Online Academy students. Online Academy students may also still partipate in any athletics, extracurricular activites or clubs in accordance with all safety guidelines and protocols. And grab-and-go lunches from Nutritional Services will be available for UA Online Academy students to pick up.

Our Learning Platforms

September 4, 2020 update — We are pleased to announce that we will be shifting our main Online Academy elementary platform to Accelerate Education.  In addition to Accelerate Education, we will continue to supplement student learning with Dreambox, RazKids, and synchronous sessions with our K-5 students. 

At the secondary level (grades 6-12) we will be shifting the main Online Academy resource to Edgenuity. Since we offer so many courses at the secondary level, we will also need to provide some courses through Accelerate Learning. Finally, there are about 100 students taking elective courses in Apex and Acellus, and those courses will continue for the time being. 

For more details about this announcement, please view this video.  We would like to thank our teachers and parent volunteers for helping us with a thoughtful process in a short time frame to help maintain continuity of learning for students. 

In terms of timeline, it will take about two weeks for us to be completely up and running with our new resources. We need to work with these companies to get everything connected, train teachers, and schedule students into the courses. During that time, elementary students can expect to continue their learning with DreamBox, RazKids, and small group synchronous sessions on Zoom a couple of times per week. Secondary students will continue their progress in the current platform.

Transitioning to or from the UA Online Academy

The next opportunity to request a transition to or from the Online Academy will be in late November, with the requested change taking place when students return from winter break on January 5, 2021. Switching at any point during the rest of the 2020 calendar year will not be permitted.

How to contact us

If you have questions about the UA Online Academy, please email [email protected].
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