FAQ 2017-06-05T19:05:07+00:00

Frequently Asked Questions

Select any of the questions below to see the accompanying answer. Also check out our Blended Learning Readiness Questionnaire.

There are many reasons a student may be interested in taking a BlendEd class. The student may want to experience a different model of instruction, or perhaps have a bit more free time during the school day knowing that the content of a class can be accessed online. There might also be course topics of specialized interest that are not practical for our schools to offer individually. Finally, students may want the experience of taking classes with peers from other schools, thereby widening their intellectual and social circles. Whatever the reason, The BlendEd Consortium will provide additional choice and flexibility for a student’s journey through high school.
BlendEd courses are open to juniors and seniors from The Athenian School, The College Preparatory School, Lick-Wilmerding High School, Marin Academy, and The Urban School.

Partner schools have three spots reserved in each class. There are an additional 3 spots made available to handle extra course interest, so class sizes are limited to a maximum of 18 students.

Students enrolled in BlendEd courses should have regular and reliable access to a computer with a high-speed internet connection. There may be additional requirements, depending on the course. Please contact your school’s site coordinator for support in meeting this expectation.

Classes meet face-to-face, as well as online, thus differentiating these blended courses from purely online classes. Students can access the class materials according to their own schedule and study habits, and with regular online interaction with their teacher and with other students. They also meet as a class during the semester. The frequency of class gatherings is determined by the course material. Also, these courses are not MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). The small class size affirms our commitment to meeting individual student needs and the building of strong classroom cultures where students feel equally invested in helping each other succeed.

Both. The courses have three to five face-to-face sessions which are synchronous (“meeting together at the same time”) and some teachers may choose to host synchronous online “office hours” and “chats” at regular intervals throughout the course. The rest of the course takes place online in an asynchronous (“participating on your own time”) learning management system. “Asynchronous” does not mean, however, that you are completely on your own. Regular deadlines for assignment submissions and discussion board participation help keep you feeling connected and accountable.

Each course teacher will determine when and where the face-to-face session will occur (three to five sessions for a semester-long course). Often, these gatherings will be scheduled at a location specific to the class, such as a film studio, environmental firm, park, etc.  Teachers are well aware of the school-week requirements of all the students, and will design their in-person sessions with that in mind.

BlendEd courses follow a special schedule that may or may not coincide with your home school’s academic schedule.

Fall courses typically begin in September and end in December with Wednesday through Friday of Thanksgiving week designated as a break.

Spring courses typically begin in January and end in May with two weeks set aside as a break. The two weeks may or may not be contiguous and will be scheduled by the teacher.

Students are allowed to take one BlendEd course per semester.

BlendEd courses are primarily electives, though some may count towards departmental requirements at your school. The elective courses do count towards the overall total amount of courses/units required for graduation. Check with your advisor or school Coordinator to make sure you are still meeting departmental requirements should you decide to take a BlendEd course.

BlendEd course offerings are UC approved to fulfill the “g” (elective) requirement. Some courses may also meet “a-f” requirements. Check with your school Coordinator if you have any questions.

All courses are awarded credit by each school based on a shared rubric that will ensure a common set of standards for the quality of instruction, the way students are assessed, and high expectations for student learning. The courses are designed to be equal in rigor to our existing elective courses. As online and blended courses have become increasingly common, most schools do not note the instructional mode (online, blended, or face-to-face) on transcripts. The BlendEd Consortium will follow this practice.

Students will receive BlendEd registration instructions during the home school’s regular course registration period. Please contact your school’s site coordinator should you need further assistance.