In the growing array of educational options available to students and their parents, a hybrid model is emerging that gives students both the experience of learning in a classroom and the personalization provided by online learning. Also called blended learning, think of these schools as a teacher-facilitated online school that still provide students interaction with a teacher, but allow them more room to work independently.Hybrid schools: not a traditional classroom

While students work at their own pace, they are still expected to make academic gains. Teachers track data on each student to see how each one is progressing, and struggling students can receive additional help during school or in after-school tutoring.At a time when teachers in traditional classrooms have to keep moving ahead in the curriculum — even when students haven’t fully grasped the material — the hybrid model allows students to slow down the pace of their learning when necessary and jump ahead in other subjects when they are able. But it also counter-balances online-only schooling by keeping students in a classroom environment with teachers and peers.

Three kinds of hybrid learning available at Restoration Academy

The rotation model. Students attend school and rotate throughout the day between online learning, classroom instruction, experiential & enrichment learning activities, and individual work.

The virtual model. Students work through an online curriculum program personalized for them but still have access to a teacher depending on their needs. Designed for students living in any location. All students come to campus once per semester to attend an all-day residency. Here, they meet faculty mentors, coaches and students in their cohort. They network with students in other cohorts, and they are provided an overview of the material they will be studying throughout the semester.

The enriched virtual model. Students take classes online but come to campus periodically throughout the week for “brick and mortar” experiences.

The advantages of hybrid learning

Clearly, the strongest benefit associated with blended learning is that it allows the learning experience to be customized around the needs of students. A child can either work ahead or spend more time on a lesson in which they need extra help.If students don’t have to be on campus every day, blended learning can also provide flexibility for parents to take care of appointments such as their children’s doctor’s visits or short trips without having to worry about losing a day of school. Blended models also provide the assurance that learning can continue even if there are reasons why students can’t come to school. This combined model might also be appropriate for students who need a little more time on certain subjects and have not been able to get the help they need in a traditional classroom. Students who were too shy to ask questions in a typical classroom can thrive in blended learning because they feel more freedom to interact with the teacher.

Why choose Restoration Academy:  A Hybrid Educational Center

To thrive during these challenging times requires the flexibility to operate in just such an environment: “hybrid learning academies,” where students have the daily flexibility to  choose learning in school and learning at home.Small is beautiful.  Our size allows us to be much more nimble than large institutions when crises such as sudden shutdowns occur. We have seen multiple breakdowns in our largest-scale institutions, and a lack of support for the most local ones. But as we think about the near future, these trying times are an ideal opportunity for hybrid learning academies to better serve students and families.