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Online High School Wave of the Future

The new high school may open up to all Capo Unified students next year, offering classes that could disappear in the move to increase class sizes.

The ’s new online high school will open in September with about 100 students, but could have as many as 1,000 by next year, reported Principal Robert Nye.

That’s because starting next year, students at the district’s six comprehensive high schools will be able to take up to two online courses, Nye told the Board of Trustees at its meeting Monday.

In true, online-school fashion, Nye gave his presentation remotely, livestreaming it from district offices on the other side of the I-5 Freeway.

“We thought it was important to give you a glimpse of the technology,” said Julie Hatchel, assistant superintendent of education services.

While mostly online, , as the s, students must attend some classes – such as science labs and P.E. – in person with a teacher and have the option from time to time to attend livestreamed lessons in person if they prefer, Nye said.

The district is incorporating a number of tools from Cisco to allow for livestreaming and archiving of lessons and desktop sharing, Nye said.

The school will open with 98 ninth- and 10th-graders, Nye said. District officials had anticipating enrolling 125.

But that number could swell to 1,000 as early as next year, when all high school students in CUSD may be able to enroll up to two online classes.

Nye sees this option as filling in the gaps for principals at the brick-and-mortars who can no longer offer smaller classes because of .

“Obviously, principals are having to make hard choices now” as they look to fill their master schedules, Nye said. The new technology may allow some schools to keep smaller classes, such as AP Art History, if one teacher can instruct several schools’ students.

In other news, the board voted 5-2, with Trustees Ellen Addonizio and Sue Palazzo dissenting, . Among the positions are supervisors who monitor students on in-school suspension.

Sharon Y August 22, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Capo Parent I heard this rumor earlier today too. Since it was from an associate of Jim Reardon's it sounded like it might be mainstream. Thanks for confirming this.
Charles August 22, 2012 at 01:13 AM
I'd like to see some data or reports which describe the performance of the students who attend online high schools broken out by demographics, ESL status, home life status, types of courses, etc. Questions I would like answered: How do students who attend online high schools achieve academic success compared to traditional? Is it saving the district and taxpayers money? Are these online students as well (or better) prepared for life (including college) after high school? While some courses could surely be accommodated by online delivery, some most likely can not: What about science labs, PE, etc? Drama, arts, and coursework that requires materials or onsite presence or group work? Is online high school purely optional? Still, it is worth researching.
fact checker August 22, 2012 at 02:00 AM
I would say that Jim Reardon is hardly mainstream. Confirming how?
Penny Arévalo August 22, 2012 at 02:29 AM
Mr. Reardon has clarified to Patch that he plays no part of this rumor and knows nothing about a possible sale of CVHS.
Penny Arévalo August 24, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Jennie McCue, director of public information & marketing for Saddleback College, has confirmed there is absolutely no truth to the rumor that CUSD is trying to sell Capo Valley HS to Saddleback. Let's not bring it up again. Thanks!

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