The Rolling Acres School is an Online Academy for Middle School and High School students, striving to foster a rigorous and enriching academic experience that advocates home education, promotes parent involvement, creates a community within which kids can learn, and provides professional teachers in a supportive role.
All home schools have dealt with the problem of maintaining high academic standards as students move into middle and high school. Not every child is a motivated, independent learner. Our instructors seek, not only to provide challenging, rich course work and interesting instruction, but also to know each student and foster in each a love of Christ. Themselves well-trained, they seek to share the benefits of advanced degrees and years of experience.
Students find all of their course materials posted in a virtual school room online. These course materials include video lectures, assignments, study guides, quizzes, and more. In the LIVE Classroom students see and hear the instructor, interact with other students, and view materials presented by the instructor. Using an online school allows families to bolster academic rigor, provide socialization, and yet keep students in the home.
We believe that parents are the primary educators of their children, that the home is the most important cultural institution for human flourishing, and that education in the home has many unique merits. All of our classes work on the assumption of close parental involvement. Our school is online specifically so students can attend from home. And, we provide discounts for multiple students from one family.
What is a flipped classroom?
The idea is that the lecture or presentation, which in the past was always done in class, and the independent student work, which was always done at home, are rearranged. To make this possible, lectures are available on video and are assigned to be watched before class time, while class time is devoted to working on problems, discussion, explaining difficult sections, and individual help. The result is lectures that are repeatable resources, available at any time, and class times that are dynamic, interactive, and focused on getting things done.
Highlights of a Flipped Classroom
- Recorded lectures to be watched outside of class, freeing up in-class time;
- Live online classes that emphasize interaction: activity, drill, and dialogue;
- Online Community emerges from increase interaction: friendships, mentoring, and a culture of learning can develop.
All classes include weekly assignments, all graded by instructors. Quality feedback is a part of the teaching process.
Instructor tutoring 2-3 times per week comes with enrollment.
ARTICLE ~ "Flipping the Classroom: A revolutionary approach to learning presents some pros and cons" at School Library Journal
ARTICLE ~"Online school for your 13-year-old? Depends on the kid 'There’s definitely a trade-off ... You have to be on top of things,’ one mom says" at Today
VIDEO ~ "Blended Learning in 2 Minutes and 38 Seconds" on YouTube
F.A.Q. PAGE~ "You Can Do It!" on teaching at home in the high school years at Home School Legal Defense Association
ARTICLE ~ "The Unexamined Life" by Robert Royal - On the limits of intellectual education, but, perhaps inadvertently, on the merits of home education!