Spring Vale Online School
Spring Vale has been using online education for years to offer advanced coursework to our students including AP classes and college dual-enrollment. We are now developing a complete Online program so we can offer quality Christian education to anyone, anywhere. This fall we will be prepared to offer grades 6-9 online for full-time students. A full set of core classes and a wide variety of electives will be joined to Bible classes for each grade.
- If you are interested in having your student be part of the online program this fall, please fill out the top form on the right.
- If you want to see if your child would be successful as an online student complete this survey.
- If you are interested in being on the staff of the online school, fill out the second form to the right. Thanks for your interest!
Current Phase Update
The Spring Vale Online School has completed its first semester. We ran classes in Advanced Math, Computer Literacy, and Economics for on campus students. We also had three students (two seniors and a seventh grader) take on a full-time course load from home. Though some of our 21 students started with apprehension, many have come to appreciate the value and quality of the program. We have had a few students find great success online when they struggled consistently in a traditional environment.
We are now preparing for a more complete version of the Online program, continuing Bible class development for a few grades, and seeking pre-enrollment applications for any who would be interested in our fall 2017 online program. If you have any questions, please contact us.
Philosophy of Online School
Transformative. Effective. Community.
Foremost in our hearts and minds is to create a transformative online school. We desire our program to have a deep spiritual component which reflects not only study of the Bible, but biblical approaches to education, discipleship, and world-view. Our prayer is that students in this program would be enabled to begin or build up their relationship with God in meaningful ways that equip them for the rest of their lives. This includes connection to Christian community as well. Community and delivery method are our two other major considerations.
In preparing the curriculum and delivery method of an online school, many factors need to be considered. A course offered online for kids in such different developmental and cognitive phases as 1st graders, high school seniors, and everyone between is a huge task. It's also not as simple as plugging in curriculum from our campus onto a webpage and calling it school. Online education is sufficiently different from onsite education that it needs its own approaches and development. In our approach, we are seeking to use research to inform our decisions as well as our decades of experience in Christian education to assemble a program that gives many options and the greatest quality education we can offer.
Another major consideration is how best to accommodate the difference in geographical relationship of each class. Since students may not be in the same physical space as their teacher or fellow students, we will seek to provide the best alternatives to recreate rich community interaction in the program. This can include discussion boards, video-conferencing, administration follow-up and contact with students at regular intervals to see how they are doing, and regular proactive contact by each teacher to their students. Engagement in online learning is key and we want to find the best ways to do this at each grade level.
These are just a few things we are taking into consideration as we progress in our research and development. Feel free to provide your input or offer ways you can help us through the contact form on this page.