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NYC offers virtual, hybrid high school programs: Here’s how to apply

Staten Island, NY – New York City is offering a new learning approach to high school students across the city through hybrid and virtual school education pathways.

The Chancellor of Schools, David Banks, on Thursday announced the new Department of Education (DOE) high school program, “A School Without Walls Program,” which will give students the freedom to learn remotely, but also place their education in a personal, interdisciplinary, project-based range. Learning and internship opportunities.

“The epidemic underscores the importance of reshaping students’ experiences for our children, giving them the opportunity to pursue their interests and passions freely as part of their high school journey. It is up to us academics to meet students with opportunities to empower them in their learning. Said the banks. “We collaborated closely with the students to design a” homeless school program “and take lessons learned during the COVID-19 epidemic to reshape the school using innovative tools and practices.

The program was established in close collaboration with students and received support from DOE’s partners at NYC Outward Bound Schools.

About the program

It moves beyond the classroom and gives students the freedom to design their own path to earn a high school diploma. According to the DOE, through internships, service learning and place-based learning initiatives, they are able to experience New York City and their local communities as their classroom.

Interested students choose between a hybrid learning model and a virtual model – with 100 seats available on each different route. Both paths are placed in DOE facilities with teachers providing synchronous and asynchronous instruction from the fully equipped and operational classroom.

All participating students will have access to these places and resources available in brick and mortar schools such as counseling services. They receive a laptop for use at home and can visit the school site to correct any technical issues, according to the DOE. Students have the option to participate in virtual and personal extracurricular activities, including arts and music programs, sports and interest-based clubs and electives.

DOE said it is currently working closely with the New York State Education Department (NYSED) to finalize the details needed to complete these programs so students can graduate. In the meantime, students will officially enroll in a traditional high school while participating in the program.


The hybrid route

According to the DOE, the hybrid path combines in-person and remote learning opportunities for incoming ninth-grade high school students. It supports students ’socio-emotional well-being and prioritizes personal academic support both personally and remotely.

Students in the hybrid path attend classes The DOE says it will take part in a half-day schedule at 131 Livingston St. in Brooklyn, individually and then indulge in synchronous (live) and asynchronous (at their own pace) learning.

Virtual Pathway

The DOE stated that the Virtual Pathway uses the entire remote program with an interdisciplinary, project-based model, as well as deep and meaningful community building to ensure wellness and success in the virtual environment.

To support the academic and socio-emotional needs of incoming ninth grade students, the virtual pathway offers: daily synchronous attendance and consultancy, daily synchronous humanities or STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) sessions and social teaching sessions, studies, science, health, laboratory, art / Music and elective courses.

Applying for

Applications for rising ninth grade students were opened Thursday.

Families can apply through their MySchools accounts at until Wednesday, July 6th.

To apply, interested families and students must choose an “A School Without Wals Program” hybrid or virtual pathway by acting on their MySchools accounts. By mid-July, families will be informed of the lottery results and families will be given a waiting list on a rolling basis.

The announcement of the introduction of new virtual schools, New York City, has emerged as a way to re-engage young people after learning from a distance and a hybrid style of the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic.

Students will be able to participate in the program in the coming fall.

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