Target 3 – Flexible Learning Environment. FWSU will maximize flexible learning environments by redefining the school day, promoting learning experiences that extend beyond the school classroom, and fostering creativity, innovation, and differentiated learning opportunities for all.
Action Step –Provide students w/ access to content, resources, and methods for learning beyond the school day and beyond the school walls.
Indicator of Success – Staff, students and community embrace the digital, social, mobile and “always on” learning styles of 21st century students. Students are engaged in answering authentic questions and solving problems in collaborative settings.
“EDUCATION IS NOT THE FILLING OF A PAIL, BUT THE LIGHTING OF A FIRE.” ~ William Butler Yeats
Although BFA Fairfax is a small rural school, through collaboration with Virtual High School, our students have access to more than 100 courses that could not otherwise be supported. VHS develops and delivers standards-based, student-centered online courses that increase educational opportunities and digital learning skills.
- supplement our offerings with a wide range of online offerings.
- gives us access to one of the largest selections of online AP® courses
- expose students to learning in an online environment (a skill they will likely need to be college and career ready.
You can view course options to learn more about the extensive opportunities available through VHS.
Students who choose to participate in a VHS class at BFA are assigned one block of their schedule to do coursework. The VHS program is coordinated and supervised by VHS Site Coordinator Eda Kirkpatrick. VHS Class work is issued in one week chunks. The students then structure their workload however they wish, giving them flexibility to work at home or in the VHS classroom.
“The wonderful thing about VHS is that it gave me the opportunity to explore course offerings that BFA didn’t offer. “ – Binny, VHS Student
Students partner with peers from all over the planet on collaborative projects. One of the advantages of VHS is interacting with students from different cultures. VHS is a wonderful way for students to develop intercultural competence and global citizenship – essential skills necessary to prepare students for future opportunities that don’t yet exist.
“It’s fun to work with student from different parts of the world.” – Francis, VHS Student
“Game design is a popular choice. I wonder what new offerings will be available next year? People ask me about VHS every day: students, educators, and parents. I tell them that it is a wonderful opportunity. VHS enhances our school offerings, allowing student to pursue their personal interests. There is no way any one school can offer all the classes that VHS does. If a student has an interest in Latin, Philosophy, Constitutional Law, Nuclear Physic, Meteorology, or Russian Language and Culture – VHS has it. Education is the first step these students are taking to making their dreams come true. They are pursuing their interests, not what is mandated to them. They are able to fall in love with learning because they are studying things that excite them.” – Eda Kirkpatrick, VHS Site Coordinator
Learn more about VHS here.