Primavera is the largest high school in Arizona serving about 20,000 students each year. Even so, there are still many who are unfamiliar with online school and how it works. That’s why we decided to start this blog series, About Primavera, to help people become familiar with who we are and how we can help you.
Approximately 70% of Primavera’s population is alternative students. Primavera attracts students with diverse needs and unique backgrounds because of its personalized approach. Each year, almost 1,000 students earn their accredited high school diploma online.
Many are unfamiliar with the term “alternative student.” Here’s the definition and how we can help you if you fall into that category.
What is an alternative student?
An alternative student is one with varying circumstances who as a result, needs personalized attention in order to succeed. Below are a few types of students who qualify as “alternative,” according to the Arizona Department of Education:
- Students who have a documented history of disruptive behavior issues.
- Students who have dropped out of school and are now returning.
- Students in poor academic standing as demonstrated by being at least one year behind on grade level performance or academic credits.
- Students who are primary caregivers or are financially responsible for dependents and therefore, may require a flexible school schedule.
Among the alternative students, stats are as follows:
Primavera serves a number of students who are not “alternative” by definition, but have unique needs. This includes:
- Students with illnesses that make attending a physical classroom difficult
- Students with a 504/IEP Plan
- Students who work or have family responsibilities
- Students who are involved in extracurricular activities such as sports or music and need a flexible schedule
How Primavera Helps Alternative Students
Online school offers more flexibility than a brick-and-mortar traditional classroom. Students are required to complete assignments and lessons on time, but when and where they choose to do so is up to them. Offering education online empowers students who are ill, have a child, need to work or have other responsibilities during the day. Without this flexibility, many of these students would drop out.
But no student is successful alone–it takes support from teachers and guidance counselors. Primavera strives to offer constant support to every student. Let’s take a look at it:
Personalized Instruction Through Primavera
Primavera teachers are highly qualified, with more than 60% holding a Master’s degree or higher. Teachers take care of each student individually. Here are the different ways students interact with their instructors.
1. Real-time online lectures
Teachers hold online lessons for their classes. This allows for students to listen to a real-time lecture as if they were in a traditional classroom. But unlike traditional school, this is merely one point of contact–not the main form of communication.
2. Phone Call
Every Primavera instructor has a direct phone line to offer immediate, personalized help. Students can access their contact information on the home page of the Parent Student Portal (PSP).
3. Instant Messaging
When students log in to their courses, they have easy access to an instant chat messenger. Students can see which teachers are online and contact them right away with a quick question.
For smaller, less urgent questions, students can also email their instructors. Instructors respond to emails within 48-hours.
5. Online Personal Tutoring
Students needing help on a tricky subject can arrange individual online session with their teachers.
6. In-person appointments
Nearby students are welcome to schedule an appointment with their instructor for in-person support at our main office.
You can learn more about Primavera’s instructors in this article.
These many different forms of communication are imperative to help a struggling student succeed.
Primavera’s Guidance Counselors
Our Guidance Department has a stellar program structured around student needs. We do not simply assign our students to counselors according to last names. Instead, we assign according to student’s academic goals and needs. Paraprofessionals, guidance counselors and college & career specialists make up our dedicated guidance team.
You can learn more about Primavera’s guidance department in this article.
We will be posting more information on alternative schools in the near future, so stay tuned to our blog!