Parents instruct their children with the support and professional guidance of a certified teacher through the school they are ENROLLED with. They are free to use faith-based curriculum when they enrol with an Independent School. At RCOA learners are part of a school community that provides a variety of heavily subsidized Face-to-Face Class options for all grade levels, access to a wide variety of physical and digital resources through our Lending Libraries, and Online Subscriptions. In addition each learner has a Curriculum & Program Activities Budget that is applied to third-party services, the cost of consumable curriculum, and school-related resource costs. For full details go to each program’s page.
Parents Should Consider…
DL teachers use a wide range of electronic tools to facilitate the learning of their students via Learning Management Systems which can include voice and video, conferencing over the Internet, email, telephone calls and others. Parents need to facilitate this process with the learners and use the required technology.
As a DL school RCOA provides a teacher who works with each student to:
- Plan and deliver a course of study
- Select course textbooks and resources
- Assess student progress and complete a report card
Enrolling as a Distributed Learner
Students can choose to complete an entire K-12 program at home via distributed learning or partner it with other learning options.
Students in Kindergarten to Grade 9 must take a full course load at one school, while students in Grades 10 to 12 may enrol in courses from a number of different distributed learning or campus schools at one time.
For a learner to be successful in DL requires significant parent involvement even when learners participate in the full range of our Face-to-Face options, more than half of their program is completed at home, this requires the parent (or an alternate) to be a facilitator-of-learning; guiding and mentoring the learner in what are called “soft-skills” (scheduling, prioritizing, guidance online, etc..) Even though older learners are growing in independence this role is still important in high school.