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  • Students at JHS will have another avenue to earn college credit

By Myrna Trauntvein
Times-News Correspondent

Another avenue will be open to high school students at Juab High School to earn college credits in addition to those concurrent classes offered by Snow College if the school board makes the final decision to take on the job of administration.

At district board of education meeting, the board determined to continue to pursue the offering from ASU (Arizona State University) Prep Digital.

ASU Prep Digital is an online high school where students can take a single online course or enroll in a full-time, diploma-granting program.

“ASU is embedding the university experience in high school to give students an accelerated path toward university admission and careers of the future,” said Dr. Rick Robins, superintendent. “The concurrent courses offer the chance to earn both high school and university credit.”

Students who take courses at this innovative digital high school (see: https://www.asuprepdigital.org/) are on an accelerated path toward university admission and careers of the future. The program combines the high school and college experiences, empowering students to take university courses and start earning credit in their major.

“When I came to the district as a principal,” said Robins, “there was not much here online. Dr. Jim Shank wanted to embrace online learning so we began Wasp Online.”

Wasp Online had been a benefit to students with 200 to 300 classes taught per year.

Jerry W. Stevenson, Executive Appropriations Chair in the Utah State Senate (R) Senate Education Committee District 21 representing Davis, who began office in 2010, recommended Juab School District to be the state-wide contact through ASU.

Stevenson said that ASU had asked him for a recommendation and he had selected Juab School District as an innovative school district where great things were happening in education.

“ASU Prep Digital is the best in class in the world,” said Stevenson. “Students who participate get a quality education.”

“ASU Prep Digital is the vendor,” said Dr. Royd Darrington, assistant superintendent.

“We would be the only provider in the state,” said Robins. “We would have exclusive rights.”

Other school districts across the state would have the option of participating in the ASU offerings by going through Juab.

ASU may have a site office at Juab High School (JHS) and would have a student coach, Darrington said. The program would be free to JHS students.

“We are at the point where we cannot educate everyone,” said Dale Whitlock, board president. “For example, we can’t offer all the languages students would like to take. The only world language we offer is Spanish but students could sign up for French or any other offering.”

Stevenson said that at some of the smaller districts, many students needed to take most, if not all, core classes online.

“Green River just couldn’t hire that talent,” said Stevenson.

“Whether a student enrolls in one course to get ahead, signs up for something the high school doesn’t offer, or takes several courses as a homeschool student, the program has the student’s needs covered,” said Robins.

The flexible, personalized option allows a student to work from anywhere, on the student’s schedule.

Each student enrolled becomes a global thinker and leader prepared for the world’s best universities when they study in the rigorous international curriculum.

ASU Prep Digital is part of Arizona State University, the university ranked No.1 in the U.S. for innovation. Students have access to a wealth of resources, including mentorship and instruction from a world-class faculty that includes Nobel Laureates, MacArthur Fellows and Pulitzer Prize winners.

Students who participate may seize the opportunity to take Arizona State University courses as part of the high school experience and earn college credit along with a high school diploma.

Those who take classes may have the out-of-state tuition waved if they attend ASU.

“This will not reduce our relationship with Snow College,” said Robins.

As for funding, the WPU will stay at the resident school.

The class fee will be paid and come to the program with the fund flowing through Juab. There would also be an administrative fee that would come to Juab.

“Participating is an opportunity to start down the path toward college majors and careers,” said Darrington. “Students can even get a sense for ASU campus life through optional summer camps and internships.”

The program allows connections with students and teachers all over the world using the latest learning technologies from ASU. Class discussions take place using online audio, video and text tools.

Students will learn from experienced, highly qualified online teachers. An assigned instructor and personal success coach for each course will provide one-on-one feedback via email, text, phone or video chat.

“Thanks to guidance and encouragement from a personal success coach each student will stay on goal,” said Darrington. “The student and assigned coach will work closely with teachers and the family on a plan to achieve goals.”

Adaptive learning technologies allow the student to work at a personalized pace. The online program adapts to meet students individual needs.

Instructors will apply lessons to real-world situations during experiential activities. These lab sessions, apprenticeships and collaboration with community, university and business partners will help deepen student understanding outside the virtual classroom.

“ASU will create personalized pathways that align to university admission and use me3, an interactive tool to connect career interests to college majors, then design the high school experience to make it happen,” said Robins.

Darrington said that his wife had earned a further degree at Arizona State and had walked in December.