Academy of Personalized Learning
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Received 2009 APLUS+ Personalized Learning Pioneer Award for Perseverance
Academy of Personalized
2195 Larkspur Lane
Redding, CA 96002
Patricia Dougherty, Executive
Office: 530-222-9275 Fax: 530-222-9281
The Academy of Personalized
Learning is a Kindergarten through 12th grade public charter
school located in Redding, California. We serve students
throughout Shasta County, and the surrounding contiguous
counties, through a unique learning program.
educational options to serve the learning and developmental
needs of individual students and their families who seek
choices and greater involvement in the education of their
children. Highly qualified teachers work together with
parents and students to assess student needs, interests,
and learning styles and to plan thoroughly for student
academic success through a combination of curriculum choice,
small group classes, internet-based classes, vendor course
instruction, and other community-based instructional opportunities.
K-12 Public Charter School
Personalized Learning Approach
Independent study with support of classes/tutoring
California Standards Based Instruction
Shasta College Courses
Program Summary The Academy of Personalized Learning is
organized by parents, community members, and educators
as a K-12 California Charter Public School serving families
in Shasta County. As a public school, there is no tuition.
The Academy of Personalized Learning does not discriminate
against any student or employee on the basis of ethnicity,
national origin, gender, or disability, and is non-sectarian.
A California non-profit corporation, APL is managed by
the Academy of Personalized Learning, Inc. Board of Directors,
and directly funded by the State of California. The Academy
of Personalized Learning is a school of choice.
The mission of the Academy of Personalized Learning is
to provide a variety of innovative teaching methods and
opportunities for teachers, parents, pupils, and community
members to improve pupil learning.
Student success is built upon strong relationships between
teachers, students, and their parents. Highly qualified
teachers work with students and parents to create the learning
program that best serves the needs of each individual child.
This Personalized Learning model means offering any combination
of materials and instructional methods, such as independent
study, small classes, tutorials, labs, or computer-based
courses that best fit the individual student and family
situation. It allows for flexible scheduling and greater
parental involvement. Teacher, parent, and student meetings
are held no less than every 20 school days by law. Communication
is key – an on-going dialogue ensures that the most effective
strategies are employed for each student.
Families who might find this learning option effective
are students whose parents want to be highly involved in
the daily learning of their children and want the support
of a fully credentialed teacher, or students who have special
skills, talents, or interests. Personalized learning may
also be suitable for underserved students whose life circumstances
prevent them from fully participating in traditional schools,
students with learning challenges who could be effectively
served in a personalized learning setting.
Coursework supports California State Standards and mandated
pupil assessments such as STAR testing. Curriculum emphasizes
core academic subjects; English/Language Arts, Mathematics,
Science and Social Studies. An assortment of student electives
and enrichment programs support Visual and Performing Arts,
Physical Education, Vocational Skills, Technology, and
other elective choices.
All staff members are employed directly by the charter
school on an “at-will” basis.
The Academy of Personalized Learning will maintain records
and documentation of student attendance and performance
as mandated by state education code, and will comply with
all state and federal fiscal reporting requirements. All
board meetings will comply with the Ralph M. Brown Act.
The Academy of Personalized Learning is accredited by
the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. This on-going
process fosters an environment of professional evaluation,
innovation, improvement, and continued dedication to the
families we serve.
The Academy of Personalized Learning is based on a solid
working program with a stable teaching staff, steady enrollment,
solid API, use of standards-based curriculum, a sound fiscal
track record, and a service oriented philosophy.