One month after the opening of USC Hybrid High School, the more than 110 students enrolled in the downtown Los Angeles-based charter school have completed their online benchmark exams in math, reading, and language arts.
Students took the exams on their assigned laptops, the first big test of the school’s unique technology infrastructure, and they have been assigned to courses based on their readiness levels.
The Hybrid High model has been designed to accommodate the individual needs of students most at risk for dropping out due to job and family care obligations. The ninth grade students in this inaugural cohort vary dramatically in academic achievement, according to math teacher Stefnie Evans. Exemplifying the school’s customized curriculum, she has enrolled her students in eight distinct mathematics courses according to the specific needs and abilities of each student.
Since September, Hybrid High students have officially completed the school’s “boot camp,” which familiarizes students with one another and their teachers and advisors, what is expected of them, and how to use the technology and access coursework.
According to school administrators, the students are now prepared for the school’s innovative flexible start and end times, and are able to make their own daily class schedules. Flexible hours officially begin on Monday, Oct. 15 at the school, and will continue to expand and evolve as students move to upper grade levels with differing schedule needs.
USC Hybrid High School is still admitting ninth graders for the 2012-2013 school year, and welcomes new students and transfers. For more information visit http://uschybridhigh.org/ or call (213) 929-1046.
Read more USC Hybrid High School’s opening: http://news.usc.edu/#!/article/40858/usc-hybrid-high-opens-its-doors/