Conejo Valley Unified School District (CVUSD) has expanded personalized learning opportunities for its students with the launch of its K-6 Independent Home Study Program and the expansion of Century Academy, a personalized hybrid high school that mixes periodic face-to-face instruction with online learning, to now serve eighth-grade students.
The launch of this new program and school expansion for the 2016-17 school year stems from the vision of the more than 10,000 Conejo Valley stakeholders that completed surveys and attended community forums/focus groups about what they’d like the future of CVUSD to include. These results mirror national trends, which show that families are increasingly seeking personalized learning opportunities for their children.
“Conejo Valley Unified School District has offered students award-winning traditional learning experiences for more than 40 years,” says Jeanne Valentine, director of elementary education. “We are very excited to have the opportunity to continue to meet the educational needs and desires of our community as they evolve by providing a personalized and flexible learning opportunity for students.”
Century Academy, which served 90 students in grades 9-12 during the 2015-2016 school year, and the district’s new K-6 Independent Home Study Program, provide individualized, customized curricula that offer students balance and flexibility to pursue other interests, passions and extracurricular activities.
“At Century Academy, we believe that students learn in a variety of ways and for some a traditional school environment is just not the right fit,” says Karla DiDomizio, assistant principal for Century Academy. “In today’s digital world, technology is a key pathway and we are thrilled to now be accepting eighth-grade students into our online-blended school.”
The K-6 Independent Home Study Program is located on the campus of Lang Ranch Elementary School and the expansion of Century Academy is located in the Waverly Heights neighborhood of Thousand Oaks.
The desire for more personalized learning experiences is a growing trend as the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) reports a substantial increase in school-aged children partaking in home-school programs. According to NCES, in 2003 there were 1,096,000 children homeschooled in the U.S., representing 2.2 percent of the total students in that age range that year. In 2012, the number homeschooled was 1,773,000 or 3.4 percent of elementary and secondary school-aged children that year.