The short answer to this question is yes.
Students will have the option of selecting two traditional high school classes as part of their Personal Learning Plan. Students will also be able to incorporate Youth-Options courses such as taking a CNA course off-campus as part of their plan.
The Long Answer.
Traditional High School Classes
In February 2014, the Island City Academy School Board approved the following policy after much discussion about the advantages and disadvantages of ICA students attending traditional high school courses:
- ICA student can take up to two traditional courses in the regular high school. Traditional courses that will be allowed are limited to band, choir, and any course at a level higher than what the ICA can offer (i.e., Physics).
- Students who wish to take more than two traditional high school courses must be prepared to present their reason(s) to the ICA teaching staff and administration in order to have them sign off on the request.
- At no time may a student take four or more traditional courses and remain in Island City Academy.
- Project Lead The Way courses do not count as one of the two traditional courses allowed. PLTW courses are also not required coursework of ICA students.
ALEKS meets all common core standards as an alternative to traditional school math curriculum; therefore, ALEKS will be the math program used by ICA students. ALEKS offers math curriculum up to, and including, Calculus. Chemistry is also available through the ALEKS program.
- Foreign language alternative options within the charter school setting are being explored in order to provide students with more time in the ICA classroom and less time in the traditional school.
- The ICA will make every attempt possible to provide students with required and/or recommended courses within the charter school setting, including virtual courses and educational consultants.
As a reminder, the Island City Academy serves students with a project-based environment, with flexibility for students to earn credits and prepare themselves for the “real world.” In order to maintain the philosophy and mission of the charter school, we need to provide students with a variety of experiences outside of the classroom. This is difficult to fulfill when students are taking too many courses in the traditional setting. It is the goal of the ICA to provide as many alternative educational opportunities as possible that will allow students to fulfill college admission requirements, such as foreign language and higher level math, within the charter school setting.