The Innovative Learning Center opened the doors for the fourth year to 1,000+ students registered this year, and 1,000+ more active online classes serving students district wide. If you're new, the goal of the ILC is to offer unique learning experiences for students 7th-12th grade @HilliardSchools. These experiences all derive from our 4 networks, Young Professionals, College Jumpstart, Imagination, and the Personal Success Network.
College Jumpstart Year : The College Jump Start program continues to grow in leaps and bounds, and this fall we had our best semester yet! Approximately 200 juniors and seniors completed fall semester College Credit Plus coursework through our partnership with Columbus State Community College. First-year students wrapped up their first Composition course by choosing a question to research and answer. Students loved the freedom to choose any focus they wanted, and topics ranged from sports (What’s the history of the rivalry between the Lakers and the Celtics?) to healthy lifestyles (How does owning a pet influence your health?) to current issues connected to students’ passions and career interests (What are the benefits and drawbacks of having police wear body cameras?). Students presented their results both in writing and during our “Celebration of Research” roundtables on the last day of class. It was exciting to see our students prove they are “ready for tomorrow”!
Hilliard City Schools proudly pushes the boundary of a personalized education. With nearly 70+ online courses written/created in house by highly qualified HCSD staff, our team of online teachers currently enroll 1,000 students district wide. Opportunities are endless for students taking online courses! The flexibility of online learning in Hilliard Schools allows students to participate in unique experiences like never before. One student is traveling abroad to Germany while finishing her graduation requirements through the online program. One elementary student's learning needs are being personalized and met through access to a high school level math online course. Several students earn college credits while finishing high school courses through our online program. And many students are able to take advantage of the Full Time @ Home program and stay enrolled in the district, instead of leaving the district for a state online program. Situations like these, and more, are what make online learning in Hilliard so unique! And more students than ever are taking advantage of the opportunity and flexibility. During the first semester, more than 1,000 students have taken online courses. Each of those courses was developed and is taught by highly qualified and experienced Hilliard teachers. By the end of the year, more than 2,000 students in grades 8-12 will have taken online courses in Hilliard. Come and grow with us!
High school became BLS CPR certified, learned about vital signs and participated in a vital signs clinic. They studied normal human growth and development, then put this into action teaching kindergarten-aged students about handwashing. The high school class also visited the local fire station met with the paramedics to learn about what they do on the job.
Some highlights of Academy EDU for this year include:
Heidieh Javan attended the Educator Rising National Competition in Boston, Massachusetts and received 2nd in her Exploring Careers in Administration
Each student is First Aid and CPR trained
Each student is a member of Educator Rising, a student organization that provides passionate young people with hands-on teaching experience, sustains their interest in the profession, and helps them cultivate the skills they need to be successful educators.
Students observed for six weeks at Crossing and Britton elementary school and are currently completing their middle school observations at various buildings in the district. The partnership didn't end there, the Academy EDU students partnered with JW Reason for 5 weeks of YOUniversity.