Any forward-thinking educator today will tell you that online education is the wave of the future. Whether through online classes, blended learning curricula, or harnessing the practical benefits of the internet, technology is beginning to make a significant mark on the traditional classroom. In most undergraduate and graduate schools, online learning is already the wave of the present.
Mesivta Ateres Yaakov consistently looks for innovative, creative, and exciting ways to engage its students in the learning process. Their most recent innovation began last year with their online AP microeconomics course.
With the help of a generous matching grant from the Avi Chai Foundation, Ateres Yaakov teamed up with Fuel Education (formerly Aventa by K12), an internationally acclaimed online-learning company which services middle- and high-school students around the world. A group of six students were selected to pioneer this program which is being facilitated by Rabbi Yossi Bennett, assistant menahel/assistant principal.
“We spent an enormous amount of time exploring and researching online school providers and consulting with experts in the field. Fuel Education seemed to serve our needs best,” commented Rabbi Sam Rudansky, general studies principal. “We needed a provider that could offer our students high-level, advanced placement courses completely online. I am confident that this program will only raise the bar of our challenging general studies curriculum.”
Due to the success of the pilot program last year, the mesivta has contracted Florida Virtual School Global to serve as a provider as well. This year, the online-learning program has expanded and now offers AP computer science in addition to AP microeconomics, and the plan is to continue to increase the online offerings in the coming years.