A Typical Nexus Academy High School Day
The only “typical” thing about a day at Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids is that it’s tailored to each student’s personalized learning needs.
Our students choose a morning (8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.) or afternoon (12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.) session at the Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids four days a week: Monday–Thursday for the afternoon session, and Tuesday–Friday for the morning session, with extra time on campus for those who need it. Students also spend approximately fourteen hours a week completing online lessons away from campus.
Whether they choose morning or afternoon sessions on campus, our students begin their day with an advisory period dedicated to collaborative activities and college skill-building work with their Success Coaches. Then they attend small-group classes with their English and math teachers, who focus on each student’s needs in mastering the curriculum.
Now you may be wondering, what is virtual learning at Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids and how does it work? When students are not engaged with their face-to-face teachers, they complete their online course work and LiveLesson® virtual classes in comfortable, open-seating team zones. They work under the guidance of their Success Coaches, who also meet with them one-on-one to talk about their goals and progress and any challenges in their personalized learning plans. And there’s plenty of time to form groups for schoolwork and club activities and to enjoy at least one fitness session each week with the on-site personal trainer.
Learning Customized for Each Student
At Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids, we know that blended learning students are most successful when their studies meet their personal goals, interests, and abilities, so we create individualized education plans to match.
For each new student, we carefully evaluate his or her strengths, needs, and goals to develop a personalized learning plan that works best for him or her. Then, as students begin working in our rich digital curriculum and blended learning models, our teachers and Success Coaches carefully monitor daily data about students’ performance and adjust the learning program to meet their needs.
For example, blended learning students are dynamically grouped for classroom instruction—both on campus and online—based on their performance in the curriculum. New groups are formed every week or two to focus on particular skills and concepts. Students who are struggling in math or English may meet daily with their face-to-face teachers and may even report to campus during their normal “off-campus hours” to catch up, while students who are on track earn greater flexibility in their classroom scheduling.
Meanwhile, true to their titles, Success Coaches use data to create personalized learning action plans, helping students set ongoing goals and make needed improvements. They also work closely with teachers, students, and parents to communicate action plan items, track progress, and assist with assignments. It’s a holistic educational approach with individualized education plans that make learning more successful for instructors and, most important, makes students feel supported and rewarded for their hard work.