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In today’s technology-driven world, it is important for classrooms to accommodate the needs of students to best prepare them for future opportunities.

Abbotsford Virtual School (AVS) is on the cutting edge of education with their combination of old and new world classroom structures.

They are offering a new, unique program for the 2017-2018 school year called Fusion, open to full-time enrolled students in Grades 6 to 8. The program blends online-based studies with two days a week in a classroom setting,
“Experience has shown that pure online courses work well for many students but many more benefit from direct teacher support,” says AVS principal Brad Hutchinson. “Fusion combines the best of both worlds, providing students with online and face-to-face support.”

The program will feature online courses in mathematics, science, social studies, English, PE, technology, and languages. A team of dedicated teachers working in a technology-rich environment will also work with students on site two days throughout the school year.

With small class sizes, students can expect to get hands-on experiences in a project-based, technology-supported environment where they are both nurtured and challenged towards success.

The middle school years are a time of important formative growth for students. Fusion’s learning approach will provide them with essential tools in their development, to be the best they can be in an ever-changing world.

Not only will they have the opportunity to thrive in a social learning environment in the classroom, but they will be empowered to discover learning outside the classroom.

“Given the profile of students described in this project, we aim to ignite passion around learning with technology integration,” Hutchinson says. “We want students to explore learning more deeply.” 
Fusion is leading the way by offering a technology-rich environment that prepares young students to meet the world.

While the new program is a great fit for a variety of students, online education is not for everyone and a high level of parent involvement is needed for Grade 6-8 students to be successful.

Prospective students must have their own laptop and be able to demonstrate an interest in technology, academic motivation and the ability to work independently, commitment to full-day attendance on site two times per week throughout the school year, and an active participation in a physical activity or arts program in the community. 
Some students struggle to realize their full potential in a standard school system, which is why AVS implements a blended learning environment that incorporates the benefits of a teacher and classroom structure, with the flexibility of online courses. That is what it means to be future-ready.

Registration begins March 1, 2017. Space is limited and formal acceptance will be based upon an interview. There are no fees for students.

An open house at Abbotsford Virtual School is also scheduled for April 10, 2017. Staff will be in attendance to share more details about the program and to answer your questions.

If you have any general questions about this new program offered through the Abbotsford Virtual School, please contact Brad Hutchinson, district principal, at brad_hutchinson@sd34.bc.ca or visit avs34.com.

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