Our school uses Ignitia which is an internet-based remote access program which utilizes the most current version of Alpha Omega Publications' award-winning Switched-On-Schoolhouse and Switch-On Online for grades 3-12. Students enjoy completing their daily schoolwork on the computer, while working through scheduled assignments in the Jacksonville Academy Online curriculum. The curriculum provides students a variety of interactive exercises, movies, animations, and audio clips that add to the learning experience. Students finish lessons by completing various questions, activities, and quizzes, with a computer over the internet.
We use a variety of teaching methods to explain concepts, provide practical application, and evaluate student performance. Advanced activities include:
• Multiple Choice
• Intelligent Text Entry
• Graphical Multiple Choice
• Paragraph Answers
• More than 25,000 videos, animations and sound files
• Text Multiple Choice
• Printed Exercises
• Spelling Quizzes
• Interactive Learning Games
• Crossword Puzzles
Instant-grading features in the software allow students and parents to receive immediate feedback on academic progress. Assignment due dates and past-due notices help keep students on their individualized learning tracks. Our qualified teach¬ers enhance learning by providing additional guidance, feedback and encouragement while monitoring daily progress.
The curriculum is written on the principle of "mastery learning." This means that students truly master the content and skills of one unit before progressing to the next. Different students learn at different speeds, thus mastery learning ensures success by allowing each student to spend as much time as necessary in one subject area prior to moving on.
Students connect to the Internet to complete and submit their work to the JAO teachers for additional feed¬back. Once students submit completed assignments, our teachers grade written paragraph answers, essays and projects in addition to monitoring progress in computer-graded assignments. Teachers may also assign extra work or identify problems for students to rework. Students and parents are able to contact the teachers by phone, e-mail, or the “messaging” feature which is built right into the curriculum.
For accurate placement in the curriculum, academic advisors customize a plan for each learner. By utilizing previous school records, placement test data, and parent feedback, the academic advisors empower students to begin working on subject units at their learning levels. Each of the five core subjects—Bible, Language Arts, Math, History & Geography, and Science is comprised of approximately ten learning units with approximately 130 lessons per subject covering daily lessons, quizzes, tests and projects. Students must successfully complete all units in each core subject to accomplish a year’s grade level of schooling. Students can work at their own pace (some faster, some slower) in order to achieve subject competency.
A variety of elective courses such as Health, British and American Literature, the History of the Constitution and Business Information Systems enrich the middle and high school students. For a full Electives list, see the Course Catalog. Check back often or speak to our staff as upcoming elective courses are being added constantly.