Frequently Asked Questions
- How is Communities different from regular classes? Communities teaches the same standards as the rest of the OASD in a problem/project based format. The application of content, skills , technology and leadership habits are embedded in these projects. Students work with and within the community to make an impact on community needs.
- Is Communities rigorous? The gathering of essential information from primary and other real world sources is difficult. Students also need to apply and present their learning to real world audiences. Students may take each project to whatever level they choose. There is no ceiling on what a student can learn or do.
- How will Communities help me get into college/university?Communities will provide the student with an opportunity to practice and perfect their soft skills, develop their leadership skills, enhance their ACT preparation and network with community partners and businesses. All of these activities will help to build a solid college application.
- What does my child do the other hours of the day? Students are part of the Communities Program for two hours of the day. The rest of the day they attend class and participate in sports and activities with the rest of the North students.
- What if my child does not like it once they get in?We believe in a good fit, if Communities is not a good fit for your child they will be able to change their schedules at the end of the quarters.
- Does everyone get in? What happens if they don’t? Students must complete an application. The applications are reviewed and then placed in a lottery selection. If they are not selected, they can be placed on a waiting list.
- Can my student still be on an accelerated path and be in Communities? The Communities schedule allows students to take more than 2 credits in 2 hours which can free up the student’s remaining schedule. This allows students to take other advanced course offerings. Students also have the opportunity to take English Honors within the Communities.
- In what ways will Communities benefit my child?Your student will actively learn essential concepts which leads to retention. They will have an opportunity to enhance their 21st century skills (communication, critical thinking, commitment, collaboration, and creative thinking) while making an impact on needs in their community. Being in the community exposes your student to career pathways.
- Are parents involved in Communities? Parental involvement is critical for the growth of our students. Parents moderate student discussions, give feedback to students and their work. Parents and their places of businesses
- Can my child be in Communities 2 if they were not in Communities 1? Students can be a part of Communities if they are spots available. They must complete an application.
- What type of student is in Communities? Every type of student is in Communities. The type of student that thrives in this environment is one who is open to new strategies, experiences, and ways of learning. Willingness to step outside of your comfort zone, work collaboratively with others, and a desire to apply your knowledge in real, authentic situations is essential.
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