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Learn About GPFLEX, District 7's Newest School of Choice

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Grants Pass Flex is learning that works for your student(s) and your family. Enjoy the flexibility of self-paced, at-home, online, learning with access to award-winning in-person programs and activities within Grants Pass School District 7 schools. With GP Flex, students enjoy an individualized learning plan to help them achieve their educational goals.

 

School Overview

Grants Pass Flexible Learning EXperience (GPFLEX) is Grants Pass’ first truly virtual school experience for students and families. Designed to meet the needs of families who want most of their children’s learning experiences to be from home, GPFLEX is the ideal school to balance at-home learning with public education opportunities.

GPFLEX provides education opportunities for students in kindergarten through twelfth grade, serving ages 5 through 19 (and even age 21 in some cases). GPFLEX is a fully state-accredited school and meets Oregon State requirements for a high school diploma.  

Flexible
Each student’s Personal Education Plan (PEP) is customized to meet the needs of students and their learning journey. Key components of the PEP include student interests, strengths and talents inventory, ratio of computer adaptive learning with live virtual instruction, in-person learning opportunities, and career and college preparedness. 
Learning
Learning environments for GPFLEX range from entirely online and virtual to a mix of online and in-person. Students and families meet with their teachers to work through the right balance for students. And, as students change and develop, so does their learning experience. Each term, every student’s PEP is adjusted to make sure the learning environment is the best match for students. Feeling the need to jump ahead? No problem. Using computer adaptive instruction, students can demonstrate competency toward learning targets at their pace. Need to get some extra support on more difficult concepts? Again, no problem. Staff work with families to adjust the pacing so that students understand concepts before moving on. 

Do you have a student experiencing special needs? No problem! At GPFLEX, we believe every child is special and we are designing learning for each student's learning needs. From an Individual Education Plan (IEP) to a 504 (Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act) to a PEP, every student at GPFLEX has their own learning plan.  

EXperience
GPFLEX follows brain-based practices learning experiences. We now know that we humans are constantly changing and adapting to our environments. We also know that for the brain to be ready to learn, it must be in a calm, safe and regulated state. It also needs to be in positive relationships with others. So, when a child’s brain is regulated and in relationship, it is ready to reason, or learn. We think it is important to have a school model that attends to how the brain works and learns and a significant part of learning is the environment in which we are learning. GPFLEX attempts to combine home environments with academics and hands-on learning.

As students need it, GPFLEX offers a variety of in-person learning opportunities. From the Arts to Physical Education (PE) to Career and Technical Education (CTE), GPFLEX staff are working to provide opportunities for students to apply their learning in hands-on ways. Students may take part in band, orchestra, or even participate in a PE class. Space available, students can take a CTE course at the high school for courses like welding, computer sciences, business,  fine and performing arts, and culinary arts. 

School Culture

One of the chief ideas is building school culture. Until there is a site for students to meet that is dedicated to GPFLEX, students will be dual enrolled for in-person opportunities. 

  • Culture-building
    • Create spaces to provide in-person electives at a GPFLEX site
  • Connected to local schools
    • Hybrid options could allow students to choose courses at their secondary school to participate in like CTE, music, drama, etc. 

What does the school calendar look like?

  • Year One - Trimester Calendar
    • We will use a trimester model for year one, which is very similar to the Elementary calendar. 
    • High school students would need to take at least 4 courses at a minimum each trimester to stay on track (4 courses each trimester = 6 credits in a year).  
    • Report cards/parent-teacher conferences would follow the elementary trimester calendar
  • Year Two - Year-round Calendar
    • We would like to consider year-round options (click here for mock-up) to work on minimizing the “summer dip” effect of being out of classes for 3 months. 
    • This stagger calendar is the same number of school days, broken out more evenly and matching end-of-term dates for natural breaks. 
    • Between terms, there is a break and then another week or so if interventions and extension opportunities for students. Staff would provide tutoring and enrichment opportunities for students. 

Registration

  • Registrations will follow our normal registration processes. 
  • Students may be dual enrolled in GPFLEX, their local school for in-person options, as well as college-level courses. 

Attendance

  • Students will need to attend virtual school sessions, in-person sessions, and any college-level course like any school. Families should aim for 95% attendance. 
  • The advantage to GPFLEX is that it can flex with family schedules and students can access their content at any time through the Learning Management System (LMS), Canvas.  
  • For computer-adaptive courses, attendance can be taken through productivity in the Edgenuity. Students will also check in with their teacher at least weekly.