The students at Pivot Charter Schools come from a wide range of backgrounds. The diversity of our student body is one of the things that makes the Pivot experience unique.
Students in need of a unique instructional setting:
Teachers and students can be overwhelmed by high student/teacher ratios. High quality, teacher-led online courses are an excellent alternative to crowded classrooms that often result in reduced individualized instruction. Students who are not well-suited for a traditional classroom setting will benefit greatly from being allowed to progress at their own individual pace. Our program is ideal for students who experience anxiety, bullying or feelings of being overwhelmed in the traditional classroom. These students often get “lost in the crowd” because they are afraid to ask questions or provide input. However, they tend to thrive in an environment like Pivot where they can interact by choice and not feel that they are being judged by their peers.
Students in need of increased class offerings:
School districts with limited resources often lack breadth and depth of course offerings. Our online courses and opportunities for concurrent college enrollment expand these limited offerings. Additionally, we offer workshops in a small setting for students in need of additional instruction or more hands-on tutoring from teachers.
Accelerated learners (learners desiring accelerated or enrichment offerings):
Those students who are quick learners can be given the flexibility to progress in a particular subject at a faster pace than the rest of a traditional class. Students who are accelerated and taking college courses online can graduate, be accepted to a college, and/or enter the work force early. Middle school students who begin accelerating at an early age can accumulate a significant number of credits and participate in many exciting classes (and take many AP classes) by the time they graduate from high school.
Students missing credits:
Students in need of credits to complete grade levels or to graduate on time can utilize online courses to make up or to retake courses (i.e., at-risk students and students returning for their high school diplomas). Students can work at a pace that is commensurate with their needs and abilities, and they can make up essential credits that will allow them to graduate “on time.” Pivot students struggling with core concepts will find that the online courses, as well as the small group workshops and one-on-one tutoring, give them the strength in foundation skills to succeed in school.
Students with scheduling conflicts:
Students today participate more and more in activities such as competitive sports and performing arts, and this requires a significant time commitment during the day. Additionally, many more students have to work to keep their families out of poverty or to take care of their own children. The flexibility of taking accredited online courses with flexible scheduling creates time for extra-curricular activities, necessary employment, and space for supporting the family at home. Pivot currently serves students who are highly competitive and travel for their sports in soccer, table tennis, tennis, skateboarding and snowboarding, as well as many working students.
Homeschooled Elementary Students:
The Pivot elementary program provides and excellent supplement to elementary students currently being homeschooled. While the online curriculum is available from home, the resource center provides a place for enrichment activities and socialization. Our elementary students are given the opportunity at our resource center to experience art, physical education, science, and hands-on projects with small groups. The elementary students also go on frequent field trips together, which provides both a learning as well as a social experience. The elementary teachers are on hand to provide support with the online curriculum in areas where a student may be struggling or need additional enrichment. And just like our middle and high school programs, the class sizes are small, so that the learning environment remains a safe, fun space for the students to enjoy.