360 Academy of Careers & Innovation

The School District of Pickens County is thrilled to announce the "360 Academy of Career and Innovation" applications are now open! .  360 Academy combines the best of both worlds in education - online learning and in-person experiences - to create a comprehensive, student-centered program. 

Our goal is for these students to be equipped with the attitudes, skills, and knowledge to be global leaders–students who create solutions, tackle difficult problems, and affect change in their communities and beyond.

The 360 Academy of Careers & Innovation is now open for applications for the 2024-2025 School Year! We are excited that the 360 Academy will offer everything we currently have for our virtual students and more! With an emphasis on strong content instruction, cross-curricular connections, real-life and hands-on learning experiences, service learning, and student voice and choice, this program will help accelerate your child's personalized learning during grades 6-8!

For more information, you can view the video below, ask a question, or if you are ready to do so, apply today!

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Apply Today! Applications are due March 1, 2024

If you would like more information about this new and exciting hybrid middle school program, please read more below: 

Our new hybrid middle school model, 360 Academy, prepares middle school students for success by offering online learning coupled with in-person experiences tailored to each student’s interests and needs. Students attend twice monthly, in-person learning sessions and can choose to participate in a number of special interest sessions that include art appreciation, music programs, digital media, foreign language, service learning projects, movement/sports, and PLTW. Students in 8th grade can elect to participate in high school credit classes at the award-winning Pickens County Career and Technology Center.

A New Hybrid Choice for Student Success

If you are looking for a flexible learning environment that is adaptive to the unique needs of each student, then 360 Academy, a new digital hybrid program in Pickens County, might be right for you!

At 360 Academy, we will offer a blend of online learning using engaging, age-appropriate curriculum with in-person experiences that educate and grow the whole child for success.

Hybrid learning for students can effectively address a range of desired needs, including flexibility, personalized learning, multi-tiered access to special programs, and access to available school resources on campus such as health services, counseling services, and after-school activities. Here is how:

  • Flexibility:
    • Blended Learning: Hybrid learning combines in-person and online instruction. This flexibility allows students to learn at their own pace and in various environments, accommodating different learning styles and preferences.
    • Scheduling: Students can have a flexible schedule that includes both on-campus and remote learning days, which can help with time management and work-life balance for students and their families.
  • Personalized Learning:
    • Individualized Instruction: All of the components of hybrid learning can be tailored to each student's interests and needs.
    • Support: Teachers and counselors can offer online or in person assistance based on the strengths and goals of each unique student to promote overall success.
  • Multi-Tiered Access:
    • Courses: Hybrid learning can offer advanced courses to cater to high-achieving students, ensuring they are challenged appropriately as well as additional high school credit opportunities to any 7th grade student and above, promoting career readiness.
    • Support for Struggling Students: Students who may struggle with certain subjects can receive extra support, such as one-on-one virtual and in-person tutoring or targeted online resources.
    • Collaboration: Virtual courses, clubs and study groups can bring together students from different schools, expanding access to their community of learning.
  • Utilizing Available School Resources:
    • Health Services: Students can access on-campus health services when needed, ensuring their physical well-being is taken care of even when online learning.
    • Counseling Services: Hybrid learning can integrate counseling sessions, providing students with mental health support and guidance.
    • After-School Activities:  Schools will offer After-school clubs and activities, allowing students to participate in extracurriculars while accommodating different schedules and preferences.

Incorporating these elements into a hybrid learning model requires thoughtful planning, investment in technology infrastructure, teacher training, and ongoing communication with students and parents. It's essential to strike a balance between in-person and online learning to ensure that the needs of all students are met effectively. Additionally, maintaining a sense of community and engagement within each school is crucial to the success of hybrid learning for 360 Academy.

Join Us in This Educational Adventure!

360 Academy is more than just a program; it’s a community committed to fostering innovation, curiosity, and a lifelong love of learning. We invite you to explore this unique opportunity with us and discover how 360 Academy can be the perfect fit for your child’s educational journey.

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