NSSD OPTIONS ACADEMY
Principal: Alan Kirby
NSSD Options Academy operates as an alternative to traditional learning environments. For grades K-8, it is available only as a virtual (online) platform. For grades 9-12, students can learn solely online but may also be able to choose an in-person, teacher-led instructional environment (new in 2021). See below for more information.
Please complete the pre-registration form available (below) and you will be contacted by NSSD administration. Registration requests made once a new school year or semester has started will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. If you have questions, please email to email@example.com or call 503-769-4928.
To enroll in Options Academy for the 2021-22 school year, please email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The North Santiam School District has founded an on-line K-12 option to serve our families who wish to have their children learn from home rather than attending school in-person. Students who enroll in this program will be engaged in distance learning for the entire school year. This program provides the flexibility to allow students to work in a setting that can best meet their needs however, it is important that each student has a designated parent or family member as their “Learning Coach” to support them. This is especially critical for grades K-5. It is also important to note that delivery of instruction depends largely on a student’s ability to read (or listen to) text passages and respond accordingly. If reading comprehension is not a strong skill for your student, Options Academy may not be the best choice for them.
The program requires internet access. A District-owned chromebook will be provided during the school year to those who request one. Students who enroll in Options Academy can participate in NSSD athletics in grades 6-12 at no cost. They may also be able to participate in activities like band, choir or drama if class size restrictions are not exceeded. Once classes have begun, students may be able to switch from "in-person" classroom attendance to Options Academy one time per school year, depending on space availability at their grade level. Transfers from Options Academy to in-person schooling will only be allowed at the semester break (end of each January).
Curriculum for at-home learning in 2020-21 is provided by Fuel Education. Beginning with the 2021-22 school year, parents will be able to select from two different curriculum choices as indicated below:
SchoolsPLP ~ available for grades K-12
Fuel Education ~ available for grades K-6
BYU ~ available for grades 7-12
For grades K-5, NSSD staff will be the “teacher of record” who will directly oversee student progress and be available daily to answer questions and provide support. While subject content is delivered via the 3rd party vendor modules, NSSD teachers will make virtual, in-person sessions available twice per week, per grade level. For grades 6-12, the teacher oversight will be collaborative between Fuel Ed, BYU or SchoolsPLP staff and NSSD teachers. Fuel Ed/BYU/SchoolsPLP teachers will be the “teacher of record” but NSSD teachers will also be available during one class period each day Mon-Thurs to answer questions and provide content support. They will not directly deliver content in each subject as this is provided in the Fuel Ed/BYU/SchoolsPLP modules online. To learn more about our online platforms, you can visit the links on the right (or under "pages" on a mobile device).
Options Academy in Person (9-12)
Coming This Fall!
For 2021-22: The NSSD will be investing in a building for a group of 9-12th grade students to receive in-person, teacher-led instruction. The number of seats is limited so not all that apply may be able to attend in-person. The in-person Options Academy module will include two core classes per day, as well as elective opportunities both online and at SHS. Students will complete core classes each month, allowing for more credits to be earned in a shorter time than is typical. OA has a goal of supporting the whole student, and ensuring the best opportunities towards completion.
The program will launch fall of 2021, and the new building is scheduled to be completed by December (the program will begin in person in an alternate location). If you have further questions about this program, feel free to contact Mr. Kirby.