Envision Academy, located on the campus of Gilroy High School, is an innovative academic environment that uses individualized instruction to integrate in-person learning in conjunction with technology to create a personalized environment. This program empowers students to be successful in college, career, and life as 21st century citizens.
Envision Academy's learning environment requires organization, self-advocacy, accountability, inquiry, and motivation to be successful. The faculty at New School will support students in developing these skills and habits. Through our individualized learning model, students will take ownership of their education while being fully supported along every step of the way.
- Why should I attend the Envision Academy?
- What does my day look like in the Envision Academy?
- Will all of my courses be online?
- Will I be able to get help from a teacher when I am working online?
- What will I be doing when I’m not in a group working with the teacher?
- Who will teach my classes?
- Are there quizzes, tests and finals?
- Does this program mean more work for me?
- Will I have any classes with Gilroy High School students?
- Can I participate in extracurricular activities, including dances, band, choir, sports and clubs?
- Will I be at the Academy for all four years of high school?
- How does it affect my other grades/GPA?
- Will my high school diploma be the same as students at the other high schools?
- Can I attend Envision Academy if I have an IEP?
The classroom environment at the Envision Academy is very different than that of a traditional high school classroom. The combination of online courses and teacher directed courses allow students more flexibility and control over the way in which they learn the subject matter. In addition, it exposes students to the online learning they are likely to experience in college.
Students attend daily at Envision Academy. The Envision Academy is a double-sized room divided into independent learning stations with group work areas and has a designated space for teacher instruction. Two teachers, and often additional staff members, will be in the room with Academy students. The schedule for the day varies per pupil. On average, half of the school day is spent working with teachers and students in a small group setting while the other half of the day is spent working independently using online (computer-based) curriculum.
When you enter Envision Academy, goals will be set with the teacher and academic coordinator. These goals will include a four-year plan which is flexible to fit the needs of each student. You can choose to stay in the Academy for your entire high school career, transfer back to their comprehensive high school or look into other options within Gilroy Unified School District.
The grades students receive for the online Envision classes are counted the same as the grades students receive for the small group and teacher instructed classes. All of the classes students take at Envision Academy are the traditional courses needed for the graduation requirements at the comprehensive high schools. Student GPAs are calculated the same way they would be if they were attending the comprehensive high school.
All courses meet the same guidelines as those at the comprehensive high schools. The coursework will meet the eligibility requirements for students to enter a four year college or university if all grade requirements (C or better) are met.
A Gilroy High School diploma will be issued to each student successfully completing all four years at the Academy.
For questions about the Envision Academy program, please contact your middle school counselor.
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Experience equitable access to rigorous curriculum through flexible learning groups
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Use problem-solving and an open-minded attitude to apply skills needed in the workforce
Are members in a supportive community that embraces the unique gifts of each individual
Empower themselves through self-advocacy