Quotes from current CSK12 clients:
“I strongly recommend CSK12. We are a small school, and are trying out virtual education for this year. Our intention is to expand next year for all of the 7th and 8th grades. This will allow us to offer the middle school grades in a cost-effective manner. I’m finding our students are working very well in the virtual environment. They are able to delve deeper into the subject matter, and in the case of the eighth grader, are able to earn high school credit in Psychology and Biology. They are also able to time-shift their classes somewhat, in order to participate in school-wide activities without the penalty of getting behind in their work.
I’m finding that my students are more engaged, contributing more by using the discussion boards. They are ‘owning’ their work more than previously, engaging their teachers quite often. As I mentioned earlier, I’ve got one student earning high school credit, so I’m experiencing a definite positive impact in their performance. Please feel free to contact me at any time to discuss our experience further.” Sr. Carol Seidl, Principal, All Saints Catholic School, 1425 Yaqui St., Sierra Vista, AZ 85650. 1-520-378-7012
“We have three students who were with CSK12 last year as well; once I get their first semester grades, I’ll have some quantifiable data. I’ve observed that due to the different style of test-taking, the students seem to retain knowledge better. With the time restraints on the testing, they need to be able to quickly locate specifics, and I’ve noticed that they are retaining this knowledge at a higher level.” Ms. Nikki McRae, Lead Teacher, All Saints Catholic Academy, 106 S. Marquette St., Ironwood, MI 49938. 1-906-932-1019
“I am anxious to see their semester grades to see how they are acclimating to a 100% virtual experience. They seem to enjoy their classes very much, the Spanish class in particular. We’ve had a few Internet problems here at the school that kept them offline for two days, but the virtual classes are allowing us to add a grade without having to add the additional teachers. This fulfills a great need for our school. I’m expecting an increase in the foreign language performance, and am very interested to see what the performance will be in the other core subjects. We have several students with IEP’s and I’m anxious to see if their performance improves as I’m anticipating it will.” Sr. Cathy McGowan, Principal, Drexel Neumann Academy, 1901 Potter St., Chester PA 19013. 1-610-872-7358
“I absolutely am seeing improvements in our kids’ performance. They are gaining so much more by being part of this experience. We are promoting a ‘high tech-high touch’ approach in our school, with our ninth grade being fully virtual. I am anticipating having both ninth and tenth grades as a virtual ‘cohort’; our kids are onsite daily, part of the face-to-face community, and taking their classes online. Their academic performance is continuing at the high level maintained previously, but what I’m observing is strong improvement in personal resiliency and adaptability.” John Brainard, St. Therese School, 320 Goodnight Avenue, Pueblo, CO 81005. 1-719-561-1121
“We’ve been using CSK12 and Keystone (division of K12), about 50/50, leaving it up to the student/family which program to use; we use CSK12 exclusively for Religion, of course (N/A through Keystone). We currently use the virtual program for at-home use; we are not using this on campus as yet. Our enrollment is slowly declining, and with the economy being the way it is, I think it is only a matter of time before we start using this onsite as well, so we can offer additional choices to our students without having to increase tuition. I’m finding the virtual classes to be very cost effective for us, and the students enjoy them and are quite successful, it’s been very good for them. I’m pleased with our experiences to date.” Jonathan Nagy, Dean of Students, Bishop Carroll High School, 728 Benn Franklin Highway, Ebensburg, PA 15931. 1-814-472-7500
“We’ve used two options for online classes; Louisiana Virtual and CSK12. We have used both forms of online; we use the virtual classes where CSK12 is the school of record, and we also use CSK12’s content by our teachers.
LA Virtual’s strengths were that they were the first option available, and they used to be free (although they aren’t any more). The challenge with LA Virtual was their inflexible scheduling; we had to enroll in August and stay throughout the school year. With CSK12, we have good pricing. We are able to contact the teachers with CSK12 much easier than with LA Virtual, and CSK12 is much more flexible in accommodating our students’ needs. Our students have learning differences; dyslexia, Asperger syndrome (high-functioning autistic), and have benefitted greatly from both types of online instruction.
Due to the responsiveness of the teachers and the administration, and the ease and flexibility of scheduling, we are now using CSK12 exclusively for online classes and content. We are going to 1-to-1 iPads beginning next year and are looking forward to expanding our kids’ reach with the new technology.” Len Enger, Principal, Holy Rosary High School, 3368 Esplanade Avenue, New Orleans LA 70119. 1-504-482-7173
“It took a little while for our girls and their teachers to learn how to use the online classes, but once they learned the system, they were able to move through the lessons easily. We have been using online (virtual) classes initially for remediation, but we are now going to be expanding our elective classes to take advantage of the variety of offerings available, and also because of the cost effectiveness of using CSK12. We will have our on-site teachers teaching the core classes due to budget, but expand the elective online offerings. Our students seem to learn as much or more online as they do onsite, and they definitely enjoy the online classes.” Linda Emmel, Counselor, Our Lady Academy, 222 S. Beach BL, Bay St. Louis, MO 39520. 1-228-467-7048 ext. 14
“I’ve found that using the digital content has exposed our kids (K-8) to much more information and is helping us to accelerate our move away from expensive books. We are going to a 1-to1 laptop arrangement next year (Mac Books) and our experience with CSK12 has helped us to make this move more confidently. Our teachers are very happy with the digital content as well; they are able to access many more resources conveniently, which allows them to customize their lessons easily. The students love their new classes.” Ray Thompson, Principal, Sacred Heart Cathedral School, 1603 North 12th Avenue, Pensacola, FL 32503. 1-850-436-6440
“Virtual classes really filled the gap for us! We used them for our students who are unable to matriculate due to (high school) credit issues. CSK12 literally saved a student’s high school career by enabling him to catch up so he could graduate. We are moving to 1-to-1 iPad’s for the 2012-2013 school year. Virtual classes filled the gap for us, and digital is our way to the future.” Dr. Eric Shane, Asst. Principal for Student Affairs, Immaculata – La Salle High School, 3601 S. Miami Avenue, Coconut Grove, FL 33133. 1-305-854-2334 x115
“Our kids are really, really, enjoying their online Geometry course. They are enjoying the independence they have, and are learning the material. I have taught Geometry in the past, and the material is great in this course. We are having a very positive online experience and will be offering this class next year, and possibly expanding to other subjects as well.” Susan Kelling, Math Teacher, Saints Simon and Jude School, 6351 North 27th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85017. 1-602-242-1299
“We are in our third session using online classes (from CSK12), and it’s been pretty good. We had been using the program from BYU (Brigham Young University), but that was pretty much a self-directed program, unlike the virtual classes we are using now. As a result, the kids’ performance was uneven at best. Since I’m using this for remediation, the students are benefitting from the structure that’s in the online courses. Our students are completing about 85% of the work while on campus, with the balance from home. Based on their performance in subsequent classes (geometry after remediation in algebra I, for instance), the students are doing better in the classroom, so we are seeing the hoped-for performance improvement.” Mr. Sean Bristol, Special Needs Coordinator, De La Salle High School, 1130 Winton Drive, Concord, CA 94518. 1-925-288-8104
“Our school is a brand-new school, just opening this year. We are using the online classes to fill in where we have a staffing shortfall; we have several students who need Algebra II as sophomores, and we currently have a freshman and a sophomore class, with the plan to add a grade each year over the next two years; so we are not staffed for Algebra II for this year. The students are doing very well in the class, particularly the ones who are self-driven. They are taking their class on-site during their regular math period. They are enjoying their class very much, and they are doing well in it. This has been a great solution for us as a growing school.” Bryndyn Crutcher, Math Teacher, Fr. Tolton Regional Catholic School, 903 Bernadette Drive, Columbia MO 65203. 1-573-445-7700
“Our online classes have been a very positive experience for our students. They are taking a foreign language that we wouldn’t be able to offer otherwise (French I and French II). Even though learning a language online is more difficult, I think, than something like social studies or math, our students are doing very well. Their teacher is very responsive and very patient with them, and I think that makes all the difference. Our students are enjoying their classes very much, and I’m looking forward to next year to see how our French I students will do in the French II class next year.” Kathleen Faraglia, Trenton Catholic Academy, 175 Leonard Avenue, Hamilton, NJ 08610. 1-609-586-3705
“We’ve been using the virtual classes to address a couple of situations that we’ve had over time. There have been cases where we’ve removed a student from the campus, but allowed them to finish out the year using virtual classes from home. We have also had transfer students with a shortfall in their required credits, that we have been able to backfill using a virtual class to get them current so they can graduate on time. This has worked very well for us the past two years and we will continue to do this as necessary. We are not contemplating going to a 1-to-1 iPads in the future, but we do have several sets that some of our teachers and students use for their classes, but not for the entire student body.” Jill Gomez, Guidance Counselor, Brother Martin High School, 4401 Elysian Fields Avenue, New Orleans LA 70122. 1-504-283-1561
“We have several 9th grade students that are taking all their classes with CSK12 onsite with us. It’s been going pretty well. We have a need to add a ninth grade, but we don’t have the resources to support it, so we are trying it out this year by offering the core classes virtually, and as I said, it’s been going pretty well. The students like their classes. At this point, we are planning to meet our 9th grade needs by offering the core classes virtually, as we are doing now, with the idea that we would go to a blended model (some classes taught onsite, and the rest virtually) when/if the volume grows enough to the point that it’s financially feasible for St. Teresa to add the additional teaching staff.” Susanne Hatcher, Middle School Math, St. Teresa’s Catholic School, 417 Edgewood Lane, Albany GA 31701. 1-229-436-0134
“Great! We are having an excellent experience with our online offering of AP courses at St. Joseph. We’re a small school, 400 students, and this is the way we are able to offer classes our students want/need to take that we would not be able to offer due to lack of budget for the needed additional instructional staff. We are piloting the concept this year with the AP history classes, and we are thinking about expanding next year to additional AP classes and possible foreign languages as well. The students are thriving in their classes, and the parents have definitely warmed to the idea as our semester has progressed.” Chris Matarazzo, Vice Principal of Academics, Saint Joseph HS, 328 Vine Street, Hammonton, NJ 08037. 1-609-561-8700
“Archbishop Hannan is a small school and we run into scheduling conflicts; we brought in virtual classes so that our students wouldn’t miss an opportunity to take an honors class that we can only offer once a day. We also have a student that is spending a half-day at the arts magnet high school in New Orleans, and she is still able to get a Catholic education by taking her core classes virtually on site with the rest of her class. Our experience has been really good. We had an alignment problem (mismatch in curriculum) between our Latin I and CSK12’s Latin II course, but the online teacher was easy to get in touch with, and very open to working with us to get the two courses to flow together logically. This has been a great solution for us and we’re pleased to be able to offer a greater variety of classes virtually to our students.” Coleen Neelis, Dir. Of Guidance, Archbishop Hannan High School, 71324 Highway 1077, Covington LA 70433. 1-985-246-7493