Blended Learning

California High School Attains A-G Curriculum Certification With New Program

Mountain House High School in Tracy, CA adopted a new blended learning program this school year that has allowed it to meet California’s A-G curriculum standards.

The A-G curriculum is a list of courses that high school graduates must successfully complete before they can be admitted to either the University of California or California State University.

The school, part of the Lammersville Unified School District, used the Sibling Group's Blended Schools Network curriculum to overhaul its academic programs. The curriculum provides all the required courses, is aligned with the Common Core Standards and provides hosted course authoring tools, professional development for teachers and a learning management system.

A team of high school department chairs worked with Sibling Group experts to create customized curricula that they believe will enhance student engagement, community outreach and differentiation, given the wide diversity in the student body.

Attaining the A-G certification is also significant for the Sibling Group because it indicates that it can offer the same kind of program to other California school districts.

Mountain House High School Principal Ben Fobert said the school would rely heavily on the Blended Schools Network curriculum as it prepares for its first summer school program. The Lammersville district school board earlier this month approved $300,000 of additional funding for the summer school after it learned that nearly 200 of the 485 students at the school were not prepared to graduate from high school.

"Mountain House High School's leadership was strategic about their adoption of our curriculum," said Sibling Group Chief Academic Officer Jed Friedrichsen. "The professional learning plan for their staff created a transformational, personalized learning climate."

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Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.

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