Creating a Model for Change with Online AP Courses in a Nonschool Hours Charter School
Abstract: This paper will present a model of change that focuses on delivering online Advanced Placement (AP) courses at a “nonschool hours” charter school to Gifted and Talented students living in remote, high poverty and crime areas. The model to offer online AP courses reaches out to students who have given up hope for “advanced courses” due to limited incomes, geographic locations, or lack of out-of-hours academic support and technology. The school’s vision is to foster parent choice in the intellectual and social development of their child through customized instruction (including challenging AP courses). The faculty and curriculum developers understand the unique paradigm of online education, the culture of students who live on the Hawaiian Islands, and are well-versed in providing the personal one-on-one attention students need to be successful online. The goal is that students become lifelong learners and productive citizens in a democratic and diverse society.