Utah Statewide Online Education Program
In 2011, former Utah State Senator Howard Stephenson championed the Statewide Online Education Program to increase quality online learning options for Utah public school students—especially those from small, rural towns with less access to a good education. Two years later, the program was amended to include funding for homeschool and private school students, a unique feat in the digital education space. With expanded reach, the program needed critical and timely assistance with providing virtual courses to more students than ever before.
Together with the Juab School District and Private School Association, ASU Prep Digital created a fully blended model of learning, contracting private school educators to teach its proprietary online high school courses both in-person and online. This made it possible for schools like Juan Diego Catholic High School in Draper, Utah to give its students access to advanced coursework in their areas of interest, including the opportunity to earn concurrent college credits.
ASU Prep Digital’s whole-classroom model also gave students 24-hour access to virtual learning materials, with faculty and dedicated Learning Success Coaches present to guide them through the rigorous coursework in a way that’s not often practical in traditional school settings.
In addition, ASU Prep Digital hosted the second annual Utah Innovative Schools Summit, welcoming 125 educators to partake in professional development training sessions specifically for the online private school setting. Attendees raved about the learning opportunities presented.
“I loved this session, it was exactly what I needed. A wealth of ideas to try and use to improve student engagement and build community.”
ASU Prep Digital’s involvement in the Statewide Online Education Program has led to a never-before-seen collaboration among rural school districts, private schools, an out-of-state university and the State Office of Education. This includes the generation of roughly $9 million in funding to bring this unique educational offering to students throughout Utah.
“Our partnership with ASU Prep Digital brought us a world-class online curriculum and professional training for our teachers that has made all the difference,” said Dr. Galey Colosimo, Principal of Juan Diego Catholic High School in Draper, and Executive Director of the Utah Private Schools Association. “At Juan Diego, every class is now a blended online learning class.”
What’s more, Utah’s Canyon School District’s board recently voted in favor of establishing its own virtual learning platform with ASU Prep Digital, set to launch in time for the 2021-22 school year with an estimated 3,000 students participating.