Question: Some core classes are two subjects combined (English and History, for example). Please tell me about this.
· Combining related subjects allows students to see how the learned content can be applied to the real world. A work environment requires integrating multiple skills and this will help students prepare for that. The combined classes in BTA last year-long. Students take any related SOL for a combined class in the spring.
Question: What does Project-Based Learning (PBL) really mean?
· PBL uses inquiry and technology to engage students with issues and problems that relate to their lives. Students become active learners and doers who take responsibility in completing projects. Their learning goes from guided inquiry to open inquiry, meaning they take on the responsibility of learning the material more in-depth.
Question: Are grades based on individual research (how much research a student provides to their team), or do you receive a grade (as a team) based on the final outcome of the project?
· There are individual grades given along the way. Individuals who do not complete the required group assignments can be fired from the group and required to complete the entire project on their own. At the end of each project the entire group will present, and group and individual grades will be given for presentations.
Question: How are students graded?
· Students are graded based on the New Tech Network learning outcomes of content knowledge and thinking, collaboration skills, agency, oral communication skills, and written communication skills. There are rubrics that outline each of these learning outcomes. In addition, each project has its own rubric for how students will be graded.
Question: Are there basic tests given such as a math test or a vocabulary test, or is everything project-based?
· Yes, students still take quizzes and tests.
Question: What is the daily schedule like for a 9th grader?
· All students at BHS take 4 classes a day. In BTA, a 9th grader typically has 1 block of integrated courses (English and History), and then 2 blocks of single courses (one of which must be math or Science, which is taught as part of BTA). On average, students are in BTA half a day and in other parts of BHS for the other half a day.
Question: Is there insurance available through Henry County Schools for the laptops that students take home?
· Yes, there is an insurance option available.
Question: Will the BTA students be able to participate in extra-curricular activities and sports?
· Yes, all BHS activities are available for all BHS students, which includes BTA students.
Question: Are graduation requirements different for BTA students?
· No. All Henry County Public Schools students have the same graduation requirements and take the same Virginia Standards of Learning assessments.
Question: What if my child changes his/her mind?
· Students are required to stay with the program for the academic year. They can choose to leave the program after the year has ended. For example, a student who commits to BTA, will remain with BTA for 9th grade, but can choose not to participate in 10th grade.
Question: Can parents still monitor their child’s progress online for BTA?
· Student progress can be monitored for BTA courses through Echo, our online learning management system. Echo is used for everything related to a course. Students and parents can access daily agendas, project briefcases, resources, and grades. For courses that are not a part of BTA, parents will still need to use “Parent Portal” as in the past.