Understanding Blended Learning

  • What is blended learning?

    Put simply, blended learning is exactly as it sounds.  It is the practice of using both online and in-person learning experiences when teaching students, in which the online and in-person experiences parallel and complement one another.

    In a blended course, students might attend a class taught by a teacher in a traditional classroom setting, while also independently completing online components of the course outside of the classroom. In this case, in-class time may be either replaced or supplemented by online learning experiences, and students would learn about the same topics online as they do in class.

    Athens Renaissance students are able to take the majority of school coursework online with some courses and academic support provided on-site at the school. Students can study independently with the full confidence of knowing there is caring, conscientious academic support available as needed. The student support staff is a dedicated, hardworking team of professional school educators and mentors. The ARS family welcomes questions and concerns. The support staff has one sole purpose - to ensure students are achieving the learning objectives for each course while making smooth progress toward graduation.

    ARS students can access coursework from anywhere, at any time, with valuable face-to-face support available. For high school students, the personalized learning plan can be developed with the option to simultaneously take courses at Calhoun Community College, the University of Alabama Early College or any other college or career training center.

    Students have the opportunity to participate in a Leadership Seminar and Field Experiences to empower them for life challenges and equip them with necessary skills for meeting them. Some of these include communication, listening and teamwork skills. Character skills such as integrity, work ethic, good judgment, maintaining a positive demeanor, and adaptability are developed. The focus is on the student's individual strengths, gifts, learning styles, college and career goals and contribution to the community.