The program is called MOD/MCL. The freshmen have modular scheduling, where they only go to 21 classes each day that are 20 minutes long. They also participate in Mass Customized Learning. Students learn at their own pace and they can go as fast or as slow as they want on a certain subject. Now, a statewide organization is grading the program.
The group evaluating the program, Technology Innovation Education, says lengthy lecture classes are a thing of the past.
"It made sense in a one-room school house when all the information came from just the teacher or one textbook, but the information is everywhere. We have experts in all sorts of information," Technology Innovation Education Director Julie Mathiesen said.
Freshman at Harrisburg are required to be independent learners. Teachers are around to answers questions, but for the most part these students work on their own.
"It lets me get to where I want to be and I can get there because I can get ahead of other people around me," freshman Eleni Belbas said.
However, not everyone is used to the program yet.
"Some kids want the direct instructions [and be told] to do your homework this night," freshman Christy Wipf said.
Harrisburg has only been doing the program since the beginning of the school year and TIE says it's on track with where it needs to go.
"Nothing is going to be perfect off the ground, but already I can see they are tweaking and they are adjusting and they are going to make this a strong program that I think ultimately will serve students well," Mathiesen said.
The program will continue to grow next year. Freshman will learn in the MOD/MCL style as sophomores and the upcoming freshman will be expected to learn this way as well.
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