Students choose the curricular pathway that meets their academic readiness.
One of the unique advantages of the Apex Learning Virtual School catalog is the option to choose courses in different pathways. These pathway options allow for differentiating instruction to meet the needs of each student.
Curricular pathways meet students at their level of academic readiness.
Foundations courses meet the needs of both high school students and transitioning middle school students who are not prepared for grade-level academic challenges. Specifically developed for students ages 13 and older, Foundations courses provide structured remediation in math, reading, and writing. Each semester course offers approximately 70–90 hours of interactive direct instruction, guided practice, and integrated formative, summative, and diagnostic assessment.
General studies courses
The Apex Learning general studies curriculum features three course pathways to prepare all high school graduates for college and work. The courses in these three pathways share the same rigorous, standards-based content.
- Core courses:
Core courses meet the needs of a range of students as they endeavor to master rigorous content and earn credits toward graduation. While Core courses assume readiness for grade-level academic challenges, they also include targeted scaffolding for students who benefit from additional learning support. Each semester course offers 70–90 hours of interactive direct instruction, guided practice, and integrated formative, summative, and diagnostic assessment.
- Honors courses:
Honors courses meet the needs of motivated students seeking to accelerate their learning and deepen conceptual understanding. With many opportunities to apply, extend, and synthesize knowledge, Honors courses are ideally suited to prepare students for the rigors of Advanced Placement (AP)* courses. Each semester course offers 90–120 hours of interactive direct instruction, guided practice, and robust enrichment, with integrated formative, summative, and diagnostic assessment.
Advanced Placement courses
Authorized by the College Board, Apex Learning AP* courses meet higher-education expectations of college-level courses and prepare students to demonstrate achievement through success on the AP exams. Courses target highly motivated students who are reading at grade level or above and who have a track record of success in high school course work. Each semester course offers approximately 120–150 hours of direct instruction and integrated formative, summative, and diagnostic assessment.