High School Course Catalog

Kent Phoenix Academy Programs

 

Kent Phoenix Academy Website

 

A School Without Walls Where All Students Thrive and Excel: No Exceptions, No Excuses

Kent Phoenix Academy is based on research of the best educational practices in the nation. We believe all students can thrive and excel in a learning environment where each student is known well, connections are made between learning and student goals, and students have positive adult and community experiences and support.

 

This high school features four program options for Kent School District students:

Kent Gateway

  • Open district-wide to all 9th and 10th grade students
  • Students who desire personalized student-centered learning
  • Students have the same core teacher both their Freshman and Sophomore years

Kent Performance Learning Center

  • Open district-wide to all students 16 years old entering the 11th or 12th grade
  • 7th grade reading level or higher
  • Computer-based and direct instruction

Kent Success

  • Open district-wide to all 2nd semester 9th graders and all 10th, 11th, and 12th graders
  • Currently enrolled in the Kent School District and behind 0.5 credits or more
  • Computer-based instruction

Kent Virtual High School

  • Open district-wide to all 9th, 10th, 11th,  and 12th grade students
  • Part-time or full-time enrollment
  • 8th grade reading and math level or higher

 

Programs offer opportunities for students district-wide who feel they want a learning environment different from the traditional high school. These programs are community-focused, integrated, interactive, and have engaging curriculum that aligns with Washington state standards and Kent School District graduation requirements.

 

Project-based learning, service-learning, and work with colleges and employers will be an integral part of all four programs to help prepare students for post-secondary education and the workforce. Students achieve personal goals and build self-confidence while participating in selected programs directly connected to their local and global community. Students will gain important literacy, math, and 21st century skills; such as problem-solving, critical thinking, information literacy, communication, use of technology, teamwork, and leadership skills.

 

Prior to admission, each student will complete an entrance application, performance agreement, and interview process. Students will work with their guardian and school advisor to determine an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) that builds on their strengths and targets increasing skills and knowledge preparing them to accomplish their goals.

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Kent Gateway

  • Open district-wide to all 9th and 10th grade students
  • Program Capacity/Enrollment 75 students

 

Students at the Center of Learning

The Kent Gateway program is designed to serve Kent School District students who are seeking a small community of learners committed to academic excellence through personalized, student-centered learning. It aims to prepare students both for academic excellence and for lives which demonstrate integrity, responsibility, intellectual curiosity, and respect for a culturally diverse world.

 

The academic program prepares students for success in high school. It emphasizes written and spoken communication, math, analytic skills and problem solving. Teachers, working in teams, help students understand the relationships among various subject areas in ways that help close the achievement gap, eliminate learning barriers, and build strong adult-student relationships. Based on the student’s Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) he/she will participate in tutorials and labs.

 

Gateway fosters an environment for each student to reach his or her potential by placing an emphasis on cooperative learning, the use of current technology, academic achievement, hands-on learning, and character development.  The curriculum and use of community resources foster an appreciation for the contributions of all people, and encourage relationships among students from varied backgrounds.

 

Student requirements for success:

  • Students who are in 9th and 10th grade
  • Willingness to demonstrate personal responsibility as contributing members of the school
  • Motivated to graduate high school
  • Desires personalized student-centered learning
  • Ability to attend school daily; 8:40 AM - 3:05 PM

Students will enjoy program benefits such as:

  • Advisory program
  • Student-led conferences
  • Grade-level classes are instructed by highly qualified teachers
  • Having the same core teachers for 9th and 10th grade
  • College and Career exploration and training
  • Individualized Learning Plan
  • Learning that targets math, reading, writing, and utilizes technology
  • Regular and ongoing skill assessment
  • On-Site Teen Clinic (counseling and health services)
  • “How to do high school” training
  • Opportunity for on-time graduation with college and career readiness

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Kent Performance Learning Center

  • Open district-wide to all students 16 years and older entering 11th or 12th grade
  • Program Capacity/Enrollment 100 students

 

A Dynamic Community of Learners Creating Their Future

Kent Performance Learning Center (KPLC) is designed to serve Kent School District high school students who are seeking a new learning environment different from the traditional high school setting.  KPLC offers academic learning options for students at all levels of academic achievement who enjoy technology, are interested in learning by doing and want to prepare for a variety of post-graduation options: employment, college, further career and technical training, or the military.

 

The Kent Performance Learning Center provides a business-like physical environment with high expectations supported by strong teacher and advisor support. It combines online learning and project based learning that targets student defined goals as determined in their Independent Learning Plan (ILP). In addition, the small, caring, and personal environment provides a safe place for students to grow, learn, and acquire the knowledge and skills for success in their future plans.

 

All students are required to participate in college transition and career preparatory course as well as a community service learning experience.  Every KPLC student will have a community member that will serve as their mentor helping them learn how to positively and effectively navigate their professional life. KPLC graduates emerge with employment skills and are prepared to continue their education in a technical program or at a university. The Kent Performance Learning Center will provide a year of on-site follow up support for all graduates.

 

Student requirements for success:

  • 16 years and older entering the 11th or 12th  grade
  • Full-time enrollment
  • 7th grade reading and math level or higher
  • Ability to attend school daily; 8:40 AM - 3:05 PM
  • Some computer experience
  • Willingness to achieve coursework at a rate of 80%

Students will enjoy program benefits such as:

  • Small class size of 25 students or less
  • On-Site Teen Clinic (counseling and health services)
  • Participation in community service, job internships, and/or Running Start
  • Working one-on-one with a Community Mentor in an area of interest
  • Opportunity to work toward the completion of diploma by working at an accelerated pace or catching up academically
  • College and Workplace readiness
  • Guidance for enrollment into Running Start
  • On site: one year of post-graduation follow up support
  • Personalized and flexible learning plans
  • Use of technology
  • Individualized assistance to those in need of skill development
  • Advisory program
  • Students may complete a course at the semester pace, or opt for an accelerated pace as determined in their Individualized Learning Plan (ILP).

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Kent Success

  • Open district-wide to all 2nd semester 9th graders and all 10th, 11th, and 12th graders
  • Program Capacity/Enrollment 100 students

 

Student Choice - Action – Success

The Kent Success program is designed to serve Kent School District high school students who are credit deficient and want to retrieve high school credits.  Students may use technology and/or in-class learning options in their course selections. They can also complete a course at the semester pace, or opt for an accelerated pace as determined in their Individualized Learning Plan (ILP). However, in order to receive credit a course must be completed by the end of current semester. As a result students have the opportunity to graduate with their class or as soon as possible thereafter.

 

Independent Study is an option for students who have special circumstances that prevent them from attending one of the Kent Success Program sessions being offered.  Students must receive special permission to enroll in this learning option.

 

Student requirements for success:

  • 7th grade reading and math level or higher
  • Behind 0.5 credits or more
  • Ability to attend school daily; 10:40 AM - 5:05 PM

Students will enjoy program benefits such as:

  • Advisory program
  • Credits are earned at the completion of the course rather than end of the semester
  • Students may complete as many courses in a semester as determined in their Individual Learning Plan (ILP)
  • Guidance for enrollment into Running Start
  • Links to career development and post-secondary options
  • Courses that accelerate skill development, core subjects, electives, college prep
  • On-Site Teen Clinic (counseling and health services)
  • Opportunity to graduate with their class or as soon as possible thereafter
  • Opportunity to graduate on time

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Kent Virtual High School

  • Open district-wide to all high school students and to out of district high school students

 

The computer is your classroom.  Your classroom is the world.

Kent Virtual High School is designed to serve students 9th through 12th  grade wanting the ability to access their coursework anytime, anywhere, and anyplace. Teachers are able to provide one-on-one attention to students and develop greater insight into each student’s individual learning styles and challenges. Kent Virtual High School program (KVHS) courses are delivered through the internet. The program offers a catalogue of full semester courses in the Arts, Foreign Language, Life Skills, Math, Science, Social Studies, Technology, and Advanced Placement. Core courses are NCAA accredited. Students may complete a course at the semester pace, or opt for an accelerated pace as determined in their Individualized Learning Plan (ILP). However, in order to receive credit, a course must be completed by the end of each semester.

 

Student requirements for success:

  • Part-time or full-time enrollment
  • Self-motivation, ability to manage time wisely, and learn independently
  • 8th grade reading and math level or higher
  • Some computer experience
  • Ability to participate in weekly group learning activities held on campus
  • Students who are on track to graduate
  • On-Site Teen Clinic (counseling and health services)

Suggested hardware:

  • Supported Operating Systems:
    • Microsoft® Windows 98, Windows Millennium Editions, Window NT® 4.0, Windows 2000, Windows XP Professional or Home Edition, Windows Vista
    • Apple® Mac OS 10.4.8+ (Intel-based)
  • Minimum Hardware Specifications:
    • Windows-compatible PC with an equivalent of 233 MHz Intel® Pentium® Processor
    • Apple Macintosh with 180 MHz PowerPC® 604e processor or higher (OS 10.4.8+ with Intel processor required for Instant Help)
    • 512 MB of RAM
    • Super VGA (800 x 600) or higher-resolution monitor with 256 colors. 1024 x 768 display area recommended
    • 16-bit audio adapter and speakers
  • Internet Connection: It is highly recommended to have DSL, Cable or better.
    • DSL, Cable Modem or faster Internet access
  • Web Browsers: Free Downloads
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer version 6 or newer
    • Netscape version 6.1 or greater and other Mozilla-based browsers (Firefox)
    • Safari for Apple® Mac and Microsoft® Windows.
  • Browser Plug-ins and Helper Applications*
    • In addition to a compatible web-browser, Advanced Academics also requires the following applications (all are free downloads):
    • Adobe Flash Player version 9 or newer
    • Adobe Shockwave Player version 8 or newer
    • Microsoft Silverlight version 3.0 or newer
    • You will also need a compatible media player (one or more of the following):
      • Microsoft Windows Media Player
      • Apple Quick Time Player
      • Real Player

Students will enjoy program benefits such as:

  • Access to coursework anytime, anywhere, and anyplace
  • Self-directed learning and choice
  • Individualized instruction and support
  • Flexible schedule and independent learning environment
  • Challenging and high interest basic and advanced courses
  • Access to an on-campus staffed virtual computer learning lab
  • Opportunity for on-time or early graduation

Tuition:

Tuition-based courses are available.

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