What Is Personalized Performance Learning®?

At Pearson Online Academy, education is personalized to each student’s individual abilities to give every student the best chance to flourish.* Personalizing a student’s learning program isn’t a one-time process; it’s ongoing. StudentsLearning Coaches/parents, and teachers check in throughout the year to review progress, modify the student's personalized education plan, and adjust goals as needed. Here’s a little more about how we go about personalizing a student’s education plan:

  • Reviewing Student Background and Learning Styles: Teachers, Learning Coaches, and students discuss student strengths, skills, and previous school performance to help inform and guide the best teaching and personalized online learning approach.
  • Testing Performance: Students are tested in math, reading, and English/language arts at the beginning, middle, and end of each school year. A student’s test results help us identify areas of strength and weakness, measure progress, and establish learning goals.
  • Finding the Right Courses and Placement: Testing and assessments are used to identify and evaluate a student’s strengths, weaknesses, and talents. We uncover skills that may need improvement and look for ways to enhance the student’s learning potential. All of this information is then used to help select courses based on the student’s individual needs.
  • Setting Goals: Teachers and Learning Coaches work together to set goals for the student and determine a time line for accomplishing these individualized learning goals during the school year.
  • Communicating Regularly: When school starts, Learning Coaches and teachers establish a regular communication schedule for the personalized learning plan, depending on the needs of the student.
  • Scheduling Modifications and Electives (K–8): Throughout the year, teachers personalize the learning schedule. They inquire about the student’s daily routines and make adjustments to the student’s online learning schedule as needed. They also may decide to add an elective course.

Pearson gives families lots of options to give your children an education that fits their interests and your needs. Plus, there is a greater emphasis on what your child wishes to pursue in their course selections... We appreciate the variety of courses offered and that our child's needs and interests are put first.

— Pearson Online Academy Parent

The Role of the Teacher in Customized Learning

The talented teachers at Pearson Online Academy are certified, highly qualified professionals committed to each student’s success. They are experts in their fields and grade levels and receive ongoing training in the most engaging and effective online instruction practices. Leading the virtual classroom with customized learning, our teachers help students around the world and across all grade levels achieve their potential. When students receive the one-on-one individualized attention they deserve, there’s no telling how far they’ll go.

Timely Intervention

When help is needed, a private school teacher may modify instruction or lessons, provide meaningful ways to practice skills, and offer helpful resources. They may arrange to work with a student in a small group or even one-on-one.

Collaborating to Provide Even Greater Support

Pearson Online Academy teachers work together closely with parents by sharing best practices, subject matter tips, teaching methods, and more.

Connected to Students and Families

The bonds that teachers at Pearson Online Academy build with their students are invaluable. These relationships enable teachers to make truly meaningful, life-changing connections with their students.

Experts in Online Education

Our school is committed to selecting only the best and brightest online teachers to educate students. Why? Because excellent teachers make all the difference. They are instrumental in students’ success.

Students enjoy a rich online learning experience because teachers have intensive training in online instruction. They know how to motivate and engage students online, are highly skilled at using our technology, and know how to get the most out of our powerful online tools.

Committed to Continued Education

Pearson Online Academy teachers never stop learning so they can continue to excel at online teaching and customized learning for students. Through the Professional Learning Community, teachers get connected to the latest educational conferences, webinars, online courses, professional organizations, and research/education updates. They’re constantly aware of new products and resources through continued collaboration and participation in regular curriculum meetings.

*Although Pearson Online Academy's personalized learning approach addresses individual student needs, we do not provide formal special education services. While we have successfully served students with learning differences, we suggest you contact one of our family enrollment counselors (POAadmissions@pearson.com or 1-877-804-6222) to understand if our school is the right fit for your student's need.

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