The Spring City Elementary Hybrid Learning School will hold an open house for parents and the Spring-Ford community to unveil its one-of-a-kind facility students and staff are utilizing to help children achieve remarkable academic results. The open house will be held at the school — located at 190 S. Wall St. in Spring City — from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15.
The Spring City Elementary Hybrid Learning School is only the fifth elementary hybrid learning school in the country, and the first of its kind in the eastern United States. Additionally, Spring City Elementary is the first public elementary school — kindergarten through fourth-grade — to fully transition from a traditional instructional structure to a hybrid learning model.
The district is working with the Pennsylvania Hybrid Learning Pilot Initiative — a partnership of higher education, K-12 schools and educational organizations — to utilize the program at the elementary school. The hybrid learning model being used at the school is a “Rotate-in-Classroom” structure, which provides students with face-to-face and online learning opportunities. Each of the eight classrooms in the hybrid learning school consists of three different computer learning stations: The first is where students will complete assignments individually or with their peers; the second is for classroom assignments; and the third is for student learning and teacher instruction. Throughout the day, students will rotate between the different computer workstations to maximize their learning potential.
Visitors will have the opportunity to see first-hand what makes the Spring City Elementary Hybrid Learning School different from traditional facilities during their tour of the building. During their visit, parents and community members will see the layout of the classrooms, the new technologies that are used and be given a presentation of how the hybrid learning model is utilized in a classroom setting.
Additionally, there will be hands-on demonstrations of the different classroom tools that are used by students and teachers, including SMART Boards and iPads.
“The hybrid learning model is another innovative way the Spring-Ford Area School District is helping its students become 21st century learners by equipping them with invaluable technology-based learning tools,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. David Goodin said.
“Our school is making history by becoming one of the first elementary facilities in the eastern United States to fully integrate this learning model into our curriculum,” Spring City Elementary Hybrid Learning School Principal Mitch Edmunds added.