Innovative program options for all families. These programs have no boundary restrictions and the Virtual Learning Academy is open to all students countywide and in seven adjacent counties.
AdVENTURE is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) oriented 5th through 8th grade program, located on the Herman Intermediate School campus. AdVENTURE is an award winning program for significantly enhancing student success. Hands-on integrated instruction and project-based learning with a college/career focus, aiming to prepare students for the demands of the 21st Century. Rigorous, collaborative program open to students of all ability levels. Curriculum is based on Common Core Standards. Students have access to technology in all classes and gain hands-on experience in STEM fields through real-world projects, public speaking presentations, field trips, and guest speakers. Students participate in all aspects of middle-school life, including daily Physical Education, after school sports (6th -8th grades), lunch time clubs and technology centered classes such as Maker Space, computer science, video-game design, and engineering design. Students are welcome to apply at any grade-level. However, students benefit from the full AdVENTURE experience if enrolled for multiple years.
Indigo is a K-8 Program Options designed to educate the whole child while continuing to value the unique learning styles, skills, and abilities of each child so they will be prepared to make a positive impact in the world. Housed on the Frost Elementary School campus, our close-knit community offers a safe, caring, and nurturing learning environment for the children and a support network for the teachers and families. We provide multi-age interactions and theme-based, constructivist-learning activities through a Positive Discipline approach. The Positive Discipline approach fosters cooperation, self-regulation, community, mutual respect, and problem-solving skills with logical and natural consequences. Strong parent involvement, a vital component of the Indigo Program, allows us to lower the student to adult ratio in the classroom. The program provides wonderful enrichments like: K-8 art, elementary and middle school music programs, integrated core curriculum, nearly monthly field trips for each classroom, strong P.E. for every grade level, and fun community events, creating an inviting environment where students and families learn and thrive. Indigo is structured to provide teachers, parents, and students the opportunity work together to create a positive, harmonious community that promotes wellness. With our dedicated, passionate teachers providing engaging, relevant, and meaningful curriculum using project-based, hands-on learning opportunities, and our parents leading enrichment and elective centers, Indigo is a community dedicated to promoting life-long learning and helping each child reach their fullest potential.
TWBI offers an impressive and unique opportunity to learn to read, write, and speak naturally and fluently in two languages: English and Spanish are the target languages for the program. This program serves grades TK-8*. TK to 1st grade uses a 90/10 instruction model (students are taught 90% of the day in Spanish and 10% in English). The percentage of time taught in English increases each year by 10% until grade 5 when it becomes 40/60 through the end of grade 8 (40% Spanish/60% English).
- Incorporates Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) as part of its curriculum in all grades.
- Completing K-8 provides a pathway to students for the CA State Seal of Biliteracy on high school diploma.
- Cognitive, academic, and economic benefits; socio-cultural awareness; and higher standardized test scores with increased appreciation for our multicultural world.
*Students may enter TWBI up to first grade. Student who previously attended a similar program or pass a Spanish assessment may be considered in later grades. The program will extend one grade level each year, until 2023, when it serves it's first 8th grade class.