Our approach to online learning is personalized and highly supported, enabling students to develop and hone critical academic skills, explore their interests, and earn college credits while in high school.
What makes our program unique?
Our model is guided by Landmark College pedagogies honed over three decades of working with students who learn differently. The program’s uniqueness derives from having a course liaison, a support structure that scaffolds executive function skill building.
- In addition to the course instructor, each student has a liaison. The aim of the liaison is to assist students in navigating the online learning environment and helps them stay on top of course assignments through regular check-ins based on each student’s need
- Liaisons use a non-directive coaching approach, which looks to the student for problem solving in a supportive and non-judgment way, creating a safe space for students to grow as independent learners
- Courses are developed using the infusion of Landmark College’s pedagogies and research-based best practices for online learning
- Our course design uses the conceptual framework of Universal Design and include embedded supports and skill development of executive functions
- Small class size helps customize the learning environment and make it personal. Each course has a maximum of 12 – 14 students per instructor and liaison
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Who should take our courses?
College-bound rising high school juniors, seniors, and gap year students who struggle with learning primarily due to a Learning Disability (such as Dyslexia), ADHD, Autism, and Executive Function challenges who are seeking to gain the skills necessary for a successful transition to college.
What are the benefits?
Our dual enrollment courses offer college preparedness and transition benefits in academic, social-emotional, and economic domains:
- Earn college credits while in high school
- Engage in the college experience and learn more about the transition to college
- Explore targeted courses of interest
- Become adept in working with digital learning environments
- Develop communication skills
- Build self-confidence and awareness of self-advocacy
- Experience communicating with peers in a college context
- Work with faculty who understand the academic needs of a variety of cognitive profiles, reducing anxiety about the learning process
- Reduce student loans that are typically associated with extending college graduation time by earning college credits early
- Reduce the need for additional paid support programs while in college
How does our model support students with executive function challenges?
In addition to our course design, students meet with either an onsite school liaison or an online liaison provided by Landmark College who ensures they understand navigation within the digital environment and Learning Management Systems (in our case, Canvas). The liaison works closely with students to clarify technical and procedural hurdles that students typically need to resolve on their own in college. Students learn how to participate in synchronous (live) and asynchronous discussions and learn about the multiple affordances of online learning in supporting individual needs, such as frequent communication with instructors via digital and live web-based means, interacting with an online learning community of peers nationwide, and supports for time management, organization, and self-regulation.
What types of courses are offered?
Foundational courses are offered in a variety of disciplines. Availability of a course listed below may vary from semester to semester. Courses are $1,000.00 each and earn 3 college credits per course.
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