School: Lebanon High School
Grades Served: 9-12
Location: Lebanon, PA
Type: Complete Redesign
Operator: Lebanon School District
Operator Type: District
Students at Opening: 1,300
Students at Capacity: 1,300
Blended Model Type: Station Rotation
Key Feature: Blended Learning
The Operator: Lebanon School District is a medium-sized district in central Pennsylvania serving a 81 percent low-income student population. It is a founding member of the Pennsylvania Hybrid Learning Initiative, a consortium of 50 blended learning pilot schools in the state that is an organized group of teachers, administrators, and subject-matter experts seeking to create a more student-centric approach to learning. The twin goals of the district’s grant work are to accomplish the following:
- Provide more personalized learning in a cost-effective manner for Lebanon High School students
- Demonstrate that transforming a “mainstream” school toward blended learning can work and can be replicated across the nation without starting a new school or securing special waivers
The Academic Model: Following pilot efforts with eight teachers and 214 9th and 10th grade students in four core subject areas, Lebanon High School is implementing a station-rotation model of blended learning school-wide. The hybrid learning model is defined as a “blended classroom system that regularly assesses students and uses the data to sort them into small groups for rotations among different instructional stations.” Its purpose is to provide a more personalized learning experience for students at school. In their math, language arts, science, and social studies classes, students rotate between direct, collaborative, and independent learning stations.
The Organizational Model:
- Hybrid learning occurs in 60-minute class periods with up to 36 students per class and one to two teachers per classroom. The daily schedule is redesigned to provide more flexibility to students and teachers.
- The school maintains a student-to-instructional staff ratio of 16:1.
- While legacy costs are fairly high, the financial model for the school is coherent and sustainable.