The Mifflin County School District recognizes that the educational needs and learning styles of students are as unique and varied as its diverse population; consequently, a traditional brick-and-mortar education may not meet the distinct needs of all students and their families.
Mifflin County Online offers full-time online educational opportunities for students in kindergarten through grade 12 and provides an education that is customized to meet the exclusive needs of each student. Face-to-face instruction, support and assistance are available for students and their families.
The MCO classroom is currently located at the Indian Valley Elementary Center; however, meetings and individual instructional sessions can be scheduled at any district building. MCO encourages active parental participation in a child's education as we acknowledge the importance and significance of parental involvement to a child's academic success and achievement. The program provides the resources and tools necessary for participation in an online learning environment; however, parents and guardians provide the daily encouragement and supervision necessary to foster and promote academic and social growth.
In addition to full-time online learning opportunities, MCO provides part-time online and blended learning opportunities at the secondary level with state-certified and highly-qualified Mifflin County educators serving as facilitators.
During the 2013-2014 school year, the school district offered its first internal online course, Legal and Medical Terminology, to Mifflin County High School students. This year, more than 15 elective courses are available to students at the secondary level. Courses are hosted through the Blended Schools network and are accessible at school and at home.
Blended learning, which is a combination of online learning and live instruction, is also being incorporated into classrooms throughout the district. Through this method, students have access to their coursework at anytime, and opportunities for cooperative learning through online interaction are increased.
To better meet the individual needs of students, remediation and enrichment activities can also be incorporated into the blended learning model. Blended learning expands a student's pathways of learning through the integration of technology, yet students still maintain and receive face-to-face instruction and attention from the classroom teacher.
Mifflin County Online offers full-time and part-time online learning opportunities and provides district students and their families with expanded and enhanced educational options and choices. For more information, contact Mifflin County Online Coordinator Michelle Schaaf at 250-9375.