Tulsa Learning Academy
Providing a Different School Experience
Guidelines for Sending School Personnel
Alternative Approach to Serving Students
Tulsa Learning Academy is proud to offer a different school experience. While the primary mode of instruction is online, our staff is dedicated to holding students accountable for being successful by providing one on one assistance/tutoring with coursework. We offer students the opportunity to accelerate graduation and/or recover credits and/or enjoy a different school experience. We are committed to cultivating relationships with students by focusing on academic success, career exploration, and celebrations.
Furthermore, Tulsa Learning Academy has embraced the challenge of Tulsa Beyond. Tulsa Beyond is a Reimagine High School Design. Starting in 18-19 school year, a Design Team from TLA and the community banded together to create a school that is great for kids. We have worked hard to make school an experience, not just "something kids have to do." Throughout the work of the Design Team, we have learned that students learn best by doing. In the spring of 2019, TLA will offer its first project based course. For the 19-20 school year, we hope to have several more project based courses. These projects will take place throughout the great city of Tulsa.
Student schedules are determined by student need. Once students are scheduled by their advisors, they are required to adhere to the schedule until they are back on track per their Success Plan and Pacing Guide.
Students may be assigned to a morning session or an afternoon session. Once students are in attendance, they are not allowed to leave until their session is over.
8:00– 12:00 Morning Session
12:00-4:00 Afternoon Session
11:45– 12:15 Transition Time/ Student Groups
9:00– 1:00 Student Orientation, Parent Conferences, Advisement
Students will receive a Success Plan and Pacing Guide to keep them on track whether they need to recover credit, stay on track, or accelerate their graduation plans.
Myths About Tulsa Learning Academy
- It is easier than regular school. Although the schedule may be more flexible, being successful on a digital platform takes drive, motivation, and a tremendous amount of family monitoring and support.
- TLA is for “troubled kids”. Tulsa Learning Academy offers a learning environment that is different and self-paced. We have many students who are gifted and yet unsuccessful in traditional schools.
- TLA students do not get socialization. TLA students may participate in their homeschools’ extracurricular activities. Furthermore, TLA staff is working on partnerships with other alternative schools for special events for the 18-19 school year.
- TLA students will be bored working online all the time. TLA is working toward offering more project based instruction for students.
Who is Right for TLA?
¨ Students who have not been successful in virtual schools.
¨ Students who want to accelerate graduation
¨ Students who need to recover credits
¨ Students who may be anxious in a traditional school environment.
¨ Students not experiencing success in traditional schools
¨ Students with medical issues that prevent them from attending school full-time
¨ Students who feel bullied or unsafe in traditional schools
¨ Homeschool students
Alternative Education programs are specifically tailored to meet the needs from all different backgrounds, they just are not thriving in a traditional school setting.
Furthermore, students who want to accelerate credits or may lack credits can find a home at TLA. Students at TLA can earn up to 8-9 credits (sometimes more if they are motivated) in a regular school year. Most traditional schools are limited to offering 6-7 credits a year.
Teachers are all highly experienced educators who are advocates for students. They are flexible and open-minded and recognize every student can learn and every student is deserving of a quality education. The environment at Tulsa Learning Academy is student focused and the friendly, productive atmosphere is grounded in mutual respect.
For the 18-19 school year, all current and new Tulsa Learning Academy students will undergo an intake process. Information gathered at intake will determine each students’ schedule. Physical attendance on site daily may be best suited for some students while other students may work more independently. Tulsa Learning Academy determines each students’ schedule to personalize and support students and families.