What grades are offered by Alabama Destinations Career Academy?
Alabama Destinations Career Academy (ALDCA) will launch in the 2019–2020 school year for grades K–9, with the intent of adding grades 10–12 during subsequent school years.
What subjects will my child study?
English/language arts, math, science, history, and art are the core courses. There will be other courses in appropriate grade levels, such as music, art, physical education, health, and Alabama history.
Does the program provide textbooks and other instructional materials?
Yes, we provide textbooks and instructional materials as part of the program. These books and materials are sent to students directly. A computer and internet access are required to complete the online courses. Based on financial need and eligibility, ALDCA may loan a computer system (including computer, printer, and software) to support the learning process. Our enrollment consultants can help address your technological and computer questions and needs. Common household items and office supplies like printer ink and paper are not provided.
Can my child work at his or her own pace?
The elementary, middle school, and high school students complete lessons in synchronous and asynchronous sessions and are expected to complete quizzes, tests, and other assignments in a timely manner and according to the students’ individualized learning plan and class connect schedule.
What happens if my student completes a course mid-year?
Teachers work closely with students to help pace the curriculum to meet the student's goals for advancement.
How much time do students spend on the computer?
We expect that students will spend no more than 15 to 30 percent of their school time on the computer in grades K–5, 50 to 70 percent in grades 6–8, and students in grade 9* will spend nearly their entire school day online. Time online could be spent working on asynchronous lessons, working in Class Connect with teachers synchronously, and collaborating with peers in engaging assignments and projects. We believe in a balanced approach toward education. Computers help us provide you with effective assessment, planning, and time-management tools. Computers also act as powerful teaching tools that can motivate, stimulate, and inform children about the world around them. They do not, however, replace a solid education. Rather, they help facilitate one. That's why we use a unique multimedia approach that also includes a great deal of traditional books, workbooks, and instructional materials.
Do you provide curriculum for students with special needs?
Depending on a child's IEP, we can tailor our curriculum to meet your needs. To discuss your child's needs with us, please contact our office, and we will put you in touch with our special education team.
Can you accommodate the accelerated learning needs of my gifted/talented child?
The program is flexible to meet children where they are in any given subject and take them where they want to go. Our teachers will work directly with parents and students to ensure proper placement into the curriculum.
How do students interact socially?
Throughout the year, students will be invited to participate in school outings, field trips (e.g., to historical sites, museums, zoos), picnics, and other social events. Local students and parents can get together on a regular basis in their areas. There are also opportunities to join online clubs.
How do I enroll my student?
Visit our How to Enroll section for information on enrolling your student in ALDCA.
*Alabama Destinations Career Academy will launch initially for grades K–9, with the intent of adding grades 10–12 during subsequent school years.