Online Learning Program - REACH
REACH – Remote E-learning At Chestnut Hill
At Chestnut Hill Academy, our first preference is always to be on our beautiful campus and enjoying in-person experiences and interactions with our students and families. Our Remote E-learning at Chestnut Hill program (REACH), implemented in response to the Covid-19 outbreak, enables us to continue to deliver high-quality education to all our students and fulfill our mission, even under exceptional circumstances requiring a full campus closure. Our commitment is to provide an alternative means of education in the form of REACH, and while it does not replicate on-site, in-person, hands-on learning, our teachers are instructing our students in powerful ways through a variety of formats within this alternative structure.
The success of REACH is a partnership between faculty, engaged students, and supportive parents. The REACH program leverages the use of Microsoft Teams, connecting faculty with students and families. All grades have access to resources on our Computer Lab website, along with credentials for subscription services.
Some features and highlights of REACH:
- Teachers upload videos of themselves explaining new skills and concepts
- Teachers provide small group coaching via Teams.
- Teachers and specialists are available during office hours to conference with parents and students who need additional support
- Teachers incorporate the online tools that are already used at school in their lessons
What does a typical REACH day look like?
- Students engage in four hours of schoolwork each day, which will include some time spent on reading, daily math practice, and journalling.
- Students participate in their favorite specialist classes, with the specialist instructors providing one hour of instruction per week in art, music, computer science, PE, library, and Spanish.
- To ensure your child’s success, we recommend setting up a dedicated workspace for your child, if possible.
- Just like any other school day, students need regular breaks, and time to move and get fresh air, in order to be successful! Looking at your child’s regular school schedule can be a helpful guideline for promoting a similar routine, and flex as needed – the schedule should be a resource, and not a burden.
- Not to worry, the REACH program doesn’t necessarily mean hours of screen time! Remote learning will include a combination time in front of the computer, as well as time to work in textbooks and workbooks or to complete assignments by hand. Students will also be reading, engaging in music and PE lessons, creating art, and more.
We’re incredibly grateful to our wonderful community of educators, involved parents, and amazing students for the support and dedication to adopt a growth mindset as we work through this challenge together, and commit ourselves deliver continuity of learning. Current families can find out more here.