ePride Online Learning Academy
The Greensburg Salem ePride Online Academy is an online learning option for students who reside in the Greensburg Salem School District who will be entering grades K-12. The ePride Online Academy provides children with a blend of virtual learning and onsite coursework, along with the opportunity to participate in all Greensburg Salem activities. The program has been developed in collaboration with online learning experts and is based on years of research and best practices for excellence in virtual learning. The goal is to bring flexibility and options to the children of Greensburg Salem while building the necessary skills for success. Students who participate in the ePride Online Academy will enjoy all the benefits of being a Greensburg Salem student, including earning a Greensburg Salem School District diploma and participating in graduation ceremonies, while receiving a customized, student-centered education that meets individual educational and social needs.
Flexibility & Student-Centered Choices
Imagine a school day where students are not directed by busses and bell schedules. At the ePride Online Academy, learners can choose a schedule and courses that suit them. Because the ePride is part of a consortium, students have the option of taking a wide range of online courses in all areas of the curriculum. Students may choose to utilize Greensburg Salem facilities as they work through their courses or work from home. When students are working from home, they will have access to teachers and technical support both online and over the phone. Whatever path your child takes, you can be assured that his or her education will be well supported.
Quality Online Education Begins Here
Teachers - All courses offered through the ePride Online Academy are taught by highly-qualified, Pennsylvania certified teachers from Greensburg Salem or surrounding school districts in Westmoreland County, as necessary. All teachers have received comprehensive training in best practices and pedagogy for online teaching and interactive learning.
Curriculum — Each Greensburg Salem course fully incorporates all standards as set forth by the PA Department of Education for that course. This means that your child can move seamlessly between online courses and the traditional Greensburg Salem classroom without experiencing “gaps” in the curriculum. When your child takes an online course, he or she will engage in the same high-quality learning targets and objectives as students in Greensburg Salem brick and mortar classrooms.
Course Rigor - Each course is designed with the rigor and quality instruction of a traditional classroom. Lessons and assessments are designed to challenge students and encourage inquiry while fostering individual needs and learning styles. Because students have more flexibility in an online course, they move through the material at a more customized pace.
Socialization - The ePride Online Academy believes in the importance of developing a sense of community and socialization within learning experiences. Each course integrates the use of several multimedia tools designed to engage students in the course content, as well as with their peers. This provides students with the ability to discover and share with their online classmates while building critical skills for interacting and online collaboration.
Engaging Students - Courses are offered through an online environment using asynchronous instruction. Unlike typical courses offered through other online learning institutions, the online courses at the ePride Online Academy are robust and interactive. Content is presented in a variety of engaging ways using multimedia and collaborative tools. Teachers use the latest tools and emerging technologies to bring course content to life, which results in lessons that intrinsically motivate students and appeal to the preferences of today’s digital learner.
Computer and Internet Access - In the ePride Online Academy, students can be supplied with a laptop fully loaded with the Microsoft Office Suite, Microsoft Office 365 tools and access, and internet access along with technical support.
Benefits of Blended Learning
Onsite Curriculum—Students who elect a schedule that includes a blended learning environment will have options in the courses they take on campus. The courses listed in the Greensburg Salem High School and Greensburg Salem Middle School Program of Studies will be available as schedule options. Elementary courses are set by the courses in the program.
Advanced Placement Curriculum—Students who choose a schedule that includes a blended learning environment will be able to select from online and brick and mortar Advanced Placement options.
College in High School—The College in High School Program allows students to earn college credits and a transcript from Seton Hill University, St. Vincent College, and/or Westmoreland College while taking classes in the Greensburg Salem High School. The College in High School classes have minimal tuition fees. Students will begin building their post-secondary transcript while engaging in courses of high rigor at Greensburg Salem High School.
Vocational Technical Programs—In partnership with the Central Westmoreland Career and Technology Center, which provides over 20 half-day technical programs, students will have the option to pursue courses in skilled labor and industry-based technology programs.
Onsite Technical Support—Students enrolled in the ePride Online Academy have access to technology and support on campus before, during, and after the school day.
Post-Secondary—Students and families will be able to take advantage of college and career planning by participating in assemblies, programs, career and scheduling fairs, onsite visits from college and university representatives and from military personnel.
Dr. Kenneth Bissell
Coordinator of Secondary Education, Curriculum, & Instruction
1 Academy Hill Place, PA 15601