The Downingtown Cyber Academy Elementary Program
The Downingtown Cyber Academy offers an online elementary school program that helps young students learn the basics, acquire study skills, and develop a love of learning that will last a lifetime.
Downingtown Cyber Academy's elementary courses from kindergarten through fifth grade engage students with materials from partners such as Discovery Education and BrainPOP® and even includes gifted courses for students who qualify.
Elementary cyber students have the opportunity to take all cyber courses or they can choose to take some courses, such as core courses or encores, at their local elementary school. In addition, these students are members of the Downingtown Area School District and can participate in all clubs, sports and activities, take music lessons or join the after-school enrichment programs.
In grades K–5, students require a lot of support from caring adults at home and in the online classroom. Parents or guardians of elementary students in the Downingtown Cyber Academy provide the structure a student needs by establishing and managing the daily routine. The Academy’s online planner makes it easy for students to keep track of their daily lessons. Parents stay in touch with the student’s teachers by phone, WebMail (the secure, internal messaging system) messages, and online meetings. The student’s teacher will contact the parents early in the school year to discuss how they will work together to help a student reach his or her potential.
Parents of elementary cyber students can expect to:
- Devote about one hour per day per subject overseeing their students’ schoolwork.
- Set the daily schedule with varied activities and breaks.
- Assist with lessons and communicate frequently with the teacher.
- Help monitor student progress and comprehension.
The Downingtown Cyber Academy Secondary Program
The Downingtown Cyber Academy provides course offerings for students in grades 6-12 that allow for both self-paced and structured learning. The instruction combines individual study with interactive group sessions, using cutting-edge online resources and materials.
The Downingtown Cyber Academy’s courses include honors, AP, gifted, and even Juilliard eLearning, the music conservatory's first-ever online courses. Also, most of the courses are NCAA-approved. Student-athletes should see their NCAA-liaison for more details.
Students in the secondary program can work during days and times that are convenient for them. Some courses have weekly deadlines and some are 100% self-paced by marking period.
As students become more independent and responsible in grades 6–12, parents “step back” a bit, and subject-specific teachers “step in” to provide expert online instruction and support in math, language arts, science, social studies, and an array of electives. As they get older, online students start to really take charge of their education—setting goals, working independently, and exploring their future options.
Parents can encourage their students’ growing independence as they:
- Monitor students' attendance by requiring approximately 5 hours of work per course per week.
- Verify that lessons and assignments are completed.
- Communicate with teachers, referring students to teachers for help when needed.
- Monitor student comprehension and grades through the Home Access Center.
Communicate with DASD Coordinator of Digital Learning and any additional support staff when needed.