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Two NTPS schools are awarded mastery-based learning grants

Two NTPS choice schools are among 20 schools around the state to earn mastery-based learning grants from the Washington State Board of Education. Envision Career Academy and Summit Virtual Academy have earned funding and will be in a cohort with the other 18 schools to learn from and support each other during their grant cycle.

Mastery-based learning is an approach that lets students take charge of their learning, go at their own speed, and get help that fits their interests and needs. Instead of moving on to new content because time has passed, students move forward when they truly master a topic and demonstrate they have met the state learning requirements in meaningful ways.

How the funds will be used

At Envision Career Academy, our choice high school that offers four career and technical education pathways to graduation, grant funding will:

  • Provide teachers with additional planning time and expertise required to continue creating engaging real-world, project-based units that further impact our school and community.
  • Develop and support more meaningful partnerships with local businesses and organizations to provide students with opportunities for career exploration, job shadowing, mentorships, internships, and service learning.

“These grant dollars and the cohort we will be part of will help us ensure students graduate with the competence and confidence needed to succeed in their pursuits after high school,” said ECA Principal Dr. Brody LaRock. “They will not only have the knowledge and skills they need, but also the community partnerships to propel them forward.”

At Summit Virtual Academy, our K-12 online school that serves about 400 students, the grant funding will support several efforts, including:

  • Teacher time for exploring online career readiness exploration courses to offer students in the future.
  • Hands-on activities and outings for kindergarten through 2nd-grade students.

“Mastery-based learning will empower students to leverage their assets in meaningful and powerful ways,” said SVA Principal Becky Lee. “We believe that an online school can be a dynamic environment where students can work together to solve important problems while mastering content and demonstrating understanding in non-traditional formats.”

Learn more about the grant funding on the State Board of Education website.