Beaver Falls Digital Program
The Digital Program at Big Beaver Falls Area School District is an initiative that began in the 2005-2006 school year. It gives children a blend of home-based learning combined with rich opportunities to participate in high school activities. This Digital Program offers these opportunities for students in K-12 grade. We offer instruction in Math, Science, Social Studies, English, Business, World Languages, the Arts/Music, and Technology.
Students are engaged by assignments that are supported by iTexts, web investigations, Power Point presentations, videos and pod-casts. Daily lessons are guided by instructors and activities can help students master new skills as they prepare for assessments. These activities may include skills practice or group projects and collaboration.
- The freedom for your child to learn when they like. Students set their own schedule.
- All courses taught by PA certified teachers.
- Bi-weekly feedback on student progress, with opportunities for face-to-face meetings with School District staff.
- Opportunities to take dual-enrollment courses at Butler County Community College, California University of PA, Indiana University of PA or the University of Pittsburgh and get college credit, all while paying a discounted tuition rate.
- The opportunity to attend, in person, any Big Beaver Falls Area School District course offered in grades 9 - 12, in addition to your home-based education through the Digital Program. For example, your child could be driven to school to take art, family and consumer science, technology or any other elective offered at the high school and would get school credit and classroom experiences while doing so.
- An open invitation to participate in sports, band and any extracurricular activities, opening the door to the benefits of peer friendships and the valuable lessons of team experiences.
- The convenience of PSSA state testing at the district's elementary/middle/high schools. (No more driving to faraway test centers).
- The option to take a myriad of electives offered through partner agencies such as Lincoln Interactive, Calvert School, University of Missouri, and others. These include everything from macroeconomics to German to oceanography.
- Eventual progression to a Big Beaver Falls Area School District diploma upon graduation.
Online Education Guide
Is learning online right for your student? Attitudes and lifestyles can play a big role in the success of online learners, so ask yourself some of these questions to find out if online learning could help your student thrive in his or her academic pursuits.
- Is my son or daughter good at working independently?
- Is he or she self-disciplined, motivated and organized?
- Does my student have basic computer skills?
- Can your student easily navigate between web pages and work with different browsers?
- Does your student’s lifestyle require scheduling flexibility?
- Will your student succeed with more one-on-one contact with his or her instructors?
- Does your student work better without strict time constrictions or limitations?
- Does your son or daughter want to be in control of his or her own learning?
- Can your student stay on-task and follow through with what he or she starts?
- Does your student have strong reading comprehension skills?
- Will your student miss the social interaction of regular classroom time?
- Does written communication come easily for your child?
Your child’s learning style could also be a strong indicator of whether he or she will do well in an online learning environment. Students who learn well visually are often strong online students. In some projects or assignments, the students will need to read and understand the instructions on their own.
Online learning also combines passive and active learning activities. Passive learning can come through reading texts, listening to audio clips and seeing graphics, while engaging in active learning as they communicate through writing, emailing or chatting online.
For more information on the digital program at Big Beaver Falls Area School District, please contact your child's school. Click here for contact information.