Elite Flex Academy (EFA) students enjoy a flexible and creative environment in which they can customize their learning. EFA is a blend of both virtual and in-person independent study programs for students who need more hands-on support to ensure success in school. The Flex Academy offers a combination of online and offline materials to engage students in learning and discovery.
Students participate in core and elective classes through both online and offiline options in this independent study model. They meet with their California Credentialed Elite Educator in a mutually agreed upon public location or virtually 1-3 times per week. The public locations provide a place to work collaboratively with Elite educators who know and understand student needs, as well as tutors and other students.
EFA educators are available to encourage, support and guide Elite students and parents on their flexible education journey.
Our Flex Program will be piloting a 6-week program starting July 1st, 2020 in which 10 to 15 students will be able to take Math and Language Arts. The program is a blended learning option. Students are given virtual access to the classes. K-3 students can print assignments, or they are given a workbook to complete assignments. Students in 4th and 5th grade are given the option to complete their school work online or on paper in a workbook. Parents can scan and upload assignments to the computer or they can turn it in directly to their teacher. The teacher would then grade the school work and put the student’s score in the program’s grade book.
Our goal for this online pilot is to determine what supplemental resources if any, students will need to be successful with the online courses. We also want to determine how much administrative and teacher support will be needed for students to be fully equipped and successful. With this information at hand, we will be able to continue the same online option into our fall semester.
EFA offers a variety of top quality virtual and traditional curriculum options to ensure an enjoyable and successful academic experience for each student. In addition to core courses, students can participate in hands-on electives like yoga, film studies, book clubs, art appreciation, career exploration and physical fitness.
Elite partners with StrongMind to deliver the highest quality digital curriculum available. Its award-winning coursework is rigorous, engaging and packed with exciting and relevant multimedia elements designed to engage students for improved learning, mastery and retention.
EFA students have access to dozens of traditional and flexible curriculum offered and options that encompass workbooks, project-based assignments, packets and more. Teachers work with their student to determine the most appropriate curriculum to ensure academic success and to develop supplemental coursework to help students who are behind academically catch up to their grade level.
EFA awards five credits per course, per semester. 230 credits are required to graduate. Students are eligible for a diploma when all requirements have been met.
*High School students are assigned a grade level based on the year of 9th grade entry.
EFA assesses each student upon enrollment and once again later in the school year using Scantron Performance Series English Language Arts and Math shortened assessments to determine their current academic level and growth. This allows teachers to determine the best curriculum to ensure each student’s academic success. While these assessments are required at EFA, they are used for placement and tracking and not calculated into individual class grades.
Elite Flex Academy also participates in state mandated Smarter Balance Series annually. The tests sections given are based on the state requirements. CELDT assessments are given to English Learner students.
EFA utilizes standardized, authentic and performance-based assessments as guided by the State Frameworks and Performance Standards. While the standard, on-demand assessments enables us to monitor both the individual student’s and the school’s performance, these assessments might not fully meet the needs of students or their instructors. EFA requires students, teachers, and staff to measure their performance, thereby empowering them to recognize and be responsible for their own learning. EFA will therefore supplement standardized assessments with alternative assessments including projects, exhibitions and other tasks that students complete during the year.
All assessments are given in person by your Elite Educator or members of Elite’s Flex Academy team.
An Elite Flex Academy student enjoys flexibility and keeping a healthy balance between learning and pursuing extra curricular activities, working or preparing for college. The sky’s the limit with Elite Flex Academy! Here are two examples of a daily schedule:
Flexible learning is a principle of practice in formal education, concerned with increasing flexibility in the time and location of study, teaching, assessment and certification.
EFA is a flexible educational method that can combine online curriculum with traditional classroom methods of tutoring, personalized instruction, and small group work. It requires the physical presence of both teacher and student, with some element of student control over time, place, path or pace. This means that students can work at their own pace rather than the pace of their peers.
You will meet with your Elite Educator at least once a week. However, we have California Credentialed teachers and tutors available to meet with you as often as three times a week to help with any of your classes. You are not alone, and we will offer you the support you may need.
No, your courses do not have to be online. One of the many great benefits of EFA is the flexibility and variety of curriculum that we offer. We offer textbooks, packets, projects, virtual learning and hands on experiences to complete your courses.
At EFA we believe all students learn differently. The Elite educator, student and parents are a team and work together to determine what curriculum will work best for each student and their class.
Many of our courses involve considering career choices. Your assigned Elite educator and support teachers will have many discussions about career options. When in high school you will also have the opportunity to participate in Career Technical Courses, College and Career Readiness Courses, and WIOA centers to help develop a career path that suits you. You may also participate in workshops to prepare for job interviews, create resumes, practice phone and email etiquette, and develop presentation skills.
Absolutely, many of our high school students work while attending school. You can complete your class work at your own pace. The student and Elite educator work together to determine a schedule that best suits your needs.
EFA is 100% tuition FREE! We even offer instructional funds. K-12 students can enroll in the following counties:
Yes, EFA does offer instructional funds for students who are making progress in their courses. The funds are to be used to enrich an EFA students educational experience. A student and Elite educator will work together in choosing the right high quality Elite vendors that work best for the students’ needs.
Yes, a student is able to recover credits for courses he/she has previously withdrawn from or earned a D/F.
Of course! We celebrate diversity at EFA and provide an enormous amount of support for our students. Our teachers are highly-qualified California credentialed teachers with English Language support authorizations.
Yes! Elite Flex Academy students deserve to be celebrated for their accomplishments. Graduations are held at the end of each school year at various venues. We encourage our students and their families to attend the graduation ceremony to celebrate hard work of each Elite student.
The documentation needed to enroll in EFA are the same requirements as any other school. EFA registrar will need the following documents to enroll a student.
Absolutely! EFA has Special Education credentialed teachers to ensure the IEP and 504 plan is being followed or revised for student success. Elite Educators are well versed in working with students who have 504 plans. They know that all students learn differently and are able to help Elite students meet their full potential.
Concurrent Enrollment in community college and EFA offer dual credit. For example, a 3-credit course at the community college level (100 or above) equates to college credit as well as 10 credits towards Elite Academic High School Graduation Credits.
The Common Core standards are not based upon specific curriculum, but more so centralized around higher level understanding and critical thinking. Our educational philosophy aligns directly with the four C’s of Common Core that are currently being implemented: Creativity, Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Communication. For more information about the Common Core Standards please contact your Elite Educator.
We offer a wide variety of field trips throughout the year in order to enrich the educational experience. Some of our official field trips include science centers, theatre, farms, museums, gems & minerals exhibits, hikes, historical reenactments, and so much more!
Offering our students access to high-quality materials and services is a top priority at Elite. To that end, we strive to offer common core aligned quality materials and services in all geographic areas that we serve. Parents can easily search and view our options here.