Hybrid learning offers students a flexible schedule – half the day learning in-school and the other half online – allowing them to pursue their hobbies and passions without neglecting their education. Whether it’s achieving a drone piloting license or providing an extra hand in the community, Valor Preparatory Academy of Arizona’s flexibility allows students to reach for the stars and thrive in their academic pursuits.
Students attend Valor Arizona looking for a modern twist on traditional education. The courses offer personalized learning plans for students while still following the support of a traditional school. This model allows students time to play sports, pursue their love of the arts, give back to the community or work during the day, as demonstrated by the school’s diverse student body.
Max Ortiz is an 8th grader at Valor Arizona who enrolled after having difficulty at traditional public schools, where he spent most of his days in class, studying or doing homework, leaving few opportunities to spend time with his family and friends. Feeling the burnout and stress of a common learning model, Max and his family were looking for something new to spark a passion for learning they knew was there.
After making the switch to Valor, Max is enjoying school again. With the ability to spend less time in a brick-and-mortar setting, Max has been able to rediscover his hobbies, like bike riding, listening to music, doing art and practicing Jiu Jitsu. The results have been a drastic improvement in his academics. Following a diagnostic exam, Max was moved up from 7th to 8th grade, where he is now thriving.
Driven by her passion for helping children, Jayda Galtney, 11th grader at Valor Arizona, volunteers twice a week with one- and two-year-olds at the Goddard School – conveniently located nearby her school campus. Valor’s schedule has allowed Jayda the opportunity to pursue her dream of working in Early Childhood Development, providing her with real-world experience that will benefit her after graduation. To that end, Jayda has already been offered a full-time opportunity to work with the school in April 2024.
For some, the grind of traditional schooling can sometimes overshadow extracurricular interests. For Mylei Barber, a 10th grader at Valor, hybrid learning has opened up the opportunity to enroll in a college-level art course, as she pursues her passion for art. A top performer and leading example in her college-level class, Mylei is the first student at Valor to participate in this course.
What we’ve learned over the past decade is that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to education. Fortunately, children and families have more options than ever before to find the learning model that is right for them. For many, the traditional school model works well, while for others, hybrid learning is the ideal solution.