Just as in traditional school, students are required to take a minimum of 6 courses (30 credit hours) per semester. However, students can work with their teacher to establish a program that works best for them. For example, many students are overwhelmed with having to focus on all five or six courses at once. PCS students after meeting with their teachers and parent may be allowed to focus on one or two courses at a time and complete those courses before having to move on to the next course. Teachers work with students to establish a kind of "pacing schedule" to ensure that they successfully complete enough courses each year to stay on track for graduation.
The State of Florida, as many states across the country, has seen the need for more options in education. These options include Charter schools, which are public schools, but are run by their own individual school board. Pivot Charter Schools applied and were granted charters under the school districts of Hillsborough, Broward, and Lee Counties. But as stated above, Pivot Charter Schools have their own school board and their own unique set of rules, policies, procedures and program.
Our online curriculum is rigorous, engaging, and self-paced. All of our courses are taught by highly qualified, Florida-certified teachers who are available to students through instant messaging, phone, and email. Students will also be able to receive individualized help from their site-based teachers in the form of tutoring and small group instruction. Students also have access to 24/7 technical support.
Students will choose one of two 5 hours sessions attend every day just like a traditional high school. Just as in a traditional school, students must work in their courses daily, and show weekly progress. Students may log in to their courses any time of the day or evening outside of their session time. Failure to work in their courses or attend their assigned session may result in withdrawal from the program.
All of our courses are set up on a 90 calendar day schedule, similar to a typical semester. However, students move through the courses and coursework at the pace the student, parent and teachers have determined is best for your style of learning. For example, if someone is really good at Math, but not-so good at English, they may complete their assigned Math class in half the time it takes them to complete their English class. This is part of the individualized support students receive at PCS.
No, Pivot Charter School is a full-time program only. But remember, due to the structure of the program you only attend school on-site for half the time you would in a "traditional" setting.