Khan World School at ASU Prep offers lauded digital honors program
Staff Reports | Digital Free Press
ASU Preparatory Academy is expanding enrollment for Khan World School at ASU Prep to all middle and high school students for the 2023-24 school year.
The accelerated expansion, which answers growing demand for digital learning options for advanced students, comes on the heels of an assessment that shows KWS students’ academic achievement is far exceeding expectations, according to a press release.
“With the launch of any new learning model, we’re carefully assessing its efficacy in meeting student needs and ensuring we are anchored to our commitment to increasing academic achievement,” said Amy McGrath, chief operating officer at ASU Prep, in the release.
“With KWS, we had high expectations, but the outcomes were far more dramatic than we anticipated. It’s a clear signal the program can bring meaningful opportunities for accelerated students who are motivated by curiosity and the joy of learning.”
Based on an assessment conducted after the first semester, KWS students’ math scores rose an average of 50 points from the beginning of the year whereas experts say typical growth is 11 points. Similarly, English/language arts scores saw a notable jump with a 48-point increase (typical growth: 10 points), and reading scores showed appreciable progression, as well, with a 35-point increase (typical growth: 10 points).
While the results are remarkable in their own right, what’s even more notable is the unconventional methods that led students to this level of achievement, says Salman Khan, founder of Khan Academy and author of ‘The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined.’
“This is not a passive, sit-back-and-absorb-it-all experience,” Mr. Khan said. “Students frame their own vision for success and are responsible for the decisions and actions that move them down the path at their own pace.”
KWS, a full-time online school, combines the expertise of ASU Prep and the Khan network — Khan Academy, Khan Lab School and Schoolhouse.world — in a unique model based on the core principles of mastery-based learning, educators there say.
Students master core knowledge and explore society’s most challenging problems with support from peers and an inspiring network of world-class learning guides, tutors, coaches and peers who provide personalized instruction, academic guidance and social support.
As participants in the accredited KWS program, students progress through an advanced college-prep curriculum using a combination of high-quality, self-paced online lessons, small-group tutorials and peer tutoring.
KWS enrollment is now open to students entering grades six through 12 for the fall 2023 semester. The program is tuition-free for Arizona residents; out-of-state students will pay tuition to attend, and scholarships may be available.