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a3 VIRTUAL ACADEMY
The a3 Virtual Academy is a non-traditional, interactive program of study that relies on technology designed to support teaching and learning in various educational settings. High school students are offered online courses that enable them to work on their own time, at any location and earn high school credits. Blackboard is the software system that frames the electronic courses in an online setting. The Blackboard medium allows teachers and students access to a wide offering of multimedia resources, while incorporating the School System written curriculum. The Virtual Academy allows for anytime, anywhere access, partnered with unlimited collaboration possibilities.

Students interested in the Virtual Academy first meet with their local school administrators and after careful review of eligibility, a student may enroll in the online courses for which they have been approved.

ACCELERATED READER
The Accelerated Reader is a reading program designed for students in grades one through twelve. Students make their book choices from a list of fine literature. Students read at their own pace and then take a computerized test featuring five, ten, or twenty multiple-choice comprehension questions.

The test gives immediate feedback in the form of reading points. The program awards points based on length and difficulty of the book and on student comprehension. These points provide incentives and reinforcement to students.

Reading points also provide teachers with a measurement of student performance. In addition, parents, teachers, and students can easily gauge progress. The Accelerated Reader program bases reading points on three standards: quality, quantity, and reading level.

ADVANCED BROADCASTING
Interested in a career in television? You'll learn how to write a script, operate a camera, and edit video while working alongside professionals from the broadcast industry now at Channel 13. Juniors and seniors from all St. Tammany Parish Public High Schools are eligible to attend. The course will be held at the Channel 13 studios at the Treen Instructional Technology Center in Mandeville. Each student must provide their own transportation to the Channel 13 studios at the Treen Instructional Technology Center in Mandeville.Students will receive one Carnegie Unit for the completion of the full year course, with the possibility of college credit. For more information or to enroll in the Advanced Broadcasting course, call 985-674-3529 for more information or email melody.swang@stpsb.org.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT
Students can earn college credit while still in high school through the Advanced Placement program. The program requires students to follow course curriculum prescribed by The College Entrance Examination Board (the College Board) and to pass a test on the subject matter.

ARTS EDUCATION
In addition to visual arts, music, theater/creative drama, dance/creative movement, and talented arts curricula, students have opportunities to participate in Artist/Teacher Partnerships, Artists-in-Residence presentations, Suzuki Strings, Youth Orchestra, live symphonic concerts, and arts festivals.

ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY TEAM
This group of professionals works collaboratively with parents, teachers, and all related service providers to meet the individual needs of identified disabled students who are not able to address their academic curriculum due to emotional, physical, neurological, and/or cognitive disabilities. The team designs programs and provides equipment to eliminate identified barriers that interfere with academic progress.

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