Educational Approach

Mastery-Based Learning

Our online system is designed to focus on students’ strengths and achievement, rather than their limitations and failures. For example, our individually-paced mastery learning approach eliminates the “need for speed” present in a standard classroom and allows students to learn at their own natural rate. Students may begin a new course at any time during the calendar year, and progress at the pace that they find most comfortable. As long as the student eventually masters the course work, they will be awarded credit for the course. Instead of having to keep up with other students, Whitmore School students can learn as slowly or rapidly as their personal learning style dictates.

Whitmore school courses are self-paced. However, there are 2 limitations to this:

  • No student is permitted to finish a course in less than 30 days from the time he or she submits the first lesson in that course.
  • You have 1 year from the time of enrollment to complete your coursework. Your username and password will expire after this 1-year deadline. If your coursework is unfinished at your 1-year deadline, you may qualify to apply for one 30-day extension to complete your coursework.

Whitmore School’s mastery learning philosophy offers students the freedom and responsibility of self-­paced learning. Students are accountable for mastering all the skills and content of each lesson. Students submit revisions of their work until the instructor determines that each answer is communicated clearly, and indicative of a genuine understanding of the concepts in the lesson. In the process, students also master important life skills such as time-management, effective communication, independence, and responsibility.

Developing Grit and Personal Responsibility

Teachers hold all students to the high standards of mastery while being personally encouraging. Obstacles such as time and place are removed.

Students are encouraged to be in charge of their education by setting their own schedules, delving deeper into topics of interest, and practicing self-advocacy in various ways. Our lesson assignments are designed to give students opportunities for creativity and independence.

Each student is in charge of his or her own important tasks, such as submitting a request for final grade at the completion of a course. Students also schedule their own time to work towards their own goals.

Our graduates report having the skills and confidence to excel in college, career and life.

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