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An Update From MileStone Academy on COVID-19

Posted September 11, 2020

COVID-19 in Philadelphia School

Classes began September 8th, but are still accepting enrollment applications and scheduling tours. We will be using for both virtual and in-person classes.  We updated our program and the classes we are offering this year.

MileStone Academy has decided to in-person classes Monday – Thursday 9:30 AM -4:30 PM and Fridays we will be virtual from 8:45 AM -2:00 PM.  We are excited to launch our Friday virtual program which will feature : Current Events,  Reflective Journaling, Life Skills Job Readiness, and our weekly Seminar. The weekly seminar will feature Career Conversations with different professionals, Financial Literacy offered by BB&T, and Kahoots which will give us an opportunity to evaluate what students are learning in class and a way for them to compete.

We made our decisions based on the numbers of students we have enrolled. Our small classrooms allow us to offer in-person safer classes. 

MileStone and SDP have made changes in our transportation process. We believe these changes will enhance our ability to socially distance.

In addition, we know being in school is better for students, especially ours. We asked. We listened. We adjusted. Our parents really wanted their kids to be in school to help take the pressure off them and they know they are safe. They trust MileStone to continue supplying a preventative safer environment.

If necessary, we are prepared to go completely virtually. We have made major investments to our online systems.

MileStone’s 2020 course description is available to download or click here to view online. 

Have questions about admission, enrollment, or tuition? We would love to hear from you! Give us a call at (215) 663-1160 or send us an email and a MileStone Academy Admissions Director will contact you as soon as possible. 

An Update From MileStone Academy on COVID-19

Posted August 13, 2020

At the conclusion of this most unusual school year, MSA Teachers were asked to assess the school’s response to the COVID-19 “virtual” instructional program. More specifically, teachers reflected on their own learning as they navigated the intricacies of online Instruction and on the positive instructional outcomes for their student’s vis a vis this mode of teaching.

Here is a summary of the comments the teachers shared regarding their professional growth, the delivery of instruction and the opportunities for high school students who often benefit from accessing information via atypical learning situations.

1. Connecting with new modes of instruction and helping students adapt to virtual lessons provided challenges at the outset. It did not take long, however, for the challenges to be viewed as opportunities for providing meaningful, captivating and interest-based instruction to students.

2. In planning for the delivery of instruction, teachers learned about online tools to facilitate that effort. They also realized the opportunities for individualizing and differentiating learning events and for encouraging student involvement towards completing assignments in unique and very personal ways.

3. Helping students connect to the curriculum through the incorporation of interactive modes of learning reinforced what good teachers have always known – that there are many strategies for connecting students to curricular goals / objectives and for building a foundation that ultimately results in concept mastering.

4. In learning the technology, this teacher came to realize the importance of peer collaboration for support and curricular goal setting. Additionally, this person found it helpful for sharing effective techniques that engaged the students as they transitioned to home instruction activities.

5. Using a theme-based approach, the blending of subject matter (such as Math and Reading) engendered interest and commitment on the part of the learners who saw connections to information not previously realized. Parent involvement and fewer distractions may have also helped the students focus on more challenging assignments

6. Increasing teachers’ comfort level with online instructional tools required dedication, focus and determination. Peer engagement was essential in learning how to use the system overall and how to use it specifically for improving student achievement. Student response to these efforts was very encouraging as indicated by the assignments they completed and submitted.

7. Offering virtual learning provided the opportunity for continuing instruction; however, the most effective learning environment should include a combination of classroom instruction with online learning activities. In this way, students will surely receive the best of both worlds. Until that can happen, teachers should continue their collaborating efforts to increase student involvement and enhanced skill acquisition.

Ultimately, teachers and students learned an important lesson from this experience – there are no limits to our creativity and our ability to adapt and move forward if we set our sights on doing so.

Have questions about admission, enrollment, or tuition? We would love to hear from you! Give us a call at (215) 663-1160 or send us an email and a MileStone Academy Admissions Director will contact you as soon as possible. 

An Update From MileStone Academy on COVID-19

Posted May 12, 2020

MileStone Academy High School Jenkintown Philadelphia PA

During these stressful and unusual times, the teachers and administrators at MSA have faithfully continued to support the students and their parents through an active online Instructional Program.

The prescribed activities, which ultimately address curricular goals, are based upon student interest, computer skill, creativity and entertainment. Each of our teachers has taken responsibility for developing and implementing learning “events” that their students would consider meaningful and a good use of their time and energy.

Continuing Classroom Activities

MileStone has implemented a virtual platform to educate our students. We are now using the internet platforms Google Classroom and Hangouts. These platforms assist us in teaching the children live and assigning tasks for students to complete.

We have begun engaging MileStone students by having them answer a question of the day. In addition, we have decided to base student’s learning on a specific theme that will be the main topic of each class. This week we have chosen to designate the topic of Travel in Philadelphia for all subjects. Some of the lessons, teachers have developed include places to visit, and famous places to eat just to name a few. To further enhance this topic, videos, virtual tours online, journal assignments along with face to face instruction has assisted in teaching this week’s’ topic.

Class of 2020 Graduation

With this transition to online learning, Senior student’s have not been forgotten. Individual conferences will be held with each Senior student to continue their learning. They have already been introduced to resume writing and completing job applications. In addition, they are individually working on projects that are to be completed by the end of this school year. The many hours of work that our Seniors and Educators have invested in these Senior students will continue throughout this online learning process.

Next Steps

In the coming weeks, the students and teachers will certainly become more familiar with these teaching platforms. The level of excitement and engagement from the students will continue to grow as we partake in this new online learning endeavor.

As the weeks pass, we will surely update you on the progress our students are making as we and they attempt to bridge the gap between the classroom and their home situation.

We would love to hear from you! Questions regarding assignments, enrollment, and tech support can be addressed by calling (215) 663-1160 or send us an email.

Thank you for your continued support and please, stay safe.

Carol Wolf
Director of Admissions
MileStone Academy

We are still enrolling new students for full time, part time, summer, fall, and tutoring. Complete the request information form and we will schedule a virtual introduction to MileStone Academy. Learn more about MileStone’s plan of action and messages about COVID-19.  Click Here.

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