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Other districts visit Bullitt to observe use of APEX system

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 Over a dozen school officials visited Bullitt County Public Schools March 28th for a look at Apex Learning.

Personnel from Meade, Hardin, Jefferson, Fayette, Green, Nelson and Corbin school systems listened to students from the Bullitt Advanced Math and Science (BAMS) class tell how they use Apex Learning.

BAMS Coordinator Kelly Cleavinger called Apex one of the most resourceful technologies a classroom has ever seen.

“Apex is a digital curriculum accessible 24/7 by students who need services ranging from credit recovery to remediation to advanced placement,” he said.

BAMS students who were ambassadors: Hannah Brady, Shelby Baker, Kiana Cramer, Samuel Kelty, and Devin Moss.

“Kiana and Samuel spoke to the entire group on the plusses and minuses of Apex,” Cleavinger said. “All five met with the Apex representatives to discuss what they thought of Apex and what improvements could be made.”

Apex Senior Account Manager Stacy Pearson said he wanted others districts that use the Apex curriculum to see the BAMS program.

“I wanted them to see firsthand how the Apex curriculum can be used with not only low achieving students but with the gifted as well,” he said 

Founded in 1997, Apex Learning is based in Seattle, WA and is the leading provider of blended and virtual learning solutions to the nation’s schools. The company’s standards-based digital curriculum — in math, science, English, social studies, world languages, and Advanced Placement — is widely used for original credit, credit recovery, remediation, intervention, acceleration, and exam preparation.

There are 5,000 school districts in America which have purchased licenses to operate Apex.

Apex was initiated in the district three years ago when BAMS began and is used at all three high schools along with the TeenAge Parent Program (TAPP), Career Readiness Center (CRC) and homebound instruction.

Since August 2010, BCPS has invested $53,000 in 300 seats at a cost of $150 per seat and serviced over 1,300 students primarily in grades 9-12, although there are age appropriate curriculums in grades 6-8.

Martha Stepp, a retired Green County administrator now a member of the Board of Education, said she attended the presentation to make a more informed decision before deciding whether to commit funds.

“Seeing how Apex is used in Bullitt County is valuable,” she said. “Mr. Cleavinger and his students are remarkable in what they have accomplished through the program.”

Jason Sutton of Meade County is interested in applying Apex to an alternative school setting.

“Based on the success Bullitt County has experienced, I feel it would help meet the challenging needs of students in need of credit recovery,” he said. “The current curriculum is not very rigorous.”

Mark Daniels of Corbin Independent Schools liked the flexibility in scheduling afforded through Apex.

“It certainly helps to see how this district is implementing Apex and its many strategies,” he noted. “I like that it is compatible with software such as kids’ laptops, Kindles and Nooks.”

Apex Learning is used by local high school students along with BAMS, the Career Readiness Center, Flex School students and the TeenAge Parent Program (TAPP).

Bullitt County Public Schools has over 13,000 students in grades kindergarten through 12. There are 25 school facilities, a certified staff of over 850 and a classified staff of over 850 working every school day to make the district the leader in educational excellence.