Virtual Middle School Education
The 7th and 8th-grade students at PA Distance are required to engage in a total of 5.5 hours (and 5 hours for 6th grade) of school per day within our blended learning environment which contains “synchronous” and “asynchronous” forms of education. Students are also given a variety of extracurricular opportunities like after-school clubs and enrichment programs.
Download the 2023-2024 Middle School Course Catalog.
To supplement what each student learned during their lives classes, PA Distance utilizes online instructional resources that support and supplement our curriculum. Some of the educational programs that our teachers utilize include:
Computer Science for All
PA Distance 7th & 8th-graders have the unique opportunity to enroll in brand new computer science electives designed to teach them the basics of computer programming, coding, website design, and CSS and HTML computer language. The PA Distance Computer Science Team believes that computer science knowledge is attainable for all students, no matter their background or prior experience.
Every year, a variety of virtual club opportunities are introduced to our students. Some of our current after-school clubs include:
eSports / Video Game Club: 7-12th graders
Student Leadership Club: 7-12th graders
Cooking Club: 8-12th graders
Sketchbook Club: 4-8th graders
Seasonal Craft Club: 6-12th graders
Chess Club: 3-12th graders
…and much more!
Students have the opportunity to meet any of their teachers for additional health on their daily assignments. Students can meet with their teachers virtually via a video call, phone call, or chat.
With the help of our interventionist, counselors, teachers, and student support staff, we can meet each student where they are and help them to grow.
To ensure every child has the tools that they need to be successful, PA Distance utilizes a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) to grow out students academically, behaviorally, and socially.
- Delivery of standards-based instruction and differentiated learning opportunities to meet the needs of students
- Collection and analysis of multiple data points to support informed decisions regarding curriculum, instruction, and assessment
- Implementation of a tiered system of support to differentiate programmatic interventions of all students
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports
To provide behavioral supports, we utilize Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). PBIS is a process for creating safer and more effective schools. It is a systems approach to enhancing the capacity of schools to educate all children by developing research-based, school-wide, and classroom behavior support systems. As a reward for students exhibiting desirable behaviors, they can earn “Scholar Dollars” to use at our school store!
Career Education & Work (CEW) Program
We require all of our students to go through our career education and work program in order to prepare them for life after high school. Requirements vary based on grade level. For more specific information, please see our Career Readiness page.