Danville considers personalized learning and individualized pathways to graduation to be a key tenet of what we’re all about.
Starting in ninth grade, students have choices about what courses to take.
For example, while they must take Algebra I, they can also choose whether to start their Global Citizenship coursework with World History and Geography A, or Modern American History. They can choose whether to take Integrated Science I and II both in ninth grade, or move Integrated Science II to tenth grade to make room for a specialized interest such as Architecture or Building Trades. Within our rigorous graduation requirements, there are many options.
All high school students have an equal and strong voice in the design of their high school schedule and experience.
At Danville, students are in most classes with peers from more than one grade. Freshman take Music Theory and Composition with seniors, and sophomore and juniors collaborate on Personal Finance projects. In a small school, this multiplies the number of classmates, collaborators and viewpoints students come into contact with every day.
Students may also elect to take a course online or through independent study, if we do not offer it in-house. They can also set up internships in the community to explore a specific career track or interest. Danville employs a full-time Personal Learning Coordinator, Rachel Keach, to help students develop these alternative programs, create the course, and follow through on learning objectives.
A students’ Personal Learning Plan is their schedule, the culmination of meetings with advisers, transcript reviews, discussion in advisory around college and career goals, and including input from our School Counselor, Pathways Coordinator and Principal.
Internships, Independent Studies and Online courses are utilized by about ¼ of 11th and 12th graders.