Provisional Accelerated Learning (PAL) Academy opened in 2001 to provide the community with an alternative to traditional schools with available online learning. The school serves students in 9th through 12th grades. The school provides an opportunity to achieve a high school diploma or GED equivalent with computer-assisted learning and a rigorous curriculum.
Along with core subjects, the school offers sports and other extracurricular activities for its students to choose from. This includes volleyball, basketball, softball and soccer. This makes parents and the students happy however they would like more choices when it comes to the activities available. There are also year round school related events and vocational training.
Parents are thrilled with the curriculum because of its diversity from traditional curriculums. The ability for students and young adults to achieve their GED or high school diploma makes parents and students both happy. Both stated that they would like more activities to choose from which allow more social interaction.
The Academic Performance Index showed an increase of 65 points from the previous year to a score of 456. The statewide goal is 800. Parents are not very pleased with the number, but are content with the increase which leaves room for more improvement.
The California Standards Tests is used to learn if students are mastering core subjects. The various tests are given to 2nd through 11th grades in English, grades 2nd through 7th are given tests in math, and science tests are administered to students in grades 5th, 8th, and 10th, while history tests are given to students in 8th and 11th grades.
The percentage of students passing the exams was well below the state averages across the 9th, 10th and 11th grade exams. The results showed scores of less than 10% of the exams available. Again parents are concerned with these numbers and are looking forward to the school’s plans to increase the test scores.
California uses the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) to test high school students’ skills in English language arts and mathematics. the students at Provisional Accelerated Learning (PAL) Academy fell below the state averages on these exams as well.
The school is providing students with an opportunity to achieve high school diplomas and/or a GED; however, with the low test scores it would be best to talk with teachers to learn how they plan to improve the scores. If you would like more information, contact the staff for a tour.
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Provisional Accelerated Learning (PAL) Academy
2450 Blake St.
San Bernardino, CA 92407