Blended learning expands to more grades at MUSD


MUSD 20 + 1 is expanding next school year.

Tenth grade is being added at the high school. At Santa Rosa Elementary School, the blended learning program will include three grades – fourth, fifth and sixth.

Because of the larger interest in the program, a lottery system has been put in place for the middle schools and Maricopa High School. Registration opened March 16 and will close April 10 for grades six through 10.

Maricopa Unified School District has offered the program for three years. It started with around 60 students at Maricopa Wells Middle School in 2012. It is technology based and geared toward students who are self-starters seeking challenges.

The program combines traditional teaching with the use of laptop computers to learn the curriculum using Google Apps for Education and other programs. Project-based learning is also incorporated.

At Maricopa Wells and Desert Wind middle schools, those projects have included the Future Cities competition, which took one team all the way to Washington, D.C. this year.

At MHS, MUSD 20 + 1 is a two-period blended learning block in English and mathematics.

This year there are 60-70 students in grades 6-8 involved at each middle school, and 50 ninth-grade students at the high school enrolled in the program.

Those interested in the Blended Learning classroom at Santa Rosa next school year must complete the form available on the Santa Rosa website and return it to the office or to Principal Eva Safranek at by March 27.
Completion of the form will enter a student’s name into the interest group for this program. Students living in the Santa Rosa attendance area will be given priority for enrollment. Students living outside the Santa Rosa attendance area will be placed in a lottery for the remaining slots. Lottery results will be announced March 30.

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At the middle schools and high school, students not selected in the lottery are placed on a waiting list and are offered enrollment at a later time if an opening occurs. Lottery registration forms can be found on the MUSD district homepage and on each school's website. Paper copies can also be picked up at any location. The final lottery selection results will be posted on the district website May 1. Completed registration forms must be returned to Diane Vigil at the District Office or electronically at Call 520-568-5100, ext. 1007.