CMASAS - An Online Learning Community for Today's Students

Welcome to CMASAS Learning Community where students from around the world come together and Touch the Future! We are not your typical online school. We deliver what other online programs can't - a personalized learning experience tailored to each individual student!  We differentiate ourselves from other online schools by not just making the ordinary exceptional, but through our Personalized Philosophy which drives everything we do.  

CMASAS has recently been recognized as being in the top 5 of the 50 Best Online High School Diploma programs named by The Best Schools - an independent website which ranks schools on quality based on a number of criteria including accreditation, academic success rate, personal attention, and cost.

In addition to our personalized courses in Math, Science, English, and Social Studies, we have added to our extensive list of elective courses for high school.  While many online schools offer few elective options, we offer a wide variety of options based on student interest.  Check out the list of new courses available as of July 1st 2015 on our high school page.  

The CMASAS Difference: 

  • Students are placed into an Introduction to 21st Century Learning course upon enrollment to help prepare them for success in their online education.
  • Self-paced. Students have access to courses 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year. Courses end dates are determined by personalized pacing guide set up with input of student and instructor, not by arbitrary semester end dates.
  • Personalized Education. Students have the opportunity to complete assignments based on the learning style in which they learn the best. This approach takes a commitment from both the instructor and student to develop alternative assignments which cover the learning objective and concepts being taught.
  • Curriculum which is more than just reading and answering multiple choice questions, with assignments which allows students to show what they know in the learning style they prefer.
  • 1:1 student teacher interaction.
  • Instructor response within 24 hours and mostly same day (includes grading, assignment feedback and response to email/phone communications).
  • Mastery based assignments and assessments.
  • Extensive list of high school electives for students with varying interests.

CMASAS has a unique Personalized Educational Philosophy that is research-based and encompasses the whole student. Our proven Personalized Education model is effective and works with students. It is flexible, yet offers a rigorous course schedule. It is adaptable depending on student needs. If you have questions or a unique situation, contact us today to see how we can create a personalized enrollment plan for you.

Ask any third grader what their favorite ice cream flavor is and they will surely have a definite answer. Or ask a handful of sixth graders who their favorite athletes are and you’ll receive a whole myriad of responses. Children learn from a young age how to differentiate preferences and pick favorites. It’s part of the process of developing into a unique individual. 

Though it’s easy to pick a favorite ice cream, it can often be challenging for young people to determine other more important preferences and “best fits.” How do I learn best? What are the proper motivators I can use? How do I prefer to communicate with others? At what pace can I push myself to learn and complete tasks? These are questions that children and teens are never taught to ask themselves and rarely do educators give young people the tools they need to determine these important preferences. 

 

Time for a little history lesson. 

More than 150 years ago, at the turn of the 19th century, free public education was provided for children in the US. State after state agreed to use tax dollars to fund public elementary schools, and the modern American classroom emerged. Groups of about 25 students of roughly the same age all began joining under the roof of an 800 square-foot classroom to receive instruction from one teacher – a model that has been an archetype for education ever since. 

There is one fundamental fact that the majority of schools continually overlook, a fact that hinders these schools’ ability to succeed as wonderful educators. 

That fact is this: no one student is alike. 

Each young person has their own set of dreams, goals, interests and also challenges, inhibitions and restraints. Because of the limitations of traditional schools, most will be unable to properly serve each and every student. However, with personalized education systems that online school’s provide, no student is overlooked. 

One of the ways that CMASAS celebrates and caters to each student’s uniqueness is our part time enrollment programs. Part time enrollment at CMASAS allows students to choose how many classes they will take at one time and when each class will begin and end. These part time programs keep students on track towards graduating while also providing them with the flexibility to succeed as holistic people. 

Nearly every child has a desire within them to slow down time and never grow old. It’s the Peter Pan in every youth that shies away from adult ways of life. As educators, it’s important to allow children to act as children throughout their studies, while also empowering them with the principles and tools they need to become thriving adults. 

The transition from youth into adulthood is a bit challenging for everyone, yet student’s of online schools are prepared for college and careers in unique and immense ways. Online school students are taught practical lessons that are easily applicable in work places and careers, such as the ability to think globally, to stay organized, to work in a variety of settings, and to use technology well. Here are three of the most prominent ways in which online school prepares students for careers. 

 

Summer is in full swing, and at CMASAS, we know that our online high school students deserve a break from studying. We also know that our students are exceptional individuals on the path towards achieving excellence and that dreams and goals don't take a summer holiday. That's why we'll be sharing fun resources throughout the summer to help students keep their minds sharp and their hearts inspired.

TED Talks are a fun, entertaining and easy way to learn new things and glean a different perspective from bright minds. Supplement Netflix marathons and binge-watching reruns with these hilarious, wise and witty talks. Neuroscientists, authors, comedians and models — these talented individuals can be your teachers this summer. 

 

Unless you're a total bookworm, summer reading lists are probably not your absolute favorite. The lists are typically filled with a mix of classical literature, novels written in the previous century, and weighty volumes that teachers profess will be entertaining and applicable to your life but never truly are. But hopefully you've experienced the wonderful way in which one can get lost in the world of a book and how reading can be the very best tool for gaining knowledge. Eric Schmidt says, "I still believe that sitting down and reading a book is the very best way to really learn something." 

At CMASAS, we want to encourage reading as recreation, as a means of personal growth and a way to gain greater understanding of the world around us. We won't be yet another high school to suggest "To Kill a Mockingbird," don't worry. But instead we want to offer 10 titles that we believe will equip, encourage, enlighten and entertain. Happy summer and happy reading. 

 

While searching for the best educational option for their child, many parents and guardians may become confused about the differences between homeschooling and online school. Though there are many similarities between the two options like the student learning from the home and formulating their own schedule, there are also many key differences and benefits to online school. CMASAS strives to blend the homeschool philosophy of education with a private online school program, thus creating a truly unique learning experience not found in homeschooling or other online school options. 

Here are four ways that CMASAS is different from homeschooling. 

 

School can be stressful, especially if the school’s curriculum, classes and programs do not match each student’s learning style, goals, interests, and personalized needs. At CMASAS, we strive to create stress-free, personalized education that empowers each student. 

Here are four reasons why online school can help minimize a student’s stress.

 

Last week we posted a blog about how parents can help empower their children and prevent cyberbullying. As important as it is to know how to prevent bullying, it is equally important to also know how to heal from a bullying experience. Students who have been bullied should know that they are not alone and that they can find freedom from their current situation. 

Here are 10 tips for healing after a cyberbullying attack: 

 

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