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.

For the majority of our online school students, it’s back to school season! New school years and courses are an excellent time to start fresh, build good routines, practice great disciplines, and reignite passions for learning. Here are five back to school tips we’ve curated specifically for our online school students. 

1. Start setting goals - academic and personal

Goal setting is a great way to get back into the mindset of learning and achieving new things. Deciding upon priorities and setting goals will help students from getting too overwhelmed and will enable them to stay focused. Answering questions like, “what do I really want to learn,” or “what would I benefit most from achieving” is a great way for students to start determining and setting goals. It is also a great idea to write out a number of goals that pertain to online school as well as other areas of life such as exercising and socializing. 

Our primary goal at CMASAS is to provide students with excellent online school courses that empower, inspire and prepare them to live remarkable lives. One of the ways we help set online high school students up for success is through career and technical education courses. These 27 different courses are cutting-edge, rigorous and extremely relevant to the landscape of today’s professional careers. 

At CMASAS, we not only strive to give children the best online education possible but we also seek to fully empower and care for our students in every sphere of their lives. This doesn’t mean that we can ensure that our students eat healthy meals or have good relationships with their siblings, but we do structure our enrollment programs, courses, and class work in ways that empower and aid students under many different circumstances. 

This week's Food For Thought comes from online school co-founder and designer behind the Personalized Education Group, Tamra Excell.

As co-founder of CMASAS, it’s important to me that all students feel empowered when they begin at our school. One question we often ask students to think about then is "How do we define ourselves?"

Much more than simply an alternative to traditional classroom education, online school empowers students to think differently, dream bigger, and pursue futures of innovation and excellence. In a world that is becoming increasingly mobile, technologically based, and information heavy, our goal at CMASAS is not simply to help students keep up, but to push them to pave the way. One of the methods that this next generation is able to design a new way of living is through entrepreneurship. 

Here are three ways that online school empowers students to become entrepreneurs. 

This week's Food For Thought comes from online school co-founder and designer behind the Personalized Education Group, Tamra Excell. She is currently at the annual Supporting Emotional Needs for the Gifted Conference.

Last week I wrote that “When talking with parents about their hopes and dreams for their children, it usually boils down to two things: happiness, and self-sufficiency. ” 

In reflecting on happiness I noted the importance of teaching young people to define, pursue and share happiness throughout their life time.

Now how about self-sufficiency?  As before, I’m sharing some ideas here and look forward to hearing yours.

Thirty students sit in cramped desks facing a blank whiteboard while their teacher paces up and down the aisles lecturing on the Industrial Revolution. She calls on students to “participate” in the lesson, asking them to answer questions with memorized knowledge.  Bianca is randomly asked by her teacher who it was that built the first steam boat and though she studied late into the previous night and Bianca definitely knows the answer, it doesn’t come to her right away. The other students laugh, the teacher keeps walking and Bianca, frustrated and ashamed, has lost her chance to prove her knowledge. 

Food for thought from Christa McAuliffe Academy School of Arts and Sciences online school co-founder Tamra Excell. 

As we talk with parents about their hopes and dreams for their children, so many things come up — good health, nourishing relationships, inspiring role models, adventures, careers they’ll love etc. All of these good intentions and dreams we have for our children usually boil down to two things: happiness, and self-sufficiency. However, what do these two things look like?

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. 

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