Ladue Schools Announces Launch of Online Academy for 2021-22 School Year

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Ladue Schools is excited to launch the Ladue Schools Online Academy (LOA) initiative beginning in the 2021-22 school year.

When the district returns to its regular five-day, in-person schedule in August, LOA will be offered to families who wish to remain in a virtual environment.

The new online program is designed to meet the ever-evolving needs of students by providing flexibility for families through a high-quality and rigorous educational experience.

View a presentation about the Ladue Online Academy given at the April 12 Board of Education meeting.

(Ladue Schools families: more information will be shared by your building principal, including more details about LOA and how to sign up for the program. All applications must be submitted before 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, May 9.)

“This past year has taught us so much about how to provide a quality education in a virtual setting,” said Ladue Schools Superintendent Dr. Jim Wipke.

“The Online Academy allows us to take what we’ve learned and offer an online option next year for students. This is not the pandemic version of virtual learning, rather, it’s an innovative new program that uses technology to enhance our students’ experience.”

District families currently are in the process of applying for the program, after which administrators and counselors will work with them to determine each student’s educational best interest. 

Students will enroll in LOA for an entire semester and have the option to return to the classroom to begin the second semester or stay enrolled in the program.

“This initiative will help us cut down on concurrent teaching, in which teachers are interacting with both in-person and virtual learners at the same time,” said Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Amy Zielinksi. 

“That model is not sustainable in the long-term, so the Online Academy will allow us to improve the educational experience for both students and teachers by providing high-quality instruction regardless of where learning takes place.”

Ladue Schools hopes LOA will build a sustainable and consistent structure to meet students’ immediate needs while laying the groundwork for future expansion.

For more information visit the Ladue Online Academy website.