School Programs for the Acceleration and Recovery of Credits (SPARC) allow students to access high school courses flexibly scheduled at every BCPS high school. SPARC courses are self- paced and blended to include independent online work, peer-to-peer group work, and teacher directed instruction.
The primary model for instruction is flex blended learning. In this model, students may choose to access learning using cutting edge digital learning strategies and resources that allow students and teachers to engage in responsive teaching and learning anchored in performance and mastery. Flex blended includes the following:
- Students independently accessing high quality, engaging digital content in order to gain content knowledge, develop understanding and refine skills.
- Students create notes and complete digital assignments.
- Students work independently, work collaboratively with peers, and engage in direct instruction with the teacher.
- Students are assessed throughout their learning using digital, computer based assessments, as well as traditional assessments.
SPARC uses a mastery approach to learning in this model and holds students to an 80% mastery level. Direct teacher support, remediation, and re-teaching is provided when students do not meet with mastery at 80%. This cycle occurs with each lesson and unit of instruction. Within the options available to students, teachers prepare students to become globally competitive while raising expectations with standards that place greater emphasis on critical thinking and analytical skills.