ExCEL Grades 7-12 - Powered by CAOLA

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ExCEL Virtual Learning Academy 7-12 is powered by CAOLA, the Capital Area Online Learning Association, providing full and part-time online learning for your child.  CAOLA is a collaborative effort between the Capital Area Intermediate Unit and member school districts to provide flexible online learning options for our students. CAOLA’s web-based courses meet the increasing demand for high quality student instruction that incorporates proven online learning practices and next generation software.

Why choose CAOLA?

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Benefits of using the West Shore School District's cyber program include: 

  • Your student will remain enrolled in the West Shore School District and can earn their District Diploma from home at their own pace. We also provide free access to a laptop, maintenance, and technical support!
  • Your student can participate in all sports, clubs, graduation, and events offered by the West Shore School District. 
  • Our free program offers: full-time online curriculum, single course options, credit recovery, summer school, as well as advanced placement options.
  • Enjoy increased schedule flexibility over other Cyber School programs.

How will my student be supported in CAOLA?

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  • Our program is tailored to meet the needs of individual students providing content presented by Pennsylvania state certified educators.
  • Our online lessons utilize the latest forms of video–based instruction, educational multimedia, webquests, interactive reading exercises, online teacher support, custom textbooks, on-demand tutoring and more.
  • In addition to receiving live homework help from your child’s CAOLA teachers, our very own West Shore Online Learning Advisor is here to support your student.
  • Our Online Learning Advisor is there to support students’ pacing, providing encouragement to students who work ahead, and support for students who need help staying on track. 

Is CAOLA a good fit for my child?

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Students find success when... 

  • they enjoy taking control of their learning.
  • they ask questions and actively engage with their teachers and the West Shore Online Learning Advisor.
  • they talk with their parents/guardians about their progress, grades, and review minutes as well as course and instructor information.  
  • they stay connected to the district and participate in district-sponsored events, clubs, sports, and events.

When is the best time for my student to join?

Students do best when they join CAOLA during key transition points in a school year. The best time to begin CAOLA is at the very beginning of a school year. 

Click here to review important dates and cut-off dates recommended for a smooth transition. 

This sounds like a great fit for my student!

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Are you currently registered with the West Shore School District? 

Yes - Great!  Please click here to complete the CAOLA Inquiry Form. We’ll use the information you provide to get you to the right West Shore SD team member.

No - No problem.  Please click here to complete registration online. 

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