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High Academic Achievement in a Virtual and Blended Learning Environment

This case study examines evidence to answer a simple question critical to the future of education: Is virtual learning associated with successful outcomes for high-achieving, college-bound students? In 2017, two organizations, Total Package Hockey Center of Excellence (TPH) and Edmentum’s EdOptions Academy, collaborated to create an education system that would support the high levels of academic achievement required for student-athletes to be successful in K–12 education and accepted into NCAA programs at top universities. A flexible schedule to accommodate the demands of sport-specific training and competition, coupled with a high-quality virtual learning program, was key to the overall success of these student-athletes. This case study first examines the foundation of academic research that the EdOptions Academy virtual program is designed upon and then analyzes data from a combination of internal and external sources, including course-completion rates, course grades, formative and summative test scores, survey responses, and other data.