West End school awarded $500,000 grant

May 12, 2014

Students at St. Joseph Catholic School in the West End practice singing and reciting the student pledge.
Credit Tana Weingartner / WVXU

St. Joseph Catholic School in the West End has something to cheer about. The school is receiving a half million dollar grant to implement a new blended-learning education model.

The plan uses technology to personalize each students learning, allowing them to move at their own pace in smaller groups.

Principal Dionne Partee says it will also free-up teachers to help students individually.

"The students will have the opportunity to capitalize on differentiated instruction and focus on individualized learning needs with the resource the Seton Blended Learning Model provides," says Partee. "This model will also allow more immediacy with the daily flow of data about student progress."

St. Joseph is one of only five schools in the country chosen for the 5-year grant program. The school will get all new Google Chrome books for students and a new staff member to oversee the program.

The funding comes jointly from Los Angles-based Seton Education Partners and the Cincinnati Business Committee.