The Murrieta Valley Unified School District believes that online courses provide important opportunities for our students that will prepare them for the demands of the 21st century. However, it is important to recognize that the quality of online learning opportunities can vary widely at both the secondary and post-secondary levels. In order to ensure we developed a quality online program, we conducted careful research and consulted with experts to identify key factors for successful online course implementation. As a result of this investigation, we identified three critical elements that must be an essential component of all MVUSD online courses:
Rigor, relevance, and relationships are essential elements of an MVUSD online course and, we believe, to the successful online learning experience for our students. To achieve this, high quality content that includes a multimedia-rich and highly interactive learning experience, developed and delivered by MVUSD teachers, is essential. Our district online teachers are equipped and trained to provide this level of quality virtual instruction.
Current Course Offerings: Students are currently required to be in face-to-face courses for 240 minutes per day. Students may take an online course only after they have fulfilled this seat requirement. As a result, online courses, in most cases, are primarily geared toward upper division high school students who are able to have late start or early release, or students willing and able to take a course above and beyond their full schedule of regular classes. Online courses can only be offered through a school site if there is sufficient enrollment, and if the course fits within a school site's master schedule--see your counselor for more information about site-based online course availability.
It is our hope that additional online courses will be developed each year, with the initial focus on courses that fulfill high school graduation requirements and eventually expanding into other course work and grade levels. The online program currently includes 9 courses that are currently being taught or are in development. Some of the online courses are site-based, meaning they are offered at one of the particular high schools (see above paragraph), but most are offered as district-based classes, meaning they are available to any district student regardless of the high school he/she attends (subject to space availability--see "How to Register" section below). Online course enrollment is limited, and courses may be closed or cancelled at any time based on enrollment numbers or teacher availability.