The founder of the Valenture Institute answers your questions about online education and how to tell if it’s right for your child.
There are many parents on the All4Women team, so when we heard about Valenture Institute, a global private online high school that’s launching in South Africa, we thought it sounded really exciting – but we also had loads of questions and we thought you would too!
That’s why we gave you, our readers, the opportunity to ask the CEO and founder of the Valenture Institute, Robert Paddock, anything you wanted to. Here are some of your most common questions and his answers.
- Does this online high school education give you access to higher education institutions after high school?
Valenture Institute is recognised by Pearson EdExcel and Pearson EdExcel qualifications are recognised by top universities locally and abroad.
We follow the international curriculum prescribed by Pearson EdExcel so that students receive their internationally recognised International AS-Levels (Grade 12), which is equivalent to a South African Matric certificate, at the end of their studies.
Our admissions counsellors will provide you with a comprehensive breakdown of the subjects and levels we recommend to give your child the best possible chance of following their ideal career track.
- How will this affect my child’s social development and skills? I’m worried about the effect of home schooling on my child’s EQ.
Your child will be entering a community of like-minded students, and we aim to help them make lifelong friends along the way.
Valenture Institute provides your child with the platform and opportunities to have a rich and diverse social life. Not only will they develop relationships with the students in their regular subject classes, but they’ll also have the opportunity to join online clubs and societies, plug into a network of local sporting clubs, organise social meetups with students in their area, and join annual field trips.
Students are supported throughout their academic experience by expert teachers and mentors.
- What kind of support is available for children who struggle with any of the work?
Every student at Valenture receives a high degree of human engagement and support.
Students are supported throughout their academic experience by expert teachers and mentors. Weekly live classes per subject are taught by expert teachers. Students also work in smaller tutorial groups of no more than 20 students, facilitated by a dedicated teacher. Mentors provide one-on-one support to help students keep their learning and holistic development on track through bi-weekly calls. Here, students review their progress ahead of a monthly three-way check-in with their mentor and their parents.
During the application process our lead education psychologist will conduct an assessment to determine if we can adequately support your child.
- How will online learning help children interact with others and work in a team environment?
At Valenture Institute, you can’t hide in the back row. Every student is seen and heard, and no one is left behind.
Learning time is precious, and learning analytics help us keep track of a student’s cognitive and behavioural development. Students engage in diverse classes, smaller tutorial-style groups and in facilitated groups around action-orientated projects. Schooling traditions are augmented and enhanced in online assemblies, award ceremonies, and extra-curricular clubs and societies. Mentors work with students to ensure that they are plugged into an expansive global network of sports clubs, while students are also encouraged to organise localised meetups and attend annual local or international field trips.
Learning time is precious, and learning analytics help us keep track of a student’s cognitive and behavioural development.
- What are the most important skills that kids need in the new world of work? And how do I make sure that I give my kids the opportunity to get those skills?
At Valenture, everything we do is about preparing students for our modern, ever-changing society: group-work, excellent communication, the ability to use knowledge effectively and efficiently, and creative problem solving – all these are vital to succeeding in the 21st Century.
Conscious engagement describes one of Valenture Institute’s key thrusts – a focus on developing conscious and engaged citizens who are invested in solving some of the world’s biggest problems. Every semester, our students put their skills to (good) use in themed labs aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Students have the opportunity to work in facilitated groups collaboratively with peers from around the world, ensuring a meaningful and participatory high school experience.
Contact the Valenture Institute
Applications for Grades 8-11 close on 29 November 2019.
Watch the Live Session video below for a look at a day in the life of a Valenture Institute learner: