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D-B EXCEL named a Blended Learning Universe School

By Marybeth McLain Community contributor • May 27, 2016 at 6:00 PM

KINGSPORT — D-B EXCEL (DBE), a nontraditional high school program of Kingsport City Schools (KCS), has received the Blended Learning Universe (BLU) school designation by the Clayton Christensen Institute. DBE is one of four BLU schools in Tennessee and is the only high school-level program in the state to carry this designation.

“It is certainly an honor for D-B EXCEL to be named to the BLU school list,” DBE Principal Shanna Hensley said. “Our unique blended learning structure provides an innovative approach to personalized learning, and the BLU school designation not only recognizes the quality of the program, but also helps us share D-B EXCEL with a larger audience.”

DBE is a program of choice for high school students in KCS. Through an engaging curriculum and an innovative, supportive culture, students accepted into the DBE program excel in one of three personalized learning paths: virtual, blended and combination. Virtual students complete their coursework at home and attend the DBE campus only when they are in need of additional support, blended-learning students complete their coursework on the DBE campus and combination students complete their coursework partially at home and partially on campus. These three options provide students with necessary support while maintaining flexibility and personalized pacing.

DBE has been housed with Cora Cox Academy near downtown but is to move to a new lease-to-own space in the Press Building adjacent to the KCS Administrative Support Center and the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce.

The Clayton Christensen Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank based in the San Francisco Bay area and is dedicated to improving “disruptive innovation,” primarily in the areas of health care and education. For more information about CCI, go to christenseninstitute.org.

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