ICL Academy’s instructional model is designed with flexibility and understanding to engage students in the pursuits they are most passionate about.
Former ICL student Rowan Blanchard introduces our teacher, Dr. Anthea Lake, to her cast of Girl Meets World.

Our Instructional Model Is created combining a 3 step method*:

1. The Dwight School’s Scope and Sequence. Our courses use a blended, flipped seminar approach with a college-style class schedule. The model is blended by mixing synchronous (real-time virtual classroom) and asynchronous (recorded lectures and on-demand materials) components. The model is flipped because students watch lectures before class and use seminar-time for discussion. 

2. Understanding by Design (UbD) method, in which courses are thoughtfully created with the outcomes in mind and teachers determine the big ideas that need to be understood by students to assess proficiency.

3. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) approach, in which teachers create a course that appeals to all different types of learning styles, including visual, auditory, kinesthetic, and read/text.

* We utilize and augment Common Core and California state standards and requirements through a UBD approach to learning.

ICL Academy Instructional Model: Foundation, Application, and Mastery

Courses are organized in a Foundation, Application, Mastery approach. Students receive checks for understanding in each unit, and if students get stuck, the teacher will organize a 1-1 meeting to assist. Additionally, students sign-in for a once-a-week, live, seminar-style discussion group, where a teacher relates topics in the course to current or real-life events. Then, students apply the concepts they have learned to their own lives, in order to internalize those concepts. Finally, students are assessed on mastery through traditional testing or group projects guided by the teacher where students personalize the materials.

 Mastery – Students demonstrate mastery and proficiency by showing how key concepts can be woven together to build bridges that connect to bigger broader issues. Students extend tasks to “authentic” contexts and realistic scenarios, which in turn relate back to students’ own lives, or to help students to build a better understanding of the world.

 Application – Students learn to apply skills and lessons, internalize concepts, and make them their own’ using critical thinking, creativity, communication, and collaboration.

Foundation – Students build a foundational understanding of subjects, establishing proficiency given  different learning styles through the use of video, class notes, texts, and audio explanations of key concepts.



  • Make the courses relevant to students by consistently utilizing live, real-world applications and relevant examples, and tying coursework into students’ passions
  • Create innovative, self-paced courses that appeal to different learning styles by using the latest technologies, proven strategies, and compelling content to enhance the learning experience
  • Foster a sense of community through class discussions and projects
  • Begin with basic concepts before progressing to mastery, giving students a support system that allows them to advance when they master concepts and get one-on-one support when they’re stuck

Instructional Model Examples

Teachers record videos designed specifically to reinforce the unit’s conceptual framework. 

Assessments and Project-Based Learning

ICL Academy learning units include assessments and project-based learning opportunities designed to draw connections between educational content and students’ passions.