As a registered Cambridge
Associate, we support online home-schooled learners toward the attainment
of a Cambridge school-leaving certificate that is internationally recognised for entry into leading
local and global universities.
OUR HISTORY AND PEDIGREE
Online Home Education is a member of the Boston Group of companies. Boston City
Campus was founded in 1991 and is registered as a Private Higher Educational
Institution. Over more than 30 years the group
has developed a depth of experience in education, pedagogy, learning design,
technology, excellent support and systems which ensure success for learners.
This experience has enabled Boston to understand on a practical level “what works” to enrich your learning
experience and ensure success. As a result the various companies in the group
have received multiple awards including “Best College Award” for over 12 years.
Cambridge Assessment International Education is the only international exam board that is wholly owned by a world-leading university, the University of Cambridge. Cambridge programmes and qualifications set the global standard for international education. They are created by subject experts, rooted in academic rigour and reflect the latest educational research. Every year, nearly a million Cambridge learners prepare for their future with an education from Cambridge International. Cambridge learners are confident, responsible, reflective, innovative and engaged – equipped for success in the modern world.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO WORK WITH A REGISTERED CAMBRIDGE ASSOCIATE:
Boston Online Home Education is a registered Cambridge Associate. We are extremely proud to have achieved this status and our mission to ensure that we will live up to the highest standards commensurate with the honour and privilege of being a Registered Cambridge Associate as a Registered Cambridge Associate, we have access to the relevant Cambridge support resources which allow our educators and mentors to align our support with the outcomes and assessment strategies as specified.
WHAT DOES BOSTON ONLINE HOME EDUCATION PROVIDE:
Boston Online Home Education is a home education partner for high school equivalents / alternatives to support learners and parents of home education learners towards:
- Cambridge International single subject:o Lower Secondary; o International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) o Advanced Supplementary (AS) Levels,
- Cambridge Group Awards such as :o International Certificate of Education (ICE) o Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE).
The certification and awards are offered by Cambridge and not by Boston, we only provide parents and learners with the necessary tools and support to achieve success. Boston Online Home Education is registered Cambridge Associate. This means, Boston has to comply with the highest standards of quality assurance. To provide an infrastructure for the highest level of quality delivery, Boston has invested in developing sophisticated technology to support the learner and parent journey. This technology enables educators, learners and parents to access:
- Recorded lessons: o which have been developed based on the Cambridge curriculum; o Which are available 24/7 on the Boston online Learner Management System; o Including videos, summaries, e-books and questions.
- Live lessons; - Summaries and e-books; - Assessments and diagnostics designed so that learners are able to determine levels of comprehension; - Tracking of student performance; - Tutorial sessions with qualified and experienced teachers - Artificial Intelligence to encourage engagement and retention. - Forums and Discussion groups between peers and educators.
Our technology specifically allows for parent “log in” and participation to assist parents to fulfil their responsibility for the learner and be integrally involved in the academic journey.
Cambridge Assessment International Education offers an alternative to the traditional ‘high school’ options already available in the South African market, and we believe that by being a trusted partner to you as the parent/guardian, we are demonstrating Boston’s commitment to building human capital in South Africa. Our commitment is to education, and what better way to show this than providing our assistance to those parents/guardians who are choosing alternative routes of learning and who wish to personally facilitate the education of their children at home.
ENRICHMENT THROUGH A HOLISTIC EDUCATION: We understand the importance of holistic education. To this end we have designed a number of learner enrichment programs and extra curricula activities which are available to our learners. These include:
- Clubs and Societies:o Digital Music; o Online Chess tuition and competitions; o Public Speaking and Debating Society; o Radio Club; o Journalism; o App Development.
Each of these programs will encourage learners to participate in group sessions which will also allow for interaction between learners for social enrichment
HARVARD MANAGEMENTOR PROGRAM:
Online Home Education understands the important role that the parent has in
nurturing the learner experience. We believe that we should provide enrichment
for both parents and learners.
therefore included a unique program designed to ensure that learners are exposed to the skills, tools and knowledge
sets that enable them to compete globally. To this end, we provide our
registered students access to Harvard ManageMentor® learning modules developed
by Harvard Business Publishing (HBP) - a subsidiary of Harvard University.
Harvard ManageMentor® modules cover essential business topics to equip parents
and students with skills needed to thrive “”in life”” and the workplace in an
program provides a further prestigious international program from a gold
standard institution which is now made available through Boston Online Home
Guardian and Learner? You, as a parent/guardian, having chosen home education as an alternative to school attendance for your child and selected the Cambridge International Curriculum can rest assured that Cambridge is one of the most successful and widely used curriculums in the world. The Cambridge awards are accepted and valued by employers and universities around the globe, including Oxford, MIT, Cambridge, Ivy League universities, such as Harvard, Brown and Columbia University, and various South African universities.
The home education journey is not without the occasional challenge or two – and this is where we come in. Boston is your partner in home education. Our focus is on supporting you, the parents/ guardians of home education learners who are enrolled for Cambridge International single subject awards, i.e. IGCSE nd AS Levels or group awards, i.e. ICE and AICE.
We provide you with the various support mechanisms and services that you require to support your child’s success. Our support and services include tutorial assistance in flexible learning moments and guided self-study activities via a variety of media.
We are not a private/independent school, as we do not enrol
learners in any grades and/or at any physical school grounds. We also do not
set any curricula, exit exams or issue awards – this is done solely by
Cambridge International, and you need to register for this separately. We can
however assist you by facilitating this separate registration process.
We do not replace your duties as a parent/guardian of the home education
learner. You are therefore still required to: • personally facilitate the education of your child at home;
• register your child with the Head of your Provincial Education Department for home education ( for South African learners);
• assume primary responsibility for the education of your child;
• provide access to information and guide, assist, manage and support your child’s home education;
• provide and facilitate education in a manner that is consistent with the law; and
• choose the curriculum to be followed by the learner and ensure familiarity and competence in delivering the chosen curriculum.
We believe education should be easily accessible and understandable to all, and we have implemented various AI and Machine learning engines to help students achieve their goals.
Our technology-driven approach ensures detailed and up-to-the-minute reporting. Notifications are sent to parents or guardians outlining the students’ performance based on participation and assessments.
All subjects are presented in a fun and interactive way to ensure maximum learner engagement. Lectures and topics are presented in multimedia formats and assessed with quizzes as well as game-based learning.
Our online classes are underpinned by a flipped classroom methodology, hence we prioritize active learning during class time by providing online course material on our LMS.
Our interactive e-books allow learners to bookmark, make notes, copy, paste, highlight and add notes to their individual e-books.
At Boston home education, parents/guardians remain the
primary facilitators of the learning journey and therefore it is vital for you
to have access to the Learner Management System (LMS) so that you are able to
directly monitor your child’s progress in the elements supported by Boston.