Model Program

Acellus Learning System

26900 E. Pink Hill Road
Independence, MO 64057

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Contact Information:
Ms. Martha Asay
Senior Acellus Coordinator

Program Specification:






Moderate Evidence of Effectiveness

Age/Grade Level:

Target Settings:

Target Groups:

All Ages

Inner City

School Wide


Other Participation Criteria:

All Ethnicities


Acellus courses are interactive, self-contained educational programs that carefully guide the student through each lesson. The interactive features of Acellus are used to identify "holes" in the students' knowledge and understanding of specific concepts. Acellus then interactively provides specific video instruction taught by some of America's greatest teachers. At the completion of the lesson on each topic, the student is challenged with carefully crafted questions to examine competency regarding the newly taught concept and reacting with special context-sensitive video responses to eliminate misconceptions or incomplete mastery of the concept. Acellus courses allow students to move forward through the material at their own pace. Students already having mastery of a particular concept move through very quickly, making an introductory Acellus course an effective review procedure. Once a student encounters a topic or concept which contains new material, progress slows and the course slows down to help the student master the material.

Program Descriptors Include:
Academic Improvement, Adult Education, Alternative Education, Bi-lingual/ESL, Charter School, Computer Assisted Instruction, Credit Recovery, Early Childhood Education, Extended-School/Summer Program, GED, Literacy Development, Mentoring/Tutoring, Middle/Early College, Professional Development, Students with Disabilities, Study Skills, Virtual Learning

Strategies for Locating Students:

Starting Date: 2000
Students Served Per Year: 500+
Reenrolled Students with Disabilities: N/A
Last Verified: 2009

Risk Factors:

Protective Factors:

Program addresses the following:

Individual factors

  • Has a learning disability or emotional disturbance
  • High number of work hours
  • Parenthood
  • Low achievement
  • Retention/overage for grade
  • Poor attendance
  • Low educational expectations
  • Low commitment to school

Family factors

  • Low socioeconomic status
  • High family mobility
  • Low education level of parents
  • Not living with both natural parents
  • Low educational expectations
  • Low contact with school

School factors

  • Limited resources: expenditures per student/ teacher salaries/ student-teacher ratios
  • School size: too small/too large
  • School math achievement
  • Student engagement

Community factors

  • Youth social attitudes

Program promotes the following:


  • Involvement with positive peer activities


  • Problem-solving skills
  • Flexibility


  • Optimistic

Program Resources:

Annual Cost:

The annual cost range of the program is less than $25,000 or less than $500 per student.

Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:


School Administrators

Materials Used:

Supporting / Partner Organizations:

Computer/Internet Based


Evaluation Information:

Integrating video lectures prepared by some of the best educators in America into an interactive environment, Acellus supplements the classroom experience by providing a tool to help students master difficult subjects. Acellus is ideal for students who struggle to understand concepts as well as for those who excel. By adapting the presentation of information in ways that overcome most learning barriers, Acellus is able to fill in gaps so that students may advance with confidence. Acellus uses constant feedback to adjust the curriculum to the needs of each individual. Studies show that students using computerized video-based instruction progressed up to 250% faster, with better retention, than students taught by traditional methods alone. 77% of all students using computerized video-based learning method improved their academic results.

How evaluation data was collected:
Data collected and analyzed at school/district level
Data collected and analyzed at state or organizational level

Additional Evaluation Information: