Hospital school

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A hospital school is a school operated in a hospital, generally a children's hospital which provides instruction to all primary and secondary grade levels. These schools help children regain academic progress during periods of hospitalization or rehabilitation. The schools are most often accredited and run by the local public school system, funded by the state, and are based on the same curriculum and testing mandated by the state as is practical for the students. Enrollments are low when compared to traditional schools and teachers must provide instruction for many grade levels.[1]

The LeHo Project (Learning at Home and in the Hospital), is an international 3 year project funded by the European Union, and managed by the Politecnico di Milano aiming to research, develop and disseminate effective pedagogical practices and appropriate use of ICT within the Hospital School Sector. http://www.lehoproject.eu/

The aims of this project are to: Outline key educational factors and good practices needed by students who are ill. Explore and design ICT-based solutions which will enable children in hospital, receiving home therapy, or who attend school part-time due to illness, to access education. Demonstrate how technology can impact on the methodology and pedagogy in Home and Hospital Education (HHE).

The initiatives adopted in the HHE are designed to be innovative and applied within a broad range of didactical contexts to improve the quality of student educational experience and outcomes.

The core partnership of experienced partners from research, HE and SE, including EDEN with its 200 members, will work closely with a wider network of more than 20 associate partners, including Hospital and mainstream schools, governmental departments and other related networks, providing scope for far reaching impact in terms of the education and use of ICT for students with medical needs.

List of hospital schools[edit]

Hospital Location School operated by
N.S.W. Department of Education and Communities Kogarah, New South Wales, Australia
Carleson Hospital School Los Angeles, California Los Angeles Unified School District
Lucile Packard Children's Hospital School Palo Alto, California Palo Alto Unified School District
Children's Hospital of Illinois Peoria, Illinois

Children's Hospital School, Leicester, UK. http://www.childrenshospitalschool.leicester.sch.uk/

Shriners Hospital for Children Minneapolis, Minnesota Minneapolis Public Schools
North Carolina Children's Hospital Chapel Hill, North Carolina Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools
Duke Children's Hospital and Health Center Durham, North Carolina Durham Public Schools
Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters Norfolk, Virginia Norfolk Public Schools
University of Wisconsin Hospital Madison, Wisconsin Madison Metropolitan School District
Janeway Children's Hospital St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada Eastern School District
The Hospital School at Cardon Children's Medical Center Mesa, Arizona Banner Health
N.S.W. Department of Education and Communities Westmead, New South Wales, Australia
Vidant Medical Center/Maynard Children's Hospital Greenville, North Carolina Pitt County Public Schools
Northern Health School Auckland, New Zealand
Central Regional Health School Wellington, New Zealand
Southern Regional Health School Christchurch, New Zealand

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