Academy for Customized Learning

Mrs. Dawn Shields
Dawn Shields
Online Coordinator

706 North Shaver Street
Mount Union PA 17066
(814) 542-2518 x173


ACL Presentation 2024

Testimonials

I would like to make a shout out to Dawn Shields. She’s the virtual teacher. We just met her a week ago and let me tell you that she’s very caring, very happy and cares a lot about her students. She has gone above and beyond for our son Ryan. She helps in any way she can. We can tell she truly enjoys her job and her students. Thanks so much

Parent: Rosemary T.

The Classes offered in the Academy allowed me to make an easier transition from high school classes to college courses. I could also try some of the course work offered for my perspective degree. There is something here for everyone to benefit from.

Cody Class of 2013

“ACL helped me because I could work at my own speed, which made it easier.  I don’t think I could have made it to graduation without your help!”

Tiffany Class of 2010

“Thank you so much for taking extra time with our son.  Everyone and everything have an impact on his life—yours was for the good!  Some teachers just see the job, others see the child.”

Deb & Brian Parents Class of 2013

“Dawn Shields and the Academy for Customized Learning is why I became a goal oriented and driven student. I had a goal of graduating High School in 3 years rather than 4. ACL made this goal possible. This resource along with the Online Coordinator, Mrs. Dawn Shields allowed me to develop into a well-rounded student in a way that the traditional education path did not.  I was challenged by this necessary resource. The passion and care of Mrs. Shields, along with ACL’s adaptability and availability can truly meet any student’s needs.  Mrs. Shields, I want to thank you so much for everything. Just know I would not be who I am without ACL.”

Kevin M. Class of 2013

“ACL is a place where I can come to get help with my problems and a quiet place to work.  It is also a fun environment and makes my day better.”

Natalie Class of 2014


Enrollment Criteria
  • Read and comprehend on grade level (with accommodations)
  • Express thoughts and ideas in essay form (required essay assignments, reports, and tests)
  • Must be recommended by Guidance Counselor or Administrator
  • Must need an alternative method of instruction
  • May enter Lab maximum of 2 periods per day
  • 3 day evaluation period (if unsuccessful, students will return to regular schedule)
  • Regular attendance is necessary for success in the online learning environment
  • Must commit to succeed both online and in the traditional classroom
  • Must maintain passing grades in all courses, both online and in traditional classes
  • Must be able to work cooperatively

The Academy utilizes curriculum from multiple online providers to personalize curriculum with Mount Union District Teaching Staff.

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