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Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Virtual Schools A Great Alternative
has three kids, 15, 12& 8. Her daughter is starting to
wrap up her school year. Not in your typical brick and
mortar but in a virtual school.
This was the first year they tried this. My friend Karen's
comment was ' like night and day' in terms of how well
Being a former Math teacher she found herself really
disgusted by how the Evansville School district runs.
Which to her brought about a lot of questions being a
Our friend now runs a successful design business from
Before her daughter was to enter Evansville High School
she and her husband looked over what was being offered
for classes and was very disappointed/disgusted.
If you want a advanced class you have very few choices.
Anything beyond the required classes in severely lacking.
With the virtual school her daughter attended she had
available to her 3 different foreign classes. Advanced
science classes right from the start.
In Evansville if you want to take anything but Spanish you
are just out of luck. Her daughter not only took Spanish
but also is learning a third language.
It was not only the curriculum that bothered her, it was
that school is run more politically than educationally.
She said she should not have to worry about what political
games the staff and administration play. 'IF only they payed
as much attention to education as they do to the games they
play.' She said as a person who taught for 15 years it makes
her sick to see the things that go on there.
Things went so well with the virtual school and her older
daughter this year that they are pulling their other two
kids to do the same next year with them.
Her daughter is very involved in outside activities, 4-H,
church group, sport teams through the y, and summer
sports so she keeps in daily contact with her friends that
go the E.H.S. She said she has loved this last year, learned
a lot and does not have to put up with the crap. at the school.
It makes one wonder how long it will be before the district
starts to really take notice, they are losing kids because
of their performance. That's money lost to them.
What's really nice about virtual schools is they are not
considered home schooling, you have certified teachers
teaching your kids, from the comfort of your own home.
Her words to us the other night were ' We are so done with
the Evansville school district.' It is such a relief to
have found a great alternative. Where our kids can get a
great education with out us having to move.
** She did say if anyone else is thinking about doing this
you have to enroll your kids during the open enrollment
period in the winter. You do not have to report anything
to the DPI yourself, as this is considered public school.
Karen wanted me to clarify that really its only two languages
Spanish she already is proficient in, just adding on to what she
already knows. English has had that since day 1 and then the other
one she has just started and will continue with that on her own
in the summer and again next year. So only two languages besides