Published on December 19th, 2017 | by Millennium Magazine Staff0
Richland One Enrolling Students for Spring Semester of New Virtual School Program
Richland One realizes that the traditional school day is not for every student. Some students may want to complete courses quicker or they may need more flexibility in their school schedule because of family, work, athletic or artistic responsibilities.
In October, the district launched its Virtual School Program to give students more choices in when, where and how they want to learn. The program is enrolling students for the Spring 2018 semester. Richland One students in grades 9-12 and non-district students in grades 9-12 who enroll in a Richland One school are eligible to apply. The application deadline is Monday, January 8, 2018.
Students can apply and learn more about the new program on the district’s website at www.richlandone.org or by calling Audrey Harris, Richland One’s digital learning coordinator, at (803) 231-6934. Drop by the Virtual School Program’s open house January 18 to get more details and meet some of the students already enrolled in the program. The open house will be held from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at the Waverley Administration Building (room 101), 1225 Oak Street.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF THE VIRTUAL SCHOOL PROGRAM?
The Richland One Virtual School Program offers all the courses students would take at a physical or traditional high school, with these advantages:
- A more flexible school schedule for students, especially those with athletic, artistic, work or family responsibilities
- The freedom and flexibility of not having a set class schedule and taking classes when and where they want
- More individual attention and a more personalized education
- More input from parents in managing/shaping their child’s education
- Quicker completion of more courses for students who learn at a faster pace
- The ability to participate in co-curricular activities, such as band, chorus and JROTC, if they choose
HOW DOES THE VIRTUAL SCHOOL PROGRAM WORK?
Students work independently at least four hours a day on online lessons, projects and assignments at a time and place that’s best for them. During the week, they schedule time at the homework lab (Waverley Administration Building, room 101) to meet with the district’s digital learning coordinator who will review their progress. If students have questions about an assignment or need help, they can live chat, email or call their virtual teachers. They also can view live lessons recorded by virtual teachers to walk them through a lesson.
WHO WOULD BENEFIT FROM THE VIRTUAL SCHOOL PROGAM?
This program offers a great opportunity for home schoolers, teen parents and academically gifted students, as well as aspiring professional dancers, artists or athletes who must train or practice during the day. Students who work after school or during the day, as well as those working in family businesses, would be ideal candidates.
I’M INTERESTED. WHAT’S THE NEXT STEP?