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More Virginia students enroll in online program

posted Nov 9, 2010, 7:16 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Nov 10, 2010, 6:35 AM ]

CARROLL COUNTY, VA -- The Virginia Virtual Academy is catching on across the Commonwealth.

"We started with around 30 students and we now have close to 400," said Greg Smith, Superintendent of Carroll County Schools.

Carroll County Public Schools is the only district in the state offering this program.

"I think it shows how important virtual learning will be in the future," said Smith.

This program is all online. Students can get their lesson plans, do their assignments and take tests through the program's website. A parent will watch over them, and then a Virginia licensed teacher grades their work and tracks the students progress.

"It has been wonderful to watch him learn," said Karen Coburn, who has one child enrolled. "This is great because we can work at his pace, and for the things he needs extra help on we can spend more time on that topic. If he learns something quick, we can move on."

Coburn tells us even though the parent is just facilitating over the student, it is very hands-on.

"It's great though, just to be part of his learning process," said Coburn.

The program also involves organized field trips for the students.

"We have went to a pumpkin farm, I think soon we are going to a printing press," said Coburn. "This way I know he is still interacting with other children."

The program is offered to all Virginia students, Kindergarten through Ninth grade.

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