Virtual High School Coming Soon To Pike County

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By Sarah Cantey

 It's a digital age nowadays, where more and more schools across the state are offering online courses in their high school lesson plans. 

 
But, Pike County is hoping to take online learning to the next level, creating a Virtual High School. 
 
Starting next year, about 50 students will be able to spend half of their day in a computer lab. This is one of the first programs like it in the state. 
 
That's because there are schools with online programs like the state's- ACCESS courses, but this is one of the first public school systems to offer a program for not only accelerated students but also those that are falling behind. 
 
Students can move at their own place and even earn college credit. Or students can make-up classes and take career technical courses.
 
Dr. Mark Head, superintendent's administrative assistant said, "It's not only about how much more we can offer which is fabulous but it's also about being able to teach in a mode that the student's are really receptive to and I think that this is more of that line and we are going to see more of it." 
 
The program is funded locally by the school system and will cost upwards of $100,000 for the monitoring teacher and equipment. It will start in the fall. 


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