Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Baldwin Virtual High School Holds Open House

Fairhope, Alabama

Principal Dr. Harrison standing, left

Yesterday, the Baldwin County Virtual High School (clk) held an open house at its base in the Dahlgren Building on the Faulkner College campus in downtown Fairhope.

Dahlgren Hall
BCVS Principal Dr. Stephanie Harrison and Lead Teacher Jacque Helms talked about the two-year-old school school and then held a question and answer session for the thirty or so students and parents who attended.

Three current students also answered questions about their experiences there.

Any student in the county with a 2.0 GPA, less than six un-excused absences, and a clean disciplinary record the previous school year may apply to earn their degree from home over the Internet; applications for next school year should be in by July.

Jacque Helms
Students may also come to Dahlgren Hall to work during the day if they choose or to take tests; and they may still participate in some clubs at the real high school (not all at present).

There is no additional charge for the virtual public school. but the same fees apply for computers as for traditional school students. (Macbook or tablets to be determined.)

Harrison warned that self motivation and time management skills are important to successful virtual learning; and the first six weeks are often the toughest for new students while the adjustment is made from the traditional in-classroom experience.


"Baldwin County’s Virtual School opened during the 2013-2014 school year for grades 9 through 12, and as of January 2015, had 58 students enrolled. Instruction is provided through ACCESS, and local electives are being offered as well. Students must report to a central location to take assessments. This school opened as a result of the State Board of Education approving Baldwin County’s Innovation Waiver in May of 2014. Requirements to be admitted include having a 2.0 GPA and not more than five unexcused absences. In addition, students cannot have been suspended more than once in the previous school year. A student’s GPA cannot go below a 2.0 throughout enrollment."


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

if all the kids can take classes at home why the need for new school buildings?