My experience with the Bangor Township Virtual School has been absolutely amazing. In short, my son suffers from an anxiety disorder that prevents him from attending school. Having the option of online schooling was exactly what we needed for him to be successful.
His disorder makes it difficult for him to be in a large class, difficult for him to raise his hand and ask questions, difficult to focus and difficult to sit for the length of a traditional middle school class. He also needs frequent breaks to decompress after focusing for a length of time.
With BTVS all of these challenges could be dealt with by simply allowing my son to work at his own pace, in his own time frame and in whatever location he felt comfortable. He could ask questions via email, Live Lesson rooms or Live Tutors. He also had me and my husband available for questions and help on assignments.
My son's day begins around 10am. He usually works for about 5 hours in total with breaks between each class. He often works at our kitchen counter or table and in the early fall and summer, he works outside on our back porch. There were days when he just didn’t feel like school work, or where he wanted to spend a day with a grandparent. He was able to take days off and make them up on the weekend. This kind of flexibility is exactly what he needs to be successful.
A disadvantage that my son is feeling now is the lack of social interaction. He does miss seeing friends each day. It is my understanding that BTVS will be offering certain clubs and groups to the kids next fall and we are looking forward to seeing what’s available and hopefully meeting some new friends.
Without BTVS, my son would likely need to be homeschooled. We are very thankful for the staff of BTVS and that this opportunity was extended to us.
-Parent of an 8th Grade Virtual Student