This semester has started off excellent. Our numbers have dipped a little since the spring of 2016 when we had 71 students. We are now at 68 students total, but hope to grow past 100 by the fall of next year. Students and parents are now starting to understand that they can get the same quality education that you can get in any public school right here at the Bangor Township Virtual School.
In addition to having the same exact curriculum, we can offer a few things that traditional schools cannot. Traditional classrooms come with a number of drawbacks that can be avoided with our program. There are distractions with the overflowing students numbers in a classroom, assemblies, snow days, review and spiral days, substitute busy work days, and so on. Because of these distractions, it is often difficult for teachers to get through the WHOLE curriculum in a school year. With our program, you get the whole curriculum on day one! You do now miss any of it, and have a better chance to reach full growth over the course of the year.
Also, the traditional schools are limited in their elective options due to staffing and schedules. If you look at our course catalogs under prospective students, you will see many course options that you will not see anywhere else. We have a ton of language choices including Chinese, Japanese, German, Latin, and even Sign Language. Also, there are many CTE choices such as medical assisting, sports management, and many crime and law courses. We even have a Lord of the Rings course that focuses on the character building and story lines of the movie trilogy. It is an extensive catalog that offers more than you can find at any other local institution!
The traditional classroom is still the best environment for all students, but some just need the alternative of home school, home bound services, or online school. So if you are considering something new, set up an appointment with Mr. Albrecht, and he will get you moving in the right direction.