Florence Offering Virtual High School For Students

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FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) - The Florence Board of Education is launching a virtual high school this fall, allowing students to take core classes at home.

After a year of planning, Florence Virtual High School has become a reality.

Next week, one-hundred students in grades ninth through twelfth will start taking classes that don’t fit in their normal school day, on-line.

Superintendent Janet Womack said the system is trying to get away from creating a class schedule for students in a one size fits all approach.

“We must recognize that we need to get inside their world,” explained Womack. “And when we do that, student engagement will go up always.”

And Womack uses the Fine Arts Academy as an example for the need of a virtual high school.

Since its launch last year, the school system has seen the importance for students to be able to take the number of courses they want or need.

“This provides opportunity for them to take virtual classes, maybe some of their core classes or other courses that they need, with our very own Florence teachers, but in hours outside of the school day.”

Students involved in the Florence Virtual High School will still be required to take all quizzes and tests on campus in the presence of a teacher.

To use the program, Florence High School and Freshman Center students must have a “B” to participate.

The Florence Board of Education worked closely with the State Department of Education to develop the Florence Virtual High School project.

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