Virtual

Amy Clemons will serve as building coordinator for the new Virtual Academy.

The Lincoln County Virtual Academy will become a reality at the soon-to-be repurposed Ninth Grade Academy this fall.

The virtual academy’s mission is to provide a rigorous, relevant and state-accredited, technology-based education. It will offer a flexible schedule for students who work and also offer opportunities and options that will prepare them for college and careers.

On Tuesday, May 21, at the NGA library, from 6 until 7 p.m., there will be an informational meeting for parents and students who are interested in the virtual school. A time of registration for the virtual school will be set for those interested in participating in the program. There is no charge for tuition or curriculum, and a Chromebook or similar device will be provided free with a tech insurance fee of $25 and a $25 entrance assessment fee. 

“We feel like it’s a need that will be met,” said Amy Clemons, vice principal of NGA, who will be transitioning to building coordinator for the virtual academy. Clemons said that planning for the virtual school began at the beginning of this school year.

“We want to make a smooth transition in the fall,” she said.

Students in grades 9-12 are eligible to enroll and are provided with both online and in-person instructors. Students will take four classes per semester, or eight per year. They are required to take all of the basic core classes and may also take electives in their focus area. They will also take state tests.

Students have an option of taking two paths, exclusively virtual or a blended program. The blended program is a hybrid for virtual and traditional school.

“We write an individual learning plan for each student,” said Clemons.

Some students who have gone to homeschool are interested in taking additional classes and have expressed interest, according to Clemons. Courses may be taken from the student’s home, or the student can go to the NGA classroom for support. The technology is also helpful for students who want to collaborate and share while working on projects together.

In addition, students may participate in other exciting elements of school life.

“We’ll allow them to participate in extracurricular activities with the high school,” Clemons added.

For more information about the Lincoln County Virtual Academy, contact Amy Clemons at aclemons@lcdoe.org or call 931-433-6156.

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