According to of Delia Goncalves of WUSA9, students attending Friendship Public Charter school are getting best of both worlds: they learn at home at their own speed but still get to socialize through weekly class visits, field trips, sports and clubs through their new virtual classrooms.
Zachary Walls, 12, is a 6th grader at Friendship Public Charter School and he attends class in his dining room.
Sure, the school building is about five minutes from his Northeast, D.C. home but his teacher is 47 miles away in Haymarket, Va.
“When they get to the virtual classroom I tell them this is the learning zone, that’s why you’re here,” said Suzanne Conway.
“Here,” virtually. Friendship Public Charter School offers students virtual learning through K12, a free program that send laptops, books, and packages to the student.
Professionals like Suzanne Conway teach so all parents have to do is coach and supervise. If parents get stuck, they get help from the teaching professional.
“I like the freedom it gives me, freedom to move through the lesson the way I want to,” said Zachary who is working on a 7th grade level. “I can skip ahead or review before taking an assessment.”
“Parents want their children to succeed not only academically but socially and this program allows you do that and circumvent the peer pressure,” said his mom and long time K12 coach Anita Walls. Read more here.