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Internet Offers Nevada Students Alternative Schooling Options

By CNV Staff

Contributor: Kristina Silla

Virtual learning is our focus this week as we mark education month across Nevada.

Virtual or online academies are an alternative to traditional public schooling. They give children access to a high quality public school in a home-based learning environment. Students are still given the state standardized K-12 curriculum, but are able to learn at their own pace.

What many don’t realize is that, since these schools are still public schools, they are free! Families are usually provided with a loaner computer, a printer, and are stipend for high-speed Internet access.

This type of schooling is believed to be best for children who learn at accelerated learning levels, children who feel they don’t fit in socially at a traditional public school, or even those who have busy schedules due to extracurricular activities.

In the state of Nevada, children who are enrolled in this type of online education, such as the Nevada Virtual Academy, have succeeded in graduating high school and meeting the state education requirements to enroll in colleges like University of Nevada, Reno, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Truckee Meadows Community College and University of Southern, Nevada. This year, 148 students graduated from the Nevada Virtual Academy statewide.

Online schooling can also be very beneficial to children in rural areas. If they can get access to adequate broadband connections, they don’t have to travel far distances to get to school everyday and may even have access to better teachers and curriculum.

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