Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Kentucky’s statewide virtual high school gets even better!

We’ve been fans of the Barren Academy of Virtual and Expanded Learning (BAVEL) ever since issuing our report last year about “Virtual schooling in Kentucky: Great promise with challenges.”

Now, BAVEL is expanding its program thanks to a three-way partnering with the Florida Virtual Schools and Pearson Virtual Schools.

This new partnership could allow BAVEL to expand the grades it can serve to include middle schools and to offer many more courses to high school students. Pearson indicates its virtual offerings in partnership with the Florida Virtual Schools now include 100 different courses.

BAVEL is Kentucky’s totally on-line digital learning experience. Completing BAVEL results in the award of a standard Kentucky high school diploma.

BAVEL students take all courses on line and can do so 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. This incredible flexibility meets needs of a wide-ranging group of students who are in danger of dropping out due to having to work or being confined due to medical reasons, or who just are not thriving in a standard classroom setting.

BAVEL students actually do a district-to-district transfer into the Barren County Public School District even though they don’t change their living place.

WCLU Radio reports that:

“Over 95 students have graduated from BAVEL with over 100 students enrolled this past school year alone from among more than 20 Kentucky public school districts.”

BIPPS’ own Holly Carter reports she took courses from Florida Virtual Schools a number of years ago, and they were high quality. So, the program at BAVEL, already good, are about to get even better.

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