CyberSchool catching on

Krystle Wagner • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:18 PM

From food and seasonal allergies to having a hard time keeping up with the pace of classroom courses, the 13-year-old lobbied her parents for the opportunity to enroll in CyberSchool.

Rogers is one of 16 students enrolled in the Grand Haven school district’s first-year program for students in grades 7-9. Enrollment has grown from five students when it kicked off in August 2012, with new students coming aboard as recently as a few weeks ago.

Kennedy’s father, Adam Rogers, said they had looked into homeschooling, but he said it was too expensive.

“It was kind of a godsend to see it go through,” he said about CyberSchool.

While the program was slow to grow, Grand Haven CyberSchool coordinator Paul Kunde said they are now considering adding grades 10-11 and expanding elective options for students.

“I don’t think it will replace brick and mortar, but I think it will be part of high school moving forward,” said Kunde, who is also principal of the district's Central High School.

Kunde said they provide a laptop and Internet access for students interested in CyberSchool that don’t have the proper resources.

When it comes to hitting the books, Kennedy doesn’t have to spend several hours a day sitting at a desk. Instead, the seventh-grader can access her schoolwork from her kitchen table or as her family is driving down the highway. She can log in anywhere and at any time.

In the beginning, Kennedy said she overwhelmed herself by working on all of her subjects, each a little at a time. Since then, the online learner said she now focuses on one subject at a time.

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