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Online learning has become increasingly popular in recent years, and it’s not hard to see why.
Many students have successfully completed college online and have embarked on the career path of their choice because of it.
Whether it’s for flexibility or to avoid the hassle of commuting, there are endless advantages to the digital classroom, according to Brad Hutchinson, principal of Abbotsford Virtual School (AVS).
His public school is unique in that it offers blended learning, a mix of onsite and at-home courses, is available from Kindergarten to Grade 12 and is growing in popularity.
Online courses are available for Grades 8 to 12, with many adults taking AVS courses to upgrade and enter college programs.
Here are just four reasons why this alternative school has proven popular with both parents and students from all over the province.
1. Flexibility factor
High performance athletes who often travel credit AVS with allowing them to pursue their dreams and graduate from high school. Families doing missionary work or travelling for large portions of the year can continue their B.C. education. High school students who want to get ahead, need to catch up, or who can’t fit a course into their schedules can pick up an online course at AVS at virtually any time of the year.
2. Smaller school setting
Students with learning difficulties, anxiety issues or who just want a quieter and smaller more flexible school setting have also blossomed at AVS, and the resource room staff work closely with teachers to customize curriculum for students with special needs.
3. Interactive learning
At the elementary and middle school levels, onsite classes several times a week are offered where students do hands-on and interactive learning such as inventing their own 3D objects with the school 3D printer. New secondary high tech, inquiry-based on-site class starts this September.
4. Building community online and off
Even though they are called a ‘virtual school,’ the learning environment feels far from remote. Parents are excited to be more involved in their children’s education while benefiting from the expertise of B.C.-certified teachers and the opportunities for their kids to connect with peers.
Parental support is vital for the success of students, particularly in the elementary and middle school years. For high school students, being self-directed and an independent worker are key.
Every year, Abbotsford Virtual School supports thousands of learners with diverse learning needs from all over B.C. — even when they are thousands of miles away from home. To find out if AVS is the right choice for you or your family, visit avs34.com and check out their Facebook page to see all the great things happening at AVS.