EUFAULA, AL (WTVM) – Eufaula City Schools have officially opened the AL Virtual Academy, a new statewide online public school.
The school received approval from the Alabama Department of Education and is currently open to students across the state. It will serve students in kindergarten through the second grade for the first year and expand to offer additional grades in subsequent years.
The AL Virtual Academy is a tuition-free, full-time public school, and the school starts on Sept. 8 and they are currently accepting new enrollments.
"Eufaula City Schools is excited to offer this innovative online public school to families in Alabama," Eddie Taylor said, Superintendent of Eufaula City Schools. "Technology is the future in education, and online schools are a proven educational model. Our online public school will provide families a high-quality option and give students the individualized instruction and support to succeed."
Students enrolled in this virtual program learn outside the traditional classroom and receive all their courses and participate in teacher-led instruction online. State-certified teachers work in close partnership with parents or other guardians who serve as learning coaches for the students.
Eufaula City Schools are partnering with K12 Inc., America's largest provider of K-12 online and blended school offerings. They will use K12's award-winning curriculum and academies services.
Recent legislation passed by the state legislature requires all AL school systems to adopt a plan to serve students through online schools by 2016-2017.
"Our partnership with K12 allows us to leverage the expertise and best practices used by a highly qualified team of experienced educators without impacting our system's existing educational programs or personnel," Mr. Tyler said.
You can check out enrollment information for the AL Virtual Academy at Eufaula City Schools by clicking here.