More parents choosing alternatives to the classroom for students

, Posted in Local, Posted: Mon, January 27 2014 at 5:44 PM, Updated: Mon, January 27 2014 at 6:03 PM

16-year-old Myka Kelsey is a sophomore at the D9 Online School in Eagle Point.
She said why she likes online "doing my classes online, I can catch up on my junior and senior classes so that I can take more college classes."

There are many reasons students and parents choose alternatives to the classroom. For Myka says it's more challenging.

"In the classroom the teachers would still be explaining how to do the lesson and I would be ready to move on. So I love
how I can go on my own pace," Myka said.

A recent survey by the Oregon Department of Educations shows the number of Oregon students enrolled in online classes has nearly doubled in the last four years.  There is no exception in Eagle Point.

Diane Kinney of D9 Online said "we've grown 10 times faster than we anticipated that we would. The parents love the fact that there is another alternative and how calm and peaceful and nurturing this environment is for them."

Kindergarten through eight grade teacher Amy Lemke says so far the program has been very successful.

She said "I haven't had one kid not pass, yet."

For Myka Kelley it's an opportunity to reach her full potential.

Myka said "I want to get my certification to be a medical assistant and I might go for my associates degree in Health Information Technology."

A click in a different direction that for some students makes all the difference. If you are looking for an alternative for the 2014-2015 school year, whether it's home school, online or charter schooling, you will want to start researching your options now. Like many others D9 Online in Eagle Point is holding their open registration now through mid-February.

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