Virtual Academy

By: Erica Dao
By: Erica Dao

Kelsey Beuning spends four to six hours a day doing school work, but she never boards a bus or opens a locker. That's because Kelsey's school is at home.
"It's easier for me to do it because my mom explains it so I'm not left like what does that mean?" said Kelsey Beuning, a student.
But it's not exactly home schooling. Beuning is enrolled through the Appleton school district in a program called the Wisconsin Connections Academy. The school provides the curriculum, a computer, and books to crack, and parents provide the supervision.
"We have a system called the learning management system and parents use it to access lesson plans, they check attendance off, and use it for assessment purposes," said Michelle Mueller, a teacher at WCA.
"One of the great things about this school is the flexibility both in terms in what you can do with the curriculum and in terms in your days," said Kristina Beuning, Kelsey's mother.
More than 400 Wisconsin children in grades K through 8 are enrolled. Students turn in projects and tests via the internet to their teachers. This program gives them an opportunity to work at their own pace.
"If I like a subject, I can go and look up more or if I don't like a subject, I only do as much as I want to do, well as much as they require me to do on it," said Kelsey.
Virtually anyone interested can enroll in the virtual school and it gives many parents an added bonus.
"I really enjoy this because it give me an opportunity to spend time with her and actually get to know her as a person," said Kristina.


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