DANVILLE — Prospective parents and students received a crash course on the new Danville Cyber Academy at an informational session the night of June 3.
The meeting was headed by Jennifer Gurski, the current assistant principal at Danville High School who was recently named the head of the Danville Cyber Academy.
“I have a very keen interest in science and technology,” said Gurski, a former science teacher.
The cyber academy, approved by the school board at their May 14 meeting, offers a blended model whereby students in grades 7 through 12 can take classes entirely online or elect to attend some of their classes on-site at the district’s schools.
“You really have some flexibility in courses to blend and setting,” Gurski told the crowd of approximately 13 people, which included school-age children and their parents.
Every student enrolling in the program, which begins in the fall, will take a diagnosis exam prior to entering the academy. This will allow Gurski to learn a student’s academic ability before they begin attending and will be used to guide the individual course selection for the student. All course selections will be aligned with Danville’s graduation requirements.
All students enrolled in the Danville Cyber Academy will receive a Danville diploma and be permitted to attend the district’s extracurricular activities, proms and other programs.
Online classes can be completed at home or at a lab in the Danville Middle School, once its renovations are completed at the start of the 2013-2014 school year.
Attendence to the academy will be based upon log-in activity and lesson completion. Gurski will also make regular phone contact with parents and students to check in on their progress and see if they need assistance.
Starting in the summer of 2014, the district plans to use the cyber academy as an online summer school as well.
Parents will have the option to lease equipment, such as computers and printers, through VLINC, which is providing the Danville Cyber Academy with its online curriculum vendors.
Internet reimbursement will also be available for families, said Gurski.
Gurski was pleased with the turn-out, which she said was larger than she expected. By the end of the night, two families with children in competing charter cyber schools had signed up for the Danville Cyber Academy, she said.
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