By Robert Stoneback
The Danville News
DANVILLE— Since opening at the start of this school year, Danville’s e-Learning Cyber Academy has enrolled 18 students.
The school has really come to fruition Principal Jen Gurski told the Danville school board during their meeting Tuesday night.
Parents who would not normally have put their children in the district are attracted to Danville’s cyber program due to the opportunity for their student to earn a Danville diploma and participate in school district activities.
“It’s amazing,” Gurski said about the program’s early success.
One family that had recently moved from out of state and was used to cyber programs were gong to pull their child out of the district, until they heard of Danville’s Cyber Academy, Gurski said. They signed up and have been very pleased with the results.
Another success story is a girl with a young baby who will be a senior this year. This is the fourth cyber school she has tried and her family has told Gurski that it is the first one where she has been successful.
Superintendent Cheryl Latorre also stopped in the first week of the school year to celebrate the academy’s opening.
“I have nothing but good news. … Thank you for the gift you’ve given to the kids,” she said.
Cyber school students can complete their work from home or from a computer lab set up especially for them at the Danville Middle School. There has been no trouble having the students in the same building as the middle school students, said middle school principal Charles Smargiassi.
There are usually between five to nine students in the computer lab a day, Gurski said. Students generally come daily, weekly, bi-weekly or monthly. Cyber students of various grades share the lab.
The cyber school carefully monitors the progress of each student to ensure they are completing their work, Gurski said.
So far, cyber students have had the chance to participate in pep rallies and school photos through attendance of the academy. Plans are also being made for the school’s first community service event.
Among the students are four Latin II students, who were able to continue their Latin studies via an online curriculum after Danville began phasing out the high school Latin curriculum this school year.