Summer School: In the classroom or online?

By Mark Bullion

June 18, 2012 Updated Jun 18, 2012 at 9:23 PM CDT

MCLEAN COUNTY -- Summer is here and school may be out, but some students are still hitting the books in the classroom. But others don't even have to leave their own home in order to pass their courses.

University High School Principal Dr. Jeff Hill says around 120 students from around McLean County are enrolled in summer school. Some are there because they failed a course while others are there just to knock one out.

"Students who do want to get ahead and create more room in their schedules as they move forward have that opportunity here as well," said Dr. Hill.

But students who attend this traditional summer school model at U-High have to come to U-High to attend class.

"Our program is a face to face model," added Hill.
But what if learning in the classroom isn't exactly your cup of tea and learning online is with a netbook?

"We found it to be fairly successful because its offered when the students want it and when the students need it," said Olympia High School Principal Dr. Lance Thurman.

Thanks to a Federal United Way grant, the Regional Alternative School in Normal developed the pilot program where students can check out a netbook to complete a course.

"As soon as machines become available, the students we have on our list, have paperwork ready to go, they will be able to access the next machine that comes up," added Dr. Thurman.

And there is even an online teacher that is available to Skype with the student if they have questions.

Officals says the Netbook program is available to most students in most districts throughout Mclean County.

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