Online High School Arrives in North Carolina

High school students in North Carolina will soon have a new way to earn their diploma. North Carolina is one of the many states that are beginning to offer high school courses online. Administrators hope that students will be able to complete their degrees in as little as two years, or, if it takes longer, to earn an associate's degree as well as their high school diploma. According to Goldsboro News-Argus:

Some of the programs provide dual credit for high school and college, administrators explained.

The concept will expand educational opportunities for students, since courses are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Youth already familiar with concepts like discussion boards, e-mail and texting will find those easily incorporated into a learning situation.

The shortage of highly-qualified or certified teachers is also addressed. Being online, the teacher is not physically standing in the same classroom with the students. In fact, the teacher and students may be based in a variety of locations.

"The teacher may not necessarily be in North Carolina, but they have to be certified in the state of North Carolina," said Renee Dilda, lead counselor for the school system.

Courses are provided in every scholastic category -- semester-long or yearlong, accelerated courses or vocational, for example -- and for a variety of situations. If a student has failed a regular course, the online option allows for credit recovery as he repeats it. Accelerated course work is also possible.

Many of the state's top high school students are itching to jump into the online courses because it will allow them to take more AP courses than they would be able to in a traditional school environment. This will allow them to increase their chances of getting into a top college as well as increase their class rankings.

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