New Virtual Education Option for Shreveport

577eb75397ba26ad3cbfbc6f_CVLOGO_WhtbkgndFamilies in Caddo Parish (La.) now have access to a new education option. Caddo Virtual Academy, an online school operated by Caddo Parish Public Schools, opens its “doors” next week.

Caddo Virtual Academy offers more than 100 self-paced courses taught by a staff of certified teachers. The academy’s website lists a wide range of course offerings, including Algebra and Biology to AP World Geography and Medical terminology.

“We want to make it personal and whatever works for that student, we want to drive it in that direction,” Tyron Lacy,  Caddo Virtual Academy’s principal, told the Shreveport Times. “The flexibility of how we do things is going to be another thing to drive our students to understand that we care about them.”

Virtual schools are growing in popularity nationwide. Students take one or all school courses online, allowing more flexibility and options in education.

Amy Washington, a science teacher who spent the past 13 years teaching in a traditional classroom, said she couldn’t pass up the opportunity.

“The whole goal of virtual learning is that you don’t even notice the technology because it’s transparent,” Washington said. “The kids essentially learn the same way the kids in the classroom do, it’s just in a different platform.”

Caddo Virtual Academy officials project an enrollment of 50 to 70 students this school year, and hope to grow the concept beyond Caddo Parish, providing this opportunity to students across Louisiana.

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