Archive for Wednesday, May 28, 2003

Charter school grads make history

May 28, 2003

The Basehor-Linwood Virtual Charter School graduated 10 seniors this year, the largest graduating class in the school's five-year history.

The charter school is an on-line school offering courses to students across the state via e-mail. Students enrolled in the school are typically home-schooled students or "non-traditional students," school officials said.

Five of the 10 graduating seniors participated in graduation services Thursday, May 15 at Basehor-Linwood High School.

"It says something about the kids that go through," Charter School director Brenda De Groot said. "They work their tails off. It's a hard program. At the high school level I'd say it's very difficult, and the kids would tell you that."

Overall, 23 students were seniors at the Charter School this year.

Although to the untrained eye graduating just 10 of those students would appear low, it should be pointed out the school enrolls "non-traditional students," as well.

The non-traditional students may be dealing with other issues such as full-time employment or pregnancy while "juggling their course work at the same time," De Groot said.

Other students have dropped out and re-enrolled in school, attempting to earn their general equivalency degree, school officials said.

Since its inception in 1998, the charter school has enrolled approximately 360 students per year.

The school has served as a model for online education in the state of Kansas; last year it became the first school of its kind to receive full state accreditation. The program is currently enrolling for next year.

For more information about the program, call the Charter School office at (913) 724-1727 or the Basehor-Linwood School District Office at (913) 724-1396.

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