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Jun 2, 2014 1:27 PM by AP

St. Martin Parish offers virtual program

BREAUX BRIDGE, La. (AP) - Korey Louis and geometry didn't jibe during his sophomore year at Breaux Bridge High, so the teen is revisiting concepts like translations and reflections this summer, but in a class of one.

The Advocate reports Louis is one of about 30 students taking self-paced, online courses in St. Martin Parish School System's virtual summer school at the district's virtual technology center in Breaux Bridge.

The school system launched the virtual summer school program in 2012 after years without a summer academic option for students because of low enrollment in the past.

As part of the program, students take online courses taught via lessons recorded by certified teachers. Students can pause and rewind the lessons as they need and move through the content at their own pace.

The program began May 26, and during the first week, the students were required to report to the virtual learning center for their coursework. For the remainder of the program, only middle school students are required to report to the center, while high school students may complete their coursework at home or wherever they want to do their lessons, said Kellie LeBlanc, program supervisor. Students must return to the center to take tests, she said.

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