Jan 25, 2012 11:23 PM by Shawn Kline
Every year, hundreds of thousands of undergraduates turn to the internet for their courses. Now, some Acadiana schools want in on the growing trend of online education. Why?
Less than 70% of Louisiana's high school students walk away with a diploma. That falls short of the national average, but Ron Leblanc with St. Martin Parish Schools says the district is aiming at improving that number.
"It's a thing of the future," Leblanc said of the program. "It's something that's going to be good for our parish, it's something that's going to take off and be very successful and we're meeting the needs of a lot of kids when we do this."
St. Martin Parish is calling it the next generation of education. Students can now go to school on their own time, online.
"Some kids are going to have to have a job in high school and they may be able to continue their instructions at home and maintain their jobs that they may have," Leblanc said.
Some parents, like Mariam Huval, see the benefits of taking online classes: same credits, same diploma, all from the comfort of your own home. She says her son has just four courses left to cover and hitting those up online could save months of time.
"Instead of spending his whole year taking four more classes, I'd want him to take those in a shorter amount of time so that he can take some college courses," Huval said.
School officials say anyone enrolled in the district (Grades 7-12) will be able to apply for this program as early as this summer.