Trinity Christian School offers virtual hybrid high school
By Calla Vassilopoulos - Staff Writer
Windsor - posted Fri., May. 24, 2013
For more than 50 years, Trinity Christian School has offered an alternative education with a Christian environment. This year the school has decided to move forward with expanding services to include grades nine through 12 through a virtual hybrid high school.
The school has partnered with an established accredited program, Liberty University Online Academy, in Lynchburg, Va. The online university began in 2007 with 23 students and has expanded to more than 1,900 students from all 50 states and several countries.
The program will begin in the fall, when high school students may complete a portion of their curriculum online while still being a part of a traditional classroom for some classes.
“As we continue to grow and as we look for new ways to reach out into the community, we wanted to be able to offer just another alternative for high school,” said Headmaster Rodney Shively.
TCS is considered an onsite facilitator for the online program, meaning students come to the school as traditional students. High school students are required to complete core curriculum classes online such as math, science and history. Students also have the option to take some electives online as well, including government.
In addition to the online courses, the school also requires students to be a part of the traditional classroom for electives such as music, technology, life skills class and more. As interest grows for the program, TCS plans to add more online and traditional classes to the curriculum.
Currently, the school can accommodate 18 online students in the technology room, but the school hopes to expand the program to make it mobile. This would enable students to use laptops and/or iPads in different parts of the building and still have class.
There is an application process that can be completed online at the TCS website www.tcswindsor.org. Prospective high school students will be responsible for an online entrance placement test to determine their level. The school encourages applications to be completed by Aug. 1 to ensure the student is ready to start at the end of the month.