In an effort to stem enrollment losses, Beloit launches virtual school
BELOIT For the first time, the School District of Beloit is offering students in grades six through 12 a virtual option -- the Kaplan Online School.
Steve McNeal, the district’s executive director of educational programs, said the district loses some 300 students a year to other districts and home schooling.
“It boils down to: We lose 200 students to virtual schools in districts other than Beloit, and another 100 to home schooling,” McNeal said. “And that’s not completely uncommon.”
With the students goes funding — approximately $9,600 per child. Also, in the case of home-schooled children, it can be harder for many parents to teach upper-level classes to their high-school-aged children, McNeal added.
“Our objective is to get those kids an excellent education,” he said. “The school board has made getting those kids back a priority.”
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