Times are Changing
As the 21st century unfolds, it is clear that learning is no longer a function of time and space. Traditional schooling methods are evolving as parents and students opt for more autonomy and flexibility through tailored approaches to learning. Why does high school Biology require 90 days of 90 minute classes? What if students can learn the concepts in a shorter time period? And, why does the learning all have to happen at school? Could it happen virtually? Or at home? These are the questions that are driving the evolution of schooling. And, these questions are driving many families to opt out of the traditional model and into virtual or home learning structures.
Cabarrus County Schools is asking the same questions. With this in mind, we are hoping to partner with home school families to offer supplemental high school courses. In particular, we believe there is interest in advanced courses, electives, world languages, sports, music, etc.
Traditionally, public schools have been closed to this idea. Those times are changing.
HomeReach for Home School FamiliesCurrently, Cabarrus County Schools offers a variety of course choices to all students at the Cabarrus Virtual Academy. This curriculum allows students to complete a college prep curriculum in a virtual environment. Course offerings can be accessed by elementary, middle and high school students and include both electives and core classes that meet N.C. standards for learning. Students will have the option of taking courses in a variety of ways that include fully asynchronous courses to courses with live sessions facilitated by Virtual Academy Teachers.
How Does It Work?
- Students must enroll in two classes per semester (4 per year) and make satisfactory progress throughout the semester (High School)
- Students must enroll in two courses per year (Core yearlong courses) in Elementary and Middle School
- Students must particpate in NC EOG/EOC testing when applicable
- Students will have access to certified teachers on an appointment basis.
- Students must be enrolled in a licensed NC home school.
- HomeReach can supplement the home school curriculum or be used to earn a Cabarrus County diploma if all state credit requirements are met.
- Parents will decide this upon enrollment and our guidance counselor will work to make sure students are taking the required courses to meet those requirements.
- Students have the choice whether to graduate from their home school program or if they are on track to receive a CCS diploma, they may walk in the graduation ceremony with Cabarrus Virtual Academy students.