“The program isn’t new, we’ve had homeschool offered through the district in the past, but this year, we are now statewide,” said Lisa Cavan, the district’s homeschool coordinator for kindergarten through eighth grade.
A grant from the State of Alaska funded AK Teach, the newly expanded program.
“We’re in the middle of a change, because they’ve taken what used to be just the learning center and correspondence with the learning café, and what used to be the (Engaging Native Learners in Virtual Education Now) group and mine with the homeschool, and we’re all now under this umbrella of AK Teach,” Cavan said.
The online portion of the program is pretty new. The grant from the state was part of a digital initiative that added the online programs to the district’s offerings.
The program is overseen by Phil Johnson, the former Kodiak High School principal, who moved from that position to take charge of the program.
Cavan wasn’t sure how many students are currently enrolled in the program since it’s the beginning of the year. In addition, students can enroll in the program year round.
The homeschool program lets parents use any curriculum that is on the district’s approved list to teach their kids, and the school district handles collecting data and helps parents set up how the year will go.
The correspondence part of the program lets students take online classes, correspondence classes or in-person classes at the high school or the learning center on the high school campus.
“Some correspondence students could be completely at home, other ones may take some classes at the high school or some at the learning center or those other classes that are correspondence or distance learning,” Cavan said.
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