St. Clair RESA to open virtual high school

MARYSVILLE, Mich. - The St. Clair County Regional Educational Service Agency will charter an online school for dropouts this fall, according to an Op-Ed in the Port Huron Times Herald.

Virtual Learning Academy students will take courses offered by Michigan Virtual School, using laptop computers provided by the academy, the Times Herald reported. Most coursework can be done at home, though students will be required to spend some time on the RESA campus, Dan DeGrow, St. Clair County RESA superintendent, wrote in the Times Herald.

About 350 St. Clair County high school students drop out or are expelled each year, DeGrow said.

Virtual classes have the same academic content and standards as classroom-based instruction, according to DeGrow.

The Port Huron Times Herald, "DeGrow: Virtual school gives students a second chance," April 19, 2009

Michigan Education Digest, "Jail-based academy offers GED," March 3, 2009