Students start school year in Virtual Learning Academy

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The first day of school was a different one for a handful of students in the East Baton Rouge Parish school system- some of them, never left their home.

Michaela Foresha's is enrolled at Baton Rouge High School. She started her high school career from her home and through her computer- part of EBRPSS Virtual Learning Academy.

"It's pretty much going to school, but in your house," said Michaela Foresha.

"It's like being home schooled, but not quite."

Michael takes all of her main courses on her computer at home or on the road.

Her parents decided to enroll her into the virtual academy because she is a self-motivator.

Michaela will have to keep pace with her classmates and take any major exams in person at school. She can also take her electives in person too.

"Our daughter is very excited that now she is going to school online," said Michael Foresha, Michaela's father.

"What we've heard and seen of the program, as parents, we get the best of both worlds."

Carols Sam is the EBR school system associate superintendent. He says they are looking to enroll more students as the program grows.

Right now it's offered at seven schools in the district including four middle schools and three high schools.

Sam says a big perk as opposed to other opportunities, students can still participate in extra-curricular activities.

"You could play football or run track after school," Sam said.

"It's kind of the best of both worlds being home schooled with support from the school system and from the parents."

More information on the Virtual Academy is available here.

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