THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - Forget hitting the books, a number of Thomasville City School students will be hitting the keyboards when a new virtual program launches this fall.
CITY Virtual Program will give students the opportunity to take classes online.
Either students can complete all of their coursework online or choose a hybrid schedule, which means they can do half online and half in the classroom.
School officials want to offer something that works for each individual family.
"Parents want choice, that's a big buzz word in education these days. Well what we're trying to do is say here's a choice that gives you the best of all options," assistant superintendent of curriculum Dr. Daniel Oldham says.
All of the student's coursework will be uploaded to the program which includes interactive games, lesson support, instructional videos, and assignments.
Instructors will also be on hand at the schools' virtual labs to help students who are struggling with certain concepts and answer students' questions.
All students, including online, will be required to take the Georgia Milestones tests to make sure that they are progressing at the end of the year.
School officials say the online program is the way of the future. A lot of students are busy with other engagements and some of them just don't fit the seven hour school day.
"We are a busier generation now. And this busy generation of students want to be involved and want opportunities to be involved in everything," school superintendent Sabrina Boykins-Everett says.
Right now, the program is only open to those in grades 3 through 12. Thomasville City Schools hope to have a similar program for the younger students in the future.