This fall Montgomery County students will have an additional option for attending school, with the opening of a virtual school for sixth – 12th grade students. Board of education members approved a request to move forward with establishing Montgomery Virtual after neighboring counties began establishing their own virtual schools. A student anywhere in the state can attend one of the virtual schools and is not limited to their own county. If a student chooses to attend a virtual school outside of the county, the funds will follow that student, creating a loss for MCS. In order to remain competitive, Dr. Dale Ellis, superintendent of MCS, told the board it is necessary to establish this option.

During his presentation, Wade Auman, assistant superintendent of learning, noted the virtual option will “offer rigorous coursework to students.” The MCS will utilize course delivery via several options, including local teachers, the state’s virtual public school offerings, as well as N.C. School of Science and Math courses and the Career and College Promise course offerings. In-person options will be offered for those classes requiring skill-based in-person learning.

For the full story, see the May 5 issue of the Montgomery Herald.