Parish offers online courses

MORGAN CITY, La. -- An informational meeting will be held Monday to inform parents of a new educational opportunity available to families who are home-schooling their children.

St. Mary Parish public schools will offer home-schooled families a cost-free, online curriculum that uses a format with high-caliber content, Superintendent Donald Aguillard said.

The St. Mary Parish Virtual Educational Program will provide online classes taught by certified instructors providing continuous, flexible student access.

Virtual education allows students to set their own learning pace with continued guidance from educational professionals and parents. Classes will integrate a series of video, demonstration and explicit teaching segments to aid in student mastery, the superintendent said.

Parents serve an important role as facilitator of their child’s learning. The district also is prepared to loan desktop computers to supply students with appropriate resources, if necessary, Aguillard said.

Aguillard encouraged home-schooling families to consider participating in the St. Mary Virtual Education Program as a means of building the child’s academic skills and keeping them on track to achieve a high school diploma.

“The inclusion of virtual coursework has many beneficial elements, particularly in aiding parents as they instruct children working in a variety of academic levels and subjects,” Aguillard said.

Parents of home-schooling children are asked to attend an informational meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the St. Mary Parish Central Office Complex in Centerville.

For more information on the program or the informational session, contact Monica Mancuso at 337-836-6049.

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