The only hyrbid education provider in the Nevada valley is held by the Odyssey Charter Schools. It is a tuition-free distance education provider. Basically, children in grades K-7 do their work online at home and a teacher comes out to visit the child for one hour once a week under parental supervision.
According to Dr. Julie Charles, the K-8 principal, “because most of our faculty are master’s- or Ph.D.-level instructors, this undivided attention yields exponential results.”
This school is sponsored by the Clark County District and funded by the State of Nevada. So since it is a publicly funded institution the students can participate in extra-curricular activities at their local public school. Dr. Michele Robinson, Superintendent of Schools, said, “our students have the opportunity to seek involvement in extracurricular activities of their neighborhood public school — including participation in sports teams, music instruction or other clubs — with the school’s approval.” Further socialization is found in the monthly group class activity with their teachers and they have school-wide events throughout the year for all the kids to be able to interact together.
Due to state education budget cuts there are now overcrowded public schools in this area and this is, in my opinion, a fabulous solution!
My thoughts? I have been toying with the idea of homeschooling and really wish I had a school like Odyssey here in Kansas. I think most children benefit from staying home with their parents since, in most situations, the parent knows that child best and can give that child the attention they need. And as a mom who is curious about homeschooling, having an instructor with a PHD come and work with my child would really encourage me and be a valuable resource for me too. For one thing I know that teaching my 6th grader pre-algebra intimidates me but having an instructor that can give me pointers once a week would really boost my confidence.
I am going to be interviewing a family that has children enrolled in Odyssey later this week. I am so excited about that! I have so many questions about their thoughts on the curriculum and how their child has responded to online work. Be watching – the interview is in the works and should be good!
I am working with Metzger PR to promote this charter school but all opinions are 100% mine