Student utilizes online learning


Photo by: Francisco Castaneda

Sarah Stebbins works in the library while taking her online class.

Story by Alexyia Lunday, Reporter

After first hour, instead of going to her next class, junior Sarah Stebbins goes to the library and opens her computer. 

Stebbins is one out of the approximatly 80 students who is taking an online class.

“I just like online classes better because it allows more free time,” says Stebbins, “I’m taking a class that’s supposed to take a whole year; I’m going to be able to finish it in four weeks.” 

While Stebbins is taking a class as credit recovery, there are many classes offered that count as college credit.

“Typically with seniors only, when we start their junior year telling them they can take online college classes,” Jessica Stegman, a councelor said. “But their senior year, when they’re struggling to find classes that are interesting to them, and they need to stay eligible for activities, we would maybe suggest that they take a college class.”

With these college classes, every now and then, a student will stop attending, or stop completing their work for the college class they are taking. When this happens counselors, like Stegman, will have to talk to the kids about withdrawing or dropping the class. This would leave them with an F on their transcript.

Some students, like Stebbins, try to take multiple classes online, so that they don’t have to be in school. Sometimes a student can take enough online classes so they can graduate early. This year twelve students graduated at semester.

“Next year I’ll probably try to get most of my schedule online, just so that I don’t have to be in the building as much as possible,” Stebbins said. “Just because there’s no reason for me to be here for that.”