Suzanne Conway is an elementary and middle school English teacher at FCSO and a teacher ambassador.
Students enrolled in FPCSO are schooled at home and receive all course materials and needed equipment. This allows them to access their student plan, which is delivered digitally through the online platform.
All students have an engaged learning coach (LC), which is usually the parent at home with the student. LCs are trained on the student’s plan, how to navigate the online school and find online books and tutorials, and they meet regularly with the homeroom teacher to keep the student making forward progress throughout the year.
Students are also supported by a certified teacher and participate in live online instruction with them. The most unique aspect to this contemporary school environment is that students in grades 3-8 meet weekly with their teachers at one of the partner school’s locations. This face-to-face experience is very effective for students and gives them time to interact personally with their teachers and classmates. Students are so excited to meet their teachers and celebrate the new school year, whether they are new to the school or a returning student!
The online platform allows the parent to have a high degree of involvement in their child’s education. Families who are new to FPCSO quickly realize that they have just become part of a team that includes multiple layers of support and guidance. Support comes in the form of understanding how the online platform works, essential materials, equipment, and services provided for each student, as well as numerous tutorials and meetings held with the new family to help them feel well-prepared for the first day of school.
The online school is a great choice for so many because it provides a wonderful opportunity for students to learn at their own pace.
Nakita Anderson, parent of a new third grade student at FPCSO, is very excited to know that her student is able to get an education that accommodates his needs. “I just love knowing that he won’t be left behind, and he can move ahead in his areas of strength,” she said. “He loves to learn and is ecstatic about attending virtual school. I have all the support I need for my child to have a successful year!”