Indiana Cyber Explains Curriculum to Dugger

By Melissa Crash

Published 07/12 2014 04:27PM

Updated 07/12 2014 06:42PM

Many changes will soon be in effect for Dugger students and parents.

There local school closed at the end of the school year, but they fought hard for an alternative way to keep education in the community.

Saturday, Indiana Cyber Charter School officials were in the city to demonstrate their program, and explain the new curriculum.

Almost 200 students are signed up to enroll in the new Indiana Cyber Charter School. Lois Astleford, a mother of one student who will be attending in August says, it's been a rough few months figuring out what the next step was in her daughters education.

"Initially it was like our hearts got ripped out when we were told because we really didn't have any idea that they were going to just close us. And so, everybody was just torn," said Astleford.

The new school year is quickly approaching, so parents and students have had to accept the changes that are getting ready to occur.

"We want to prove to the people that we're not just a little community that doesn't care, that we can give the curriculum to the kids and it's going to make them a better student when they go to college," said Astleford.

Indiana Cyber combines new technology, and personal instruction. With more than 250 courses in math, arts, science, and electives, officials say students who attend will be getting a tailor-made education experience.

Don Williams, the CEO of Indiana Cyber Charter Schools said, "Each child receives a computer, textbooks, workbooks, supportive academic materials, they receive multi-function computer that also acts as a scanner so they can interact and coordinate their academic progress with their teachers."

But as many changes occur with the curriculum, some parts of union high school stay the same.

"We've already got football games scheduled, we've already got volleyball games scheduled for the high school, " said Astleford.

In addition to the new cyber school, students will also get the chance to sign up for some college courses through Trine University.

"If they chose to attend college, they would do so at a head start, and they would have earned college courses at no additional cost to the family," said Williams.

The classroom may look and feel different come August, but parents say at least students will have somewhere to go to further their education.

"It just seems like, we wasn't sure, and then everything is coming together, it's just awesome," said Astleford.

The Indiana Cyber Charter School is considered a public school, which means it's funded by tax payers already.

It's not free, but there is no additional cost for the parents.

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