Carter County Schools Unveil New “Online Academy”

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The Carter County School System seeks to increase educational opportunities for all children in the area.

Secondary system supervisor Danny McClain told News Channel 11 that the county will now offer a free online academy for K-12 students.

“I think it’s heading into the future,” McClain says. “I think this is an opportunity for Carter County students.”

Students who participate will have access to the state’s K-12 curriculum and can work with certified Tennessee teachers.

The academy is offered through Odysseyware, a digital learning platform.

Odysseyware representatives explained in a meeting Monday evening that teachers are available for students for longer hours than a normal school day, until 8 p.m.

Students, parents, and guardians will have access to student work, homework schedules, and the ability to coordinate with teachers Monday through Friday.

McClain says the program is for families looking to go down a home-schooling route or for students looking to learn in a non-traditional setting. He says all students will be considered, potentially even those who live outside of Carter County.

Each student enrolled in the online academy would be considered a Carter County student and the school system would receive BEP funding for each such student.

Carter County has faced budget challenges this past school year due to declining student enrollment. School officials hope this program will help them with their enrollment problem.

“We are looking to create additional revenue,” said Carter County Schools Superintendent Dr. Ward.

McClain says the first 100 students to enroll in the online academy for the 2019-2020 school year will receive a free Google Chromebook.

Registration will begin July 1, 2019. The online academy will launch in August for the upcoming school year.

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