Ojai, CA (PRWEB) September 23, 2008
Laurel Springs School, the accredited, college prep private school offering distance learning programs and teacher services for students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade, offers open enrollment to students worldwide. Laurel Springs has seen a surge in enrollments this fall due to increased numbers of students transferring from traditional site-based schools to their distance learning program. This trend is especially heightened for middle school students who are suddenly struggling with a new school, peer pressure and/or bullying and had not previously considered homeschooling or enrolling in a distance learning institution such as Laurel Springs.
Common myths about school enrollment include:
- Students must finish the school year where they begin.
- Students will lose credit if they transfer mid-year to another school or a distance learning program.
- There's no going back if the student transfers out of traditional school to a distance learning program.
Many families believe these common myths and go through the school year without exploring their options. Marilyn Mosley Gordanier, founder and executive director of Laurel Spring School helps to dispel these myths by explaining, "Above all, we believe that a school should do everything possible to preserve and enhance a child's self-esteem. If the model is incongruent with a child's learning style, the school experience can become a challenge that then reflects in poor grades and a lack of self-esteem. If your child is not learning well due to ADD, or is being picked on by a bully, or is bored in class because they are gifted, a change to distance learning could be the answer."
The education department at Laurel Springs School uses skills assessments to determine which credits from a prior school will transfer to Laurel Springs. The school's mastery-based program does not require students to begin at the beginning of a course if they apply mid-term.
One Laurel Springs parent describes her son's return to traditional school after attending Laurel Springs, "I thought you would want to know how well Blake is doing in his new school. Laurel Springs' efforts over the past few years have paid off. He is doing fantastic with more than 100% in humanities and chemistry. He's at the top of his class in Algebra II and French and loves his AP US History class which he is doing great in. All the fears he had about not being able to survive in a "normal" class setting are out the door. I just had to share this great news with you, as Laurel Springs is a big part of why this is happening so successfully," said the mother of Blake Carrera, former Laurel Springs student.
Laurel Springs School helps families who are looking for an alternative to the traditional classroom setting. Laurel Springs offers online, text-based, project-based, and customized courses for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Students can mix and match courses according to the mode of delivery, learning styles preferences, and the appropriate grade level in a given subject. Laurel Springs emphasizes a mastery-based learning philosophy that emphasizes complete proficiency at every stage of the process. Laurel Springs School is accredited by the national accreditation body called the Western Association of Colleges and Schools (WASC).
About Laurel Springs School:
Laurel Springs School, founded in 1991, is an accredited, college prep private school offering distance learning programs and teacher services for students in grades K-12. Located in Ojai, California Laurel Springs serves students across the United States and in 43 countries. Current enrollment is 3,000 students, with more than 2,000 students enrolled in the online high school program. Laurel Springs uses web-based communication tools, a standards-based curriculum, and personalized instruction to offer students the highest quality home education experience.