At Laurel Springs, the relationship is the difference. We do everything we can to help our students build strong bonds with their peers, as well as with their teachers and our staff
Ojai, CA (Vocus) September 29, 2009 -–
Laurel Springs School, the accredited, college prep private school offering distance learning programs and teacher services for students in grades kindergarten through twelfth grade, launches seventeen virtual clubs for its middle school and high school students.
Because Laurel Springs’ students, who live in all 50 states and 43 countries, have shown they want closer connections with one another, the school has launched a school community project to fulfill their wishes. Middle school and high school students can now join virtual online clubs such as astronomy, book club, creative writing, debate, French, music, technology, and more, to connect with peers who have similar interests. These clubs also provide enriching experiences that are particularly beneficial for college bound students.
"At Laurel Springs, the relationship is the difference. We do everything we can to help our students build strong bonds with their peers, as well as with their teachers and our staff," said Marilyn Mosley Gordanier, founder and Executive Director of Laurel Springs School. Over the past year, the school offered a few clubs in a pilot project to evaluate student participation and viability. They enjoyed such remarkable results with their homeschool students that expanding the program was inevitable. The Creative Writing Club members designed their own magazine, called Visions and Voices; the Debate Club was so engaged, they continued meeting over the summer months; and Music Club members worked together to compose a piece of music.
One of the most unusual clubs Laurel Springs has formed is the Antarctic Expedition Environmental Club for seventh and eighth graders. Club members will learn how to help in being responsible for Earth's ice and water by studying its importance for sustaining life on Earth. They will also learn what it takes to be an explorer in Antarctica and consider the value of freedom by reflecting on how and why people travel. Mosley Gordanier added, "Online clubs are a wonderful way of building our virtual school community, deepening relationships, and giving students the opportunity to work collaboratively. These clubs’ success validates that students can, and do, develop deep relationships in an online environment."
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 worldwide. Using web-based communication tools, a standards-based curriculum, and personalized instruction, the school offers students a home education experience of the highest quality. Laurel Springs also offers gifted and talented students an alternative to traditional schools and the opportunity to become part of a thriving online community.