HISD is expanding its at-home learning program, whereby kids from across the state (mostly home-schoolers) can get a tuition-free educational curriculum monitored by a certified teacher via computer and phone.
The district partners with the Texas Connections Academy to offer the program, which is the only one of its kind in the state, HISD spokesman Norm Uhl tells Hair Balls.
The release from the district says the program, which began with 100 kids in grades three through eight, will expand to 1,000 this coming year. It likely will grow beyond that in future years, Uhl says.
"A wide range of students are taking advantage of the Texas Connections Academy, including Home bound students, home schooled students, those who are significantly ahead or behind in the classroom, students who want more individualized instruction, those who want a more flexible learning schedule and those who need a learning environment outside of the traditional classroom," the release says.
It's a boon not only for home-schoolers, but for those advanced students who sometimes find the courses they need aren't offered at times they can take them.
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