Students in the Grove School District have a new option in the 2019-2020 school year, e-Grove Academy.

E-Grove Academy is a virtual learning experience that allows students to have flexibility in their learning and school involvement.

"Little by little schools have been losing students to online schools," said Grove Superintendent Pat Dodson.

Grove High School had 40 students who pursued their education via online schooling for the 2018-19 school year.

"We have to have something that [students] can turn to and still be considered part of the school," said Dodson.

With e-Grove, each student will have personalized online learning, via all online classes or a blend of online and traditional classes. This allows students to participate in school extracurriculars such as sports, robotics, band and theatre.

For students who want to participate in extracurriculars, one hour of schooling in a brick and mortar building is required, but Dodson says that practice or rehearsal will count as the one hour.

E-Grove will have an Oklahoma certified teacher in the position of virtual school coordinator, ensuring that the students are keeping up with their coursework, 20 hours a week, and will be available if the students need help.

Grove Public Schools has partnered with Edgnuity, a company devoted to bridging the gap between education and technology. The company is accredited through AdvancED. Edgnuity is approved by the Oklahoma State Department of Education Supplemental Online Provider.

"We are already familiar with [Edgenuity] and they are aligned with the Oklahoma state standards, which is important for us," said Dodson.

Courses will be consistent with Common Core Curriculum: English, mathematics, science, social studies and world languages, of which students may choose from Spanish, French, Chinese, German and Latin. There are also advanced placement classes, electives and test preparation classes.

Students will have the option to study career and elective topics, including law, journalism, game design, anthropology and more.

"I'm most excited about it because I don't think that the current online schools offer what we can for the community," said Dodson. "They can still participate, walk across the stage and graduate as a Grove Ridgerunner."

E-Grove will be an option for students in grades K-12. Enrollment for Grove Public Schools will be on August 6-7 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Grove High School.

About Edgenuity

The company was founded in 1998 as Education2020. By 2005, the company had launched it's first web-based education system and in 2009 the company registered the one millionth student. After being purchased by Weld North, the company rebranded in 2013 as Edgenuity. In 2015 the company reached it's two millionth student and was accredited by AdvancED Accreditation.

Edgenuity is approved by more than 20 states and education systems.