State-created “virtual schools” are expanding rapidly, reports Education Sector. Most of the schools offer supplemental courses to students enrolled in traditional high schools.
Virtual school students take advanced-placement and other courses not taught at their school, overcome scheduling problems, or make up credits in failed or missed courses. The programs also enable students who are not succeeding in traditional classroom settings to try an alternative.
Last year, 139,000 students enrolled in at least one virtual class.