Online classes, a luxury once available only to university students, are now being used to educate gifted high school students who don’t fit in at traditional schools. Online High School, a year-old program at Stanford University’s Education Program for Gifted Youth, is giving its 30 international students—be they in California or Korea—the opportunity to receive differentiated instruction at home. Janet Keating, head of Online High, told the LA Times, “We feel that all kids need to learn at their own rate. I finally understand that we can do this.” The school, which teaches 40 virtual courses in math and science, but does not offer art, language, or physical education classes, has a student government, a student newspaper, a yearbook, and a variety of clubs. This fall, officials at Stanford hope to expand the $12,000-a-year online school to include 100 students.
A version of this news article first appeared in the Web Watch blog.