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California Briefing / Rowland Heights

District to open online school

July 23, 2009|Corina Knoll

The Rowland Unified School District board on Tuesday approved a middle and high school that will exist almost entirely on the Internet.

The virtual campus, a charter school that will be known as iQ Academy California-Los Angeles, will operate out of Rowland Heights and will be open to students in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties.

Full-time students will be given a laptop and access to wireless Internet and will be able to meet with their teachers via webcasts or in person. The academy intends to offer networking opportunities to make up for the students' lack of usual in-person contact with one another.

"Initially, I was a little bit apprehensive, only because you don't have that face-to-face experience," said school board President Robert Hidalgo. "But after I saw some of the demonstrations and did some more research on it, I began to realize that kids learn in different environments."

About 500 students are expected to enroll for the fall semester, which begins Sept. 8.

-- Corina Knoll

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