Getting a virtual education: One family considers an alternative to the classic classroom

Published: Friday, April 4, 2014 at 12:21 PM.

“I have my own login and calendar that shows when they have a test or a portfolio due,” said mother, Lisa McBride. “I even have to check off that their work is done before they can turn it in.”

Lisa and her husband, Geoff, like all parents, have always played active roles in their children’s education — they have four in total with Hunter, in second grade, and 10-month-old Zuri. Deciding on virtual school was an easy one, said Lisa.

“It really fit a balance of what we were looking for,” she said.

"As an administrator and an online teacher, I have witnessed firsthand the positive effects that Florida Virtual School has had on families," Trombino added.  "Our students are able to progress and master skills at their own pace and form positive, lasting relationships with their teachers." 

As a singer/songwriter, virtual school would’ve benefited a young Geoff when he was in school.

“It would have allowed me to branch out a bit more and be more productive,” he said. “The school gives kids the chance to grow in different areas.”

As an artist, Geoff was impressed by the detail of the classes. In River's art class, she's working on an entire project about the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. 

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