Olivia Loop – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- Some Mustangs prefer taking online classes to the traditional classroom environment. Whether it suits their schedules better or they just find it easier to learn on the online platform, there are many online classes offered through Florida Virtual School (FLVS).
An online classcredit is required for graduation, which is another reason why FLVS is a popular choice among students.
Junior Gabbi Tomaselli started the school year taking Algebra 2 honors in class at LRHS. Gabbi decided to change her schedule and take the class online in a lab period.
“I wasn’t getting enough help in the classroom because there were a lot of other kids,” she said. “The pace of the class moved very quickly, and it was hard to keep up. I like the online class because I am to do it at my own pace and leave early from school. I also enjoy being able to do my work in an environment of my choice.”
Junior Nathan Bennett takes driver’s ed., algebra 2, and economics with financial literary honors online.
“I like FLVS because I get to leave early, and I can work at the pace I want and finish classes quicker. I also like it because I get easily distracted in a classroom environment,” Bennett said.
Senior Jacquelyn Clark takes pre-calculus honors online and she prefers the online class to the classroom experience.
Clark said, “I can do it on my own time and at my own pace. My online teacher is really helpful with answering all my questions. She is very flexible and is understanding of my busy schedule.”
Junior Olivia Goonis started taking chemistry at the start of the second semester.
“I like how FLVS gives me the opportunity to go faster than the course that is offered at LRHS,” said Goonis. “My old teacher was great, but I like being independent with my learning. I recommend taking online classes for students that are good at managing their time. A word of advice for students who are interest in taking online classes is to make sure you are well prepared for all assessments, especially the DBAs (discussion-based assessments).”