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Online public high school fills a niche in education

Federal Way students interested in learning more about online school will have the opportunity to do so on Saturday.

Insight School of Washington, the tuition-free online public high school, will host an information session at 10 a.m. today, May 2, at the Best Western in Federal Way, 31611 20th Ave. S.

Local Insight students, parents and grads will be on hand to talk about the program.

Part of the information session will include a demonstration of how the classes work as well as a review of the curriculum, including the AP courses and the partnership with University of Phoenix, which offers a dual college and high school credit program.

The program is geared toward students who don't have time for regular school or who were homeschooled.

Students are provided with a school-owned laptop, printer and an Internet stipend as well as 24/7 tutoring and technical support.

Federal Way resident Kit Jackson started the program last September.

The junior had already attended several schools in her lifetime, since her family moved frequently. When the family was looking into their most recent move to Washington state, she discovered Insight School.

"It's more personal than a brick-and-mortar school," she said. "It's more one-on-one. You know when everything is due and getting it done is much easier."

With Insight's online classes, live class sessions online allow students to talk through a microphone, and even hit a "raise hand" button to ask a question of the teacher.

Once the assignment is explained and all questions are answered, the students work on assignments on their own time and turn them in by a specific date.

"No matter where you are, you can do your school work," Jackson said. "Even if you are sick, you don't have to worry about missing class."

Jackson also says she doesn't feel like she is missing out by not being in a classroom, saying that there are plenty of clubs and activities that provide interaction between students with the microphones, e-mail and live class sessions.

"It's much easier to get to used to a computer than to a completely new building," Jackson said.

For more information about the program, visit www.insightwa.net.

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