KEYSER - Mineral County Schools is excited to announce the kickoff of the new Cyber Academy.

For the News Tribune
KEYSER - Mineral County Schools is excited to announce the kickoff of the new Cyber Academy. 
The program takes advantage of new legislation to allow school districts to support the education of homeschooled students. Because this is the first year of the program, Mineral County is starting with a pilot of 25 students.  In the first year, the legislation limits the program to serve only grades 6-12.  However, in the second year the county will be able to serve kindergarten through the 12th grade. 
    The program will allow homeschool students to take advantage of an online curriculum at no cost. The online curriculum will come with an accessible teacher for each course to provide support.  Moreover, MCS has also put in place a teacher that can provide local guidance and assistance. 
If a participating student completes the coursework required under district policy for graduation, he/she will walk away with a Mineral County Schools diploma. 
Additionally, students enrolled in six or more courses will be eligible to participate in extracurricular activities, including sports. 
The goal is to provide homeschool parents the continued flexibility that they seek but support them through a rigorous online curriculum. 
    Interested parents should reach out to Ashley Baker to enroll in the program. Mrs. Baker can be reached at 304-788-4213. 
An open house will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 11, from noon to 4 p.m.  at Student Services to display the online platform and answer questions. 
Student Services is located on the backside of Keyser Middle School.  Interested parents are being encouraged to reach out quickly, as the slots are limited.