Goochland Flex: A Flexible Approach to Alternative Education
Embracing a new era of pedagogy means taking risks to better serve our students. In Goochland, we recognize that students are different. Occasionally, the traditional comprehensive high school does not fit a student’s needs. Having the flexibility to develop a specific educational path is essential for some students. Work began last year to build a program geared to the student who thrives in a non-traditional class setting. We call this program Goochland Flex.
There are three programs within the umbrella of Goochland Flex: Virtual School, Virtual Learning, and G Flex.
Virtual School is online learning primarily slated for the high school student seeking an independent, home-based approach to course study. Students must meet specific criteria to be eligible for Virtual School. Placement may be requested by the student, but will be determined by a committee.
Virtual Learning is online learning geared to the student who is seeking course recovery or accrual within the confines of the school building and the school day. A student’s schedule may reflect courses offered solely online or may work in conjunction with other courses offered at Goochland High School or Goochland Middle School. Virtual learning may be requested and determined by the student or a parent and the school counselor.
Ms. Liz Kuhns-Boyle facilitates both the Virtual School and Virtual Learning programs and is available to assist students with their work.
G Flex is a personalized program with the whole student in mind. A low student to teacher ratio allows for a sharp focus on student-specific goals and a tailored academic pathway leading to graduation. These pathways may include but are not limited to hybrid scheduling, blended learning opportunities, or GED study. Workplace readiness skills, career planning, and post-secondary transition plans are integrated into the academic program as well as community service projects and field trips. Placement may be requested by the student, but will be determined by a committee.
Mr. Justin Fitzgerald facilitates G Flex and works closely with each student to ensure success.