School Highlights Tech-Based Learning

Apr 1, 2013

Online learning is a tool in many Rhode Island classrooms. But a charter school opening next fall in Providence takes high tech to a whole new level.

The Village Green Charter School bills itself as Rhode Island’s first virtual learning school.  The high school will be located in Providence, near Classical High. Students will spend 60 percent of their time online or in small groups; 40 percent in traditional classroom time. School superintendent Robert Pilkington says applications for the 9th and 10th grade are pouring in.

"So far there’s a lot of interest in attending," Pilkington says. "I am within seven students of having enough to go for final approval at the Board of Education. And we’re just a week into our advertising and recruitment campaign, with another two weeks to go. So I expect to be fully enrolled by mid April."

Pilkington says parents like the ideas of their kids being tech savvy and kids like the independence of the virtual school model.