Louisiana School District Begins First Full Online School Year

Written by Rimsha Syed

October 28, 2019


A rural school district in Louisiana expands online education services to students outside their immediate parish. Taking note of the ongoing teacher shortages in rural cities, partnering with Proximity Learning, a K-12 online education company has proven to be a practical, convenient, and cost-effective route to addressing such challenges in St. Helena.

Administrators saw the opportunity to extend online classes to students outside the district to meet the diverse needs and circumstances of all communities. Students can either take live classes according to their regular bell schedule or opt for the virtual academy completely from home.

After carefully measuring student productivity through test scores and general performance, Kelli Joseph, Superintendent of St. Helena Parish School, agrees that St. Helena’s students are in good hands.

“We’ve learned that we do have a resource to get certified teachers in the classroom,” said Joseph. “Reports that we have received have shown that our students have been successful in classes with virtual teachers from Proximity Learning.”

Aside from providing students in grades 3-12 a different approach to learning, the virtual academy offers an advanced track designed to offer new courses to students who seek to get ahead.

“At Proximity Learning, we believe the most important aspect of a student’s education is the teacher,” said Evan Erdberg, President and Founder of Proximity Learning. “We are excited to provide access to these highly effective teachers for students that choose to learn from home.”

Proximity Learning Inc. is an Online Education Service company catering to students ranging from kindergarten to high school. Proximity Learning has served over 150 school districts and instructs over 50,000 students annually. Proximity Learning has been rated as one of the top K-12 online education services in the nation, boasting the highest quality teachers, most innovative virtual classrooms, and the reputation as a flexible learning solution to both public and private school districts.

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