Online school option given a reboot

Eagle Point students have more options for learning with the launch of a revamped online school.

Featuring a learning center and at home visits, the district's updated online school replaces one started in 2010, said Allen Barber, the district's human resources director.

Titled D9Online, the program opened on Sept. 10 and has given the district's General Educational Development, alternative education and online school "a new look," he said.

"This is a brand new program, with a new administrator and three new teachers," Barber said. "Things seem to be going great."

The kindergarten through 12th grade comprehensive curriculum has brought back about 30 students who had been attending other online programs, said Principal Bryan Wood.

The school offers 105 high school courses, 19 advanced placement courses and six different foreign languages, said Wood.

"We recognized a need in the community," Wood said. "We are up over 100 students enrolled already. And we have people in every grade level."

The center will provide home tutoring for students who are unable to attend the center due to illness, injury or scheduling conflicts.

Alternately, parents can schedule lessons at the learning center, dropping their kids off while they do a little shopping, he said.

"We can do a math lesson while they're shopping," Wood said.

Current staffing includes five certified teachers and an administrative assistant. Students can be enrolled in the district's traditional schools, online only, or parents can "cross enroll" their children, he said.

Amy Lemke is excited to have landed her first teaching job for the district's online school. The option to work with small groups of students is rewarding.

Lemke recently worked with three siblings — a kindergartner, a third-grader and a sixth-grader, she said.

"We all worked at different assignments," she said.

Working with students of varying ages and grade levels offers opportunities for each student to perform to their best, while older students test their skills mentoring younger ones, Lemke said.

"I had the sixth-grader writing math exercises for the kindergartner," she said. "I told him, 'Write a word problem that your brother can solve.'"

In addition to teaching math, science and language arts to kindergarten to middle school children, Lemke also performs state assessment testing on the students, either at the center or at their homes, she said.

"We're very accessible to kids who work, to kids who are sick. We just want to help them succeed," she said. "We'll do whatever we can do."

Homeschooled students who enroll in the online school can join band, music, choir, clubs and other social activities that traditional students participate in, Wood said.

Three field trips are also slated for the coming months. The first will be in October, he said.

The learning center is located at 124 South Platte St., just two blocks from Eagle Point High School. The center is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday.

For more information, call 541-830-6602 or email

Reach reporter Sanne Specht at 541-776-4497 or email

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