Parents, kids looking at online high schools as alternative

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - While many are heading to the classroom, others are taking a lesson from home.

With bullying at school on the rise, many kids and parents are looking for alternatives to the traditional brick and mortar schooling.

Now an online South Carolina school can get your child a diploma with the click of a mouse.

It's the first day of school and many kids are already back in the classroom. Not 16-year-old Mariah. She's enjoying a day outside at a local coffee shop, but she's still learning.

"It's worked out really well for me. It allows me to get other things done instead of having to stay in class for 8 hours a day," says Mariah.

This isn't your normal home-schooling. She's a student at Provost Academy which is an interactive South Carolina public school where kids have access to a real life teacher and classroom at their finger tips.

"Students can log in 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and have access to their curriculum," says Josh Brickey.

Brickey with Provost says every curriculum is tailored to each student. He says it's a trend that's catching on with kids.

"It's for kids who needed another option. Whether they wanted to be more challenged academically or alternative to a tradition high school," says Brickey.

Mariah is only 16, but is already a senior. She tailored her curriculum to be fast tracked so she could graduate early.

"I know I want to go to school, studying for the act and sat so I can get a scholarship," says Mariah."Right now, I'm thinking graphic design or engineering."

Even though everything is online, kids still have access to hands-on education.

Provost Academy is free and just like a regular school, they have field trips, clubs, regional sports teams and even a graduation ceremony for seniors. Provost has 1,500 students in South Carolina.

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