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St. Martin Virtual School

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More and more students are enrolled in Saint Martin Parish's Virtual Learning program. The program was launched this summer with just 15 students enrolled. But now, it has over 140 students.

"She really is, I think she's really learning something," said Angela Zenon.

Zenon's daughter is a full-time student at St. Martin Parish's Virtual Learning program, which works in conjunction with Breaux Bridge junior and senior high school.

A medical condition usually keeps her daughter in and out of the classroom, but now, she doesn't miss a beat.

"If she's struggling, she can continue to do it again because they have online content," said Zenon.  "If they don't understand, they can do it again."

The lessons are taught through online lectures, videos, quizzes, and tests.  And there's always a teacher on hand for one-on-one help. Students do stick to a schedule, but the pace is more flexible.

One mother, Amanda Bouchereau has no regrets about the switch, since her son, Austin was having trouble keeping up.

"He's doing real great with the program," said Bouchereau. "His grades are improving tremendously."

It's a good change for Austin, who feels a traditional classroom setting is just not the right fit for him.

"I think this school helps me feel less nervous and stressed," said Austin.

And because the program is integrated with the schools, students don't miss out on things like sports, or band, or even prom. Staying socially involved is a plus for high school Junior, Carley Rodrigeuc. She says while the program is challenging, she can whiz through her stronger subjects, leaving more time to focus on her weakest, math.

"In math in regular school I maintained a "D". I have a "C" now, so it's kind of improved a little bit. But, yeah, (overall) my grades have improved a lot," said Rodrigeuc.

Right now, the program is only open to 7th through 12th graders. But because of the popularity, the St. Martin School Board Superintendent Richard Lavergne says they're looking into incorporating more grade levels.

-Caroline Balchunas

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