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BHS Online Summer Courses

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**Sign if you believe Branham High School should allow it's students to take online summer courses for credit.**

In today’s era of technology, it would be acceptable for online education to be present into our classrooms and homes. When choosing between a summer course at a private institution or at an accredited online academy, what would be more the reasonable choice for a 21st century student in the Silicon Valley?

Online courses, like the ones available at BYU Independent Study, a fully accredited institution by the NWCCU and NWAC, and many other providers, allow for self paced learning, which allows a student to work with his/her own existing schedule during the busy summer months. While conventional summer courses require students to be in a desk for a certain number of hours a day (usually 2-6 hours), online courses allow students to take as much, or as little, time as needed to complete a lesson and master a concept…something that will enable us to “learn to achieve” in a more responsible and efficient manner.

As of this summer, the administration at Branham High School will not be allowing its students to advance their learning through an online program. The prior summer they did. Let us remind the faculty that this is a world of technology, and we are self-directed learners - Branham ESLR #1. They are afraid that with an online course students will not obtain nor retain the level of information that a student in a conventional summer class would. We need to show them that the students at Branham High can and will succeed in an online summer course for advancement. There’s no reason why a directed student cannot take an online course, pass its tests, and receive Branham credits.

This program is not for unmotivated individuals, but those willing to advance themselves should have this opportunity made available. After all, it’s our education, isn’t it?

**Please join us in urging the administration at Branham High School to allow their students to advance themselves through online summer courses.**

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