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Web exclusive: Online high school caters to LGBTQ youth
by Aviva Gatt
Tuesday Nov 25, 2008
An online high school for students who are lesbians, gay, bisexual,
transgender or questioning their sexual orientation will be launched
in fall 2009. The virtual high school, called, appropriately enough,
GLBTQ Online High School, is meant to allow students to excel
academically without concern about the negative climate many LGBTQ
students face in a regular high school.
According to a survey released by The Gay, Lesbian and Straight
Education Network 86.2 percent of LGBT students were verbally harassed
at school because of their orientation, and the average grade point
average of harassed students was almost half a grade lower than
students who were less often harassed.
"The need exists because many schools are unwilling, unaware or unable
to deal with the challenges LGBT kids face in regular schools," said
David Glick, one of the founders of the virtual school. "I think this
is going to be a right choice for a lot of kids."
Virtual high schools have been around since 1996, with the first ones
based in Massachusetts and Florida. Glick has been setting up virtual
schools for five years, including one for Native American kids and
ones for kids in rural areas who may not have access to a nearby
school. "This is the first one in the world catered to [the LGBT]
community," Glick said.
The school promises a high quality, comprehensive, college-preparatory
curriculem for students in grades 9-12 within and outside the United
States, through direct contact with teachers using the best technology
and techniques of distance education available, including interactive
chat rooms and telephone. It will also provide online social
opportunities for students, and if there are clusters of students in
specific areas, the school will help them get in contact.
"This will support their academic process and let them know there are
other kids like them," Glick said.
Glick said they plan to cap admission at 500 for the first year and
that they do not yet know how much tuition will be, but there will be
scholarships available. Right now they are seeking corporate and
financial sponsors to support their project and provide financial
assistance to students and families who might not be able to afford
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