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District 518

WORTHINGTON -- Worthington Independent School District 518 has submitted an application to the Minnesota Department of Education to become an approved online learning provider for grades K through 12. Upon review and anticipated approval in July 2013, we will proudly offer information on how to apply and enroll in our online learning program. If you have questions and would like to learn more about our application status and when we anticipate this program being available to students, please contact me at 372-1605.

Virtual Instruction By Excellence overview

The main focus of Virtual Instruction By Excellence (VIBE) is to provide you with a highly effective online learning experience through consistent interaction and a rigorous curriculum. Our online program makes it easy to become an active participant in your child's public school education. It is designed to create working partnerships among motivated parents and experienced, Minnesota-licensed teachers using K12's outstanding curriculum to provide a learning environment truly focused on the individual needs of your child.

VIBE has selected K12's world-class curriculum because it has developed by some of the best minds in education. VIBE makes sure the curriculum is effective, engaging, and meets or exceeds Minnesota standards. Virtual Instruction By Excellence students demonstrate their knowledge and skills through participation in state standardized tests.

When your child enrolls, you receive a complete curriculum, lesson planning tools, books and instructional materials, and the use of the necessary technology. Teachers monitor your child's progress, attendance and work samples, and provide instruction, suggestions and support.

VIBE is designed to accommodate a variety of learning styles and allows students to work at their own pace. Recognizing that online learning is not necessarily the right choice for every learner, our staff will work with you to determine how it might work for your family.

Throughout the year we have outings that help establish a community of learners. The outings are focused on supporting the academic curriculum, providing opportunities for socializing with teachers and peers, and promoting a team approach.

For additional program information please feel free to visit our website at:

Nate Hanson is District 518's alternative education principal.