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VIBE Online Academy to host open house

WORTHINGTON — Virtual Instruction by Excellence (VIBE) will be hosting an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Worthington Alternative Learning Center (ALC), 117 11th Ave.

The event is an opportunity to learn more about the VIBE K-12 online public school option.

“Parents and students will be able to go through the curriculum by each subject and see how they are set up,” ALC Principal Nate Hanson said. “Especially the elementary program — parents can see how in-depth the program is. For the middle school, students can see what electives are offered to them, and high school students can see what electives and A.P. classes are available.”

Students in kindergarten through eighth grade may enroll in the VIBE Online Academy as full-time students. High school (grades 9-12) students may enroll full-time or take supplemental classes.

VIBE is a public school that uses an innovative education model to provide students with the best education possible. As a school within District 518 but available throughout Minnesota, the unique educational approach provides an education tailored to each student.

“Since the curriculum is followed through the state and national standards, it is also an option for parents who want to homeschool their kids,” Hanson said.

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 for every student, the staff will work with each family to determine if it is the right choice.

“Some of the things we look for are if a student is independent or, for the K-8 program, if a parent or guardian is willing and able to be a coach to help the student stay on task,” Hanson said. “The student also needs to be committed to logging onto the program on a daily basis, doing the work assigned in each class and showing some progress along the way.”

VIBE’s primary focus is to provide a highly effective online learning experience through consistent interaction and rigorous curriculum.

The online program is designed to make it easy for parents to become active participants in their child’s public school education.

VIBE is intended to offer each child an education that unlocks their true inner potential with a range of online education options that solve real challenges for districts, schools, teachers and parents — all while enhancing students’ ability to advance their 21st century skills, Hanson explained.

“Coming to the open house is more of an individualized experience,” he said. “However, we are also available for separate meetings if someone can’t attend the open house.”

For more information, visit the VIBE website at, or call Nate Hanson at 372-1605 or Andrea Derynck at 727-1195.

Daily Globe Reporter Erin Trester may be reached at 376-7322.

Erin Trester
Erin Trester is the crime and city reporter for the Daily Globe. She's a native of Lewiston, MN, but moved to Buffalo, NY to attend college and obtained her bachelor's degree in Communications. She started at the Western New York Catholic Newspaper as a reporter in Buffalo, but in October 2013 she returned to her home state to start with the Daily Globe. Most of her spare time is taken up by her 13-year-old thoroughbred named Faith, but some of her other hobbies include reading, fishing and spending time with friends and family. 
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