Valenture Institute dubbed SA’s most social online high school
Online private high school always stays connected with teachers, mentors and peers
“Traditional schooling wasn’t working out,” says Nicholas, a 16-year-old Valenture student.
Brick-and-mortar schools have their perks. Socialising with friends, in-person contact with teachers, and team sports are all plus points. In the time of Covid-19, however, none of these things are accessible to students stuck at home just like the rest of us.
Valenture Institute, an online private high school, has been the only constant in the lives of families during these uncertain times. Students have been able to continue their schooling (and socialising) completely uninterrupted, while many others have had to make do with makeshift remote and online learning options.
Dubbed SA’s most social online high school, it offers a new approach to online schooling.
Online schooling can bring about further isolation for students who leave school because of social awkwardness, the inability to make friends, and bullying.
“Valenture takes the fear out of school,” says Heather, a mom of two students at Valenture.
Another parent says their family reached a point where their child refused to return to traditional schooling. It was just too hard to fit in.
“Since she began schooling with Valenture, we have noticed a great difference, not only in her desire to learn but in her spirit as a whole, and that for us has been the game-changer. Valenture’s standard of teaching coupled with support to the family as a whole has been most impressive.”
This high school offers online-only schooling, as well as boutique campuses (opening in January 2021), where students go to school daily and use exclusive facilities such as a gym, catered meals and grocery delivery at school, allowing working parents peace of mind that children won’t be left alone at home.
In both models, students learn online in live sessions from expert teachers, socialise with their global classmates who they collaborate with during breakout sessions, and are supported by mentors on a daily, and one-on-one basis, who guide them towards individual growth. Learners also make friends.
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“Even though I’ve never met some of the other students, we message each other on Whatsapp,” says Olivia, a student who tried homeschooling and traditional schooling but says she didn’t get the same kind of social interaction with classmates.
Online school isn’t for everyone. But Valenture can be the best of both worlds, as students are supported daily, unlike homeschooling or remote online learning where students and parents are left to figure out the course materials themselves. It’s social and supportive, and the school even has virtual clubs for students to join. All boxes ticked.
Students who left traditional school because of bullying, shyness or peer pressure, can now step into an online classroom with like-minded students and teachers who are committed to making the virtual environment as inclusive as possible for every student.
You can now apply for Valenture Institute’s September 2020 (accepting grade 8 and 9 midstream students) or January 2021 online-only intake OR secure a spot for your child for January 2021 at one of its boutique campuses. Space is limited.
This article was paid for by Valenture Institute.
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