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Frisco ISD to offer hybrid and online high school options next year

Frisco ISD announced Monday that starting in 2022, students can earn high school credit through two new approved paths: a full-time online option or a hybrid system through the FISD+ program. According to a statement, the district had been advocating in Austin for virtual learning options to meet the changing needs of Frisco students.

“This is something we have been working on for years, and we are thankful that Senate Bill 15 has propelled us forward in this journey,” FISD Superintendent Dr. Mike Waldrip said. “We are always looking for ways to evolve while expanding opportunities for our students and staff.

“FISD+ provides a fresh and innovative approach to empower students to reach their personal best — regardless of academic setting.”

FISD+ will provide high school students the flexibility to learn at home with an FISD educator and curriculum in an online setting, the statement said.

The district plans to host two webinars, on Nov. 10 and 16, for parents and students to learn more about the programs.

The hybrid program will allow high school students to take classes online and on campus. Students will take four “core” classes — English, math, science and social studies — online and will go to campus for all other classes. Hybrid students are eligible to participate in UIL activities, fine arts, athletics and CTE programs, according to the district statement.

The full-time online program for high school students will allow students to take all classes online. The district said that students will need to go to campus from time to time for science labs and to pick up required course materials. Online students will not be able to participate in UIL-based activities and competitions.

“Education is evolving, and FISD students deserve the flexibility to engage with their learning in new and innovative ways with a district curriculum that encourages inquiry- and project-based learning,” said Tiffany Carey, director of innovative learning. ”Teaching and learning will look different depending on the class, but students can generally expect to work independently and collaboratively while also frequently engaging with a teacher in live instruction.”

Students can apply for the online and hybrid FISD+ programming on Dec. 1.

Details

Find out more about the application process.

The Online/Hybrid FISD+ Program webinars will be on Wednesday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. and Tuesday, Nov. 16, at noon.

Dozens of concerned citizens took to the podium during a special board meeting Monday to voice their concerns over changes the school district has proposed making to its attendance map.
The Wakeland High School drill team marches in the Frisco Community Parade along Main Street in Frisco, Texas on Nov. 8, 2014. The annual parade honors military veterans and celebrates community spirit. (File 2014/Staff)