Alternative high school in West Ada recognized for online learning program

Meridian - The Rebound School of Opportunity in the West Ada School District is just that -- a second chance for students to earn a high school diploma. 


The coursework is done entirely online, in a flexible learning environment.


"Some of our kids have had some ups and downs along the way," said Principal Mike Hanneman. "...and that flexibility allows for us to help them through their classes at a self-pace kind of thing."


With a 91 percent passage rate last school year, Rebound received the Fuel Education Transformation Award -- high praise for the fast-growing alternative school.


In many ways, Rebound isn't your typical high school, but when it comes to online learning, the staff say they're definitely a school to look up to.


"We feel like we're the best in the business, as far as online learning goes," Hanneman said. "...how to have relationships with kids and build support around the online learning environment. Yeah, I think we've got it pretty much down the last few years, that's for sure."


Around 117 students have earned their high school diplomas from Rebound since the school first opened in 2010; and since implementing its online program in 2015, student enrollment at the school has doubled. 

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