Hello Students, Parents, and Community Members:
Welcome back to the Southwest Colorado eSchool. I am very pleased to again be working with the San Juan BOCES to bring school districts of Southwest Colorado it’s own accredited, tuition-free, diploma granting, online school. We are thrilled that you are interested in learning more about our school and its unique learning environment. Southwest Colorado eSchool is a regional online middle and high school that is both local and global. Students are able to receive local support services, attend field trips, and participate in sports and other extracurricular activities while engaging in a variety of online courses that open up the world to them through the power of the Internet.
For the 2017-18 school year, I am very pleased to welcome our new staff member, English/Language Arts Specialist/tutor Kelly Ratliff who is joining our Mathematics tutor, Shaune Burke, this year in our effort to thoroughly support our students. As we embark on the 2017-18 school year, we will continue to staff both our new Durango Learning Center location in Bodo Park and our Dolores learning center. These facilities are an integral component of the eSchool experience for many students and will continue to function as common gathering areas for students to connect with eSchool staff and other students. We are continuing to expand school technology at both locations, having added more Google Chromebooks, headsets with microphones, and conferencing rooms equipped with large conferencing screens for working directly with teachers and collaboration with other students. I encourage all members of the community to visit one of our SWCeS learning centers and see how we use technology to facilitate communication and learning.
At the Southwest Colorado eSchool, we continue to understand that in today’s world the lives of students are fast-paced and high tech and our goal is to provide them with a high quality 21st century education that is as flexible as our students need it to be. Students enrolled in the Southwest Colorado eSchool can do their school work anytime and anywhere there is a high-speed Internet connection. This means that students who need to work a full-time job during the day can attend classes in the evenings and over the weekend, or students who want to participate more fully in their sport can build their own schedule around their schedule. Other students who can thrive in online education include: home school students, teenage moms, students who want greater flexibility for any reason, or students who want an increased level of course offerings.
All Southwest Colorado eSchool courses are taught by highly qualified, Colorado licensed teachers whose qualifications and experience are focused on a specific content area. Many of our teachers have many years of experience using the unique tools of online instruction to help students succeed. Students in our school can expect a highly interactive learning environment with online discussions, live conferencing with teachers, email, instant messaging, text communications, and occasional group work.
If you’d like to learn more about the Southwest Colorado eSchool, I encourage you to give me a call directly to discuss this unique learning opportunity.
With Kind Regards,
Southwest Colorado eSchool Principal