Online public school: A less distracting option for some Indiana families

INDIANAPOLIS -- With some families looking for a more flexible way to educate their kids, many are turning to online public school. 

Tommy Quinn, age 13, is going through non-traditional schooling away from the distractions of a traditional classroom. Quinn has autism. 

"I’m very into geography and maps," Quinn said.

"It’s loud," Tommy's mother, Lynette Quinn, said. "It’s people in your space, people bumping into you. It’s overwhelming just kind of like Walmart Black Friday. It’s sensory overload."

That overstimulation is eliminated with Indiana Digital Learning School. The school is completely online. 

"He can read for a while and interact with me and he can interact with his teachers online," Lynette said. "Either live or he can watch the recording."

Tommy attends live virtual classes taught by Indiana licensed teachers. They talk by phone, email and in one-on-one online meetings.

"Everybody has a reason that this works for them with her family and it helps make their life better," Head of School Elizabeth Sliger said. 

INDLS is tuition-free. Last year, nearly 750 students enrolled in the online school. For more information on how to enroll, click here. The first day is technically Thursday, but there is an option for enrolling late.

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