E-Laker Online (ELO) High School is now open and accepting applications, although it is limited to just 20 students for the 2021-22 school year. The course catalog, available online at the school’s website, elakeronline.org, shows that the school’s eight contract teachers currently offer courses in core subjects including Art, English, math, physical education, health, science and social studies, as well as workplace learning (i.e. internships).
“We’re starting small,” says Peter Lundin, who is principal of both the new online high school and the Detroit Lakes Area Learning Center. “We will continue to improve, just like any school does.”
Peter Lundin is the principal of the new online high school E-Laker, which has started accepting applications from students in grades 9-12 for the start of this year’s fall classes. However, students can apply for admission at any time. (Vicki Gerdes / Tribune)
Ultimately, he added, the district plans to open online school registration to elementary and secondary students as well.
Although the course offerings are “100% online,” that doesn’t mean E-Laker Online will be an easier path to graduation, Lundin said – on the contrary, it could be more difficult, said Lundin. he stressed, because students need to be motivated, and the emphasis is on responsibility, with students meeting the same academic standards as their peers at Detroit Lakes High School.
“The program meets the same requirements for graduation (as DLHS),” Lundin said.
“We cannot stress enough the importance of ‘showing up’ and ‘making progress’,” he said in a letter sent to prospective students and their parents. “E-Laker Online will be vigilant in its expectations for attendance and good performance. Vigilance means that we will communicate frequently with students and families if problems arise.”
Although the school year has already started and 17 of the initial 20 places have been filled, students can enroll in high school online at any time, he said, adding, “If it meets the needs of the school year. student and family, then they should speak with their high school counselor (about enrollment). “
To prepare students for lessons, a series of online instructional videos have been created and added to the school website to help students become familiar with the instructional apps they will be using, including APEX, Google Classroom, and DocHub. Prospective students (and their parents) can also find a list of frequently asked questions and other resources here.
Lundin credited DLPS Superintendent Mark Jenson with the idea of adding an online campus to the district’s academic options.
“He had a lot of foresight,” Lundin said, adding that offering this option allowed students seeking academic opportunities online – whether due to COVID-19 or other concerns – to enroll. without losing their connection with their peers, and the Laker community as a whole.
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