Roanoke Valley parents considering alternative learning options

(WFXR) — Alternative learning options have become significantly more popular over the last several years, continuing to grow even as many schools return to pre-pandemic routines. Some Roanoke Valley parents say it’s due to the quality of education.

Jannice Walker, a Salem mom who has been homeschooling her children since 2014, says that she wanted to have the best available education for her children.

According to Walker, she feels a lot safer knowing that her children are at home. She thinks recent events are going to make other families consider alternative learning options, as well.

“I really do think that if the violence and all that continues that parents will be pulling their kids out of school, whether to fully homeschool or to do a hybrid school or…there’s even private schools online,” said Walker.

Emily Chernick, the head of Charlotte Mason of the Roanoke Valley, says that she decided to start her hybrid school for homeschoolers during the coronavirus pandemic after receiving a large number of inquiries from families.

“I think that there’s just a lot of things. I think a lot of people aren’t happy with the curriculum in public schools. I think people are concerned about safety,” Chernick explained. “I think that people want to have more of an impact on their children’s education and to be more involved.”

Chernick says she’s seen a large number of families turning to alternative learning options, adding that she believes that number will keep growing over the next few years.

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