Washoe County expands, renames online school

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Updated: 3/26/2014 5:57 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- Washoe County's online learning program has a new name: North Star Online School. 

It also has a new home on Hunter Lake Drive in Reno. A physical building for an online school may seem a little strange, but North Star Principal Katy Hadley said it's a logical expansion of their growing program.

"Two years ago they had one teacher," Hadley said. "Last year was the first year they had a full cadre of teachers and this is the first year they've had a principal on site."

So they're celebrating with a ribbon cutting. 

"The school grew by 25 percent this year," Hadley said. "[This is] our kick off celebration so that people know we're here and they're ready to grow with us."

Now the school has more than 200 students.

Tiffany Murguia is one of them.

"I knew it was the right decision for me because I think as a teenager as you get older you get busier with other things," Murguia said.

She said North Star gives her something Hug High couldn't.

"The biggest advantage for me was the flexibility," she said. "You can do your school whenever."

And wherever, whether it's at home or at North Star.

"Kids can come here every single day and they do," she said.

Hadley said the kids aren't just sitting at a computer. They can also be out doing extra curricular activities.

"They can be concurrently enrolled in their regular school for things like music, art and sports," Hadley said. "The students can go to proms."

Murguia said she's looking forward to senior year at North Star and hasn't looked back at her decision.

"There are so many options that they can do at this school," she said. "The possibilities are just infinite really."

Hadley says North Star also has programs for students with learning disabilities and for gifted students.

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