Three districts come together to share online courses

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

This past school year has been a little less hectic for busy juniors and seniors at Hempfield High School, thanks to a new, unique online course-sharing initiative.

The Hempfield School District is in a suburban-rural community outside Lancaster, Pa., and is one of three local districts that have implemented Open Campus PA, a program that unites its high school with the nearby Penn Manor and Manheim Township districts’ high schools. The goal is to share teachers and selected online courses, allowing participating students to take online classes on their own time.

After a successful first academic year, the program is expected to grow starting next fall, nearly doubling the amount of courses offered and almost tripling student participation, from 120 students to more than 300 from the three high schools combined.