New Dallas ISD Virtual School to Open Fall 22 – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Next fall, Dallas Schools will launch a stand-alone virtual school for students who want the stability of a lifelong online learning experience.

The pandemic has created a lot of uncertainty. School districts are continually faced with decisions about in-person classes, virtual learning, or hybrid models. Face coverings are always controversial and new variants remain at the forefront of concerns.

“Everything we’ve done so far with virtual learning has been in response to one of multiple things,” said Monica Morris.

In the fall of this year, Dallas ISD will offer a different virtual learning experience.

“During the pandemic, we have learned that there are many students who not only prefer the virtual learning model, but also thrive in it. They did better in their education than they ever had before,” Morris said.

Monica Morris is the new principal of what will become the district’s iLearn virtual school for students in grades 3-9. She said there will be a building for the self-contained school which she will report to with the teachers. The students will stay at home.

The goal is to ensure that students have a full academic experience…as if they were in a classroom.

“Our youngest will have art as they are used to. Middle kids will have electives and specialty classes,” she said. “And as we progress through our high school grades, we will add AP and dual credit.”

Ultimately, she hopes the new school will provide a sense of stability at a time when it is so desperately needed.

“I hope iLearn students and parents will find a place they call home,” Morris said. “Where they find a community of like-minded learners who thrive in this virtual environment.”

The iLearn virtual school is scheduled to open in fall 2022. There are 50 places available per grade level. For more information on how to apply and deadlines, Click here.

Perry A. Thomasson