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TTU K-12 program offers online courses year-round

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

As Texas plans to open schools amid the surge in COVID-19 cases, some parents are concerned about sending their children back into school buildings.

One option may be Texas Tech's fully-approved K-12 program, which started in 1993. Superintendent Justin Louder said the school has served more than 400,000 students, in more than 70 countries. 

"A student can go full-time with Texas Tech and they can actually graduate with a high school diploma that says Texas Tech University High School," Louder said. "Or they can just take one or two classes to help make up their schedule at a regular school, make up lost credits or accelerate time to graduation."

The program is fully online, tuition based and students work with Texas certified teachers.

"Right now the classes are $250 dollars per semester," Louder said. "But it's done at your own pace, so a student could start tomorrow and finish the class in six months or they could finish it in 30 days."

Louder said athletes, actors, abroad students and even kids experiencing bullying at school have found the TTU K-12 program to be a good fit for them.

Now, the pandemic has pointed more students to the online option.

"We have seen an increase in students this last spring and into the summer," Louder said. "We are open and students can sign up every day of the year."

Louder said there is currently no wait list to enroll and since courses are approved by the Texas Education Agency, credits transfer back to the student's school.

"All the credits are fully transferable to other Texas schools and even transferable outside of Texas if a student is living somewhere else," he said.

There are a few differences between the full-time and supplemental options.

"If you're full-time with us, you're full-time with us, you don't really get to go back and forth," Louder explained. "But if they're supplemental with us and still taking some classes at their home school, then they would get to participate in extracurricular activities and athletics at their traditional school."

TTU K-12 has done online and distanced learning for more than 20 years and Louder said it hopes to help other school districts and students navigate the process during the pandemic and beyond.

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