A new online high school targeting LGBT students, believed to be the first of its kind, plans to launch in January 2010, reports the Pioneer Press.
While other online schools exist, as do bricks-and-mortar schools that serve gay students, the Minnesota program is the first to combine the two features, according to the International Association for K-12 Online Learning.
Named the GLBTQ Online High School, and based in Maplewood, MN, it is the brainchild of David Glick, the first online learning coordinator at the Minnesota Department of Education. (GLBTQ represents gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or questioning.)
The school’s mission is to provide a safe and welcoming educational community that provides a high quality, comprehensive college-preparatory online high school experience for students who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or questioning their sexual orientation or gender using the best technology and techniques of distance education.