I like BeLA because it gives me the flexibility to work on my time, while also allowing me to work one-on-one with a teacher. You don’t have that in a traditional classroom setting.
I started BeLA in the middle of last year and it has helped me improve my grades. I can work online and with a teacher when I need extra help, and have the ability to work at my own pace, without feeling pressure. I’m excited to graduate on time as a Bellefonte student at the end of the year with my mom in the crowd to see it.
We decided to enroll our daughter in Bellefonte eLearning Academy after she had a very traumatic and emotional start to the school year in 2018. She suffered a tremendous personal loss, and she needed a mental break from all the pressure and rigor of a typical school day in order to sort through everything and recenter herself. BeLA was a wonderful experience! The added one-on-one support that was offered with Ms. (Rebecca) Leitzell made all the difference. She was attentive and involved in our child’s daily learning process, which made her transition very easy. She answered all of our concerns promptly and helped us navigate the system when we were having trouble.
Our daughter thrived in her online studies. She was able to continue to attend band during the school day, as well as field trips, dances and special events and activities. This helped her continue to stay in touch with her friends and feel a part of Bellefonte Area Middle School. She loved to be able to work at her own pace, pick and choose the subjects she wanted to start and finish first, and be in control of her own day. This gave her the time, space and confidence she needed to go back to BAMS this year. She is back in regular classes and she doesn’t feel behind.
I’m very grateful that our district is able to offer such a comprehensive alternative learning option for students who need it. This program is the best of both worlds – offering academics and social and extracurricular opportunities.
-Leah, mother of former BeLA student