ROSWELL, Ga. — When schoolteacher Sondra Anderson retired, she wanted to offer students and parents a different education experience.
Anderson, a former Findley Oaks Elementary teacher, is now Rising High Homeschool Academy founder and lead instructor. The venture will offer language arts and mathematics classes for kindergarten through fifth-grade starting Sept. 2.
The homeschool will reach students in Roswell, Alpharetta, Milton, Johns Creek and Cumming.
“With Rising High, the students get a personal touch,” Anderson said.
As a teacher, Anderson, of Roswell, spent extra time tutoring students, some of them remotely, she said.
“One night a little girl called me saying she needed help with long division. And I said to her, ‘I really need to be there with you to teach you long division,’” she said.
But then Anderson thought about it.
“I said, ‘Okay, FaceTime me.’ And so that’s how I taught her long division — through FaceTime,” she said.
Rhonda Hurd, a Rising High parent, said the technological focus is important to her. Hurd’s daughter, Kayla, will be in the school’s language arts and math programs in the fall.
“I think most kids would love to do things that are technology driven,” Hurd said. “Ms. Anderson will allow [Kayla] to learn the way that she feels comfortable.”
Hurd said the homeschool format gives her daughter more choice in her education.
“Kayla can learn and hone her skills on anything she possibly wants to do,” Hurd said.
Anderson’s 30 years of experience teaching in public schools helped her form the school’s curriculum with a focus on vocabulary.
Anderson’s passion for teaching started when she was a young girl.
“There was nothing I’ve wanted to do except teach” she said. “I have a gift for teaching, and I want to continue that.”
Rising High’s extracurricular programs, not exclusive to enrolled students, include French, a writing class and summer book clubs.
“My goal is to help students learn as much as possible and to make them want to learn and explore on their own,” Anderson said.
An informational meeting about Rising High will be held 2 p.m. July 26 at Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 888 Zion Circle in Roswell.
For more information, visit www.rh-homeschool.com.