500 Reach is a flexible education program for grades 9-12 and adult students to earn their high school diploma in USD 500 KCK. It is a fully accredited virtual program with face-to-face access and support from an on-site instructor.
How Does the 500 Reach Virtual Learning Center Approach Differ From Other Virtual Programs?
Coursework is not tied to a traditional school year or semester-style calendar. Students are able to complete their curriculum, then move along to the next coursework selection, allowing them to accelerate or take extra time on units, based on their needs.
Students need to either have access to an internet connected computer. Our center can also provide a quiet workplace. All students are required to have final exams proctored on our site, which is located at 7704 Parallel Pkwy, KCK.
For High School Students Under 19
To enter the program, current high school students must be actively enrolled in the USD 500 KCK school district and must get referred to the program from Alternative Learning Services. The contact for Alternative Learning Services is Skyler Myers and his office number is 913-279-2091.
Some students thrive while working at their own pace outside of the traditional brick-and-mortar education setting, while others may need to take a few extra classes to stay on track and on-time.
For others, life situations make flexibility necessary as they continue their pursuit of a high school diploma. A virtual education through the Kansas City Kansas Public Schools and 500 Reach Virtual Learning Center allows students the opportunity to tailor their coursework to their needs through a partnership with the Greenbush Learning Center.
For Adult Learners
Adults living in the state of Kansas, who are age 19 or older and whose class has already graduated, may come to our center on Monday’s and Tuesday’s from 8-12 and 1-2:30 to sign up. Please bring your high school transcripts and a current photo ID. If your ID does not have a current address, please bring a piece of mail which shows your name and current address. The prospective student will then sign up for an orientation which takes place about once a month.
Many adults have been unable to complete their high school diploma in the traditional way.
It’s important to realize, however, that adults with a high school diploma earn an average of $11,000 per year more than adults who haven’t finished high school (U.S. Census Bureau).