New high school offers flexible program

CARLSBAD — Halstrom High School student Andy Zhang, age 14, is the youngest golfer to play in the U.S. Open. While competing on the professional golf circuit, Zhang keeps up with high school by attending online classes through Halstrom’s San Diego campus, which gives him the flexibility to both play golf and focus on his studies. Zhang is just one of more than 15,000 students, including Olympic skater Sasha Cohen, television actress Blake Lively, and professional skateboarder Ryan Sheckler, who have been able to achieve educational success through Halstrom’s flexible scheduling and one-to-one educational model.Halstrom just relocated from Vista to 705 Palomar Airport Way, Suite 350, in late June.

“I practice golf all day, so attending a regular school wouldn’t work for me,” said Zhang. “I travel frequently for tournaments, and in a regular school I would have to miss class. Halstrom is great because I get to make my own schedule, and attend class wherever I may be.”

In 2011, Zhang and his parents found Halstrom High School, a Western Association of Schools and Colleges-accredited, UC/CSU certified and NCAA-approved high school that offers classes online and at any of the six Halstrom campuses located throughout Southern California.

“I like Halstrom’s online program because when I meet with my teachers, I actually get to see and talk to them,” said Zhang. “We share our desktops and meet via webcam. And because of this I can ask questions and get immediate answers and feedback in real-time from my teachers.”

At Halstrom, students learn how to work independently and manage time efficiently. “Halstrom and golf are very similar – they both require independent learning, I think this helps me focus on my goals and pushes me, with no one else’s help, to excel in and outside of the classroom,” said Zhang.

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