An alternative to traditional education models that is gaining steam is known as hybrid education. While a range of schools and programs fall into this category, a defining element of these programs seems to be that they strike a balance between on-line & classroom-based learning. At the Chicago Virtual Charter School, which is profiled in an article by Education Week, each student spends two hours and 15 minutes in a classroom one day a week. The remainder of the time students work virtually from home. This charter school partners with K12 and is free for Chicago Public School students who enroll. The school was one of ten charter schools in the state to make the Illinois Honor Roll in 2009 & they have met Adequate Yearly Progress goals every year since they opened opened three years ago. These blended programs also create opportunities for socialization & community outings. I heart innovations!