By Sharon Stevens Education Reporter
Highland, IL (KSDK) - If you can't come to class, they'll bring the classroom to you. That's the situation for a homebound 14-year-old Highland, Illinois student.
Alixandria Horstmann is keeping up with her class work via technology.
Horstmann starts her classes at Father Givney Catholic High School in Maryville each morning without ever leaving her house.
Shortly after classes began, Horstmann and her family were told she needed surgery to remove two ribs. Then she found out she also had an aneurysm.
Horstmann had surgery and it was predicted she'd be out of school for as long as three months. She didn't want to miss out on her freshman year, so a classmate came up with an idea.
She Skypes all of her classes through her iPad.
So while Horstmann is sitting in her living room, her classmates are at school. And every day they literally carry her, via computer, from class to class.
There are no textbooks, only laptops and iPads, so that Horstmann can communicate with every student.
Students and educators say having a virtually paperless school has not only helped keep Horstmann in the group, but has opened a world of other possibilities.
The school just opened in August, and only freshmen are enrolled this year.
One grade level will be added each year until Father McGivney is a four-year high school.
Horstmann says she is recovering faster than doctors had predicted and will be back in school this week.