A message from FLY’s Executive Director:
Like many educational organizations and institutions, FLY experienced substantial change during the COVID pandemic. From the start of the pandemic in March 2020, FLY’s online student audience grew from 1,300 students to almost 3,000 from across the United States.
As schools reopened, and as students had more opportunities to learn in-person, FLY’s online program decreased 90% within a 6-month period. At the end of June 2022, FLY’s leadership team decided to temporarily pause FLY’s online program until further notice and refund any families who had pre-registered for Fall 2022 classes. We are disappointed that we needed to make this difficult decision, but we know that FLY would not have been able to sustain a quality education program for our online students without making untested changes.
FLY has 25 years of experience teaching in-person classes, and now 2 years of experience teaching online. For 2022-2023, FLY will be re-evaluating and re-designing its program and strategy, with the objectives to 1) incorporate its nationwide student and teacher base, and 2) leverage lessons learned from both its in-person and online programs.
FLY will continue to teach with our private school partners for 2022-2023, and is open to discussing opportunities with new partners. FLY will not be restarting before and afterschool programs at this time. If you are interested in bringing FLY to your school, where students can learn during the regular school day, please visit https://www.foreignlanguageforyouth.org/get-involved/partner/schools/.
If you would like to be involved in shaping the future of FLY, please join other teachers, parents and passionate professionals and submit a request to join one of our Advisory Committees.
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We truly appreciate the wonderful feedback on our program, and the many “thank yous” from parents for the educational benefits your students have enjoyed while learning online. We look forward to communicating the future direction of FLY by May 2023.
Foreign Language for Youth