How PA Cyber Helped Set Gabby Barrett Up for Success
If you’ve got a child pursuing their passion, don’t let a traditional education hold them back. Instead, offer them flexibility, community and the chance to succeed.
Gabby Barrett hit it big when she landed herself a spot in the final three of ABC’s American Idol. At just 18 years old, this high school student is pursuing her music dreams and she isn’t sacrificing her education to do it.
A Pittsburgh native, Barrett balances her music career and her education with the help of the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School. PA Cyber is one of the largest online public schools in the nation, offering students in kindergarten through 12th grade the chance to learn online, with the support of highly qualified educators, and individually tailored curricula.
Students like Barrett, and their families, find a sense of community in conveniently located satellite offices, where they can spend in-person time with other students and instructors. PA Cyber offers expert academic advisors, live instruction sessions, and even monthly field trips.
For Barrett, who needed to rehearse, travel and meet with industry professionals, PA Cyber has given her the opportunity to complete her school work during a time, and at a location, that is convenient for her. All materials, including a laptop, books, and online access, are provided at no cost to Pennsylvania residents — giving students like Barrett the tools for continued success.
“We take great pride in the fact that our students at PA Cyber can be flexible and succeed in the classroom while they chase their dreams and fulfill their passions,” said Lyndsay Kostyak, Barrett’s academic advisor at PA Cyber.
“I’m so happy for Gabby and proud of all of her hard work.”
Part of Barrett’s equation for success is her family. Two of her siblings, both of them PA Cyber School Students, travel the country with her. PA Cyber gives the Barrett family options, which means they can be together experiencing the world instead of just reading about it.
Photograph courtesy of ABC.