GREENVILLE, PITT COUNTY -

The Pitt County school district is creating a Virtual Academy that will serve high school students.

Beginning next school year, students will have the option to take some of their classes online.

On Tuesday, the teachers who will host those classes were training how to operate the virtual classrooms. The training took place at C.M. Eppes Middle School in Greenville.

School officials said the Virtual Academy is one way to compete with private schools and home schooling.

"Some kids learn differently. Some kids are busy. For example, if you are a baseball player in a school and fourth period class, you are missing a lot because you are going to games. Why not have a virtual opportunity which works better around their schedules," said 9-12 Director of Pitt County Schools Bill Frazier.

Fraizer said if this concept is a success, Pitt County could have a virtual high school where students would never step on campus.