LUTCHER, La. (AP) — Enrollment in St. James Parish's online Virtual Academy not only has increased rapidly since its July opening, but school officials are fielding phone calls from parents outside the parish who are interested in the program.

The Advocate reports Virtual Academy Principal Becky Louque gave an assessment during a presentation to the St. James School Board this week.

Serving St. James Parish students in kindergarten through 12th grade, Louque said the Virtual Academy offers computer-based, nontraditional learning opportunities for children who may not perform well in "brick and mortar" schools.

In July, Louque said the Virtual Academy started with just one student. As of Tuesday, she said 34 students ranging from fourth grade through 12th grade have enrolled.