We have all experienced high school cliques - and know that they can turn mean and toxic very quickly.
Every school has its designated groups: often broken up into those who play sports and those who don't. These 'groupings' often result in some students feeling forced to participate in activities they don't want to, which can affect mental health severely.
But imagine a learning environment and safe space where everyone is treated with respect, where interaction isn't forced, where you can separate yourself if you wish, but still be around people.
A lot of our students say that their mental health has improved since studying at Valenture. There is no bullying and the teachers encourage that kind of social dynamic.
"Nothing is imposed on you," says one student.
A lot of our students say that they're not forced to like everyone, they can decide for themselves as there is no fake 'we are a family' mentality.
Students choose friends more 'actively' as the nature of online means that you have to connect on more than just one level with someone else (like just being an athlete or just being in the same physical school space together) to really and truly connect.
As a result, many of our students say that they've made more 'real' friends in the Valenture classroom than they ever did at 'normal' school.
Watch the above video for more from our Student Success Mentor, Roxy.