Guided, school officials said, by current research on how girls learn best, Lauralton Hall has affiliated with the Online School for Girls, an all-girl learning community that connects students worldwide through coursework in an online learning community.Lauralton Hall President Antoinette (Toni) Iadarola said she believes the best way to prepare students for the future is to remain on the cutting edge of new directions in education. \u201cIt\u2019s in the DNA of our founders, the Sisters of Mercy, to be innovative and ahead of our time and we are committed to their vision,\u201d Iadarola said in a prepared press release.The Online School for Girls offers self directed courses that focus on several key principles: Emphasizing connections among participants; incorporating collaboration into the learning experience; inspiring and rewarding creativity; and engaging in real-world problems and applications while having students probe the social and ethical dynamics that define and stretch society.Founded in 2009, the Online School for Girls combines two national education trends: Single-gender classrooms with online education.\u201cBy offering an educational experience that is not limited by location, the Online School for Girls enriches the learning experience and broadens the opportunities available to our students,\u201d said Principal Ann Pratson. \u201cLike our own courses, OSG teaches what it means to be literate, participatory, and fluent in the tools of the 21st century. The online platform also teaches a skill set vital to young women today: Technology, communication, analysis, and access to global concepts.\u201dThe Online School for Girls is a \u201clearning community comprised of more than 65 girls\u2019 and co-ed schools from around the United States,\u201d according to the online school\u2019s website.\u201cIn addition to connecting girls, the Online School for Girls connects schools,\u201d the website states. \u201cTeachers and administrators in the consortium have opportunities to interact and collaborate with each other through professional development courses, teaching classes, and our Advisory Council.\u201dSchools, like Lauralton, pay a one-time fee to join the online school.Lauralton lists the online offerings under an \u201cAcademic\u201d header on its website.\u201cIn the 2011-2012 school year, girls from 13 states, Australia, England and Asia took high-quality online courses offered through the Online School for Girls,\u201d Lauralton\u2019s website states. \u201cAt Lauralton, juniors and seniors were offered the opportunity to enroll in these online classes in the 2012-2013 school year.\u201dThe website notes that online education is the fastest growing segment of education today.\u201cTaking an online course requires the ability to manage time well and to stay on top of tasks,\u201d Lauralton educators say on their website.On top of Lauralton\u2019s tuition, students must pay an additional $675 for a semester and $1345.50 for a full year of online classes if they wish to take them.