Published: Aug 12, 2011 12:31 AM EDT
Updated: Aug 12, 2011 12:32 AM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla. - Kristina Wood has lesson and tests like any other student. In her case though, most everything she needs is at the tips of her fingers.

She's one of hundreds of Lee County students trading in school desks for desktop computers, and school officials say more and more are signing up for the district's virtual instruction program.

Wood says it gives her a feeling of freedom.

"They hold back my courses so I can go to Spain. Then when I get back, I can start at the regular pace," says Wood.

Virtual school principal Al Shilling says, when the program started in 2009, there was a class of about 80 students. This year, the numbers are closer to 300, and the calls keep coming.

"Families have told other families about it, and word has spread quickly that way," Shilling says.

The program is accredited like any other school, Shilling says. Students can set their own schedules and work at their own pace. There is online instruction from teachers, as well as the option to work solo, or in a virtual classroom with other students.

While it seems like the program might be a breeze, Shilling says it takes a self-motivated student to succeed in the coursework.

10th-grader Christopher Wood, who's Kristina's brother, says the online classes give him the flexibility he hasn't found in a traditional setting.

"You can just work on the things you struggle with and just fly through the things that you know," he says.

Enrollment is still under way for the program. It ends Sept. 1.