Many kids nationwide are turning to a new way of schooling: online. So, what exactly is online schooling? Why do people seem to think it’s so great? Is it expensive? Is it right for my kid?
First of all, let’s talk about the reasons to choose to learn at an online school in the first place. Many students choose to learn online due to sports or music they excel in and are unable to fit with a regular brick-and-mortar school schedule. A lot of kids go full time, but some students, such as figure skaters, for example, do online school part time. They may have practice before school in the mornings and skip their first one or two classes them come to school and take the classes online instead. They may also do the same thing, but in the afternoon: skipping the last one or two classes to skate after school.
Other students come to online schools because they may be accelerated learners who are held back by the more average pace of classrooms or students who learn slower and need more time and attention to go over material. They could also have a learning disability, be bullied, travel frequently, or just not do well in a traditional school environment. Whatever the reason, online schools are a lifeline to students and are a helpful alternative to homeschooling for some parents.
Parents that home school kids may no longer want the responsibility of teaching their child, and online schools provide a very professional and standardized curriculum with a teacher and personal attention.
There are two types of online schools: public and private. The online schools have basically the same difference as the public and private brick-and-mortar schools: public go by state regulations and private set their own rules. With private, you get more personal attention and a more in-depth curriculum, while public follows state standards and regulations. Regardless, if your child is willing to work hard to learn as much as they can, they will do fine in either. The main difference for many parents is the cost: since online public schools are public schools, they are paid for by the state and are free for the student. Online private schools cost a fee. For example, K12 International Academy charges $4,995 for K-8 and $6,995 for 9-12. The K12 public school won’t cost you a dime.
It is completely personal preference of whether to choose public or private school. There are pros and cons to both, so you just have to figure out which is best for you.
Online schools provide a strong learning plan to help students excel at their schoolwork, with people to help them around the clock. They have live student support and great teachers.
Good online schools include Connections Academy, IQ Academy, and K12. However, there are many others so it is important to do research to find out which one is right for you.