Technology is fast becoming the driving force in education at high school and college levels. Online high schools are springing up all over the Internet, but are these virtual schools good for everyone? How do you know if the school is accredited? Can you go to college with an online high school degree? What about getting a job? These are just a few of the questions that spring to mind when considering whether or not to attend a virtual high school. These questions and other issues will be discussed in this article. A listing of web sites for more information on this topic will be included at the end of the article.
What is a virtual high school? “Virtual schools are defined as educational facilities that are not a physical location, but rather are located on the Internet. The primary difference between a virtual school and a stand-alone brick and mortar school is the latter’s physical interactions among teachers, staff and students. Virtual schools offer programs and curriculum for all grade levels.” Definition of Virtual School | eHow.comhttp://www.ehow.com/about_5370360_definition-virtual-school.html#ixzz114jPTGYb
In reality, virtual high schools are really a form of home schooling.
Are virtual high schools good for all students? The answer is no. Students considering a virtual high school must have excellent reading skills because most of the coursework involves reading and comprehending. A weakness in this vital area will cause frustration in the student, possibly resulting in the student giving up. Written communication skills must be above average because all communication between the student and teacher as well as assignments will be presented as written documents. Self-discipline and good study habits are a must. Very few students are prepared for this type of environment.
Accreditation is a must for quality schools. Some virtual high schools are accredited but many more are not. The cost of attending the virtual high school depends on the school. Some states have virtual public high schools for the students in that state. If you do not live in the state, you will either be charged a fee for tuition or not be permitted to attend, depending on the state’s policy. Most of the virtual high schools are charter schools with tuition required.
If a student plans to attend college, he/she really needs to think about it before attending a virtual high school. Many colleges will either reject the diploma completely or require the student to take standardized tests in order to attend. If the school is not accredited, the diploma will be rejected. Students attending virtual high schools do not take the state exit exams; this causes the problem with attending college because public school students must pass the exams in order to obtain a diploma.
Applying for a job with an online high school diploma depends upon the type of job desired. Again, a non-accredited online high school diploma will not be accepted. Parents and students need to be very careful in choosing an online high school; checking for accreditation and success rates in graduates in finding jobs and attending college need to be researched thoroughly before attending. Failure to research a school thoroughly can result in disappointment in the future.
Despite the fact that home schooling and virtual high schools are on the increase in some areas of the country, most parents and students prefer the traditional high school where schools are accredited with guaranteed acceptance of the diploma for jobs and college a given. High schools students are often not prepared, even if home schooled from an early age, for the virtual environment in high school. Science and math courses are especially difficult to teach and learn in the virtual environment. Below you will find a list of sites that will provide more information on virtual high schools. These will give you a start in research. Key words to use in your searches include: virtual high schools, virtual high school diploma, online high schools, and public online high schools. Do the research before deciding to allow your son or daughter to earn an online high school diploma. Their future is at stake.
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