Of the 15.4 million high school students who were expected to attend public schools this past fall, many are struggling to keep up and stay engaged. Some parents who decided to keep their students enrolled in brick-and-mortar schools last fall are now carefully considering a switch to a private online academy, either in time for the spring term, before fall 2021, or even over the summer.
School district leaders and teachers are working tirelessly to provide accessible, equitable education to diverse groups of students and families. However, the online learning or hybrid learning models they’re providing are working well for some students, but not all.
As an established online virtual school, we’re grateful for the heightened awareness of how much goes into providing a rigorous, flexible, and engaging online education to students all over the world.
We’re getting lots of questions from parents who are trying to evaluate the switch to a virtual high school like ours in the near future, and we thought it might be helpful to provide a guide of important considerations.
Enrolling your student in a virtual high school that is accredited is important for multiple reasons:
Because your student will be doing schoolwork 100 percent remotely, it’s important to make sure there are robust resources to help them feel supported and connected:
An engaging and rigorous curriculum.
Not all online schools are created equal. It’s important to choose one with a curriculum that:
Quality virtual high schools will prepare your student for the next level of their academic career. Ask the school if:
One of the distinct advantages of attending a private online high school is the freedom to use the curriculum when it works for your student and your family. Ask the school if:
Support for Student Athletes.
Enrolling your child in an online private high school is an investment in their future, but the cost should be within reason. Additionally, it’s important to understand what tuition does or does not cover, including:
We hope this guide is helpful to you as you evaluate virtual private schools for your high school student. We encourage you to reach out with any questions you have, and we’ll be happy to answer them.