Virtual schools, also known as cyber schools, are schools that teach online or mainly online. This online learning platform is offered as a choice by many home schooling organizations. Students can earn their credits online in specific courses and the credits will count toward their graduation requirements.
Why would someone choose virtual schools?
These schools offer many benefits. If you are living in a neighborhood with a school district that is less than stellar you might choose to use this sort of educational opportunity. Students struggling to gain extra credits because they are behind may also choose this route. Other students may wish to graduate early and supplement their regular school activities with this sort of option.
Children who are struggling with medical issues often use this technique to stay up with classmates and graduate on time. Missionaries, athletes, other performing arts students and home schoolers also like this as an option for schooling.
Are they very expensive?
No, in fact, many of them are free. You can choose from a wide variety of schools to educate your child. Many families use more than one school to help a child excel in specific areas. Students that are practicing for the Olympics for example may choose to use the practice time as performing arts credits and PE credits. Various schools have various rules so the ability to pick and choose from these options makes it a great choice.
Will my child still receive a diploma?
Yes, as long as the child meets all of the graduation requirements your child will still receive a diploma.
Will colleges accept these diploma’s?
Yes, most colleges, including universities, will accept these diploma’s. In fact, many colleges and universities have a criteria in which they are required to enroll a set amount of students from this background.
How do I go about setting this up?
First you’ll need to contact your local school district and ask for the required forms to home school your child. Fill out these forms and get the information from the school of your choice and fill that in and return it to your local school district and they will send it to the virtual schools of your choice. This gives you the freedom to educate your child as you wish.
Will my child be considered truant by our local district?
No, not if you filled out the form.
There are many great schools to choose from, how do I choose?
With so many choices it may be a difficult choice. You can do a search engine to see the various options.
Calvert is one option that is free of charge. Another option is to go with local schools online programs. The state of Washington, for example, has Columbia Virtual Academy. This is a state wide program where students make a teacher contact on a weekly basis either via email or phone. Students keep up with their various classes and keep meticulous notes of their progress.
The best virtual schools are those in which the student actively participates in his or her education.