4 Ways Online High School Prepares Teens to Succeed in College
Knowing the importance a strong education will play in their children’s future success, many parents ask how online high school will help kids prepare for college. Some parents expect to see an impressive list of college admissions earned by a school’s students. Some look for college prep courses or school accreditation. While these factors are important, there are additional aspects of virtual education that make it especially valuable for college-bound students. Our graduates praise online high school for preparing them to succeed by:
- Engaging them in rigorous coursework. In addition to good grades and SAT/ACT scores, college admissions committees look for students who have enrolled in challenging courses that will help them succeed in the college classroom and beyond. Virtual schools often provide a wider variety of Honors and AP courses than many school districts, as well as the opportunity to delve deeper into subject matter.
- Teaching time management. Instead of answering to the class bell, virtual school students learn to schedule and keep track of their own time. Having this skill makes it easier to transition to the varied schedule of courses and extracurricular activities available on a college campus.
- Emphasizing personal responsibility. In a virtual high school, students become independent learners and active participants in the virtual classroom. They are expected to take responsibility for meeting deadlines and asking for help when necessary. This level of independence gives students the opportunity to hone the study skills and self-discipline needed to succeed in college.
- Providing guidance throughout the college search. Just like traditional bricks-and-mortar schools, many online schools have counseling staff who can connect students to a wealth of information and resources about searching for and applying to colleges. They may also sponsor tours of colleges and universities in your area.
Hear what Connections Academy alumna Anna Marie Ridenour has to say about her successful transition from online high school student to college freshman by watching her video below.
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If your family has a virtual school graduate or online high school student, tell us what aspect of online learning has helped prepare your student for college. Share your insights and observations in the comments!