The 5 Main Benefits of Attending a Virtual School
While many parents are more familiar with the routines and methods of a traditional brick-and-mortar public school, online public schools offer a high-quality education as well as appealing differences. Although families mention a variety of reasons for leaving their previous school or schooling method, they quickly identify five main benefits of attending a virtual school.
Increased Flexibility to Meet Individual Needs
Traditional, brick-and-mortar schools do work well for many students. But it can be challenging for aspiring athletes, actors, artists, and those heavily involved in extracurricular activities to find a balance between school and their interests. Many students in such situations devote significant time to travel, practice, and other requirements to meet their goals. Virtual schools offer flexible schedules that fit school to the student—instead of fitting the student to the school.
That said, everyone can benefit from the flexibility of virtual schools. With this model, it’s simple to accommodate doctor’s appointments, volunteering, part-time jobs, and other commitments. In addition, students switching from being homeschooled may find online school to be a good choice—and a smooth transition.
The flexible schedule also allows each student to move at his or her own pace. Students at virtual schools don’t have to wait for other students to catch up or worry about rushing through a difficult concept. This flexible pace allows for mastery of material on your student’s terms.
More Integrated Technology and Preparation for the Future
Technology has permeated every industry, and its influence continues to grow. Today’s virtual school students gain experience working hands-on with advanced technology through their course work.
Virtual school students already embrace the environment they’ll likely experience in both college and future employment. Most professors and bosses expect a high level of independence and time-management skills, which makes virtual school excellent work and college prep. As online classes grow in prominence and many workplaces allow telecommuting, the ability to self-motivate and work independently will continue to grow in importance.
Fewer Distractions and Time Wasters
One of the greatest benefits of the virtual school model is having fewer distractions and time wasters.
Students at virtual schools don’t have to waste time riding the bus to school (or waiting in the drop-off line), waiting as the teacher takes roll or passes out papers, or sitting through announcements. Virtual schools also eliminate time wasters like snow days, because students can learn from the comfort of their own home, regardless of weather conditions.
Put simply, virtual schools are able to tailor education to each individual child. Students aren’t distracted by other students, and their learning isn’t interrupted because a teacher has to address other students’ bad behaviors.
Opportunity for Struggling Students to Thrive
Virtual schools can be an academic lifeline for many students, such as those who:
- Grasp new material significantly faster or slower than other students
- Need the ability to manage health concerns throughout the day
- Are rebuilding confidence after experiencing bullying
- Accrue many absences because of a difficult-to-accommodate schedule
Students who need to approach school differently due to varying circumstances deserve an opportunity to thrive in their educational pursuits. Virtual school offers a unique approach that can not only accommodate these students but also provide the tools needed to succeed. Online school teachers can personalize assignments, provide extra resources, and even arrange time to talk with students one-on-one to provide the individual attention they need.
It also can help decrease sick days, as students can work on school at a different time of the day if they aren’t feeling well.
Better Connections with Family, Friends, and Instructors
Although they may not see classmates daily, students at virtual schools often form better connections with the people with whom they interact regularly. Additionally, virtual schools offer more one-on-one time with instructors, which can enhance the learning experience.
The flexible schedule and structure of virtual schools allows parents to take a more active role in their children’s education. They can create a custom calendar of social activities to suit each child’s interests and temperament. Additionally, they will likely find it much easier to schedule important family trips and outings. It’s easy to accommodate playdates and time for kids to be kids when a child’s school schedule is subject to his or her personal schedule.
With all of these benefits for their children, parents tell us they find online school very rewarding, too. They have the opportunity to be involved in their children’s schooling and to nurture their love of learning. And many report that they have more family time and closer bonds than before. If your children could benefit from the many advantages offered by virtual schooling, enroll them at a Connections Academy® online school today, or contact us if you have any questions.