5 Reasons It’s Not Too Late to Transfer to Online School
Traditional education follows two conventions: 1) students start school in the fall, and 2) they learn in a regular classroom setting. Traditional schooling isn’t the only option, of course. Today, your student can also opt for online learning, blended learning, or homeschooling. Many of these alternatives still start in the fall, but they don’t have to. In fact, a midyear transition to virtual school or another option might be the best choice for your family.
How do you know it’s not too late to switch learning options? To answer this question, we have compiled five reasons why students and their families may consider a midyear transition. Take a look at the following reasons to learn more.
1. Students should have a choice of learning options so they can access the right education at the right time. A midyear switch might work for your family for a variety of reasons, for example, if your family has moved, if you are looking for a more customized approach to learning, or if your student needs to take care of his or her health while still being able to attend school. Ultimately, if your current schooling option isn’t working, why wait to get your student the education he or she deserves?
The last week of January is National School Choice Week, a celebration that encourages parents to choose the best educational environments for their kids. This makes January an excellent time to consider changing learning options.
2. We provide you with detailed information and answers to your questions, making it easy to decide which learning option is the best fit for your child. No matter what your student’s current schooling environment may be, you can choose from several options, including those that integrate digital learning into the school program:
Homeschooling–Students learn at home and follow a curriculum designed by parents, who serve as their teachers.
Virtual Schooling–Students learn at home, but they follow a state-approved public school curriculum that involves some computer-based study. The students are also taught by certified teachers, while parents serve as guides called Learning Coaches.
Blended Schooling–Students spend time learning online as well as in brick-and-mortar classrooms, allowing them to learn at their own pace while receiving individualized attention in person.
Private Schooling–Students who live in states with limited availability of public digital or online learning options or abroad may choose an affordable private virtual school option for a rigorous, but flexible, education.
For more information on these learning options, browse this list of resources:
- Common questions about virtual school
- How to tell if virtual school is right for your child
- The differences between virtual school and blended learning
- A virtual school day vs. a blended school day
- The differences between homeschool and online school
Remember to take a look at our school checklist to make sure you receive all the benefits your family needs.
3. Our virtual school parents have successfully switched schools midyear. Whether your family changes schools during the fall or during the winter, there will always be challenges during the transition. However, many Connections Academy parents believe it’s an adjustment that pays off for their students.
“There is a learning curve, but it is worth it,” one parent said. “We’re figuring out how to best use the online platform for our needs, and while it did take some time and a few grades that were lower than usual, we still feel it has been a worthwhile journey. Knowing how hard it is to focus on school when you are so anxious or feel unsafe at a brick-and-mortar school, I feel that my daughter is finally able to blossom in the way she was meant to and [that] she can reach her full potential.” If you want to know more, consider contacting a Connections Academy parent.
4. We offer a support system to ease your transition. Adjusting to a new school is easier when you can get help every step of the way. If you decide on virtual school, we are committed to helping you prepare for success. After you check your eligibility for online school, you can use our K–12 online school enrollment checklist to assemble the documents you need to enroll. Help is always available by phone if you want additional guidance.
After you enroll, start building your support system by contacting your student’s teacher and joining our online community. Teachers and parents are always happy to help when you have questions! We also provide new families with plenty of tips and advice. Explore the resources below.
- 5 Tips to Kick-Start Virtual Learning for the New Semester
- Starting Strong: Organization Tips for New Online Learning Coaches
- Why You’re Cut Out to Be a Virtual School Learning Coach
- Helpful Resources for New Connections Academy Learning Coaches
- 6 Things You Need to Know as a New Virtual School Learning Coach
- Four Keys to Being a Great Learning Coach
5. You may still have time to start school this January. At this time of year, many schools are enrolling students for the second semester. Enrollment periods are different depending on the school and grade, so check availability at the school near you. Start by typing in your ZIP code to locate the school that serves your area:
Is your family considering a transfer to virtual school midyear? Feel free to ask questions in the comments, or share your transition stories if you already attend one of our schools.