See What Parents Say about Midyear Virtual School Transitions
January 26th kicked off National School Choice Week, a time to “shine a positive spotlight on the need for effective education options for all children,” as the website explains. Have you and your child chosen the education option that fits best?
If you’re not sure whether traditional school is right for your child, it’s time to consider other options such as virtual school. After all, Digital Learning Day is coming up on February 6th, so it’s your chance to explore how different learning environments take advantage of technology.
“Don’t Hesitate to Make the Change!”
Students who want to transfer to virtual school don’t have to wait until a new school year begins. It’s always a great time to make the transition, and we have plenty of tips for helping kids of different ages transition to virtual school.
For more information on what it’s like to transfer to virtual school midyear, see what our parents have to say. “We have made the midyear switch, and we know it is a challenging decision,” says one parent. “When a typical brick-and-mortar school is not the best educational choice for your child, don’t hesitate to make the change!
Before long, you will hardly remember the days you didn’t discuss literature over lunch and do math in your slippers! And instead of wondering how your child is going to ‘get through’ another year of school, you’ll be looking forward to days of learning together.”
Below, Connections Academy parents share more reasons not to put off a virtual school transition.
If you’re worried about a midyear transition, get help catching up.
“If you are joining an ongoing class between semesters, contact the instructor and ask about what material was covered during the first half of the class. This will enable you to determine whether you have already covered that material in your other schooling and [also help you] identify any areas that you might have missed so that you can take care of those gaps.”
You don’t need a brick-and-mortar classroom to learn.
“You can turn any place into a school. Be free to explore and create an environment that’s comfortable, relaxed, and conducive to learning.” Another parent agrees: “Mobile learning. Anywhere is a school and a chance to get work done.”
The flexibility of virtual school can make a difference.
“The flexible schedule is perfect for my busy family. My daughter is able to work on her school assignments days, nights, and weekends. Recently, Morgan was picked to have her first solo art exhibit at the Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC. I truly do not feel [that] she would have been able to work on pieces for her art exhibit while still maintaining an A average in school without the flexibility of Connections Academy.”
Virtual school is flexible but not unstructured.
“Even though my daughter attends school online, we still remain structured. We get up every morning and get ready just like when she was in traditional school. I believe this helps her stay focused on what needs to be done. Her reward for working hard all week: Friday is Pajama Day!”
School from home can be exciting.
“My best advice is to get your child excited about learning at home and focus on all of the benefits. School in your sweats or jammies? No problem. You’re hungry? No problem, here is a granola bar! Uncomfortable? Stretch out on the floor with your workbook.”
It’s easy to find answers to your questions.
“Be sure to use the help department and teachers for any questions you may have! We started late in the school year, October, and they have been such a big help to us! They always get back to us in a timely manner.”
Extra help is always available.
“When my daughter first started at Connections [Academy], she was in the sixth grade and part of the Gifted and Talented program. Math was the subject she needed a little more help with. Every day for the first month, my daughter would call her pre-algebra teacher, and her teacher would walk her through the problem. It was almost like having a private math tutor. Now she is in the ninth grade and taking Honors Algebra 2. I had nothing to do with this; it’s all due to her knowledgeable and caring teachers who are always willing to help.”
All it takes to get through the difficult parts is a little creativity.
“Transitions can be tough. Encourage your student to put a quarter in a jar every time he or she voices a complaint about how things are different, harder, confusing, etc. At the end of your first week, take the ‘transition money’ and buy a special treat to help ease the pain!”
The learning curve might be worth it.
“There is a learning curve, but it is worth it. 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’re a Connections Academy parent, please share your thoughts about the virtual school transition! And don’t hesitate to ask questions if you’d like to know more.