Virtual School or Blended Learning: Which Option Is Right for Your…
Kids can complain all they want, but the first lesson they learn about school is that it’s not an option. How and where they learn is, however.
If you’re not sure whether a traditional brick-and-mortar school is right for your child, you can always consider virtual school. But switching from learning in a classroom to learning at home with a computer is a big change, so it can be a difficult decision to make. That’s why blended learning, a combination of learning both online and at a campus, is another great option for many students and families.
Take a look at the similarities and differences below to get an overview of what virtual and blended learning can offer students.
Virtual school full time (VSFT) and blended learning (BL) both involve learning online, but:
- VSFT students learn at home, usually five days a week, and communicate with their teacher remotely. They can schedule lessons throughout the day. Also, there’s no need for transportation because students learn from home.
- BL students spend time on a school campus for four hours a day, four days a week. Their classrooms and open study areas are fully equipped and led by teachers. Students also do some additional classwork online outside of their school campus. These students have to find a location in their area to attend, however.
Both options offer students a solid support system comprised of parents, coaches, and teachers, but:
Both options help students enjoy a variety of learning experiences, but:
- VSFT learners and their Learning Coaches have a lot of freedom (and time) in choosing what they will participate in. Besides arranging field trips, Learning Coaches have access to a lot of independent K–12 activity ideas online.
- BL learners can attend frequent events led by guest speakers, as well as school field trips.
Both options provide a positive environment where students can feel confident, but:
- VSFT students rely mostly on their parents and Learning Coaches for help with personal growth.
- BL offers classes called “Success Highways,” which help students work on building up their confidence, stress tolerance, and more.
Both options offer opportunities for socialization, but:
- VSFT allows students to complete all online P.E. requirements on their own time in whatever way they choose.
Both options help prepare students for college, careers, or other opportunities, but:
- VSFT students can take Honors, Advanced Placement (AP), and Career Technical Education classes through their virtual curriculum, and they also have access to a counselor and to college- and career-planning resources. Flexible scheduling also offers students the opportunity to visit colleges, find internships, and more.
- BL students can take Honors, Advanced Placement (AP), and Career Technical Education classes through their curriculum, and they also have access to a counselor on-site for college- and career-planning resources. Guidance counselors also help students find local internships, volunteer opportunities, and even jobs.
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