Why Virtual School for K-12 Grades Is More Like College than You Think
Once you’ve dispelled some of the myths about virtual school, you may realize that it’s not that different from traditional school. Virtual school students learn in a classroom, socialize with classmates, and do hands-on activities. They simply do all of these things from home.
What may still surprise you is that many parents and Learning Coaches say that virtual school reminds them a lot of going to college. Take a look below to see which elements of virtual school are similar to college.
Independence and autonomy.
Students love the sense of freedom they experience when they go to college, and this feeling is shared by those who start virtual high school. While students at brick-and-mortar schools are supervised directly by teachers throughout the school day, virtual school students work with Learning Coaches who encourage them to develop independent study skills so they can take charge of their own learning. The sense of responsibility and independence that virtual school students develop certainly contributes to their success after high school.
Flexible schedules and customization.
Online school students have some flexibility in their schedules, depending on their grade level and individual needs. While some virtual classroom sessions may occur on a fixed schedule, you and your child can set the times for your lessons and decide what order to cover subjects each day, as long as he or she meets deadlines and stays on track with lessons.
Students can also customize their curriculum to some extent by supplementing their core classes with the elective courses of their choice. Students in college have regular class hours, but they do get to choose which classes to take and when to study. This amount of flexibility allows both college and virtual students to choose a schedule that fits their learning preferences and academic goals.
Students who attend virtual school, brick-and-mortar school, and college all need good time management, but these skills are especially important in college and virtual school. Online school schedules provide more structure than homeschooling yet more flexibility than traditional schools, so online students must exercise self-discipline to create and follow their own routines.
If your child attends a high-quality virtual school with certified teachers and a curriculum that complies with state standards, you don’t have to wonder whether he or she will be prepared for college-level coursework. Virtual school students learn how to meet high academic standards early on and are held accountable for completing their work, which lays the groundwork for future academic success beyond online high school.
Virtual school also offers a lot of options that can help your child prepare for college. He or she can opt to take Honors or Advanced Placement (AP) courses that cover college-level material. Career Technical Education (CTE) courses introduce your child to various career paths, which can help him or her make important decisions about the future.
Students in college or virtual school meet classmates from many different places, not just from their local community. This gives the students a chance to meet and work with other students who have diverse interests and come from a variety of backgrounds.
Do you have any questions about the transition from virtual high school to college? Let us know.