When Is It a Good Idea to Switch Schools Midyear?
Is your current K–12 school placement just not working out? At different points in a student’s educational journey, many parents have had to ask this question for a variety of reasons. You may want to consider transferring to online school, even midyear, for any of the following reasons:
Your student isn’t making progress at school
If your child’s needs aren’t being met in school, either academically, socially, or emotionally, your first action can be to work with the school to make changes to your child’s programming. But this isn’t always possible. Some schools don’t offer a wide range of classes, extracurriculars, or peer groups to help your child grow.
If that’s the case, your school may not be a good fit. By trying a new school, you are offering your student a chance to develop and reach goals you or your child may have thought were out of reach.
Changing your child’s learning environment could go a long way toward providing the type of motivation and fresh start needed to get back to loving school. A change of setting can bring a new perspective that fosters the independence and focus needed to move on to college or career success.
Your student isn’t safe at school
Your child’s physical safety and mental well-being is critical, and can impact academic performance. If your child is being bullied or faces other threats in or on the way to school each day, your first sign that something is amiss could be when you see lower grades, or worse.
Check out these 10 warning signs of bullying.
By changing schools midyear, you can give your child the peace of mind to concentrate on school instead of conflict with peers. And you open opportunities for healthy friendships and emotional development in a safe environment.
Your student needs a more flexible schedule to pursue a career
Exceptionally talented and driven children need more flexibility to pursue life goals or career opportunities. Even though these are K–12 students, their potential to achieve success may be hampered by the restrictions of being at a desk in a classroom all day. Student athletes, musicians, and actors fit into this niche.
Students who have complex medical conditions or illnesses that require scheduling flexibility may also find a midyear school change to be beneficial. Your student can attend medical appointments and either bring schoolwork along or complete it later at home.
You want to participate more fully in your student’s education
Have you dreamed of spending more time working with your child? Do you yearn to have more transparency into what your child is learning, whether the concepts are really sinking in or if your student is making progress?
Traditional schools typically do not allow parents to participate in meaningful ways outside of volunteering to chaperone field trips, arranging class parties, or perhaps leading a group reading for younger students. If you don’t feel like you’re an important member of the educational team, you can take control back by switching to online school and becoming your child’s Learning Coach. Learn more about the role of the Learning Coach.
Your family needs to relocate
If your family has to move midyear, then you’ll need to switch schools. Military families find themselves needing to move on short notice, impacting students. That’s where online school can help. Online school can give students a safe, consistent school experience that can go wherever the relocation takes them.
If you are interested in learning more about Connections Academy® and the amazing K–12 teachers in schools across the country, find a school near you.