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With the growing popularity of online education, you may be wondering exactly what a virtual school is, how it works, and how it is different from a traditional school – and what benefits this method of schooling offers.

Virtual learning environment

Students who attend a virtual high school receive an accredited education online, rather than attending school at a physical location.

State-certified teachers deliver a rigorous curriculum that correlates to state standards and provides students with a variety of innovative learning materials and good resources. Teachers are heavily involved in each student’s learning experience and prioritize tailoring instruction to fit each individual student’s needs and learning style.

Students participate in a virtual classroom from the comfort of their own homes – or anywhere else Internet access is available. There’s no school bus ride – and there’s no making up snow days.

How does online high school work?

While a traditional public school calendar runs from September to June with numerous days off for holidays, teacher workshops, and other events, a virtual school does not have a set “school year”. Students enrolled in a virtual high school have the freedom to develop a schedule that works best for them and their families, rather than having to adhere to a prearranged, inflexible schedule.

A personalized schedule allows students to work at their own pace, giving them the time they need to get a thorough understanding of each subject. There is also the added benefit of concentrating about what truly interests them by choosing subjects from a wide range of courses not typically offered in public schools.

Due to the flexibility online high school provides, many students also enjoy being involved in outside extracurricular or volunteer activities, or pursuing their athletic or creative talents and passions, without being stressed or over scheduled.

Communication and peer interactions in virtual school

While the computer is used as a tool for teachers, parents, and students to manage and track assignments, communicate with each other, and deliver interactive school materials, students in virtuHomework in the parkal schools do not actually spend all of their time on the computer.

Many assignments consist of offline activities, such as reading physical textbooks, using workbooks, and doing hands-on science experiments – which is similar to a traditional school setting.

Students may also socialize and collaborate with their peers on a regular basis. Virtual school provides students plenty of opportunities to interact with one another online and students often communicate in other ways as well, such as through IM, texting, talking on the phone, and going on field trips

Is a virtual learning environment right for you?

Learning online creates flexibility and provides many creative learning opportunities that are not found within most traditional public schools.

Contact us today with any questions you may have or to obtain additional information about our online high school.

 

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