Is Online Homeschooling Right For My Child?

Wondering whether your child could benefit from online homeschooling?  Take this short quiz to find out.  Depending on individual circumstances, answers will vary.

Is your local school failing to make the grade?

If you’re not satisfied with your local schools, an accredited online program may be a better option– just be sure to do your research before enrolling your child in a particular school.  A diploma from an accredited online high school has as much value as a traditional one and should be accepted by colleges and most employers.

At high-quality virtual schools, state-certified teachers have a strong background in their respective subject areas and strive to help students reach their full potential.  Students have access to engaging, interactive lessons that address different learning styles.

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Are you looking for a more personalized, supportive approach?

While the idea of taking courses from a computer may sound impersonal, many online programs are just the opposite.  Some schools pair each student with a faculty member who provides one-on-one assistance and guidance.  Online homeschooling programs typically offer multiple channels for teachers and students to connect– forums, email, chat, and phone.  Parents are encouraged to get involved too.

For children who are being bullied at school, the virtual classroom may be a welcome respite from a hostile school environment.  Perhaps you’re concerned that your homeschooled child will have limited opportunities to socialize.  Several virtual schools offer extracurricular activities and clubs.  Teens can get involved in sports teams, volunteer organizations, and other groups within the community, too.

Does your child face learning challenges or have outside interests that don’t conform to the traditional school schedule?

With online homeschooling, students can study whenever and wherever they choose.  Self-paced learning can be especially helpful for those who have learning disabilities, struggle with a particular subject, or are academically ahead of their peers and don’t feel challenged in a traditional classroom.  The flexibility of a virtual high school is also ideal for students involved in outside-the-classroom pursuits that take up a considerable amount of time, such as athletic training (any Olympic hopefuls out there?) or acting or music lessons.

Depending on how you answered the questions, virtual high school may be a practical, affordable choice for your family.