Whether you are a high school student or the parent of a high school student, there may be many reasons why you would consider choosing an online school over a traditional brick and mortar establishment.
Why Choose An Online School?
More and more families are choosing to homeschool their children every year, and for good reason! Online programs are a wonderful way for parents to be more involved in their student’s education. They also provide students with the space and freedom to develop crucial life skills. These are skills that will improve their chances of success later in life. So what are the benefits of an online education?
In traditional schools, teachers expect all students to keep to the same schedule whether they’ve mastered the material or not. As a result, students who pick up the material quickly easily become bored. On the other hand, students who are struggling drop further and further behind. Online schooling levels the playing field. It allows students to tackle subjects at their own pace. Students are free to spend as much or as little time as needed before moving on to the next subject. Online programs are also a great option for students who may have a busy schedule due to work, sports, health issues, or other obligations. They are free to change their study routine as needed to work with their schedule.
Online schooling is also great for students whose school districts have failed to, or are unable, to provide the one-on-one supports that many students require to be successful learners. Here at New Beginnings Christian Academy students receive faster and more frequent feedback on their assignments than they would in a traditional school. More frequent feedback ensures that students are able to course-correct as needed instead of waiting until they are struggling and falling behind to seek support.
Perhaps one of the more important reasons to choose an online school is college readiness and preparation for a changing workforce. From kindergarten to their senior year, every minute of your student’s school day is scheduled for them. This results in many students leaving high school unprepared to handle the much less structured environment of college and grappling with the demands of post-college employment. With many more companies switching to a remote workforce even entry-level positions may require new hires to be able to manage their workflow without constant supervision.
The self-paced nature of our program here at New Beginnings Christian Academy will help your student develop these vital time management skills that will serve them well in college and beyond. In fact, the earlier students begin developing these skills, the better off they will be. Many parents are choosing to begin homeschooling during the elementary years expressly for this reason.
What If I Want to Graduate Early?
Students in public schools who would like to graduate early face restrictions by the set school schedule. This leads some students to decide on getting their GED instead. Studies show that students with a GED, on average, have lower earning potential across their lifetime. They may also face limitations in which schools they can apply for when attending college. When completing high school through an online program, students limitations are based on how quickly they master the material. They can graduate as early as they like so long as they have met the requirements of their program. Your student will graduate with a diploma and, so long as they meet the admissions requirements, they will not be limited to where they can apply for college.
Will My Credits Transfer?
It’s important to check with your local high schools to ensure that credits from the online school your student is attending are transferable. This ensures that should you choose to re-enroll them in a public or private school, they won’t need to retake any courses. This also ensures that your student’s credits will be transferable to any schools they would like to apply to for college.
Will Attending An Online School Hurt My College Application?
Online schooling has come a long way from where it was when it was first introduced. However, it is still important to ensure that the program you are attending is properly accredited. Then, the only thing standing between you and the college of your choice are solid test scores and a strong admissions essay.
What About Building Social Skills?
Students will have the opportunity to connect with other students in their program through forums, clubs (online and in-person), as well as through extracurricular activities. Online school programs also provide field trips and other social events to give students an opportunity to socialize. Students are also able to choose programs that are fully online or that split their time between online courses and a physical classroom.
Whether you choose to enroll your student in a fully online or blended program, you can be certain that your child is receiving a top-quality education on a schedule that works for how they learn best, and that will better prepare them for college and a changing workforce. Our staff is dedicated to helping your child do the best they can. We understand different learning styles and how to help children through the process. You want the best for your child and we do too. Reach out and connect with one of our advisers today.