Most of us know someone who has been homeschooled or has attended an online school. Many of us wondered why a family would choose to homeschool. In the past, online programs and homeschools were viewed with disdain. Times have changed though, and online schools have become an acceptable form of schooling and can even exceed the education received at a traditional brick and mortar school.
There are many reasons for the increase in enrollment in online schools. Poor schools are at the top of the list. Many schools just fail to provide a quality educational experience. The school environment, students, teachers, and classrooms provide a negative experience for many students. Peer pressures(gangs, drugs, fighting, dating) can really weigh down on a student and affect their performance. Poor quality teachers have been a real issue at traditional schools. Teachers that just provide busy work or ask students to just read the text instead of teaching their students. Classrooms in many schools are just too large and teachers are unable to manage the students. Students can cause constant distractions in a classroom affecting everyone’s learning experience.
These are just a few reasons families are leaving brick and mortar schools and looking for an alternative way to educate their kids. Online schools take out the environmental factors that can distract students allowing them to concentrate on their learning. Students can work at their own pace, without distractions. They can also take breaks throughout the day. In a traditional school, students usually attend class for 7-8 hours. In an online program, they can break up their learning into blocks. They can work on certain classes on specific days and take breaks throughout the day. When a student is sleepy and no longer retaining information, they can break and refresh. An online program can also address individual student needs. For example, a student that learns better by using videos can watch videos to retain the information while other students can read the book. If a student has an IEP or learning disability, an online program can address that specific concern on a one-on-one basis. Students get teacher help when they need it, and it can be one-on-one help or even small group assistance. An online program is great for families that travel a lot because students can take their work anywhere they go and don’t have to enroll in a new school every time they move. This can be difficult for students, and really hinder their learning. Many online programs even provide extracurricular activities and school clubs for students allowing them to experience all the things they would in a traditional school, without the distractions and pressures.
If you have been trying to find another option for your children to succeed, you may want to give an online school a shot. American High School of Fort Lauderdale Florida is a fully accredited online middle and high school that provides students everything they need to be successful. Students can make up credits and even graduate early. For more information, check them out online at www.americanhighschool.org or call them at 866-306-0247.