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4 Sample Daily Schedules for Virtual School Families

By: Beth Werrell

Many of the following scheduling ideas are inspired by Denise Kale, a Learning Coach from Arizona.

If you’ve wondered what a typical day of virtual school is like, you’re not alone! In fact, questions about the daily routine or schedule are probably the most common inquiries we receive. The irony of this type of question is that one of the most delightful things about virtual school is that there is no typical day!

Virtual school gives parents and Learning Coaches the flexibility to arrange their schedules to fit children’s needs and the family’s lifestyle. Naturally, there are some limits, such as regularly scheduled virtual classroom sessions and teacher conferences. And in high school, when courses become more challenging, the number of fixed-scheduled online classroom meetings increases. Within these limitations, online school families enjoy freedom from the typical “bell system” of traditional schools.

Sample Virtual School Schedule

But how does this freedom translate into a family’s lifestyle? Here are just a few samples of how having a more flexible daily schedule might work for various situations:

Sample Virtual School Schedule 1:

For some families, one lesson per day for each class works well. Here’s how one family uses this type of schedule for children of different ages and attention spans:

Jimmy, first grader
8:00 a.m. Breakfast, chores
9:00 a.m. Reading
10:00 a.m. Science
10:30 a.m. Education Technology or Art
11:00 a.m. Flexible school time, used for projects or learning activities
11:30 a.m. Recess
12:00 p.m. Lunch
12:30 p.m. Free time/play time
2:00 p.m. Math
3:00 p.m. Social Studies
3:30 p.m. Robotics Club (Wednesdays)
4:00 p.m. Free time until dinner

Amanda, sixth grader
8:00 a.m. Breakfast, chores
9:00 a.m. Language Arts
10:00 a.m. Education Technology
10:30 a.m. Math
11:00 a.m. Flexible school time, used for projects or learning activities
11:30 a.m. Recess
12:00 p.m. Lunch
12:30 p.m. Language Arts
1:00 p.m. Science
2:00 p.m. Music
2:30 p.m. Social Studies
3:30 p.m. Debate Club (Thursdays)
4:00 p.m. Free time until dinner

Sample Virtual School Schedule 2:

For a student who is dedicated to music, performing arts, or other challenging extracurricular pursuits, the Learning Coach might reserve chunks of time for lessons or practice during the school day. A schedule might look like this:

Melody, concert pianist, online middle school student
Monday, Wednesday. Friday
8:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Piano practice
10:00 a.m. Math
11:00 a.m. Spanish
12:00 p.m. Lunch/free time
1:00 p.m. Language Arts
2:00 p.m. Science
3:00 p.m. Social Studies
4:00 p.m. Piano practice
5:30 p.m. free time until dinner

Tuesday, Thursday
8:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Math
9:30 a.m. Social Studies
10:00 a.m. Piano practice
12:00 p.m. Lunch/free time
1:00 p.m. Language Arts
2:00 p.m. Sign Language
3:00 p.m. Science
3:30 p.m. Piano practice
5:30 p.m. Free time until dinner

Sample Virtual School Schedule 3:

A student who participates in competitive sports or has an after-school job might schedule the day to start—and finish—school early. This type of schedule could also work for kids who are naturally early birds.

Jared, a virtual high school competitive athlete
7:00 a.m. Breakfast
7:30 a.m. English
8:30 a.m.
Introduction to Criminal Justice
9:00 a.m. AP Chemistry
10:00 a.m. American Government
11:00 a.m. Chinese II
12:00 p.m. Lunch/free time
1:00 p.m. AP Calculus
2:15 p.m. Soccer practice
6:00 p.m. Dinner

Sample Virtual School Schedule 4:

A family that is very involved in community service might plan to do extra lessons four days per week in order to have one day free (or mostly free) for volunteering. This arrangement could also work well for kids who have regular doctor’s appointments or other weekly commitments.

Bobby, fifth grader
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
8:00 a.m. Breakfast/free time
8:30 a.m. Social Studies
9:30 a.m. Language Arts
10:30 a.m. Math
11:30 a.m. Recess
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Science
2:00 p.m. Rotating extra lesson
3:00 p.m. Art or Music
4:00 p.m. Free time until dinner

Friday
8:00 a.m. Breakfast/free time
8:30 a.m. Finish up any remaining lessons for the week
11:00 a.m. Volunteering with family
4:30 p.m. Free time until dinner

These examples are just a few of the many ways virtual school families can benefit from having a more flexible schedule. And, although it may be intangible, the additional family togetherness and the rewards of witnessing your child learn and grow are priceless!

If you are already an online school family, please share your scheduling secrets with us! How do you structure your child’s day to make life better for your family? Tell us your tips in the comments below.