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Student Responsibility in Virtual School

“Who sets my student’s daily schedule in online school?” “Do parents have to plan lessons or teach class?” “How much time will my student spend on the computer?” These are great questions for your family to ask as you begin to explore the possibility of online schooling for your child.

At Connections Academy®, the answers lie in understanding the roles that parents, students, and teachers each play in our online schools. Read the overview below to learn about the responsibilities of those roles and how they evolve during each phase of online education.

Online Support for Elementary School Students

In grades K–5, online school students require a lot of support from caring adults at home and in the online classroom. Activities are designed to ensure that students develop a love of learning and gain the reading, writing, and mathematics skills essential to their future success.

Students get the best start on a bright future as they:

  • begin with a fairly flexible schedule
  • devote a minimum of 30 hours per week to online learning
  • perform most of their schoolwork off-line—reading books, writing, and completing assignments
  • spend 15–30 percent of each school day working on the computer

Online Middle School: Greater Independence and Accountability

In grades 6–8, students become more independent in their education.

Students begin to take more personal responsibility for their online learning as they:

  • follow a prescribed schedule, customized to individual student needs
  • devote a minimum of 30 hours per week to their studies
  • spend 50–75 percent of their online school day on the computer—attending LiveLesson® sessions, using interactive educational tools, or completing assignments from the online curriculum
  • blend online and off-line work in their classes

Independence of an Online High School Student

In grades 9–12, virtual school students start to really take charge of their education—setting goals, working independently, and exploring their future career and college options.

Students take more responsibility for their own academic success as they:

  • spend a minimum of 30 hours per week on schoolwork
  • spend 80–90 percent of each school day on the computer
  • learn primarily online

Learn More About the Outstanding Curriculum