Virtual School Student Responsibility
“Who sets my student’s daily schedule?” “Do I have to plan lessons or teach class?” “How much time will my student spend on the computer?” These are great questions to ask as you begin to explore the possibility of online schooling for your child. At Arkansas Connections Academy (ARCA), the answers lie in understanding the roles that parents, students, and teachers each play in our cyber school program and how those roles evolve over the school years to support student accountability.
Below is a glance at students’ responsibilities during each phase of their education online.
Online Elementary School—Support and Structure
In grades K–5, students require a lot of support from caring adults at home and in the online classroom. Roles and activities are carefully structured to ensure that students develop a love of learning and gain the reading, writing, and mathematics skills essential to their future success in cyber school.
Students get the best start on a bright future as they:
- Begin with a flexible schedule
- Devote a minimum of thirty hours per week to learning
- Perform most of their schoolwork offline—reading books, writing, and completing assignments
- Spend 15–30% 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 learning as they:
- Follow a prescribed schedule, customized to individual student needs
- Devote a minimum of thirty hours per week to their studies
- Spend 50–75% of their school day on the computer—attending LiveLesson® sessions, using interactive educational tools, or completing assignments from the online curriculum
- Blend online and offline work in their classes
Online High School—Students Take the Lead
In grade 9, online 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:
Learn More About the Outstanding Curriculum
- Spend a minimum of thirty hours per week on schoolwork
- Spend 80–90% of each school day on the computer
- Learn primarily online