What’s the Difference Between Homeschool and Online Public Schools?
Many parents confuse virtual school with homeschooling. It’s understandable. Both methods involve learning from home. Both methods accommodate flexible schedules. Both methods require personal involvement from parents. Yet, there are key differences that can make an online public school an excellent alternative to homeschooling for students in grades K–12.
With homeschooling, the parent serves as the child’s teacher for all subjects. He or she researches the curriculum, develops the assignments, and grades all student work.
At an online public school, certified teachers develop a personalized learning plan for each student, and periodically meet with students for real-time instruction and lessons in the virtual classroom. They also grade assignments, quizzes and provide ongoing feedback to students by phone and email.
Many homeschooled students are required to take the GED exam to earn a credential recognized in higher education or by the workforce. Students graduating from a Connections Academy-supported virtual school can earn an official high school diploma without this extra step, and are well prepared for college, career, and life.
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