What Is Virtual Schooling?

Virtual schooling provides students access to certified teachers and online school materials. Students have opportunities to meet with their teachers and other faculty members to get guidance, instruction, and help when needed. Students complete some assignments online, but work is done offline as well.

This alternative to homeschool allows students and their parents to have great resources to help them succeed and build a solid academic foundation. The coursework can be fitted to your child’s life circumstances and can foster a love of learning that may not happen in traditional schools. This high-quality education is tuition-free and offered for grades K–12.

Who Chooses Online Public School?

Virtual schooling is a great fit for many families, including:

  • Parents and students who like the flexible scheduling that online school offers
  • Students who value a personalized education
  • Students for whom traditional schools are not a good fit
  • Advanced learners
  • Military families who relocate often
  • Career-focused students
  • Students struggling to overcome learning difficulties or health issues

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Benefits of Virtual Schooling

Some parents are hesitant to start virtual school; however, they quickly discover the amazing benefits of online schooling. The unique structure allows students to thrive in ways they may not be able to in traditional brick-and-mortar public school systems. Though the benefits are plentiful, here are five main reasons virtual school could be a good choice for your family:

  • More flexibility to meet individual needs
  • Increased use of integrated technology and better preparation for the future
  • Fewer distractions and time-fillers
  • Opportunity for struggling students to succeed
  • Improved relationships with family, friends, and instructors

Virtual schools may also offer customized learning opportunities that enable your child to grow, including advanced courses, college acceleration programs, summer school, and supportive counselors and teachers. If your child has special medical or other needs, you may find that virtual schooling is an excellent way to provide high-quality education while you shape the unique lifestyle that supports your child’s needs.

These are just a few of the many benefits for children in virtual school, but there are many perks for the parents as well. With online school, parents can feel more involved in the learning process and be more fulfilled in helping their child succeed. The flexible schedule and involvement makes it possible to enjoy more family time and closer connections for the entire family.

Is Virtual School the Same as Homeschooling?

Although both may occur in the home, there are many differences between virtual schools and homeschools. This learning environment allows children to receive the attention and involvement from parents that are typically found with homeschooling, but it brings even greater resources for learning. Homeschooling is attractive to most families because of the flexibility. With virtual school, your family can enjoy a high degree of flexibility without sacrificing the benefits of professional teaching expertise and accountability. Virtual schools include:

  • State-certified public school teachers
  • Licensed school counselors
  • Grades and assessment testing
  • Established curriculum that meets state standards
  • Administrators
  • Attendance policies
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K–12 Virtual Schools: How to Get Started

K–12 virtual schools supported by Connections Academy provide a high-quality, accredited education for students who might otherwise attend a traditional public school. With our program, students will receive an award-winning curriculum that can be personalized to meet their needs and allows them to thrive. Parents will quickly see the immense benefits of guiding their child through this exceptional style of education.

Getting started with Connections Academy online school is fast and easy! Enrollment simply requires parents to complete the necessary forms, get the information verified, and wait for books and materials to arrive in the mail within a few weeks.

Because this is public school, the school is accessible to families of all income levels and backgrounds. Learn how you can get started at a virtual school today.

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