5 Reasons It's Not Too Late to Transfer to Online School

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Traditional education follows two conventions: 1) students start school in the fall and 2) they learn in a regular classroom setting. Traditional schooling isn’t the only option, of course. Today, your student can also opt for online learning, blended learning, distance learning, or homeschooling. Many of these alternatives still start in the fall, but they don’t have to. A  school transfer to online school or another option might be the best choice for your family.

How do you know it’s not too late to transfer schools? To answer this question, we have compiled five reasons why students and their families may consider a midyear or beginning-of-the-year transfer to online school. Take a look at the following reasons to learn more: 

  1. Students should have a choice of learning options so they can access the right kind of education at the right time. A transfer might work for your family for a variety of reasons, for example, if your family has moved, if you’re looking for a more customized approach to learning, or if your student needs to take care of his or her health while still being able to attend school. If your current schooling option isn’t working, why wait to get your student the education he or she deserves? Switch schools when it’s right for your student. 
  2. We can provide detailed information and answers to your questions, so you can decide which learning option is the best fit for your child. Understanding the difference between options is the first step. With homeschooling, students learn at home and follow a curriculum designed by parents, who serve as their teachers. With virtual schooling—also called online school—students learn at home with parent involvement, but they follow a state-approved public school curriculum that involves independent, computer-based study, supported by certified teachers. The term “distance learning” is more general, and  refers to any situation with a remote teacher and online learning materials, whether it’s a single online course, full-time online school, or emergency remote learning. For more information on these learning options, browse this list of resources: 
  3. Many of our virtual school parents have successfully switched schools when needed, especially midyear. Whenever your family transfers schools, there will be challenges during the transition. However, many Connections Academy® parents believe it’s an adjustment that pays off for their students. “There is a learning curve, but it is worth it,” one parent said. “While it did take some time, and at first, with a few grades that were lower than usual, we still feel it has been a worthwhile journey. Knowing how hard it is to focus on school when you are so anxious or feel unsafe at a brick-and-mortar school, I feel that my daughter is finally able to blossom in the way she was meant to and [that] she can reach her full potential.” 
  4. We offer a support system to ease your student’s transfer to online school. Adjusting to a new school is easier when you can get help every step of the way. If you decide on virtual school, we are committed to helping you prepare for success. After you check your eligibility for online school, you can use our K–12 online school enrollment checklist to assemble the documents you need to enroll. Help is available by phone if you want additional guidance. After you enroll, start building your support system by contacting your student’s teacher and joining our online community. Teachers and parents are always happy to help when you have questions! We also provide new families with plenty of tips and advice for successfully transferring schools with online learning. Explore the resources below. to assemble the documents you need to enroll. Help is available by phone if you want additional guidance. 

    After you enroll, start building your support system by contacting your student’s teacher and joining our online community. Teachers and other parents are always happy to help when you have questions! We also provide new families with plenty of tips and advice for successfully transferring schools with online learning. Explore the resources below: 

  5. If you missed the fall semester enrollment, you may still have time to transfer schools for spring semester. Enrollment periods are different depending on the school and grade, so check availability at the school near you. Start by entering your zip code to find the school that serves your area:

If your family is considering a student transfer to virtual school anytime of year, following these suggestions and parent-tested advice can help you conquer the learning curve. With some effort and dedication, your family can make a transfer go smoothly.  

To learn how your child can transfer schools and enjoy the benefits of personalized online learning, continue exploring the website for Connections Academy online public school. Or to learn about online private school, visit Pearson Online Academy ’s website. 

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