As with flexibility, many traditional schools can’t offer as much personalization. It’s not that the educators aren’t dedicated or willing to assist students individually, but the logistics of managing a classroom full of students makes it difficult—or nearly impossible—to do so. As a result, traditional education tends to take a “one-size-fits-all” approach, with fewer opportunities for individualized instruction available. These schools may offer accelerated and honors classes for eligible students, but course selections may be limited.
Online school students have a multitude of personalization options. Teachers can provide extra support to bolster specific skills and can adapt instruction to each student’s specific abilities, interests, and learning style. When needed, they can provide one-on-one support by telephone, email, or in the virtual classroom. Working from home, online school students can move more quickly through lessons they grasp easily or go slower in courses that are more challenging.
In addition, with a high-quality online school, students of all ages can participate in online clubs and activities and choose from a wide variety of electives to enhance their academic program and pursue their interests. Parents can further personalize a child’s education by incorporating real-world, hands-on activities such as community service, scouting, 4-H, and fine or performing arts into the learning day.