The increased parental involvement often required with online school enrollment isn’t a con of online school, but rather a significant advantage for young students. The person who supports the student’s education at home is typically a parent or other trusted adult, also called the Learning Coach. With an active support role at home, the Learning Coach reinforces that education is a top priority and guides daily learning activities. While students in grades K–5 require significant parent engagement, they become more responsible in grades 6 and beyond. Though the roles of parents and teachers shift throughout a child’s virtual school education, parents are always a large source of student success and online learning integration.
Parent involvement can take many forms, such as helping your child plan each week, offering rewards and incentives for completing assignments, or pushing your child to try new clubs and activities. Depending on your child’s personality and learning style, you will learn how much supervision and support he or she needs by partnering with teachers. Sometimes, your child may just need you to be his or her cheerleader and offer encouragement through difficult situations.
Now that you know the pros and cons of online school (and just how many of those online school cons are actually pros!), you can make the best choice for your child for online schooling. It’s important to note that most online schools start open enrollment in March, so now is the time to do your research and find the school that is right for you and your family.