A boy and a girl work together on a laptop

Virtual School Student Responsibility

Do you have questions about your student’s participation at Tennessee Connections Academy? Perhaps you wonder who determines your student’s schedule daily, or whether or not you’ll need to plan or teach lessons. At Tennessee Connections Academy, these answers lie in the roles of our students, parents, and teachers, and evolve over the years as students become more accountable for their own studies.

Here is a look at student’ responsibilities in each phase of their online education.

Online Elementary School—Support and Structure

Our younger students require significantly more support from adults at home and teachers within the online classroom setting. Activities and the roles of parents, teachers, and students are carefully structured to make sure students develop a love of learning and gain the skills in math, reading, and writing that will be essential for their future success in online school.

Our students are given the best start on their bright futures as they:

  • Devote thirty hours or more per week to their learning and education
  • Spend just 15-30% of their school day working on the computer
  • Have flexibility in their schedule
  • Do the majority of their schoolwork offline, either reading books, completing assignments, or writing

Online Middle School—Greater Independence and Accountability

Our 6–8 grade students gain more independence in their education.

These students take more personal responsibility for their education as they:

  • Devote at least thirty hours each week to their studies
  • Follow a schedule that’s customized to fit their individual needs
  • Blend offline work with their online classwork
  • Spend about 50–75% of their school day working on the computer attending LiveLesson sessions, completing assignments, and using interactive educational tools

Online High School—Students Take the Lead

In high school, online students start to really take charge of their education—setting goals, working independently, and exploring their future career and college options.

Students take more responsibility for their own academic success as they:

  • Spend a minimum of thirty hours per week on schoolwork
  • Spend 80–90% of each school day on the computer
  • Learn primarily online
Learn More About the Outstanding Curriculum