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3 Steps to Finding an Online School Solution to Complete This School Year

March 19, 2020

Written by Ellen R.

COVID-19 Coronavirus

The coronavirus has impacted every aspect of our daily lives in the USA from shopping and entertainment, to going to school. Schools are closed across the world, resulting in millions of children and their families faced with finding a solution for completing this school year online. Changing schools mid-year can be challenging for both parents and students. Don’t know where to start? Read these 3 steps to finding the best online school solution for your child.

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3 Steps to Find the Best Solution for Your Child

1. Check in with your school to verify what they are offering.

Confirm with your school district if online courses are available through your school. Some schools are sending students home with computers or tablets and instructions to log on for instruction online. Many states now offer online courses through free public charter schools such as Connections Academy and K12. Typically, these free public charter schools are not enrolling students at this time of year. However, with this national emergency, they may have re-opened enrollment to accommodate this important need.

Research for accredited online schools.

Research private accredited online schools. Accreditation is key to assuring that the curriculum meets rigorous standards that will transfer back to your school when it re-opens for the next academic year. Look for a school that holds a national and regional accreditation such as Cognia, (formerly AdvancED).

Research for online schools with open enrollment.

Research for a private school that has open enrollment – one that enrolls students anytime of year. This means that your student will not lose academic progress this academic year, and they will not have to wait until summer school opens. At Whitmore School, the world’s first online high school, students enroll any time of year. If you have completed the first semester of school with passing grades, you may enroll in the second semester to complete your courses and earn credit that will transfer back to your school. Whitmore School is accredited by Cognia / AdvancED and is holds “A+” rating and accreditation from Better Business Bureau. Click here to read Consumer Affairs verified reviews from Whitmore School parents.

 

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