Need to Make a Fresh Start in School This Year?
Written by Ellen R.
Need a fresh start? So, the school year started out OK. But, it hasn’t gone as expected. You don’t want to fall behind a whole year. Online school just might be the perfect solution. Switching schools mid-year is easier than you think.
9 Things to Consider When Looking for an Online School:
The top schools are accredited by a recognized accrediting agency such as AdvancED, (now Cognia). Accreditation is awarded to educational institutions that meet high standards of providing quality education programs and services. A team of teachers and administrators from other schools review curriculum, teachers, and administration. In other words, you can be sure of a high quality of education. Click here to search for AdvancED / Cognia accredited schools.
2. Rigorous mastery curriculum.
Students work one-to-one with their teachers revising their work until mastery of the lesson concepts is achieved. Mastery learning focuses on a student’s strengths and achievements, not struggles and failures.
3. Self-paced learning.
A self-paced, rather than semester-based, learning environment eliminates the “need for speed”. This allows students to learn at their own natural rate. At Whitmore School, the world’s first online high school, students enroll any time of year, and there are no semesters or course deadlines.
5. One-to-one teacher engagement.
Top online schools such as Whitmore School, offer one-to-one engagement with teachers and counselors. The curriculum is based on regular communication between the student and their teacher, as opposed to a computer generated and computer graded curriculum.
6. Highly rated verified parent reviews.
Read what real parents and students have to say about the school. Verified reviews can be found through reputable companies such as Consumer Affairs.
7. Access to school anytime.
Yes. The best online schools are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Look for a school that allows you to set your own schedule that works around your busy life. This is particularly important for students actively involved in sports, performing arts, volunteering, working or family travel.
8. Course materials available online.
Are all course materials available online or in a public library? This makes “going to school” convenient without additional fees associated with needing to purchase textbooks.
9. Expert support and resources.
Top online schools offer exceptional support and guidance for post-graduation plans, whether that be for college or career. Some schools specialize solely in college preparation. Tops online schools recognize the importance of preparing students for a variety post-graduation options.
Learn more about Whitmore School’s Mastery Learning approach.
Read verified reviews from Consumer Affairs about why parents and students love Whitmore School.
Written by: Ellen Ray, Principal and parent of Alina, 2009 Whitmore School graduate