Wait – What? School Doesn’t Take 6 Hours Anymore?
March 25, 2017 in Student Tips
Written by Alina B.
You have made the choice of going to online high school. Great choice! But, what are you going to do with your free time? In traditional brick and mortar school, you probably had to get up early, spend 6-7 hours a day in class, then do homework. Now school can work around your busy life. You will have more time to do the things you love!
We understand the importance of a rigorous accredited education, and we also realize that getting out and participating in social activities is just as important. When you get ready to move on to college or the workplace, you will need the social skills to communicate, network and interact well with others. Here are some ideas of ways you can get out and enjoy fun activities.
Get Involved with Your Community
Research local community for clubs, sports, performing arts, fine arts and volunteering opportunities with local civic organizations. These can be a great place to build friendships based on common interests. Choose one or two outside activities. Then, adjust your school schedule around these activities. Remember, you may complete your school work in three to four hours. This leaves more time for other fun stuff.
Here are ideas for researching your local community:
Rotary Club in (your town)
Pet shelters in (your town)
Food banks in (your town)
Boy Scouts of America in (your town)
Girls Scouts in (your town)
4-H Club in (your town)
Take a Field Trip
Plan a field trip. Museums, art events, and the local farmers market are fun and educational. If you are a bit of a thrill seeker, research the physics behind roller coasters. Then take a trip to a theme park and implement the physics!
Many local homeschool groups organize field trips and welcome online schoolers. Research your area for homeschool groups and inquire if you can participate. Field trips are fun, and educational, and a great way for you to meet peers.
Participate in Recreational Activities
Recreational or Intramural sports
Some public school districts allow private school and virtual school students to participate in extracurricular activities such as sports, band, drama and other art clubs at the local high school. Check with your school district to learn the procedure for you to participate.
Get a Part-time Job
Many students tell us that they have time for a part-time job. And, since they can work hours that most teens are in school, it was easier to find a job.
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Admissions Assistant and 2009 Graduate