Choosing an Online High School

Distance learning is making its mark in the world of secondary school, and choosing the right high school for your children is especially important when going online.

When looking for a top-quality online high school for your child, make sure to ask the following questions.

What kind of online high school are you considering?

Among online high schools, you find that there are four primary types: private schools, public schools, charter schools and university-sponsored schools. It is important for you to be familiar with each type of online school in order to ensure that you select the most appropriate type for your teenager.

Is the high school accredited?

In the world of academia, accreditation brings with it validity and reputation. When looking for an online high school, your best bet is to go with one that is regionally accredited as schools with regional accreditation are the most widely accepted by colleges and other secondary schools. It is important to note, however, that some colleges might accept nationally accredited high schools as well.

What curriculum does the high school offer?

In your efforts to research online high schools, you should find out what type of curriculum is offered. The curriculum should be time-tested and able to meet your child’s academic needs, whether he or she is gifted or needs some special assistance. Additionally, it’s important to determine whether the high school offers any special programs, like advanced placement or college prep classes.

What type of distance learning format does the high school incorporate?

Online high schools offer a variety of formats, such as virtual “classrooms” allowing student to interact with teachers and classmates. Other formats can incorporate a more independent format in which students do the bulk of the work on their own and then turn in assignment via email. You’ll want to make sure that the format is compatible with your child’s ideal style of learning.

What qualifications does the high school’s teaching staff have?

The quality of teachers employed by the high school is just as important as the classes that are offered. Teachers should have the necessary credentials, have experience working with teenagers and be computer savvy.

How long has the high school been established?

Quality high schools withstand the test of time. Make sure to find out when the online high school was established. While a newly established high school might be just as good, one that has been around while is more likely to be reputable and recognized by colleges.

What is the high school’s graduation rate and how many graduates go on to college?

A high school’s graduation rate and the number of graduates who go on to college can tell a lot about the school. Does the school have an unusually large number of dropouts? Do most of the school’s graduates have higher education aspirations? Additionally, does the high school offer any preparation courses for the SAT or college counseling?

Is there assistance available for students who are struggling?

Distance learning requires independence in a student to a certain degree. But what if your child is struggling and you are unable to assist him or her? You should find out if the online high school provides any special tutoring or other programs that can help struggling students, and whether or not there is a fee tied to such programs.

If you have heard myths about online schooling and they have not been cleared up yet, we may have just the answer you were looking for on our distance learning myths section.