From Chalkboards to Laptops

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A mere forty years ago, an accredited online high school was beyond the scope of anyone’s wildest imagination. That’s because parents essentially had three choices regarding educational tracks for their children: public school, private school, or home school. Today, that is not the case. Technological advancements have empowered parents to become advocates for their child’s education. They can pick the school, the format, the price, what they are learning, who they are learning it from, and the list continues. Some might even say we are in an age of a la carte education.

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From Chalkboards to Laptops A mere forty years ago an accredited online high school was beyond the scope of anyone’s wildest imagination. That’s because parents essentially had three choices regarding educational tracks for their children: public school private school or home school. Today that is not the case. Technological advancements have empowered parents to become advocates for their child’s education. They can pick the school the format the price what they are learning who they are learning it from and the list continues. Some might even say we are in an age of a la carte education. These countless online educational alternatives can make choosing the correct path overwhelming. After all every flashy pitch claims to cater to the needs of each individual student. What parents wouldn’t want this Unfortunately not all advertisements promising a quality online education are delivering. Therefore it is imperative that parents and prospective students do their research before committing to a specific school. Similarities in Virtual Education When it comes to selecting the best fit it is important to consider what sets certain schools apart from others. Obviously all online high schools provide flexible scheduling almost all schools are primarily module-based with an assigned instructor who is responsible for grading the student work and for the most part they all offer a wide range of courses that students would not typically have access to at a brick and mortar school. Therefore it is important to avoid being swayed by pitches that promote these qualities as these are not qualities that set one school apart from another.

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Defning Factors Instead it is important to look for factors that make one school more reputable than another such as the issue of accreditation which should be of utmost importance. Only a handful of online high schools are actually accredited at the national regional or even state level. If a school is an accredited online high school it means students can be assured they are receiving a quality education that is honored by the state. Most importantly if an online school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools it means the credits and courses successfully completed are recognized by universities. Another important consideration parents will need to take into account is the diversity and rigor of the curriculum offered. Does the school offer remediation courses ACT/SAT tutoring AP courses in specific content areas such as advanced languages maths and sciences A well-rounded curriculum speaks volumes about the values of the school. However the curriculum is only as good as the instructors teaching it which is why it is equally important to know the faculty to determine if the instructors are highly qualified experts in their specific content areas with certified degrees. Above all being knowledgeable is the first step in ensuring that your child is receiving a quality education. For more details: http://americanonlinehigh.com/

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