Wondering if an online school might be a good fit for your child? Some kids thrive in an online setting. But online schools tend to have much lower graduation rates than traditional schools. And researchers are concerned kids with
might not be getting enough supports and services in online schools.
Here are some questions you can ask an online school to get a sense of how well it can meet your child’s needs. It’s also important to think about your child’s temperament and how much time you can spend each day helping with online schooling.
Questions to ask the online school
How many hours do you expect kids to spend on online coursework each day and each week?
What are some examples of typical assignments and deadlines?
In terms of time and work, are your overall expectations the same as or different from a traditional school?
How do I track my child’s progress?
Is there a webinar that can explain the program to me?
Does the school provide reminders and other kinds of support to help kids who have trouble getting or staying organized? What happens if my child misses deadlines?