Parents want many things from their children’s school, but the bottom line is that they want their children to be prepared for life after high school. This can mean many things, from prepared for college, to prepared for the workforce and everything in between. With this in mind, how does an online school prepare students for life after high school?
Online students learn to communicate and work in multiple online environments. Though all of our children are becoming tech-savvy, online students know much more than how to post on social media. They understand how to complete and share work, how to conduct online meetings, and even how to troubleshoot and find solutions to technology problems. These students will be well-prepared for our digital world!
So how does online school prepare your child for self management skills needed in college? Students who learn online do not have anyone telling them when to complete each task. More than traditional students, online students need to be self-directed. Online students develop their own systems of time management and task planning that will serve them well whether they are headed for college, the workplace, or both!
In a traditional classroom, students all complete the same lessons, even though some students in the group need more challenges and some struggle to keep up. The social pressure of being on either end of this spectrum causes many to keep silent about their questions and needs. Online school can be much more individualized. Students often take assessments upon entering an online school. If a student has learning gaps, these can be filled with prescriptive lessons. If a student needs to be in a class well above their age group, this can be easily provided. Some online schools even offer concurrent enrollment for students who are prepared to begin college courses early and earn both high school and college credits.
The opportunities continue to stack up for students who learn online. Online learners are tech-savvy, self-directed, and have the opportunity to learn at their own pace and level. Online school can help prepare students for stepping into life after high school with confidence!