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Free Online High Schools For Homeschoolers

The tide has turned in the last couple of years. For a very long time, I wrote many articles about online high schools, but few were free. That has most definitely changed and for the better. We now have Connections Academies, Insight Schools, Advanced Academics, and more that are available in many states. The Best Online High Schools website lists almost a hundred such schools.

However, just because it is free does not mean it is the perfect choice for you. Oh, and by the way, they are not really free because our tax dollars are paying for them. That being said, homeschoolers have unique needs, interests, and desires in terms of curriculum.

I encourage you to look at the following:

1. Does it offer a diploma? Free can be entire diploma programs and free can be one course. You need to determine which is being discussed. While both can be helpful, most of us would be looking for diploma programs.

2. Is it accredited? The ideal here is that the school has accreditation recognized by CHEA.org and/or the U.S. Department of Education. However, what is almost as good are online high school programs recognized by state departments of education. Both will get you into college.

3. How long has it been in business? Because online high schools are relatively new, it’s unlikely that you will find one that has been operating for a decade. Claims otherwise are from schools that were correspondence efforts and then moved that online. Certainly that is acceptable. At the very least, it would be reasonable if the school has been in business for at least a couple of years and/or using curriculum that other established schools have used. One other possibility would be if the administration has significant online high school experience.

4. Is it homeschool friendly? While some schools actively seek homeschoolers, others have shown little interest in this group. Obviously, if you are a homeschooling family, this is important. Programs that reach out to homeschoolers understand that this is a way of life for you and not just about bad local schools.

5. Is it available to you? The free version of online high schools are very geographic-specific. In all cases, you need to live in a specific state, region, or school district. By the way, if you don’t have one available to you know, I would contact one of the homeschool chains listed above and see when they are coming to location near you.

6. Does the curriculum reflect your beliefs? Even though these free online high schools are, by and large, public schools, some are certainly more friendly to faith-based students than others. Make sure you ask the right questions before you begin the program.

While homeschoolers need to do their due diligence, it is becoming increasingly possible to find a free online high school that meets their unique needs. Do your homework first, though, and choose wisely. While there are now many free schools, you may discover it is better to pay and have a school that works for you.

Attending Online High Schools – How Does it Actually Work

Online high schools are a non-traditional form of education that uses the internet to deliver distance education. This type of online education is offered by existing traditional high schools (both public and private), universities, charter schools and private cyber high schools. Online high schools can be of two types – private schools and public charter schools. Private schools may or may not have an accreditation by a regional association, and work independently of the government.

More on Online School Accreditation – A school’s policies and programs have to meet certain minimum criteria set by an outside agency to be granted accreditation. Accreditation of a school is very important as it can influence the future of students enrolled at the school.

Many online schools are becoming increasingly popular as an alternative to traditional high schools. They are becoming more popular for both teenage and adult students. Attending online schools can also help keep a young person from dropping out entirely. Students who feel the need to work rather than attend school due to family financial pressures, or who do not flourish in a classroom setting, may find that virtual learning online, via the Internet, is their route to a diploma. Online schools are just one of the options that educational alternatives offer. Online high schools can offer an tremendous advantage over a program that will only offer you a GED. While a GED is an great thing to have, an actual high school diploma is always better. But how exactly does online high school work?

One way to earn high school credits online is through an actual accredited online school or school board that offers the same courses available to students attending the bricks and mortar school, in an online environment. Oftentimes, schools provide this type of alternative access to their courses for any student who requires it, for any number of reasons. For instance, a student pursuing an acting career or heavily involved in sports may need to “attend” school online.

An online school is also a benefit to those who travel or keep unusual schedules, such as child actors. But as I mentioned earlier in this article, the availability of an online school is also a benefit to young people who have difficulty adapting to classroom settings and might otherwise drop out.

Although, learning online is an alternative mode of education; If you happen to be a dropout from the regular system of school education due to some reason or the other you need not become demoralized about it. Just take online courses in the privacy of your own home and at your own pace.

Of course, it’s all up to you when it comes to earning a high school diploma online. Many online schools offer a lot of conveniences, but that doesn’t make them easier to choose. Be sure to determine the status of any institution’s accreditation.

The Internet has made it possible to achieve your personal academic goals, no matter what your circumstances, so take advantage of it! Choose an educational path that works best for you, and you’ll be happy with the results.