Generally two options are open for choosing an online program: private or public online schools. Private online schools function much like traditional private schools with their own teaching philosophy and methodology, while public schools must adhere to national and state regulations.
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.
Most online schools do not offer real-time teacher-led instruction. Instead, they provide curriculum materials which should be reviewed and studied independently by the student. The student subsequently submits the materials for grading, and receives a response from the teacher. Most programs offer some form of tutoring by the teacher via e-mail or chat.
Taking online classes is very cost effective as compared to joining a regular college or university. There is no transportation cost involved and also you don’t need to spend money on buying textbooks and workbooks. All you need is just a computer and internet connection and you can study right from the comfort of your home.
Many students benefit from education that is customized to suit their particular needs. For example, a student may benefit from virtual learning because it allows him or her to learn at an optimal pace. Some students may be more auditory learners while others learn better by doing. Often, virtual schools offer students the opportunity to engage in interactive learning that caters to their particular learning styles.
While online high schools are not for every child or family, it could be an option for those who feel as though the public educational setting is not the right one for their family. Each family has a responsibility to make sure that the child is getting the best education possible. Many states now offer online high schools or virtual learning as a public school option in lieu of attending a brick-and-mortar school.
Online learning requires more discipline than traditional learning, but it can be much more rewarding. Studying at an online high school teaches you self-discipline and makes you more responsible.