Online education is a hot topic. Students are doing away with tradition
and welcoming the alternative. With online school's popularity rising,
people are left wondering if the students are actually finding success.
yes." Says 2014 Commonwealth Connections Academy graduate, Kassidy Rye
about her success, "socially, no." Rye switched from traditional school
to online school in 2012 when she began her junior year of high school.
"My teachers were willing [to help] and present [available in real-time]
during my two years of online learning." which Rye credits to her
academic success. "Do extra curricular activities if you are going to do
cyber school." She advises to help with the feeling of isolation- a
common struggle between students who make the switch is the change of
environment. Students go from being in a full classroom to being by
themselves. "It's different," Rye adds.
Another common question
is about coursework. Is online schooling easier or more difficult than
traditional schools? "The course load was high. There was more work than
in my old school. I struggled with it." Rye had an average of four to
six classes with a new lesson each day, which was only available if she
had completed all prior work. "I often found myself with a lot of
overdue lessons." If overdue work becomes overdue for too long, teachers
try their best to encourage the student to complete their assignment.
If not, the student will receive no points on the lesson work, allowing
the student to move on to the next lesson.
Connections Academy it is required that each student to have weekly
contact with their teachers either through phone or email. Rye admits,
"If you don't call them, they call you."
When asked if she would
recommend online schooling to someone Rye said, "Yes, I would recommend
it to students who are having a hard time in regular schools...I was
pretty pleased with my online schooling overall."
In 2014, Rye's
graduating class consisted of almost 700 students state wide. The number
is expected to increase in the next few years.
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