Virtual K-12 Home School Programs Online
High School, Elementary and Middle Schools
Online schools provide courses to take on your computer over the internet as either a complete grade-based or interest-based curriculum. The best virtual schools are accredited, and can be customized to your child’s interests and abilities. You must have fast, reliable internet access to best utilize these online courses. Some require specific software. The down side is that many virtual online schools rely on new technologies, such as white boards, that aren’t always reliable or beyond the capabilities of some home computers. Also, some online schools have been known to vanish, leaving no valid URL online. Always make sure you have non-net ways of contacting these businesses, and keep a portfolio at home of your student’s accomplishments. Get more information here about home school programs and distance learning programs.
About Online Schools
Online Learning Readiness Questionnaire
Before enrolling in an online course, you should first assess your readiness for stepping into the online learning environment. Your answers to the following questions will help you determine what you need to do to succeed at online learning. Post-survey feedback will also provide you with information on what you can expect from an online course. From The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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A new approach to education that takes advantage of today’s technology. It’s a convenient online program that combines education with interactive fun for children, preschool to eighth grade.
Abacus Educational Services
Traditional and online classes for homeschoolers and homeschooling parents. Classes offered in Monrovia, CA and Online. All major core subjects are covered, including English through college entrance level and math through calculus.
Clonlara School Home Based Education Program
An accredited, comprehensive program for early-, middle-, and upper-elementary, and secondary students. Our “adults graduating” program serves adults who never received a high school diploma. They also have a completely online program called “Whitmore School.”
We offer a Non-Common Core, traditional, secular curriculum using today’s cutting-edge technologies from pre-k through 12th grade. Use our curriculum in any way you like, part-time or full time. Go by our schedule or yours. Free for students. Minimum charge per year for parent to receive reports for all their students.
eTutor Independent Study Program
Interactive online lesson modules. Access from anywhere, at any time: All you need is a web browser. Special parent login allows progress tracking and report card generation. Automatically graded quizzes and exams. A great product for homeschoolers.
Global Student Network
Finally, a fully aligned curriculum that’s ideal for the home school student. This curriculum was developed by a leading public school district to National Content Standards and is delivered entirely over the internet.
Hawaii Virtual School
Illuminated Learning. HVS offers a full range of courses from kindergarten through high school. All of the learning activities are based on national and state standards and are enhanced by powerful, grade appropriate interactive links, animations, and audio and video clips.
Mentioned in the October New York Times article about the flexible learning environment created for online homeschoolers.
We have complete grade programs as well as individual courses in Language Arts, Math, Science, History, Art, and Music. We provide planning & progress tools as well as engaging materials. Discounted if you are an “early bird.” This is a public school program and the creation of William Bennett.
Interactive lessons in math, spelling and reading comprehension for K-6 students.
A community of learners in an online school. It uses the internet to link students with other students and accredited teachers who provide 100% of the students’ instruction and marking.
Open University of Washington
Free online courses for high school students. Sample of courses: Shakespeare, HTML, Civil War, and more. Must be over 13 to register.
RAI Digital Charter High
On the cutting edge with the use of technology. We offer a virtual school environment where classroom instruction is taught in real time on the Internet. Grades 6 – 12 served globally.
A wide variety of classes for young and old. Non-accredited, but you’ll like the pricing and offerings.
Offers full-time distance learning for grades 7-12 with an accredited high school diploma program.
Wolsey Hall Oxford
The homeschooling branch of Wolsey Hall Oxford, a not-for-profit organisation and a well-established home-education distance learning provider offering courses in Key Stage 3, IGCSE and A levels. We have students in many regions including Asia, the Middle East and the United Kingdom.
WorldWide Independent Distance Education Academy
WorldWide IDEA is an accredited educational institution, providing a private academy open to all home-educated students and a DoDEA Remote Location academy with certain eligibility requirements.
Books to Help Those Offering Online Instruction
Teaching Online: A Practical Guide
by Susan Ko (Author), Steve Rossen (Author)
A practical, concise guide for educators teaching online. This updated edition has been fully revamped and reflects important changes that have occurred since the second edition’s publication. A leader in the online field, this best- selling resource maintains its reader friendly tone and offers exceptional practical advice, new teaching examples, faculty interviews, and an updated resource section.
Making the Move to K-12 Online Teaching: Research-Based Strategies and Practices
by Kerry Rice
Written specifically for K-12 teachers, this book covers all aspects of online education. Unique in its focus on K-12 learning, this book shows educators how to transform their teaching as they move from traditional face-to-face classrooms to online settings. Taking into account what teachers know about effective traditional classrooms, Kerry Rice guides the reader step by step through the change showing how familiar concepts, such as setting the tone, building community, course design, lesson planning and assessment, must be re-examined in the context of the online classroom.