Online learning has become a common education option. Some kids take all of their classes online. Other kids take some classes online and some at a brick-and-mortar school. There are also “blended learning” programs that provide a mix of online and in-person instruction in the same classroom.
Some kids with learning and thinking differences may thrive in online classes. But some kids may not get the support they need to succeed in online schools and blended learning programs. Learn more about these alternatives to traditional schools—and what you need to know before deciding to enroll.
Online schools have virtual classes that students can take from home or a library or a coffee shop or anywhere else that has an Internet connection. The teachers work remotely and have a structured curriculum for their online students to follow. Some kids take only one or two fully online classes. Other kids take all of their classes online.
Online learning is sometimes called distance learning. You may also hear online schools referred to as virtual schools or cyber schools. Online classes and full-time online schools are often provided by local school districts, charter schools and state education agencies. There are also some private online schools. Online schools can be a good fit for some kids with learning and thinking differences. Getting to choose which online classes to take may be especially helpful for twice-exceptional students who are bored by the course offerings at their brick-and-mortar school.
But not all students have the structure or supports they need to complete their online courses. High school students who take all of their classes online are less likely to graduate in four years. Fully online students graduate on time at nearly half the rate of all public school students.
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