Online charter schools get thumb’s up from parents and students
One of my budding curiosities in international education is the potential of online schools to deliver quality education experiences and programs to students who otherwise are not able to attend brick-and-mortar school. But I had not given much thought to domestic online schools. Until now.
The Chicago Tribune recently published an interesting article about parents and students singing the praises of one online charter school, Chicago Virtual School, which offers individualized instruction and content — at a student-directed pace — to meet the unique needs of children.
In Chicago, online schools are the “Web-based wave of the future.” The Chicago Virtual Charter School is managed by K12, an online education company based in Herndon, Va., that offers programs in the District of Columbia and 21 states..
Parents of students at Chicago Virtual School turned to it when other options were not feasible: Private schools were not affordable, and moving to the suburbs, where schools are considered better, was unlikely. Many tried home-schooling but liked the structure of the charter school.
Students get a desktop computer and printer on loan. They also get 60- to 70-pound boxes filled with textbooks, supplies for art and science projects, math tools and more.
Keep reading “Online charter school rings bell with parents, students” by Noreen S. Ahmed-Ullah.