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7 Differences Between Charter and Private Schools

Parents are being misled about their childrens’ education. If you’re like many parents, you may think private schools and charter schools are similar, if not the same. In reality, these two types of schools are dramatically different, and so are the learning experiences they provide to your student. In this article, we map out the key differences between charters and private schools.

Independent Study

Things To Consider When Making The Move To K-12 Independent Study

If you’ve been considering your district’s independent study option for the 2021-2022 school year, you may have a lot of questions about what independent study is and how you can tell if your child is receiving a high-quality independent study experience. One thing to keep in mind is that independent study and distance learning share a lot in common, but there are some key differences. You’ll want to ensure that your child’s experience is a high-quality independent study experience and not simply “school online.” As long-time members of the independent study space, Method Schools has spent years refining the key elements of a quality independent study program.


Method Schools 2020-21 Staff Satisfaction Report

Monitoring staff’s overall satisfaction is a primary focus point for Method Schools’ leadership team to ensure a staff driven culture is being developed. This is achieved through ongoing coaching sessions, observations, evaluations and survey action planning. The leadership team makes it a priority to respond to ongoing feedback from all staff and to create new and better ways to create a staff driven culture. The below graphs demonstrate the staff retention rate, employee satisfaction rate and eNPS (Employee Net Promoter Score) for the 2020-2021 school year:

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Advantages of an Online Special Education Program

Each Special Education Student is You-nique! A majority of special education students benefit from a traditional school with daily in-person attendance; however, each special education student is unique and there is a percentage of pupils who do not thrive in this type of environment. Some students may have health issues or face physical disabilities which makes daily traveling as well as frequent transitions to a brick-and-mortar school quite challenging, stressful, and may limit the potential for academic progress. Other students may suffer from anxiety, depression, or other emotional and mental disabilities. The challenges of being forced to attend school in undesirable classroom environments can worsen these conditions and cause a loss of motivation for academic performance.

Online Learning

How Student-Teacher Ratios Affect Online Learning

As K-12 schools scramble to pick up online learning, some students are getting lost in the shuffle. Crowded classrooms are shifting online, and it could unfortunately be souring the potential for a positive online learning environment.  This change has increased the average student-teacher ratio, and it may be influencing online learning more than you realize. In this article, we dig into how class size affects online learning outcomes and how it can impact your student’s future.

Online Learning

Debunking 6 Myths Surrounding Online Charter Schools

Online charter schools are exploding in popularity. Unfortunately, as soon as parents start investigating these schools, they’re finding both online schools and charter schools are plagued with myths. 

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4 Online Learning Student Success Stories

At Method Schools, we see students learn and grow in an online learning community every day. However, most parents don’t have a chance to see how impactful the move to online learning can be before your child jumps into distance learning. That’s why we’ve put together a few recent stories of students who have benefited from the move to our online K-12 school.  Here are four student success stories to show you how online learning can help students reach their goals.

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The State of Academic Growth in Remote Learning Environments

The traditional brick-and-mortar learning model has been eroding for years. Now, the pandemic has completely upended traditional in-person education. As more learners and parents are exposed to remote learning than ever, it’s important to ask, “How is online learning impacting academic growth?”  We’re here to provide an answer. In this article, we examine the state of academic growth in remote learning and examine where education is headed.

School Choice

Thanks to Supporters of School Choice Like You, California AB 1316 is Dead

As noted earlier, California Assembly Bill 1316 (AB 1316) would have had a tremendously negative impact on charter school students in our state, including our own Method students and families. But thanks to thousands of California families and organizations who believe parents should have a say in where their child attends school, AB 1316 is dead.