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Creating a Schedule for Online Home School

One of the hardest things about transitioning to online home school is learning to adhere to a schedule. You have what initially feels like an endless amount of freedom in front of you, and it's easy to fall into the trap of ignoring those school responsibilities. There are so many other things that you'd rather be doing with your day! Setting up a schedule is a critical step to success in your online home school. When you create your schedule, there are several factors that you'll need to take into consideration.
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3 Signs Your Child Might Not Be Cut Out For Online High School

Online high schools are a dream come true for many kids.  They're away from the pressures of bullies, teachers who don't teach to their level, and dozens of other problems that characterize a typical day in the life of a high school student.  They can work at their own pace, contact teachers whenever they need help, and arrange their schedule to suit themselves instead of being forced into a schedule that doesn't work for them.  Unfortunately, for some kids, online high schools aren't a dream--they're a nightmare.  If you've considered online high school for your child, first consider these signs that your child might not be cut out for online high school after all.
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The Benefits Online High Schools Provide

As your child enters their high school years, you may begin to question which option will best meet their educational needs. With public schools, private schools, charter schools, and online charter schools available, there are resources available to meet the learning needs of a wide variety of students. For many students, online high school is the perfect option to meet their unique needs, and acts as a great alternative to traditional public school. Online high schools provide an array of benefits to students by creating a more flexible learning environment that fits into their lifestyle. If you are considering enrolling your child in online high school but are unsure if this is the right choice to make, here is an overview of just a few of the many benefits that online high schools provide.
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Online High School Problems: My Child Won't Stay On Task

Once you've jumped into online high school, you feel as though you're committed for at least the school year.  In some cases, you've paid the fees.  In others, you don't have the time to search out another opportunity in the middle of the school year.  You also don't want your child to think that if they rebel hard enough, they will be able to have what they want.  Unfortunately, within a couple of months of trying out online high school, you may discover that it isn't working as well as you thought it would.  The most common complaint among parents?  A child who can't (or won't) stay on task.  
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Should My Student Attend an Online High School or a Traditional One?

For many, online courses offer an attractive solution to the distractions of traditional high school classes. However, despite the benefits of online courses, many students still prefer traditional on site education as USA Today has reported. So what are the pros and cons of taking a high school course online or on site?
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Online High Schools: Kicking Off the School Year Right

  If you've enrolled your student in online high school for the first time, you may be wondering what the beginning of the school year is going to look like for you.  How will you arrange your schedule to accommodate the changes necessary for going back to school?  How will you keep your teenager on task?  If you want to ensure success for your student's online high school career, try out some of these tips.
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Preparing Your Student for Online High School

The advances in technology over the last generation have made unprecedented leaps in what is available to many students--and that includes online high schools.  It's a format that will benefit many students, whether they're being bullied in their brick and mortar school, can't keep up with their peers, or are worlds above them; whether they have an illness that makes it difficult for them to attend school each day or a grueling sports schedule that allows them to pursue their passion but doesn't leave a lot of time for school; whether they love school or hate it.  Virtual schooled students aren't any different from the students who attend brick and mortar schools every day.  They just have special circumstances that make it necessary for them to pursue a different method of education.  
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Delivering Project Based Learning in an Independent Study School

When I tell other teachers I’m a project-based teacher for an independent study school, I get strange looks. Yet, I knew what I was getting myself into.  I knew working for a new school would come with challenges laden with wonderings of making the right call.  I loved the possibility of everything being brand new.  In a field when many teachers are focused on keeping the status quo, I embrace change and the “new”.  New school. New challenges.  New problems to solve.  There was one major problem to solve. How do you combine two models of education that are virtually on opposite ends of the educational setting spectrum?
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A Winning Pair: Online Learning and Projects

Project Based Learning has become a preferred learning modality in many schools today. As noted by the Buck Institute for Education, Project Based Learning helps students develop deeper learning competencies that can be applied in the real world. According to latest research findings and practical experience, highlights of Project Based learning are: 
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What Should I Look For? How To Pick The Right Charter School

LOTS TO CHOOSE FROM You probably don’t need us to tell you this, but there are lots of schools to choose from - especially with the rapid growth of charter schools. California is at the heart of the school choice movement, with well over 1,000 charter schools. We spoke with a parent recently who had a son at a well-known charter school in San Diego County. She was very diplomatic about it, but she made it clear that there were certain things that just didn’t work for her son at his current school. This mom isn’t alone. Nearly every day we speak to parents - and often students - who are simply not satisfied with their current school. In this era of school choice, there's no reason to suffer through a school that isn't meeting the specific needs of your child. There are simply too many options out there to choose from. But of course, all of this choice can lead to confusion and information overload.  Below is our best shot at a list for parents to consider when choosing the right school for their child. This post will focus primarily on parents and students considering public charter schools, although it could certainly be expanded to private and traditional public schools as well. 
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