Why Homeschool Families Are Choosing Online School
This is a guest blog post from Connections Academy
Parents decide to educate their children at home for many reasons, but now many homeschool families are making the switch to online school. Families tell us this change benefits children and parents alike. If you haven’t yet made this change, you’ll find it’s worth considering when you see these top reasons why former homeschoolers say they are glad they made the easy transition to online school.
- Reduced Stress
When combined with an active lifestyle, the responsibilities of homeschooling can overwhelm some families. Online school frees parents from many of the time-consuming “administrative” details, while still enabling them to be involved in their children’s education daily.
Homeschooler Cherie Rudesill found online school provided the relief she was seeking:
“With five children, the amount of time and energy that I needed to keep records, plan, and teach grew with each passing year. Since enrolling in Connections Academy, I feel as though a weight has been lifted off of my shoulders. All of the planning is done for me. The curriculum is well written and engaging,” she reports. “Teachers are literally just a phone call away and are very happy to help whenever needed.”
- Proven Academics
It can be time-consuming—and expensive—to design or locate a program of study that provides a complete, high quality education. With an accredited and reputable online school, the curriculum must meet state standards, and it may also be free!
Naomi Moore had been homeschooling for over ten years when she enrolled her daughter with Connections Academy:
“Previously, I used various curricula and always wondered if my children were getting the right thing at the right time,” she explains. “Since enrolling my daughter in Connections Academy, I feel as though a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I am confident that she is getting a thorough public school curriculum, and yet it is customized to meet her strengths and work on her weaknesses.”
- Planning for the Future
A family’s switch to online learning can also be prompted by students starting middle school or high school—and wanting to be sure they are prepared for college or career. In addition to core courses, many online schools also offer career exploration and college preparatory options such as gifted, honors, and Advanced Placement courses. A transcript that includes challenging coursework from an accredited online school can enhance a student’s chances of college acceptance.
Doug and Lynn MacDonald homeschooled their son Brad successfully through seventh grade, but when it was time to start preparing their son for college, they turned to Connections Academy:
“When we began thinking about a high school, we knew we wanted Brad to experience the challenges of different teaching styles and expectations to prepare him for college. As an online school student, Brad has shown us that he’s a self-starter. He manages his own schedule, holds himself accountable, and really strives to be an ‘A’ student,” Lynn says.
- Dedicated Educators
Some homeschool parents tell us they question their own teaching abilities—or wish they had a safety net! With a quality online school, certified teachers instruct and evaluate students and are available to answer questions and provide support to both parents and students.
The Dieneman family homeschooled daughter Emily for two years, then enrolled at Connections Academy for middle school and told us:
“The older Emily gets, the harder it is to explain things to her! Having access to teachers is a total plus for this family! The LiveLesson® online classroom sessions are her favorite part of the school week!”
With so many powerful perks and the ability to continue the homeschooling lifestyle benefits, it’s not surprising that homeschool families are embracing online schooling! To learn more about Connections Academy, a premier online school for grades K–12, request a free Program Guide now.