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Online High School - Pros & Cons

socalsamsocalsam Registered User Posts: 15 New Member
Hello, I'm moving to Missouri for my senior year and I'm from Southern California. Rather than start over at a new high school all together I decided it'd be best to finish my high school career with an online high school. Does it look bad that I essentially "dropped" the IB/AP programs and did classes online? How would this looks in terms of admissions? I plan on working full time at a research lab also when I move to Missouri, so that would be a bonus I suppose. But generally, is shifting to an online high school program your senior year okay?

Replies to: Online High School - Pros & Cons

  • annanaannana Registered User Posts: 465 Member
    I think colleges will understand you not wanting to put yourself in an entirely new school senior year, and moving was out of your control. As long as you have good self-motivation, switching to online shouldn't hurt you, and you can still take AP/IB classes at online schools.
  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 Registered User Posts: 29,379 Senior Member
    You'd need to find a reputable online school that offers plenty of AP/IB classes. You may want to register as homeschooled at your Missouri location, so that you can take community college classes for free - this would complement your virtual schooling, would be more social, and would allow you to continue with your EC's.
  • mathprof63mathprof63 Registered User Posts: 328 Member
    Mizzou online K-12 has an really good online high school program. Check it out - it may even be free for Missouri residents, but I am not sure.
  • 50N40W50N40W Registered User Posts: 959 Member
    U Nebraska, Indiana U, Stanford, and MS State all have distance learning high schools, if that's still under consideration. We're using IU, about halfway through a couple classes, and so far so good. Kid is happier and learning more than before.
  • dswinnhdswinnh Registered User Posts: 203 Junior Member
    Brigham Young University also offers online high school courses. (A former classmate of my daughter's took some courses from them -- recommended by the local public high school.)
  • AroundHereAroundHere Registered User Posts: 1,483 Senior Member
    You should find an online school that offers strong coursework. Hopefully as strong as the school you are leaving, but you need to definitely be able to say on college apps that the coursework at the online school was better than what you could have gotten at your new local high school. If the online school is less rigorous than your new local high school, you should probably go to your local high school.
  • ParkSlopeMomParkSlopeMom Registered User Posts: 10 New Member
    My daughter is at an online school, and their graduates do very well in college admissions. You should definitely look for a school which is connected to a school already, has a great reputation, is accredited, and offers challenging coursework. We like Dwight Global Online School. Check it out at www dot dwight dot global . Stanford Online High School is another good one that we thought about.
  • sunnyschoolsunnyschool Registered User Posts: 506 Member
    I think it's fine, especially with the research position also! :)
  • EmptyNestin2017EmptyNestin2017 Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
    edited March 29
    DD attended online school all four years of high school. If hers did not offer a particular AP course she took it elsewhere. The trick is finding a place to take the AP Exams and you need to call around early to find schools that allow non-students to take the test there. There are a number of excellent online programs that offer pretty much any AP course you would want to take. She was admitted to UCLA, Fordham, UGA and Hofstra so far and waitlisted at Chicago and Georgetown (waiting for results from Cal, Stanford and Ivies).
  • WhoTouchedMyTacoWhoTouchedMyTaco Registered User Posts: 131 Junior Member
    It's a good move to be honest. Plus, taking online classes is harder than taking classes in a classroom. It's basically one reason why many people choose class lectures over online lectures.
  • sunnyschoolsunnyschool Registered User Posts: 506 Member
    @EmptyNestin2017 Any updates? Congrats on the acceptances so far!
  • MorgranLovesMeowMorgranLovesMeow Registered User Posts: 15 New Member
    depends on how much of a self-starter you are though? i took a semester of online classes, and man, was i distracted.
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