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Online High Schools

SunnyakelaSunnyakela Registered User Posts: 23 Junior Member
My child will need to switch to online HS next year for health reasons. Does anyone have experience with the different types of schools? It looks like places like Laurel Springs or Conlara provide a lot of extras, while courses affiliated with universities are offering a single class, with no bells or whistles. How helpful are those extras?

My daughter would like to take AP classes if possible. If her health is better, she might transfer back to her old school for senior year. We are worried about the isolation that might happen next year.

We have a bit of experience with our state's online charter, which was frustrating to use. We would like to avoid doing that again.

If anyone has any experience with the various online schools, we would really appreciate hearing about it!


Replies to: Online High Schools

  • Mom2aphysicsgeekMom2aphysicsgeek Registered User Posts: 4,102 Senior Member
    Have you verified that the school will accept the courses toward graduation requirements? A lot of schools will not accept any courses, accredited or otherwise, completed at home as credits toward graduation.

    The providers you listed would not be my first choice. Oak Meadow, Kolbe (Catholic but can be used secularly), or OHS would be some of the options I would investigate. Many of the more popular providers may not have any open enrollment for courses at this late date. (For example, PAH's AP chem is one of the best online chem options.)

    Another approach might be to look at programs like TX Tech's online highnschool courses. http://www.depts.ttu.edu/k12/
  • luckyboothluckybooth Registered User Posts: 51 Junior Member
    We used Keystone Online High School. My daughter took health, phys ed and a .5 credit fine arts class ("Fine Arts Online" which prepared her for AP Art History at our high school) through Keystone with permission from her school. She was able to finish the class at her own pace (within limits). Keystone offers AP classes. Tuition was reasonable, and they also offer a tuition payment plan.
  • SunnyakelaSunnyakela Registered User Posts: 23 Junior Member
    The school says that they will take credits from an online school that is accredited, but I am double checking that now.. Unfortunately, this is a difficult time of year to get answers from counselors.

    We will have to find courses that don't have a fall start, since she is not able to handle a full course load right now, so I guess that will eliminate several choices.

    Thank you both for your suggestions. I haven't looked at several of those, so I will take a look now!
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