Hello everybody, I am currently a freshman at an advanced private high school. I am doing relatively well in school, with mostly As and A+s and a couple A-s. Next year I am thinking of doing online high school or dual enrollment because of the flexibility, self-learning, and personalized attention you can receive. Before I make a decision though, I want to ask a few questions:
A) What have your experiences been with online high school, whether you're a parent or a teacher or a student? Which high school do you attend?
B) Depending on your high school, what is the structure of the lessons? Is there a lesson plan and then quizzes, or do you have textbooks and just turn your assignments into your teacher online? How do you take tests? Do you have complete flexibility or is there a set school-year and due dates?
C) What online high school would you recommend? Do they have good, comprehensive programs offering APs? Please tell me the pros and cons if you go to them, and why you did or didn't choose them. I'm also open to suggestions for other schools. I'm looking into:
- Laurel Springs
- Mizzou K-12
-George Washington University Online High School
-Christa McAuliffe School of Arts and Science
- International Virtual Learning Academy
- Stanford Online High School (though I don't know if I would apply because I don't think I would get in)
D) Will it impact me for college applications if I switch in the middle of high school and took no APs in freshman year because my current school did not allow them for freshmen? Do the schools have a class rank?
E) Have any of you been accepted into the Ivy League or top colleges with these schools? How could I utilize these schools to help me do that? How does the curriculum compare with advanced private high school curriculum in general? They always seem to have lower ratings, especially for teachers, on Niche. Why do you think this is?
F) In addition, how are the teachers? Are they responsive, and are students given one-on-one attention with someone to guide them through school? Is it easy to connect with the teachers on a personal level?
G) How good are the schools are managing your college plan and nurturing your passions? How long do you spend on average on school/studying, and will you have time to heavily pursue two challenging passions (Eastern/international relations and Ethics while also starting a non-profit) while also being able to earn top grades?
I apologize that this was so lengthy. Thank you for your reply and helpful information.