Online Public School FAQs
How do I enroll my child?
To see what enrollment options are available in your state, go to our Find a School section.
Who is eligible to attend?
In most cases, any student residing in a state where a K12 online public school operates is eligible to attend provided he or she meets the posted age requirements. Different states require different forms of documentation before students are approved to enroll, so please check the website for the K12 school in your state for full details.
What is the role of the teacher in K12 online public schools?
In grades K–8, one teacher is typically assigned per student to direct the Learning Coach, manage the Individualized Learning Plan, monitor progress, and to focus on each student's individual problem areas. In high school, a team of subject-specific teachers are assigned to each student; these teachers conduct online lectures and discussions, hold office hours, set and grade assignments, and assign grades.
What are parents' roles and responsibilities?
In grades K–8, the parent acts as a "Learning Coach," working in conjunction with the teacher to facilitate progress through the daily lessons and working to modify the pace and schedule according to the child's needs. The Learning Coach manages the student's schedule and ensures that work is being completed at a reasonable pace, while teachers remain constantly involved to monitor progress, ensure mastery, and develop specific intervention plans when a child is struggling.
In high school, the parent's role changes to one of mentor—still an important supportive role to help the student stay on task and ensure the student is following through on his or her assignments. During high school, though, the student is expected to start managing his or her own time and academic schedule more directly.
Does my child have to participate in state standardized testing?
In addition to K12 lesson assessments and unit tests, students in K12 online public schools must participate in state standardized testing, just as students in brick-and-mortar public schools in the state must do. Testing and dates vary by state and school.
How do students in online public schools socialize?
Throughout the year, students are invited to participate in school outings, field trips, picnics, and other social events. These outings and activities may include trips to museums, skate parks, zoos, clubs, student government, dances, and even graduation ceremonies. We expect local clusters of students and parents to get together on a regular basis in their areas. We are also exploring new ways to interact socially using the powerful reach of the Internet. With online discussions and forums, new types of communities can be formed that are based not on geography but on shared interests.
Can we take a vacation during the school year?
Each school's calendar includes school "holidays" or vacation time. Generally speaking, you will not have access to your assigned teacher(s) during this time, but you can continue to do school work. Whenever possible, family vacations should align with school vacation days. Parents are encouraged to contact their teachers if they plan a vacation that does not coordinate with the school calendar.