The Role of a Learning Coach

Are you curious how online schooling works? Hear from K12 families about the benefits and challenges of online learning. Topics include curriculum, teacher instruction, time commitment, socialization, and more. Although switching from a traditional classroom to online schooling can be a big adjustment, K12 provides the tools and support to address these challenges.

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Time Commitment

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An Important Part of the Online Learning Process

"It's an exceptional education: the curriculum is top-notch; they have the best teachers; they're really tuned in to the kids; our boys can follow their passions and become better learners. Of course, all this success comes with serious parent involvement. There needs to be a full-on family commitment. But, it is so rewarding even with the additional time commitment that you have to make."

— Sally, Austin and Andrew's mother

Learning Coaches are usually the student's parent or another responsible adult who are dedicated to making sure their child receives a quality education.

A Learning Coach supports the student in the learning process while they are enrolled in the K12 program. They are responsible for ensuring their student is on track with assignments and coursework as well as communicating with their teachers throughout the school year. Learning Coaches play an active role, especially in the early grades.

The typical time commitment for a Learning Coach varies:

  • Grades K–5: 3 to 6 hours
  • Grades 6–8: 2 to 4 hours
  • Grades 9–12: 1 to 2 hours

Learning Coaches are not required to be fluent in English.

Support for Learning Coaches

The K12 program is set up to help parents succeed in their role through extensive support features, such as lesson guides, tools, videos, and opportunities to talk with other parents of current students.