John and Gabriela

As high schoolers, John and Gabriela want to focus on career options in a distraction-free environment. With live business courses and group projects, K12 curriculum inspires the siblings to follow their interests and become entrepreneurs.

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Why this Family Chose K12

Their mother, Jessica, explains the family’s decision: “There were things going on at the traditional school that had me worried about my children’s safety, so I feel more secure having them here.”

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Learn in a safe environment

Jessica found the peace of mind she needed to feel confident her children were devoting full attention to their studies in a protected environment.

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Pursue hobbies beyond the classroom

Online school lets Gabriela bake with her mom and John fix cars with his dad. These enriching experiences inspire them to pursue business courses that could transform interests into careers.

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Make new friends

Gabriela and John connect with their peers at church youth groups, business class project meetings, and social events based around common interests.

In Their Own Words

Compared to traditional school, online school offers unique flexibility and family time. We asked Jessica, John, and Gabriela to share what the change of pace looks like for them.

Question 1 of 5

Why do you like online school?

“I like that I know more about what Gabriela and John are doing during their school day. I can make sure they’re on track and doing well. It also s…

“I’m able to be home with my mom and help her out during the day. I think online school has actually brought us all a bit closer together. Plus, I’…

“I like it because I finish my school day a little earlier than at my old school — and I get more breaks. That way, I can go outside and help my da…

Question 2 of 5

Do you have any advice for families that might be considering online school?

“I’d say that if you’re concerned about school safety, online schools powered by K12 might be worth looking into. Anything can happen anywhere, of …

Question 3 of 5

What do your breaks look like during the day?

“I work with my dad on the cars in between my classes during the day. I really like trying to figure out the puzzle of what’s causing the problem w…

“I really like to read, so you can find me with a book on a lot of my breaks. My grandma sends me novels so I’m often reading my way through one of…

Question 4 of 5

How was your family’s transition to online school?

“The thing I had the hardest time with was not seeing my friends face-to-face as much, I was really concerned about that at first. Now though, I’ve…

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What is it like doing school at home with your whole family?

“I really like it. My mom is my Learning Coach, which simply means she’s there to help me stay on track and try to figure things out when I get stu…

“I like having a better idea of what they’re doing in school, and having them learning at home lets me do that. It’s nice hearing about what they’r…

9th Grade

A Day in the Life of John

John appreciates having time to explore hobbies with his dad and the opportunity to dive into a business-related curriculum that prepares him for a future career.

CLASSES AND ASSIGNMENTS

Learn soft skills through group projects

John’s schoolwork features a flexible blend of scheduled live classes, self-guided offline assignments, and fun extracurricular activities — like business group projects that offer collaboration and inspiration. K12 sends John a computer, textbooks, and activity materials, so he feels prepared for anything.

11th Grade

A Day in the Life of Gabriela

Gabriela is naturally organized and independent. She finds it easy to stay on top of her studies, and enjoys the ability to work ahead and be as productive as possible.

CLASSES AND ASSIGNMENTS

Organize a well-supported day of studies

Gabriela’s schedule includes business electives in addition to core math, English, social studies, science, and foreign language studies. The perfect blend of structure and flexibility, her days are a mix of live instruction, self-guided offline assignments, and career prep projects.

CURRICULUM

Pack your schedule and stride ahead with confidence

Each semester, 11th grader Gabriela typically takes three to six subjects. While most students have two or three courses with live classes, Gabriela’s electives have her taking up to seven live classes some days. She completes the rest of her assignments and skills labs independently through the engaging interactive online learning system.

CAREER PREP

Follow your dreams: For Gabriela, it’s baking

Gabriela envisions her future self surrounded by homemade Puerto Rican desserts in a beautiful shop of her own. So, in addition to her regular classes, she takes next-level electives to learn more about entrepreneurship and what it takes to run a successful business.

SKILLS FOR THE FUTURE

Build soft skills in communication and collaboration

In her role as group leader, Gabriela flexes communication skills and assigns her peers tasks as they help a bike shop improve its reviews and delivery times. She loves hearing others’ innovative solutions and working in a fun, collaborative environment.

Learning Coach

A Day in the Life of Jessica

Successful online learning requires a supporting cast of superstars — and that’s where you come in! As a Learning Coach, you’ll spend several hours per day providing support and encouragement that celebrates your child’s wins while strengthening your family’s bond.

TIME COMMITMENT

Take a few hours to see what your children learn

High school Learning Coaches like Jessica typically spend between one to three hours each day with their increasingly independent students. Jessica likes to know what her children are learning and see firsthand that they’re doing well.

TEACHER SUPPORT AND COMMUNICATION

Connect with trained copilots who care

Jessica notices that her children’s certified online educators seem “more dedicated” than traditional school teachers. Gabriela and John’s instructors have been teaching online for many years and love what they do. They’re backed by proven methods, intuitive tools, ongoing training, and technicians who keep the online school experience running smoothly.

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Thrive with live classes and autonomous time

On a typical day, John might start with a Spanish lesson on his own and join a live science class led by his state-certified teacher in the afternoon. His mom and Learning Coach Jessica provides 1-3 hours of daily support and guidance, reminding him to stay on task as he builds autonomy.

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Connect with teachers and classmates anytime

On a typical day, Gabriela may start with a live science class led by her state-certified online instructor, followed by offline reading for history. In the afternoon, she works on a group business project with her brother. As questions arise, she can always ask her teacher questions via email, live class, or weekly office hours.

FAMILY SCHEDULE

Celebrate your children’s milestones

Watching your child grow is one of the most beautiful parts of supporting their learning journey. Some teens need more hands-on Learning Coaches than others. In Jessica’s household, Gabriela tends to self-organize, while John benefits from a few more reminders.

CURRICULUM

Pursue electives that make learning more fun

Each semester, 9th grade students like John take 3-6 subjects, including 2-3 with scheduled live classes. In addition to core English, math, science, and social studies courses, John selects business and marketing electives that interest him.

CAREER PREP

Discover your dream: For John, it’s an auto shop

John loves his business and marketing class and is learning what it takes to run his own company. While working in the garage with his dad, he wonders whether he might run a sports car repair and detailing shop one day. First, he plans to study mechanical engineering at college, so he can work on a pit crew.

SKILLS FOR THE FUTURE

Solve real-world challenges to become career-ready

Class projects foster teamwork and tie learnings to real-world scenarios. For instance, John and his sister work together to help a bike shop improve customer reviews and delivery times.

Follow More Student Journeys

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9th Grade

Arianna

Arianna runs her own bakery. Her school schedule lets her work at her own pace while taking advanced business and entrepreneurship courses to gain practical skills.

2 Online Students in the Family

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10th Grade

Stephen

Stephen loves competitive swimming. His flexible schedule allows room for morning practices and Friday travel meets, while independence-building assignments prepare him for college.

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11th Grade

Mia

Mia wants to become a surgeon for astronauts. She’s earning certifications and developing skills in an environment supported by inspiring mentors where she can focus on her future.

 

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11th Grade

Tre

Tre comes from a military family where moving to new locations is a fact of life. Now he can minimize disruption, confidently preparing for college and career from anywhere.

4 Online Students in the Family

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Learning with K12

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