Meet Mari

The search for a safe, flexible learning environment led Mari and her family to K12-powered school. Now she can focus on her coursework and hands-on learning activities. 

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Why Mari’s Family Chose K12

Mari belongs to a military family. With frequent moves and medical appointments, she and her parents value having a flexible schooling option that meets her unique needs and helps her reach her full potential.

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Gain stability during relocation

Mari needs stability and learning continuity during her family’s frequent moves.

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Balance school with doctor’s visits

Mari wants to stay on track in class even though she has medical appointments throughout the school week.

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Thrive without distractions

Mari needs a safe, quiet environment where she can work at her own pace.

In Their Own Words

Mari is a hands-on learner who enjoys science, math, and playing piano. Learn how she found the balance she needs to attend somewhat frequent doctor’s appointments while keeping pace with her school work.

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Why did you switch to online school? 

“I have some medical issues that mean I often have doctor’s appointments during the day. That made it hard to keep up with classes and assignments in my old school. I’d get behind pretty easily, and the other students would pick on me. In online school, though, it’s more flexible. I can go to my appointments…

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Why do you like online school?

“I like that the learning is so hands-on. There are a lot of visuals for the lessons, which helps me picture how things work together; I like to see things.Plus, overall, there aren’t as many distractions for me, so I can really focus on my schoolwork. If I have questions, I can ask my teacher or my mom. My …

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How do you keep up with your friends doing online school?

“Some of my closest friends are other military kids from the learning co-op. We paint together and play video games. I get to see them once or twice a week, and my mom likes co-op too because she says it gives her a break. I’ve made a few friends in my Class Connect sessions, including the first person I eve…

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How does your family support you with school? 

“My mom is my Learning Coach which means she’s there to help me throughout the day. She reminds me that the curriculum has extra tutorials and stuff, too, bonus activities I can do to practice things I’m having a harder time with. She also has her teaching credentials, so she’s really good at helping me with…

A Day in the Life of Mari

Mari’s day starts with teacher-led online art and English classes, followed by independent math and history assignments.


Learn at your own pace—and on your own time

Mari’s schoolwork combines scheduled, online classes and self-guided assignments and activities. Her schedule gives her plenty of flexibility: she completes assignments at her own pace and can watch class recordings if she has a doctor’s appointment. 


Interact with Exciting Guest Speakers, like Meteorologists

Eighth-grade students like Mari typically take five to six subjects each semester. These are completed through scheduled, live classes or self-guided assignments and skills labs in the K12 interactive online learning system. Classes can include career exploration electives, group work, or guest speakers — like the meteorologist Mari watched on a recorded science session.

Fun Outside the Classroom

Piano lessons with dad, video games with friends, and hands-on science experiments are a few ways Mari spends time offline.


Make Art and Catch Up with Friends

Mari loves seeing friends at the military learning co-op. They make art together, exercise at the gym, and catch up on weekly schoolwork. Through online clubs and in-person activities on the military base, Mari has many opportunities to connect with peers.

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Explore Science through Hands-on Activities

Mari enjoys learning about all things science — including health, outer space, and most of all, weather. Students like Mari benefit from K12-powered schools’ interactive lessons and activities. Mari’s school even provides fun supplies for at-home experiments — including a microscope!

A Day in the Life of Learning Coach Hope

As Mari’s mom and Learning Coach, Hope makes sure Mari completes all her work and stays on track. She enjoys following along on Mari’s learning journey and the flexibility K12-powered school offers her as a military spouse. 


Keep track of your child’s academic growth

Hope spends one to three hours supporting Mari every day — the typical time commitment for a seventh grade Learning Coach. With K12, Hope knows exactly what Mari is learning and finds it easier to help her as a result.


Watch your child soar with expert teachers

Hope isn’t alone: she receives ongoing support from Mari’s accessible, state-certified teachers. When Mari needs help outside of live class time, her teachers are available to answer questions by email and during weekly office hours.


Develop a Sense of Independence

Mari has become more independent through K12-powered online school. She checks her schedule, manages her workload, and ensures all assignments get done on time. Her mom, Hope, and teachers are also available to help. 


Develop a sense of independence

Mari has become more independent through K12-powered online school. She checks her schedule, manages her workload, and ensures all assignments get done on time. Her mom, Hope, and teachers are also available to help. 

Follow More Student Journeys

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7th Grade


Lily works ahead on her schoolwork and spends her free time on fun science experiments and animal club activities.

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8th Grade


Josh’s advanced school schedule makes time for live history and science classes, science experiments, and basketball.

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8th Grade


Sabrina excels academically with a supportive class structure and Spanish-speaking staff who helped her settle in at school.


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9th Grade


John enjoys a more focused environment with fewer distractions where he can take business courses to learn how to run an auto shop. 

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Learn with K12

From kindergarten to high school, K12 provides tuition-free, online education that empowers students to learn in a way that works for them. Browse our schools and programs to find the perfect fit for your family.

These are the stories of real students attending K12-powered schools and their families. Content is a combination of direct quotes and summaries from interviews. Their stories each reflect their experiences at their respective schools. Actual experiences can vary by student and school. These pages are designed to reflect a typical day in the life of a student attending an online K12-powered school. Individual class schedules and requirements will vary by state, school, and the individual needs of each student.