Meet Sabrina

After fleeing her home country of Cuba, Sabrina needed a safe educational setting where she could destress, work at her own pace, and enjoy the learning process. With K12-powered online school, she has comfortably adapted to a new language and culture — receiving support every step of the way.

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Why Sabrina’s Family Chose K12

Sabrina’s mother, Mabiel, sought a safe learning environment where her daughter could heal from the stress caused by fleeing her home country. K12-powered school provides the flexibility and support Sabrina needs to successfully acclimate to life in the United States.

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Embrace an empowering environment

Online education gives Sabrina the time and space she needs to adjust to a different way of life in her new country.

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Progress at your own pace

Sabrina is learning English to communicate better with her teachers and peers. K12-powered online school gives her flexibility to practice throughout the week, without pressure.

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Close learning gaps

As her family fought to flee Cuba, Sabrina fell behind academically. K12 helps her catch up and confidently forge ahead.

In Their Own Words

For Sabrina, K12-powered school provides an opportunity to adapt to life in the United States on her own timeline and thrive academically. Discover what she and her mom have to say about their experience.

Why did you choose online school?

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Why do you like online school?

“Online school is easier for me. I have more time to get my work done, and I can concentrate better since there aren’t as many distractions at home…

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How was the transition to online school?

“We initially thought that we’d only use K12-powered online school as a temporary solution, but liked it so much that we stayed. It truly was the a…

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How do the teachers support you?

“The teachers are friendly and patient. They make sure you’re understanding the lesson and pay close attention to you. My teachers really take the …

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What do your breaks look like during the school day?

“I like to play with Tika, my cat. She’s the only one that walks through my workspace when I’m in class. Sometimes, when my grandmother is in the k…

“I see a big difference between the teachers at the K12-powered school versus our old school. Before, we dealt with teachers who were inflexible, d…

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Why did you switch to online school?

“We moved from Cuba so Sabrina could have a better future. She wasn’t receiving the academic support she needed at her first school in the U.S., an…

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Do you have any advice for families considering online school for their children?

“I want other families in the U.S., especially ones like ours who’ve come from other countries, to know that your children can have a great educati…

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How do you build friendships during online school?

“My friends and I hang out outside of school. One of our favorite things to do is have pajama parties and watch movies together.”

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Why did you choose K12-powered online school for Sabrina?

“K12-powered online school offered Sabrina the ability to catch up academically. They could give her customized support like math and English tutor…

Feel heard as a Family

Upon starting at her K12-powered school, Sabrina received the support she needed to catch up on her academic work. Her confidence grew quickly with the help of dedicated teachers who met her where she was and additional educational resources. At last, after struggling with traditional public schools, her family finally felt heard

Tackle academic challenges

Before K12-powered online school, Sabrina struggled with various academic and emotional challenges. Political unrest and religious persecution made Cuba unsafe for her family. Seeking a better life, her dad moved to the U.S. first — and it took four years for their family to reunite. During that time, Sabrina stopped attending school. When she finally enrolled in a traditional school in the U.S., she was academically behind — and left with little to no support. After exploring alternative options, Sabrina’s mom discovered K12. Now, Sabrina finally feels like she’s seen, heard, and supported in her learning journey.

A Day in the Life of Sabrina

Sabrina enjoys a personalized schedule with flexible pacing, learning at her own rhythm and speed.

Find learning flexibility

Sabrina’s schoolwork is a mix of scheduled, live classes, self-guided offline assignments, and hands-on learning activities.

A Day in the Life of Learning Coach Mabiel

As Sabrina’s Learning Coach, Mabiel provides structure and organization at home to support her daughter’s learning.

Guide long-term success

Mabiel may spend between one to three hours each day guiding  Sabrina through online school. She enjoys watching her daughter gain independence and confidence, and is nearby if Sabrina ever needs help.

Family and faith

Online school lets Sabrina spend more time with her family and faith. Mabiel enjoys having more control over how Sabrina learns, and ties in valuable cultural lessons whenever possible.

A supportive network to guide success

It takes a strong school community to guide student success. With teachers that pay attention to her unique needs, Sabrina has found joy in learning again.

Dedicated educators who engage and inspire

Sabrina’s state-certified teachers do an excellent job of engaging students through thoughtful lessons. Whenever Sabrina has a question, she can reach out during live classes and office hours, or via email. Mabiel and Sabrina appreciate having open communication with her teachers on a regular basis. Personalized attention empowers Sabrina to thrive academically.

An accommodating school administration

Sabrina’s former school didn’t accommodate her learning needs or provide support for her situation. They placed her in class where she lacked a strong foundation — negatively impacting her learning. With K12’s resources and assistance, Sabrina rediscovered a passion for school.

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Receive real-time academic support

Sabrina may start her day completing a math worksheet, reading a book for English class, then learning about atoms during a live virtual science class. She receives quality instruction from her state-certified teachers and additional guidance from her mom and Learning Coach, Mabiel. If she needs help, she can always ask questions during live classes, via email, or at weekly office hours.

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Receive real-time academic support

Sabrina may start her day completing a math worksheet, reading a book for English class, then learning about atoms during a live virtual science class. She receives quality instruction from her state-certified teachers and additional guidance from her mom and Learning Coach, Mabiel. If she needs help, she can always ask questions during live classes, via email, or at weekly office hours.

CURRICULUM

How Sabrina learns

Eighth graders like Sabrina generally take between five to six subjects each semester, with maybe two to four requiring scheduled, live classes.

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Learning 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.