Meet Willa, Jaala, Tre, and Jordin

This military family needs educational consistency and a safe learning environment—no matter where they are.

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Why This Family Chose K12

Along with educational continuity for their military family, Donesha and Willie wanted their kids to benefit from a safe, dependable school environment with far fewer instructional roadblocks.

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Keep your kids safe

The kids experienced bullying in traditional school. Now they’re able to express themselves in a safe space where they can relax and focus on learning.

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Prioritize health and wellness

Jaala has severe allergies. A learning environment that supports her medical needs was a relief.

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Prepare for the future

Jordin and Tre, two teenage honors students, now have more time to explore their academic and extracurricular interests—and top-notch college and career prep.

3rd Grade

A Day in the life of Willa and Jaala

Active, artistic sisters Willa and Jaala have plenty of energy to let out during the day. Online school’s built-in flexibility lets them focus on academics and enjoy just being kids.


Spice Up the School Day

Schoolwork for Willa and Jaala is a mix of scheduled, live classes and self-guided offline assignments.

The day might start with Willa and Jaala doing a math lesson on their own, followed by an afternoon live reading class led by their state-certified teacher. If they get stuck, their mom and Learning Coach, Donesha, is there to help.

K12 provides the educational materials they need to complete assignments, such as books, computers, and various supplies for activities.


Brainpower Meets Boogie Breaks

With one to two live classes each day, there’s a lot of flexibility built into the elementary schedule, giving Willa and Jaala the freedom to break up schoolwork with bike rides and dance-offs.

On any given school day, they might spend one or two hours in live classes and the rest of the time working independently or on assignments and projects together. Their mom and Learning Coach, Donesha, has her desk set up in the same room, so she’s close by to monitor their work and offer support.


Personalized Pacing

Third graders like Willa and Jaala commonly take between four and six subjects each semester, with maybe two to four of those requiring scheduled, live classes. 

Willa and Jaala have tested out of some classes, so they have fewer mandatory live classes than usual. They complete many of their subjects via self-guided assignments and skills labs in the K12 interactive online learning system.

Along with core academic subjects like English, math, science, and social studies, K12-powered schools offer several electives, including art, music, and Spanish.


Time to Be Kids

Willa and Jaala enjoy having free time to play between classes and schoolwork. Their focused learning environment helps them stay on task and productive, leaving more time for the activities they love, like dancing, drawing, cooking, and playing life-sized chess matches on their giant chess set.

11th Grade

A Day in the Life of Tre and Jordin

With adulthood fast approaching, 11th graders Tre and Jordin benefit from the flexibility of online school. The personalized curriculum helps them pursue their interests, like music and dentistry, while getting a jumpstart on their college education and careers.


Support at Every Step

Like their younger sisters, Tre and Jordin attend scheduled, live classes and complete self-guided offline assignments. They can also choose from a wide variety of extracurriculars and college and career prep activities, like internships and meetings with college counselors.

As questions come up, Tre and Jordin reach out to their teachers in live classes, via email, or during weekly office hours. Donesha is also standing by as Learning Coach to offer support.

The teenage siblings have separate work spaces, but they often meet up to chat about a class they’re both in, or to take a break from the computer and go for a drive together.


Freedom to Go Farther

High schoolers’ schedules include a mix of live classes, independent assignments, extracurriculars, and college and career prep. 

Tre’s typical day might start with offline practice for music appreciation class, followed by a live literature class after lunch. Jordin may have a live Advanced Placement® (AP) English class early in the morning and then spend the rest of her day at her dental internship. 

Tre and Jordin have much more freedom and control over their schedules than they would at traditional school. They can organize their days for efficiency and success, and find time to pursue their passions.


Eyes Focused on the Future

High school students like Tre and Jordin typically take between three and six subjects per semester, with two or three of those requiring live classes.

K12-powered high schools supplement core academic subjects — such as chemistry and American literature — with a wide selection of electives, including more rigorous options like AP and honors courses. 

Like their younger sisters Willa and Jaala, Jordin and Tre have tested out of some classes and have fewer mandatory live classes as a result. With the extra time, Tre and Jordin can dedicate themselves to their individual interests, college prep, and career development.


Ready, Set, Go

K12-powered online school is helping Tre and Jordin prepare for college and their careers. Tre is passionate about automotive studies and wants to be a pilot, while Jordin has her sights set on orthodontics.

Thanks to the built-in flexibility of online school, Jordin can attend her dentistry internship during the day, which lets her experience prime time at a dental office. And she and her brother both attend summer courses at the local community college to get ahead.

Online school gives Tre and Jordin greater agency over their schedules, choices, and lives, empowering them to forge their futures with confidence.

A Day in the Life of Donesha

Wondering what it takes to be a successful Learning Coach? Donesha leans on support from the K12 community to help guide student success while she works alongside her four kids at home.


Set the Best Course

Learning Coaches typically spend between four to six hours each day overseeing the education of elementary school students like Willa and Jaala. High schoolers like Tre and Jordin are more independent, so the time expectation is only about one to three hours per day — and is more about providing encouragement. Donesha supports her kids’ studies while working part-time jobs from home.

Online school gives Donesha more control over her children’s learning and schedules, enabling more time for fun — whether it be kitchen science experiments led by Willie, or competitive chess matches on the family’s giant chess set.


How Donesha Runs Her Ship

Donesha’s office is in the same room as her youngest children, Willa and Jaala. That way, she’s close and can help them stay on track. Tre and Jordin have their own workspaces but know where to find Donesha if they have questions.

The family starts the day with a healthy breakfast, and then they all crack open their learning materials. K12-powered schools help Learning Coaches with planning, so when Donesha logs in to her online school, she can see the day’s activities and prepare for the week ahead.


Donesha’s Copilots

K12 teachers are not only rooting for their students to succeed, but the whole family. Learning Coaches can draw on a supportive K12 community of principals, teachers, counselors, and other Learning Coaches to stay connected and empower their children to do and feel their best every day.

Time away from the computer looks like …

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Family Q&A

Online school provides a flexible curriculum in a setting free from distractions—plus a school community familiar with military families and what that means for those students.

Question 1 of 9

Why did you switch to online school?

We were having issues with our children being bullied. They didn’t feel safe in school and were upset and stressed. We wanted better. Our family also deals with severe allergies, so we sought an alternative that would better meet those needs. And as a military family, we wanted more consistency.

I’m in the U.S. Navy, so our family moves a lot. That comes with challenges for kids, like their schools, teachers, and friends always changing. Online school brings fewer interruptions to my kids’ education, and gives us more flexibility in where we live. With K12, we have quality education wherever we go.

Question 2 of 9

How has online school benefited your family?

Online school gave us our power back—power over our time and schedules. If we have medical appointments or need to travel, we pack the computers and take school with us. Since classes are recorded, we can talk to the teachers and catch up later. And we love how great it has been for our teens. They can dive …

We’re able to work in our culture and our faith — that’s very important to us. Overall, the kids seem more relaxed, too. They each have their own personalities, and with online school they get to explore and express themselves.

I like the flexibility. Compared with traditional school, I now have more freedom to pursue my passions, like my dental internship. I can choose prime hours and experience more of what’s happening at the dental office. And with my job, I can pick up shifts that I wouldn’t be able to work otherwise.

I feel very comfortable in online school. I can work more at my own pace, and if I’m struggling with something, I can calm down and take my time — I don’t have to stop when a bell rings.

Question 3 of 9

What’s it like having your kids at home for school? How do you navigate being the Learning Coach for four students?

I enjoy having my kids at home and being more involved with their education. It’s fun to provide supplemental information and real-world examples for their learning. I remember for one of Tre and Jordin’s economics lessons, we talked through how credit cards work. It’s a pretty smooth process for me—I work p…

My wife does a great job as the Learning Coach. I’m glad I can be there to help by offering more examples and that sort of thing, but she definitely does the heavy lifting.

Question 4 of 9

What’s it like learning from home with your whole family? 

As my Learning Coach, Mom helps plan my day to make sure I’m efficient, and organized. Tre and I are pretty good friends, and I enjoy getting to spend more time with him. We have some of the same classes, so we can talk about schoolwork, or on a break we can just hang out and listen to music or watch a movie.

Question 5 of 9

How was your family’s transition to online school?

When we moved to California from Japan, we had to get used to the online learning system, but it was pretty smooth. Then the transition was easy when we moved to Virginia. K12-powered schools have been very welcoming.

Transitioning between K12-powered schools in different states has been seamless. It felt like we were in the same school. It also helps that the schools are familiar with military families. The principals and teachers have made us feel welcome, and we’ve been able to connect with other military families.

When we lived in Japan, I loved exploring the country and its food and traditions. The transition to California was a lot to adjust to—the cultural part more so than the school part. It was nice coming to a school that had other military families. They understood what we were going through.

Question 6 of 9

What do your breaks look like during the day?

All the kids are artistic, so they’ll draw or do their own craft projects. Tre is an amazing musician, so you’ll find him playing. We all love listening to hi. The younger girls like to take dance breaks, while the older kids enjoy reading or going on drives together. And of course, there’s giant chess.

With online school, I can play music in the middle of the day. My main instruments are piano, trumpet, ukulele, and bass guitar. 

I can play by myself on breaks between classes or play with Dad when he’s around. My grandfather was the real musician. We keep a picture of him on the piano.

Question 7 of 9

How does your family stay social doing online school?

K12-powered schools offer a range of activities for students and families. We’ve met lots of new people on school-hosted outings at local museums or the zoo. Plus, the schools offer. Jordin’s in math club, and Tre’s in chess club, which is part of esports.

Question 8 of 9

Did anything about online school surprise you?

The biggest surprise has been how focused my kids are in online school. Tre is much more participatory and intentional with his schoolwork. And Jordin’s in the National Honor Society and pursuing her dentistry dreams with her internship.

Question 9 of 9

What inspired you to choose online school with K12 over other options?

I didn’t have to worry about piecing together a curriculum myself. K12 provided that for us with personalized options, and that made me much more comfortable. They also provided all the materials, even the computers.

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Learning With K12

From kindergarten to high school, K12 provides tuition-free online education that empowers students to learn in ways that work for them. Browse options in your state 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. Course materials vary, and certain schools may not provide computers or may have specific requirements for providing equipment.