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

Donesha and Willie’s 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

One of Donesha and Willie’s kids has severe allergies. As concerned parents, they were relieved to find a learning environment that supports their daughter’s medical needs.

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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 access to top-notch college and career prep.

In Their Own Words

Online school provides a flexible curriculum in a setting free from distractions — a significant departure from traditional school. We asked Donesha and her family to share some thoughts on their transition to online learning.

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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 for them.

“I’m in the U.S. Navy, so our family moves around a lot. That comes with challenges for kids, like their schools, teachers, and friends always chan…

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…

“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 …

“I like the flexibility online school gives me. Compared with traditional school, I now have more freedom to pursue my passions, like my dental int…

“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 —…

Question 3 of 9

What’s it like having your kids at home for school? Donesha, 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 …

“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 definite…

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 on task, efficient, and organized. Tre and I are pretty good friends, and I enjoy get…

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 w…

“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 s…

“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 cultu…

Question 6 of 9

What do your breaks look like during the day?

“All the kids are artistic, so sometimes they’ll draw or do their own craft projects. Tre is an amazing musician, so you’ll find him playing and th…

“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 pla…

Question 7 of 9

How does your family stay social doing online school?

“K12-powered schools offer a range of events and activities for students and families. We’ve met lots of new people on school-hosted outings at loc…

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 Jo…

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 …

3rd Grade

A Day in the Life of Willa and Jaala, 3rd Grade

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.

CLASSES & ASSIGNMENTS

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.

Schedule

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.

Curriculum

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.

LEARNING OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM

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, 11th Grade

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.

LIVE CLASSES & ASSIGNMENTS

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.

Schedule

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.

Curriculum

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.

CAREER PREP AND SKILLS BUILDING

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 Learning Coach 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.

TIME COMMITMENT

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.

FAMILY SCHEDULE

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.

TEACHER SUPPORT & COMMUNICATION

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.

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Follow More Student Journeys

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3rd Grade

Gabbie

Energetic Gabbie can work through lessons at her own quick pace, take breaks when she wants, and spend more time on her writing assignments. 

2 Online Students in the Family

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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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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.