How does online elementary school work?
Online school works much like conventional school with the added convenience of a virtual platform. Students can learn from anywhere there’s an internet connection. At the same time, students enjoy a strong curriculum and consistent academic guidance to support their unique learning styles.
Students and parents at Stride K12-powered schools have access to our Online Learning System (OLS) at any time. This uninterrupted access to lessons and resources helps bolster advanced learning initiatives for all grade levels.
How Online Learning Works
Attend live online classes, complete assignments, watch videos, and take quizzes.
Participate in live discussions, post on message boards, and connect with peers.
Complete practical assignments offline to help reinforce concepts.
A Closer Look at How Online School Works
Get a true feel for how online learning works by watching this video. We cover the top 5 things that you need to know about online school before enrolling.
- What does online school actually look like?
- Are there teachers and live classes?
- Is there work outside of class?
- What is a Learning Coach?
- How should you schedule your school day?
A Day in the Life of a Stride K12-Powered Online Student
Online learning at Stride K12-powered schools works through a combination of live virtual classes, online and offline activities, and reliable support from teachers, parents, and students working together. This creates a balance for students to engage in their learning, discover their passions, and quickly address any challenge points.
Because Stride K12-powered online schools are tailored to meet diverse learning needs of students in grades K–12,, a day in the life of an online student is just as unique as they are. A typical school day, however, usually consists of several parts.
Attend scheduled online classes with a teacher and peers.
Complete interactive activities and assignments through the Online Learning System (OLS).
Complete offline activities and assignments using Stride K12-provided books and materials.*
Attend “Class Connects” for instruction and support from state-certified teachers.
Interact with teachers and classmates online or by phone.
Participate in online or in-person extracurricular activities and clubs.**
Want to learn more about the daily life of an online K–12 student? Meet a variety of students and see firsthand what a typical day of online learning looks like. You’ll see what makes Stride K12-powered online schools stand out from the rest.
Graduates of Stride K12-powered schools follow state testing, accountability, and attendance policies. This means that high school graduates earn a high school diploma.
K12-powered schools adhere to state testing, school accountability, and attendance policies, just as brick-and-mortar schools do, and graduates earn a high school diploma.
How does online learning work for parents?
As a parent or guardian, you have unique access to your student’s learning. Serving as their “Learning Coach,” you or another trusted adult will help provide the support your child needs to succeed. This may include recording attendance, monitoring mastery of lessons and assessments, addressing challenges as they arise, and, on occasion, reviewing student work
As your student progresses through the various grade levels, the time commitment for the Learning Coach will change. Younger students need considerably more support from their Learning Coaches, while online middle and high school students can work more independently.
Average Time Commitment Per Day for the Learning Coach†
Average Time Commitment Per Day for the Learning Coach†
How much time will my child spend online?
All grade levels include online and offline work. Learning Coaches for younger students can expect their students to spend much of their time exploring concepts through offline activities with less screen time required. Students in grades K–2 typically spend 30–40% of their time online.
In higher grade levels, screen time increases. Those in grades 3–5 spend about 50–60% of their learning time online. In middle and high school, the majority of the school day will be spent online, although there are opportunities for offline work as well.
Are there social opportunities for online students?
At Stride K12-powered schools, we know how important social interaction is for intellectual and social development. Students spend time together online in classes as well as during school outings, field trips, and clubs.** Stride K12-powered online schools also offer national clubs to help students connect with peers who have similar interests.
A School Without Walls
Stride K12-powered online schools provide the optimal balance of structure and flexibility. With a customizable online learning environment, our education experience can be tailored to your unique learner.
Students experience quality curriculum delivered in a fun, interactive, and engaging way. See your student discover their full potential with a Stride K12-powered online school.
How do I get started?
I’m ready to find a school.
Accredited online schools powered by Stride K12 are available in many U.S. states. Select your state for a list of the options in your area.
I’m ready to enroll.
If you’re ready to enroll, simply create a Parent Portal account or log in to your existing account to begin the enrollment process.
*Course materials vary by course and school.
**Extracurricular activities and clubs vary by school. Please check with your school.
†This time varies based on the independence of your student.