A day in the life of online school for Connor and Heather (mom and Learning Coach).
Video Games, Skatebording
Connor wanted a hands-on learning option where he could take breaks, move around, and use his fidgets to focus while taking the time he needs to finish assignments.
Learning Coaches typically spend between 1 to 3 hours each day with 6th grade and other middle school students providing guidance and oversight.
Part of the goal is to help students become independent learners so that they don't require as much direct support during the school day and can ask for what they need as issues come up.
Why did you switch to online school?
I have a tough time sitting still and staying focused, especially when things have a strict time limit.
In elementary school, I learned that fidget toys help me focus. My old school said my fidgets were distracting other students, though. Online school lets me use my fidgets whenever I need them, and I can also stand up at my desk, which can help. Plus, I have more time to finish assignments and can take more movement breaks to dance when I need them.
The number of classes students take varies per grade level and individual. Students in 6th grade like Connor typically take between 5–6 subjects each semester, with maybe 2–4 of those requiring scheduled, live classes.
The other subjects are completed via self-guided assignments and skills labs in the K12 interactive online learning system.
In addition to core academic subjects like English, math, science, and social studies, K12-powered schools have a great selection of electives, including career exploration in some middle schools.
Classes schedules may vary considerably based on the individual student and their needs, state, and any special programs.
Why do you like online school?
I like online school because it's easy to manage and you can take breaks. The classes are recorded too, so if you miss a session, you can still catch up without missing anything. I'm getting better grades too.
My dad likes it because he says it has more elective options for me so I can take more classes that I'm interested in, like my art class where I got to study graffiti and learn about graffiti artists. My mom likes it because she says she and dad can be more involved in my education and have better access to my teachers for support.
Connor's time away from the computer looks like …
Skateboarding to the park, walking his dog Everett, hanging out with mom at work, and playing video games with dad.
How do you keep up with your friends doing online school?
I stay in touch with my friends with messenger on the phone and we meet up to play on the trampoline and have sleepovers. We play online games together too.
Plus, I've made new friends at my online school and in the clubs I do there, like LEGO® club.
What do your breaks look like during a school day?
I listen to a lot of music and have little dance parties.
I take my dog, Everett, outside for walks. And I stop to have snack; snack breaks are an awesome part of doing school at home.
Connor really enjoys his science class. He loves collecting rocks, and they're learning about minerals in the live class sessions.
Plus, he gets to work with hands-on science materials like the mineral kit full of geodes and even a brachiopod fossil.
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These are the stories of real students attending K12-powered schools and their families. Content is a combination of direct quotes and summaries from in-person interviews. Their stories each reflect their experiences at their respective schools. Actual experience 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.