Why Stride K12?
Janell wanted an option where she could be more involved as well as have the extra support to keep Demonty on track academically. Demonty is building his confidence and growing academically with online school. He loves to explore outside, read books, and make friends while playing sports.
Learning Coaches typically spend between 4 to 6 hours each day with kindergarten and other elementary school students providing oversight and helping them through their lessons and assignments
Learning Coaches (often parents) aren’t on their own either. Teachers are accessible for questions and there are communities specifically for Learning Coaches that provide extra support and share resources.
Why did you switch to online school?
Demonty was falling a bit behind in pre-K, and I decided to try online school to give him more one-to-one time.
The personalized approach and extra attention have worked really well for him, and he's doing better academically.
The number of classes students take varies per grade level and individual. Students in kindergarten like Demonty typically take between 4–6 subjects each semester, with maybe 2–4 of those requiring scheduled, live classes.
The other subjects are completed via offline assignments and skills labs in the Stride K12 interactive online learning system where their Learning Coach can help.
In addition to core academic subjects like English, math, science, and social studies, Stride K12-powered schools have a great selection of electives, like art and music.
Classes schedules may vary considerably based on the individual student and their needs, state, and any special programs.
Why do you like online school?
Online school has been great for Demonty. His confidence is up, he's engaged in his learning, and I see him wanting to learn more.
I'm so proud of him. It's really amazing to be able to see his day-to-day learning and be a part of it myself. Plus, as a Learning Coach, I like how accessible the teachers are when I have questions or need tips.
How does Demonty keep up with friends doing online school?
He gets to interact with his classmates online and I also did research initially to find local activities for Demonty to make sure he stayed social with the switch to online school.
He’s made great friends playing baseball and participating in programs at the gym in town. His confidence in school and out in the world has improved so much since we started online learning.
What do your breaks look like during a school day?
Demonty has a lot of energy, so we definitely take breaks throughout the school day, and the flexibility in scheduling with online school lets us do that.
We take snack breaks and lunch, where he likes to help me make pizza. We love to take breaks outside too. There is a park near our house we like to walk to and enjoy the playground. I'll often use breaks to catch up with his teachers to make sure we're all set for whatever class or assignment is coming up next.
One of Janelle's tips from Demonty's math teacher was to make math more fun. So now, they play math games together in between classes.
He gets more practice on concepts he may be having a tough time with while trying to win a game against his mom. Stride K12-powered schools provide the offline learning materials to support their curriculum too!
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These are the stories of real students attending Stride 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 Stride K12-powered school. Individual class schedules and requirements will vary by state, school, and the individual needs of each student.