A day in the life of online school for Mari and Hope (mom and Learning Coach).
Playing Piano, Painting, Video Games
Mari is part of a military family. They wanted a learning option that would support her mom and be flexible enough to help her work school around medical appointments to focus on her health.
Learning Coaches typically spend between 1 to 3 hours each day with 7th grade and other middle school students providing guidance and oversight.
Part of the goal is to help students become independent learners so they don't have 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 some medical issues that mean I often have doctor's appointments during the day. That made it hard to keep up with classes and assignments in my old school.
I'd get behind pretty easily, and the other students would pick on me. In online school, though, it's more flexible. I can go to my appointments, watch any classes I missed later in the day, and still do my assignments on time throughout the week. And since I'm not behind, I'm not bullied anymore either.
The number of classes students take varies per grade level and individual. For example, students in 7th grade like Mari typically take between 5–6 subjects each semester, with maybe 2–4 of those requiring scheduled, live classes. Classes can include group work or guest speakers, like the meteorologist Mari got to watch on a recorded science session.
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 that the learning is so hands-on. There are a lot of visuals for the lessons, which helps me picture how things work together; I like to see things.
Plus, overall, there aren't as many distractions for me, so I can really focus on my schoolwork. If I have questions, I can ask my teacher or my mom. My mom is helping me get more comfortable asking questions. She also likes online school, especially how easy they made the switch for us. The resources, materials, and teacher support made it like a road map to get started.
Mari's time away from the computer looks like …
Practicing piano, reading, going to the library, playing with her dog Sasha, and hanging out with her family.
How do you keep up with your friends doing online school?
Some of my closest friends are other military kids from the learning co-op.
We paint together and play video games. I get to see them once or twice a week, and my mom likes co-op too because she says it gives her a break. I've made a few friends in my Class Connect sessions, including the first person I ever talked to in a Class Connect.
How does your family support you with school?
My mom is my Learning Coach which means she's there to help me throughout the day.
She reminds me that the curriculum has extra tutorials and stuff, too, bonus activities I can do to practice things I'm having a harder time with. She also has her teaching credentials, so she's really good at helping me with online school. Mom says she likes understanding what and how I'm learning so she can help me grow even more. My dad wants to hear all about what I'm learning at school, and I save all my artwork to show him when he gets home from being away.
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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.