What Does Virtual School Look Like?

The other day a blogger friend asked me what a virtual school looks like.

Here it is…

Inside a Virtual School…

Actually, that’s not quite what the inside of a virtual school looks like.

Our virtual school or our home learning environment looks like this…

It’s filled with lots of great K12 curriculum that’s delivered to our doorstep in July…
 
  
 
Most of the time science labs are done in the kitchen…
In our virtual school, science labs usualy attract other family members to join in…
 And as Learning Coach and Mentor, I’m always grateful when big brother helps his younger sister with her labs, like this one on topographical maps…
Science labs are sometimes done outside and sometimes attract our neighbors…
 
Here’s a completed Trebuchet for an honor’s physics project…
And here’s an honor’s physics student participating in the live online physics class taught by his physics teacher…
And here’s my proud little 1st grader after completing her Cotton Ball Clouds, Anemometer, and Weather Vane.
Sometimes we deviate from the lesson.  Instead of a traditional 4th grade research paper, we opted to create a lapbook.  We met the unit objectives and tailor fit the lessons to meet my son’s individual learning needs.
Big brother helping his younger sister again, this time with math…

In our virtual school, reading takes place anywhere…

 
And sometimes it’s reading for pleasure…

Our virtual school dances look just like those of traditional brick and mortar schools…

Our virtual school teachers attend these F2F events…
We have prom and that’s definitely not virtual…

We have a wide variety of academic and fun field trips that are offered throughout the year. Student clubs are offered both nationally and internationally, student government, National Honor Society, graduation, and lots more.

In a virtual school, every family has a unique learning environment specific to that family’s lifestyle and needs. For example, the student who is training for the Olympics can still pursue his or her dream by taking their education on the road. Thia Megia is competing to be the next American Idol and I imagine that her virtual school, CAVA, looks very different right now than ours does.

Our virtual school comes to my children and it’s student-centered. Our virtual school, Colorado Virtual Academy offers state licensed teachers, advisors, and guidance counselors. My children learn with an individualized education plan and as a parent I have the benefit of schooling my children at home with public school accountability. We use the K12 award winning, core knowledge curriculum and we school at our own pace with the flexibility to school when we are ready to learn.

As parents we all want the best possible educaiton for our children, but not all children learn the same, so it’s important to have options when deciding which educational model will best fit the needs of your child.

Our virtual school is an innovative public school that has provided my children with a world-class eduation.

If you’re interested in learning more about the enrollment process for our K12 schools check out my post: Everything You’ll Need To Know…2011-12 Enrollment in An Online School.

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  1. What an excellent post Lori! And I don't even have a school age child. I loved the photos and seeing school in action. I shared this post on FB.

  2. I really enjoyed looking at all the school pictures – your home must be very busy and lots of fun!
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  3. I'm a WAVA mom, W for Washington, and I love it. My daughter is a Junior this year. She's had nothing but positive things come from it. I just wish I would have listened to my gut, not other people and started her with this while she was in elementary rather than high school. I feel she would have struggled less.

  4. This is an awesome post Lori! I thought I left my comment the other day but I must have exited before it posted, or something. Our youngest is actually considering the k12 program. We're letting him decide. I'll let you know when we have a verdict! I'm sure I'll have tons of questions. 😉
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  5. Lori, I love this post. Homeschooling isn't permitted in Germany. Yet this virtual school of yours looks very much alive and vibrant. I do not have kids yet I enjoyed visiting your home school!

  6. My daughter will start 10th grade in the fall and we are discussing virtual schooling for her. The tradition brick and mortar school learning environment does not seem to meet her needs and I waiver on virtual school vs. pushing her "through the system". Our biggest road block is that I work full time and would have to either quit or reduce my hours…….hard decisions.

    I'll have to start researching Michigan virtual school choices and learn a lot more about them.

    Thanks for sharing.
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  7. Melyssa says:

    Lori,

    This is an awesome post! You have really captured the essence of virtual/independent schooling. This will give those who aren't sure what it is a very clear picture of what if can be :).

    Melyssa

  8. This really helped me to understand COVA better. Cool about the prom!
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  9. Jeanne Z says:

    Hi Lori,
    I love your blog! I’d love to share your blog pictures and captions with our Learning coaches in our district. Can I use them in our Powerpoint just to give parents an idea of what it is like to be a Learning Coach? I will definitely cite my source so that parents can follow your blog! Great job ;D

    • Hi Jeanne, you sure can use my pictures. I love to share about the role of Learning Coach and help parents have a better understanding of the responsibilities for helping their student succeed. Thanks for stopping by.

  10. Awesome description! What a fabulous experience you are having with online homeschooling!!

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