How Do K-12 Online Schools Prepare Students For College?

College is a big step and it can be a huge learning curve trying to adjust to college life. So how do online schools help prepare students for this new endeavor?

Online schools offer many benefits aside from the diverse academic course selection tailor fit to the student’s individual learning style. Online learning helps students acquire the necessary skills to be a successful college student.

Online learners are independent, self-starters which is a skill that will help students achieve in college and will last a lifetime. Students are dependent on themselves not their teachers to complete coursework.

Time management is essential to a successful college experience and online school students have mastered this concept by the time they are ready to graduate HS. In college, students are responsible for managing their time, getting to classes, completing assignments, and studying for exams. Online students learn to be organized through their online school and must be structured in order to schedule study time and ensure all course obligations are met.

Since online learners learn in a computer-based environment, they receive training in the digital world on a daily basis and become better prepared to successfully school in tune with technology.

Virtual School Meanderings writes about the first school in Idaho to require online learning. Donna Hutchison, CEO for Idaho Digital Learning is quoted, “Taking an online class in high school prepares students for learning in college, industry, and life.”

Preparing students for the college environment is important in helping to make the total college experience a positive one.  And whether students enter college or the workforce after high school, the important thing is that they are prepared!
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  1. I never thought about it that way, but – yes – online schools would help with the time management. In college, it's all up to you. You have complete freedom.

  2. Lori, I remember seeing when online schools starting popping up years ago and wasn't sure if they were real deal or not. I think any type of extra learning that a student can apply to themselves is going to be more beneficial for them in the long run. I still say, buyer beware, but there are more good accredited schools out there.
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  3. Lori, I wonder about the homesteading community and online schools. Most of them do homeschool, but every now and then I come across parents who feel they are not smart enough to teach their own children. But would rather they didn't go to public schools. This could be a wonderful alternative for them.

  4. I think online schools to prepare for college is a great resource for high school students. With the right research into the school you can find the right match. A lot of adult learners are doing this right now. hopping over from Blog Frog

  5. I completely agree that your college experience is what you make of it.
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  6. I considered traditional homeschooling but I felt overwhelmed. Online schools gave me the public school accountability that I was looking for. And my oldest took many AP courses like calculus and statistics and I would not be able to teach those subjects, so this is a great option for us.
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  7. Lula Lola says:

    Lori, I completely see how online school would be very valuable in learning time management, responsibility and independence. Great points!

  8. Yes, during the high school years this is a great resource for subjects which may be more difficult to teach, speaking as a homeschooler. I did college on line through Colorado Technical University, I wanted to go back to school, but wanted to be at home for my children. This was the perfect college for me because they utilized all of the learning styles to teach. I am a hands on learner, but it was nice to have the same information giving to me in various ways I understood things a whole lot more. I also took one class at a time which allowed me to totally focus on one topic and get better grades than I had ever gotten in school. Thanks for the input, hopped over from the Blog Frog.

  9. Wow, I never really thought about online schooling before. What you say does make sense. Students do have to be able to manage their schedules not only while in school but in the work force too. Seems like good preparation for them.

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