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Subject: Home schooling? (Virtual academies?)
Date Posted: 4/30/2008 2:32 PM ET
Member Since: 8/18/2006
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Once upon a time, I was homeschooled. It was considered a virtual academy, I *think*. I used Christian Liberty Press. You were enrolled, and then books and lesson plans were provided. Then after you did the home work/ test taking, you sent it in and it was graded. I got report cards. At the end of it, I got a diploma and there was a graduation ceremony available. Ok, so is that considered a virtual academy? If not, what is it?

And what companies/programs provide that sort of thing?  I'm familiar with a few other faith-based programs. But I am looking for a non-religious based program. Are there any? I am *just* beginning to research, so I'm sure I'll find some things on my own, but I thought I'd start here. Oh, if it matters, I'm looking for high school aged curriculums. Thanks for any help!

Date Posted: 4/30/2008 4:00 PM ET
Member Since: 3/20/2007
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That sounds more like a correspondance option.  Virtual schools/academies are *public* schools run by a school district.  Students in them are public school students, and parents have to follow the school's rules and schedules.  They are typically free, or cost the normal school fees, and usually supply a computer and printer to use - the virtual ones anyway.

IMO, the *best* program is K12's.  I've always used the curriculum as an independent HS'er, but they have virtual schools/academies in many states.  Here's the list of state-run schools:

www.k12.com/getk12/

The curriculum is secular and fantastic.  We are Christian, but that's not our main motivation for HS'ing.  I cannot find K12's equal in the Christian HS'ing market.

Some of the virtual schools only go to 8th grade, but many have high school options.

Most states with K12 also have a Connections Academy, which is run by the Calvert curriculum.  It's secular also, but not nearly as good, IMO, as K12.  Many people leave the CA's and enroll in K12 instead.

Let me know if you want more info.  There are quite a few K12 books posted on PBS - not so many high school ones that I've seen, since the grades are fairly new.

JC

Date Posted: 5/1/2008 9:33 AM ET
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*sigh* I replied last night and the internet ate it. I didn't feel up to retyping it then, so here we go again.

First, thanks for your reply, that was a big help! I think correspondence option is what we are interested in then. Thanks for the clarification.

Does every state have virtual academies via the public schools available? I tried to look, and found lots of other states that had it, but couldn't find anything for Virginia.

I looked at k12... wow, it does look like a really awesome program. But, whew!, $7,000/yr is seems kinda steep. It does look good though. I'll do some more looking around.

Thanks for your help. I'm sure I'll be back with more questions!

Date Posted: 5/1/2008 9:45 AM ET
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No, not every state has virtual public schools.  Some state boards of ed, or legislatures, won't allow them.  Usually if a state does allow them, either K12 or Calvert (Connections Academy) will have a school established, as they are the main curriculum providers/managers.

I'm not sure where you're getting $7000 a year?  Oh wait, you're looking at high school.  You do *not* have to enroll full time in the iAcademy.  Their individual courses are $375/semester, which is about the "going rate" for online high schools (private ones).  Anything cheaper, and it's not going to have teacher-led instruction - which is fine if that's what you're looking for.  We do a bunch of mix and match for courses.

I've heard about American School of Correspondence.  People on Yahoo! Answers talk about it a lot.  I believe it's all correspondence, which will make it less expensive and probably more of what you're looking for.

JC

Date Posted: 5/1/2008 9:48 AM ET
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Oh yeah, I wanted to add that "virtual" means it's online - in a virtual world.  There are the public options, and also the private options.  Here are some good, secular virtual schools:

Apex:
http://www.apexlearning.com/

Florida Virtual School:
http://www.flvs.net/

UNL Independent Study High School:
http://nebraskahs.unl.edu/index.shtml......

Center for Distance and Independent Study:
http://cdis.missouri.edu/

Keystone High School:
http://www.keystonehighschool.com/

Date Posted: 5/3/2008 11:06 AM ET
Member Since: 11/27/2006
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My 14 year old son is completing 8th grade through a virtual school, Laurel Springs http://www.laurelsprings.com/

We have been more than happy with this choice, see this thread:http://www.paperbackswap.com/forum/topic.php?t=115990

I am happy to answer any questions you might have.