Home School Easier with Virtual Academies

Virtual academies make it easier for you to home school your child. Virtual academies give children the ability to attend public school from the comfort of their home computer Parents can save time and give their child a quality home school education without straining the household budget.

Many virtual academies are funded through the school system and are actually public schools. The only difference is that the child is attending school “virtually” by using educational software on their home computer. A parent plays the role of teacher by providing instruction and supervising learning activities. Enrollment requirements include the child being of age by the fall enrollment date and living within the virtual school boundaries. Enrollment is done online and immunizations are required.

Free Home School Tuition and Materials

Publicly funded virtual academies offer learning materials that are free of cost to parents. The K-12 Academy provides exceptional online learning materials, the usual textbooks and helpful online teaching guides and worksheets. Online tools help parents plan and track their child’s progress. K-12 also offers fun learning materials such as workbooks, science equipment, art supplies and maps. The K-12 Academy provides curriculum and learning materials for public virtual academies in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois (Chicago),Kansas (Lawrence.), Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Washington D.C. (CAPCS), Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

The Connections Academy is a public, free tuition, virtual school provider that will actually customize a learning program around your child’s educational needs. Teachers stay in touch with parents and adjust lesson plans according to the child’s learning abilities. They offer fun interactive lessons called “Brainpop” and the Hooked on Phonics reading program. The Connections Academy offers grades K-10 and is nationally accredited by the Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation (CITA). The Connections Academy is available through the public school systems in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

Some online academies go a step beyond providing the traditional learning materials. The Branson Academy is a K-14 online public school offered in the state of Colorado. Branson is one of a few online schools that are striving to bridge the gap between students who have access to technology and those who don’t. All of their students receive a computer and printer package as well as internet reimbursement of up to $20 per month. Branson also reimburses students for paper and ink supplies. Parents get a home school education for their child and the funds and technology needed for home schooling! Branson also has an annual fall picnic and other extra curricular activities that allow teachers and students to socialize beyond the computer screen.

Fast Track for College for High School Students

Older students can benefit greatly from the flexibility of a virtual middle, or high school. The middle or high school student can get a fast track to college by fitting in some extra courses. Students who are struggling in school can take make up classes and still graduate with the rest of the class. Many older children enjoy the virtual school program as they can choose classes and lessons that fit their school and work schedules.

Some virtual high school programs come with definite perks that would appeal to any teenager. The IQ Academy offered to the high school students of Wisconsin is a no-cost online program that offers a Macintosh ibook with all the latest software. They also offer a free student e-mail account. Wisconsin also offers a middle school program with excellent course materials. Virtual high school and/or middle school programs are available through chartering or state-funded programs in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, New Mexico, North Dakota, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming. Virtual high schools and middle schools are not limited to state funded programs and there are many tuition-based programs available. With some research you can find the right online academy program for your home school student.

If a publicly funded online academy is not available in your area, you can investigate an independent study program or a tuition-based online academy. The K-12 Academy has a cost-effective independent study program that offers month to month payments based on how many courses a child is taking. Parents can sign a one or two year contract and receive a discount on the outstanding curriculum. Lessons and materials are designed to effectively meet the needs of each grade level and an online school comes with the program to help parents manage their child’s education.

At every child’s range of learning, online academies have the plans, lessons, instruction help and materials for everyone in home schooling. Online academies are the future of learning and parents now have the ability to give their child an even better home school education.

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We recommend the following resources for home school families.

K12 Online Home Schooling Information on school district-run virtual academies in your area offering the outstanding K-12 ® curriculum.

Connections Information on Connections virtual academies in your area. Also, has information on curriculum and learning materials.

virtual high schools Information on Virtual High Schools and how to choose one that is right for your student!