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Friday, July 30, 2010

Online Classes for Middle & High School Students (KCDL)

   Today's generation is all about technology- cell phones, ipods, gaming, computers, etc.- it's called the internet generation, or "iGeneration".  The iGeneration has never known life without the Internet, being mobile, using avatars, IMing or choosing and watching content almost whenever & wherever they want.

   To reach them in their high-tech, high-touch world, many parents and educators are looking at how to rewire schools to match how the iGeneration learns- that's where KC Distance Learning (KCDL) comes in.  They offer online classes for middle & high school students... from the home-schooled family, the student brushing up on skills to compete at the next level, or the child facing challenges in traditional schools such as bullying... KCDL provides academic solutions to fit your child's needs.

   When you visit KCDL, you simply click on your state to get started.  The majority of states only offer privately licensed online schooling, but there were 7 states that also offered online public school.  Once you click on the school for your state, it will provide you with all the school information including curriculum and tuition rates (if applicable).

   The private school that's offered in every state is The Keystone School.  They offer the option of enrolling in a full-time curriculum package or in individual courses to supplement a traditional school or homeschool curriculum.  To make online schooling more accessible, they offer payment plans, a discount program for enrolling more than 1 child and for active-duty military members, and even have a 30 day money-back guarantee for all new students, to ensure that Keystone is exactly the academic experience you were looking for.

   Keystone students learn at a distance, but the support and school experience are hands-on.  From the minute your child enrolls in the Keystone program, you and your child can access teachers, learning coaches, counselors, administrative staff, and other students.  We're always just an email or phone call away.  Your child can connect with other students through message boards, extracurricular activities, and even a staff-moderated Keystone Facebook page.

   Check out this survey conducted by KCDL & Aventa Learning- it says that 88% of teens want more electives, online classes, and flexible schedules, and 55% of kids say that bullying is a problem and a daily concern.  You can also click on the following link to experience how students engage with their teachers and classmates online, in a recorded session where students from around the country come together outside of class to discuss the results of the "iGeneration" survey with their teacher and hear their insights.

What do you think- do you already, or would you ever, let your middle or high schooler take classes online?

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post from MomSelect written by me for KC Distance Learning.  All opinions are 100% mine, yours may differ.



Sarah from LG said...

My sister-in-law is taking online classes this summer, as far as I know, in order to advance to the next grade in high school. Personally, I think that the classes are fine... but think of how easy it makes it for kids to fail classes, knowing that over the summer they can just sit in front of a computer instead of serving their due time in a classroom. ;-)

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blueviolet said...

Only if they were self-motivated, so my daughter - yes, my son - no way.

Heather said...

This program sounds great, but I don't think its all its cracked up to be. Kids need physical interaction. I know you stated there was hands on interaction. This would be great in a homeschool type environment, but I personally want my child to be able to look at something other than a computer screen for 8 hours a day. Its a good thought. I guess we'll see how well this takes off. I'm all for traditional style learning.

Alicia said...

I graduated in 06. Because of various health issues I was going to be .25 credits short in science to graduate, so I took it online. It worked for me. I remember it keeping me busy, but I loved being able to just fly through it and get it done in a few weeks and have the rest of the year to worry about senioritis. :)
But this is me. I can definately tell that this type of learning environment would have worked for my husband.

PS I found your blog from Marvelous Mommy. :)

Barbie said...

I pulled my son out of traditional high school last year and he is doing on line schooling through California Virtual Academy. So far, he is doing well. This gives me a chance to keep up on what he is supposed to be doing and make sure he gets it all done. It's sort of like Home Schooling, but different, yet flexible.

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