FAQs

How much time do students spend on the computer?

Students typically will spend no more than 20–30 percent of their time on the computer in the early grades. Computers help us provide you with effective assessment, planning, and time-management tools. Computers also act as powerful teaching tools that can motivate, stimulate, and inform children about the world around them. They do not, however, replace a solid education. Rather, they help facilitate one.

How do children learn Music in an online school?

Music courses provide comprehensive lessons to help your child learn the basics of music and develop an appreciation for great music from diverse traditions. The lessons assume that neither you nor your child has prior training in singing or reading music. As you participate in these activities you and your child will learn and have fun together.

How do children learn Math in an online school?

Math courses offer a carefully structured sequence of lessons designed to help students make steady progress from fundamental skills to more complex mathematical concepts. Many programs take an active, multisensory, hands-on approach, to ensure that children understand the concrete realities that underlie mathematical concepts (e.g., shape, length, quantity). Regular practice, review, and assessment ensure mastery of basic skills; online games and animations help illustrate concepts and motivate and instruct children.

How do children learn History in an online school?

History courses, with integrated topics in Geography and Civics, invite children to go beyond the immediate, the local, and the personal. Young minds are opened and imaginations are taken to far-off lands, distant times, and diverse people. By exploring how people have lived and how civilizations have developed, young people are better prepared to do everything from reading a newspaper to appreciating a painting to casting an informed vote.

How do children learn Science in an online school?

Science courses encourage children to explore scientific concepts through hands-on activities. Students learn to make careful observations, ask relevant questions, draw conclusions, and communicate information. They think carefully about what they do and see, and they learn about great scientists who have shaped our understanding of the world we live in. Each lesson provides clear, detailed instructions for experiments and activities.

How do children learn Language Arts/English in an online school?

Phonics and Handwriting. Developed for students in kindergarten and first grade, phonics courses give you the tools you need to help your child take the first steps toward fluency, competence, and confidence in reading, writing, and spelling.

Literature and Language Skills. Structured lessons on readiness, language, and literature help develop comprehension skills, build vocabulary, and open the doors to a wide range of imaginative experience. These lessons focus on classic literature—folktales, fairy tales, fables, and poetry—with an emphasis on works that embody exemplary virtues, as well as a generous variety of titles for fun reading.

How do children learn art in an online school?

Art courses make fun projects while learning about great art and artists. Focusing on the basics of line, shape, color, pattern, and texture, children will draw, paint, work with clay, and do other activities to learn how artists design their works. Children will explore different forms and styles of art—painting and sculpture, portraits and landscapes, realistic and abstract—while becoming familiar with important works of art from diverse times and places.

Can my child work at his or her own pace?

Absolutely. Online schools are designed to meet your unique needs. You and your child move forward in each subject at a pace that's right for you.