Education Anywhere: Exploring the World of Online Schools


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Education Anywhere: Exploring the World of Online Schools

By: Dr. Joseph Kashiwagi

In today’s fast-paced world, traditional schooling isn’t the only option for your child’s education. With advancements in technology, online schools have emerged as a flexible and accessible alternative. If you’re a parent considering this option, you might have questions about how online schooling works and whether it’s the right choice for your family. It is important to note that it is not for every child. It can vary depending on many factors of a child’s life and extracurricular activities. It also can be better for certain children in many ways than in-person schooling. I just had one of my students transition to online school from public because of problems at the local schools. Let’s explore the world of online schools together!

What are Online Schools?

Online schools, also known as virtual schools or cyber schools, are educational institutions that deliver instruction entirely or primarily over the internet. Students can access coursework, lectures, and assignments from anywhere with an internet connection, making education more accessible than ever before. These schools cater to students of all ages, from kindergarten through high school and even college. Each school can be completely different in what it offers and the options for social connection. Online school doesn’t mean that everything is online but there are hybrid programs that allow students with more options than just virtual.

Flexibility and Convenience

One of the primary benefits of online schooling is its flexibility. Traditional schools operate on fixed schedules, but online schools allow students to learn at their own pace and on their own schedule. This flexibility is particularly beneficial for families with busy schedules or students who require a non-traditional learning environment. Whether your child is a budding athlete, an aspiring artist, or needs extra time to focus on specific subjects, online schools can accommodate their needs. Students waste a lot of time at in-person school in travel, administrative work, and sitting around. All of that non-value adding waste is taken out of the picture which means that there is a lot more time in the day for a student.

Personalized Learning

Every child learns differently, and online schools recognize this by offering personalized learning experiences. Through adaptive learning technologies and individualized lesson plans, students can progress at their own speed and focus on areas where they need additional support. This personalized approach ensures that each student receives the attention and resources they need to succeed academically. It focuses more on the learning than at a traditional school. In a traditional school, students are limited by the teacher’s knowledge and the class work. This type of learning is great for advanced students and students that are behind in their work.

Qualified Instructors and Support Staff

Contrary to popular belief, online schools are staffed by qualified instructors who are experts in their respective fields. These educators undergo rigorous training in online teaching methodologies and are dedicated to providing a high-quality learning experience for their students. Additionally, online schools often have support staff available to assist students with technical issues, academic advising, and counseling services, ensuring that students have access to the support they need to thrive. This can be a lot more attention than they receive at a traditional school where there is 30 students to every 1 teacher for six different hours. This support staff can get to know your student at a personal level that couldn’t be made in a traditional setting. Each online school can vary in the amount of support and options that are available for student so you need to be aware of that.

Accreditation and Quality Assurance

When choosing an online school for your child, it’s essential to consider accreditation and quality assurance. Accredited online schools meet rigorous standards of educational excellence and are recognized by accrediting bodies. This accreditation ensures that the curriculum, instructional methods, and student support services meet or exceed established benchmarks for quality. By selecting an accredited online school, you can trust that your child is receiving a reputable education that will prepare them for future success. If your child is planning on going to college, you need to ensure that the colleges will accept the online school diploma. More than that, there needs to be some evidence that the education that they are receiving is comparable to what would be obtained at a traditional school.

Socialization Opportunities

One concern that parents often have about online schooling is the lack of socialization opportunities. While it’s true that online students may not have the same in-person interactions as their peers in traditional schools, many online schools offer various opportunities for socialization. These can include virtual clubs, group projects, online forums, and even in-person meetups and field trips. By participating in these activities, students can develop valuable social skills and forge meaningful connections with their peers. At traditional schools the amount of socialization can be too much for a student. Students might actually thrive with online socialization and less social activities. The mental health of a student needs to be considered when weighing the options.

Technology Requirements

Before enrolling your child in an online school, it’s essential to consider the technology requirements. While most online schools only require a computer and internet connection, some may have specific software or hardware requirements. Additionally, you’ll want to ensure that your child has access to technical support in case they encounter any issues while completing coursework online. This is a necessary part of any online school. If you don’t have good connection or are in a remote location, then I would think this would not be an option you could consider.

Cost Considerations

Cost is another factor to consider when evaluating online schools. While some online schools may be tuition-free or publicly funded, others may require tuition payments or fees. It’s essential to research the cost of tuition, as well as any additional expenses such as textbooks or materials, to determine if an online school is financially feasible for your family. Additionally, you may want to inquire about financial aid options or scholarships that could help offset the cost of tuition. This can be a big factor depending on your financial situation as a family.

Making the Decision

Deciding whether online schooling is right for your child is a significant decision that requires careful consideration. Before making a final decision, take the time to research different online schools, explore their curricula and instructional methods, and reach out to admissions counselors with any questions or concerns you may have. Additionally, consider involving your child in the decision-making process to ensure that their needs and preferences are taken into account. The decision should always be made with the child in mind. They should be able to see the options and make the final decision. A child will not succeed at a school unless they want to be there so helping your child see the benefits of each would be the optimal solution.


Online schools offer a flexible, personalized, and high-quality education option for students of all ages. By providing access to accredited curricula, qualified instructors, and a supportive learning environment, online schools empower students to succeed academically and prepare for future success. Whether you’re looking for a flexible alternative to traditional schooling or seeking a personalized learning experience for your child, online schools have much to offer. It all depends on your child and what they need. It is important to note that there are different options for different students. Some students would hate online school while other students would thrive in that environment. Helping your child make the decision will assist in you making the right decision for your child. So why not explore the world of online schooling today and discover the endless possibilities for education anywhere?

Unique Education In Arizona

Arizona is leading the charge for educational choice. As one of the first states to open the door for innovative charter schools, Arizona offers a wide variety of schools to choose from. In the summer of 2023, Arizona passed a law that allows more state funding to be used for private schools as well as charter schools. Because of this change, Leadership Society of Arizona was able to support the grand opening of an innovative private school in August 2023. LeadAZ Private School has created a unique blended approach to homeschooling and in-person education. Students can set the pace of their education but they also get one-on-one access to a team of highly-qualified instructors. Every student creates their own customized education experience. To make this possible, LeadAZ maintains a ratio of only 4 to students to every 1 instructor.

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