Virtual Schools on the Rise

Online Education on the Rise

Did you know that roughly 100,000 high school-aged students in the U.S attend 438 online schools full-time, compared to 30,000 five years ago? Online schools are increasingly popular for many reasons. Education online allows students to learn at their own pace, under their own circumstances, in a unique and fun environment. Virtual Schools are beneficial because they connect an increasingly globalized world, while growing throughout the nation, and require students to be independent and responsible.
There is a misconceived notion that proclaims students of online schools have no social life. Paul Glader of the Wall Street Journal states that, “Tatyana ...

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observes 16-year old Josh Singh, who lives with his parents in China. Josh attends Stanford’s EPGY program, an online school for gifted youth. “He said that online school has expanded his social life beyond China. ‘I have friends all over the place now,’ he says.” Josh’s statement shows me that he feels like his social life has reached a global scale.
Independence and responsibility are key components of growing up, virtual education teaches students these major things. Wendy Hundley, a staff writer at, interviewed two sisters affiliated with the Texas Virtual Academy. “The sisters study a lot on their own and have the flexibility to get the work done on their own schedules,” Hundley states. This proves to me that students are able to discover their independence with the challenge of online education. “‘We can go to school in our pajamas,’ said Blair, 15, sitting in the home classroom, equipped with two computers, large bookshelves and a ...

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greatly from online schools. “Leslie missed all her courses in the second half of her sophomore year because she was pregnant. She was highly motivated to get her diploma but had a lot of courses to make up, a baby to care for, and no money for child care at night, when her school offered credit-recovery courses. In her junior and senior years, she took courses through the Michigan Virtual High School half time in addition to her regular courses. Thanks to the flexible scheduling of MVHS, she was able to do the coursework while caring for her baby and graduated on time, with honors. She is currently in a community college and plans to finish her college degree by taking courses ...

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