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Are free online high school classes good?

I am just about to start high school and I have been thinking of enrolling for free online high school classes offered by American High Schools. I think a high school certification from an American high school will better my chances of being accepted into an American college. I have taken English online classes before and they weren’t so bad. In fact, I enjoyed my English online class more than the classes I took at my former school. Is online high school a good move?

Ashley Howard

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Kaitlin Dean on January 24, 2018

Deciding to get your high school education online is a big decision and you should not rush through it. Before you decide to get your education online, you need to weigh the advantages and disadvantages of your decision in order to know whether or not it is the right choice.
Advantages

  • You Can Take Your Classes Anywhere
    One of the best things about online high school is the fact that you will not have to be in a traditional high school environment. You can take your classes in your room outside, at the local library or anywhere else you want. This is very advantageous because you get to choose an environment that works for you. Also, there aren’t so many distractions when you are learning from home. You do not have to worry about who you do not get along with in class or which parties you were not invited to. You can focus 100% on the material you are supposed to learn.
  • More Class Options
    Online high school tends to offer more class options compared to traditional brick and mortar classrooms. This is because you are not restricted by a limited number of teachers  or classroom. Therefore, you can expect to learn more than online English classes. Some schools also offer the option of specializing in different courses. This is something you might not get in traditional schools.
  • Flexible Schedule
    With online schools, you do not have to take your classes during regular hours. This is great if you plan on taking a part-time job while attending the online classes. 

Disadvantages

  • Some Schools are not Legitimate
    Not all online high school programs can be trusted to offer high quality education. Some schools are not accredited. For this reason, the certificate you get will not be recognized by higher institutions of learning and employers. This is especially the case for free high school online classes.
  • Costly. Most legitimate online high school programs are quite expensive especially if you want to take classes offered by a different country from the one you come from. It might be a good idea if you just want to do one subject such as an online English class but not your entire education.
  • Requires Discipline. With online classes, it is your responsibility to decide when to attend classes since there will not be a teacher following up to see if you did.

My advice to you would be for you to attend a regular school and work extremely hard to maintain good grades so that you can qualify for American colleges.

Noel Byrda year ago

Free online high school classes are not the best. If you do not have great discipline, you might end up failing in all your subjects. There is also a possibility that the university you choose might not be legitimate. This will mean you wasted your time attending the classes. Also, traditional high school offers a number of experiences you will not get at an online high school. For instance, you will not get to interact with other students. Social interaction is very important because it enables you to make friends and learn different things from other people. In addition to this, it makes the high school experience great. I understand your reason for wanting to attend an American high school but you should know that you still have a chance of getting accepted into American Universities even if you did not go to high school there. You simply need to work hard and maintain good grades.

Ronald Miller9 months ago

I agree with the suggestion of working hard to raise your grades and qualify to be accepted into an American college. I’d recommend free online high school classes to adults that want to complete their education but are too busy working. But I think that social interaction in a regular school classroom is better for teenagers. Anyway, American colleges encourage diversity and they accept students with high school certifications from almost all over the world. Meanwhile, keep improving your English. I like taking online English classes because they make possible to study whenever and wherever I want. 


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