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Are online high school classes beneficial?

I have been doing a lot of research on special education schools because one of my children suffers from dyslexia and I would like him to get into the best program that caters for his unique needs. Many people have suggested online high school classes as an option. However, while this seems like a great idea, I have not been able to find a good e school. I have been using a school finder application but I have not gotten anywhere with it. Apart from this, I am not sure if such a program would be the best fit for my child.

Naomi Doyle

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Aaron Lee on February 9, 2018

High school classes online are very common today. Some parents prefer to enroll their children in these online classes because they believe their children get more from them. This is actually true. There is a number of benefits your child gets from cyber high school compared to traditional schooling. First and foremost, the student gets taught based on their individual needs as each teacher focuses on teaching one student. What is great about it is that they get to teach the student at their own pace. This is not always an option in the traditional classroom because there are many students being taught at once. The students who learn at a slow pace might fall back in class and those that learn faster might not feel challenged. Apart from this e-schools are beneficial because they teach students a great sense of self-responsibility. Since the responsibility of contacting their teachers is left to them, they get to manage their time and ensure they have attended classes. Such skills are very useful not only in high school but also when they get to college or university.

Although cyber education has proven to be very beneficial for high school students, it might not be the best for a student suffering from dyslexia. Such a student needs a special education school where teachers are trained to handle students with that condition. This might be the reason why you can’t seem to find a good online school using your school finders. You need to start doing some research on schools that specifically cater to students with learning disorders and other disabilities. A child with special needs will definitely benefit more from such a school rather than from a regular educational program. As much as online classes are tailored to each individual student, your son might not get much from them because the teacher is not always trained to handle unique situations. Look for schools that have great reviews and ratings for teaching students with your child’s condition. It might also be a good idea to visit the school to see first-hand how they handle students, how much it costs, what the environment is like and how the lessons are structured, among other important things. This way, you will be able to choose the best school for your child where they will get the best education and a diverse life experience.

Jessie Thompsona year ago

I support this. Online high school classes might not be a great fit for someone who suffers from dyslexia, especially if it is a public kind of class where many students are taught all at once. In such a setting, the student might still fall behind and find it very hard to catch up with the other students. Instead of looking into these classes, you need to get recommendations or do some research on schools for people suffering from dyslexia. I would suggest looking for a school near your home where the child can commute daily. After some time, you will be able to evaluate whether or not there has been an improvement in their learning after the school change. Choosing a school in your local area might also be beneficial for you in case you have to attend parent-teacher meetings or check on your child at school. However, make sure the school you choose is the best fit for your child based on his or her individual needs.


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