Jul 232013

Are you looking for a comprehensive, virtual high school program for homeschooling your child?  Using a virtual high school program can be a great in-between way to homeschool through high school!

Pros and Cons of Virtual High School Programs

Many of the virtual high school providers are “public school at home” programs through a charter school agreement. Using any publicly funded program, where you do not pay for the school, isn’t actually homeschooling. Your child will be enrolled in a public school offered as a virtual high school if it is a paid-for, public charter school.

If your child is enrolled in a public school virtual high school program, then you usually do not have to fill out homeschooling paperwork.  Be sure you know if your child is considered “enrolled in public school” with any option you choose.  It is important for you to know whether you need to file paperwork as a homeschooler or not.

If you enroll your child in a virtual high school which you pay for, then the program is not usually enrollment in a public school. The program may be considered a private school or a homeschool type of program.  Be clear about what type of virtual high school program your child is in and how much responsibility you have for the transcripts and other paperwork.

The primary differences between the virtual high school programs are the level of control you over your child’s program, the cost, and who does the paperwork. With a public virtual high school program, you have no meaningful control over your child’s schooling. Your child has to take designated classes, is generally on a deadline-based schedule, and is given due dates for the assignments. It’s free and the virtual high school does all of the paperwork.

If the program is one you pay for and it’s a comprehensive program, you may have very little flexibility with your child’s coursework.  If the program is paid for by you, and a course-by-course program, you may have complete control within your home schooling.

The pace of learning will vary from virtual high school to virtual high school.  The content being taught in any course you purchase is pre-set. Again, you have no control over the coursework with a public school program and complete control when you are independently home schooling. Your flexibility will vary with the virtual high school programs and/or courses you choose.

About this Listing of Virtual High School Programs

The list that follows is an informational service, not a specific recommendation for *any* virtual high school program. It is a listing of virtual high school programs which serve homeschoolers. Some of the schools listed here are actually virtual public schools offered free to residents in-state.

However, many of the tuition-based virtual high school programs offer their programs to anyone anywhere. Therefore, be sure you check each virtual high school’s specific information about admission limitations and costs.

The following virtual high school options are reputable at the time of listing, but you are solely responsible for researching all aspects of the program you choose.

Over the years, websites have sometimes changed or the domain has been purchased by another entity, so there is no guaranty at the moment you click on any virtual high school link listed below that the site is still a virtual high school.

By using this website and the virtual high school listing in any manner, you agree to accept all liability whatsoever for any outcome you experience. You agree to hold the owners of Learning Abled Kids harmless in every regard. We cannot control other people’s programs, the Internet is a rapidly changing place, and so it is your responsibility to do ample research regarding any program you may choose for your child.

Virtual High School Programs Offered by Universities:

The following virtual high school programs are offered by Universities. They are open to everyone, require payment of tuition, and many provide dual credit.  You may also want to check out scholarship options after virtual high school to see if your targeted college has any scholarships that would be viable for your student should he chose to transition into the college full-time after high school graduation.

Virtual High School Programs that openly serve homeschooled students:

  • Alpha Omega Academy – Independent, Christian Virtual School; Open to everyone; tuition; flexible enrollment; *Students work at their own pace.
  • Connections Academy – K–12, free in any states where they have a charter school presence, not at your own pace in most cases, open to all on tuition basis.
  • K12 Online Schools – Private Program; Open to all; Some students pay tuition based upon state-sponsored program availability, based on Core Knowledge sequence; Courses have specific start and end dates and are teacher-directed.
  • International Connections Academy – Open to everyone, tuition, follows a traditional school calendar.
  • Keystone National High School’s iSchool – Open to everyone; tuition; flexible enrollment; *Students work at their own pace.
  • Lincoln Interactive – Open to everyone; tuition; flexible enrollment; K-12, *Students work at their own pace.
  • Virtual High School – Based in Ontario, Canada; tuition
  • CALCampus High School – Offers a full degree program
  • CompuHigh – Open to everyone; tuition; offers both diploma programs and individual courses for extra credit or a full online diploma curriculum; nationally accredited, private school called Whitmore School. *Students work at their own pace.
  • E-School – Hawaii; only registered Hawaii secondary education students during normal school year; no tuition; In the summer sessions are open to the public secondary school students, homeschool, and private school students and tuition is charged.
  • Florida Virtual School (FLVS) – Free to Florida residents; non-residents pay tuition.
  • Griggs University Home Study International – Seventh-day Adventist
  • Mesa Distance Learning Program – K-12, High School Diploma; Free to Arizona residents; Non-residents can enroll and pay tuition.
  • North Dakota Division of Independent Study (NDIS) – Welcomes homeschoolers; open to anyone; supports students with disabilities.
  • Penn Foster High School (Thomson Education Direct) – Independent, at-home High School Program gives students the flexibility to enroll in a complete High School Diploma program or in individual courses; in business for 75 years.
  • Brainstorm USA – Not a complete Degree program, but offers core curriculum options.

Virtual School Programs that only serve Elementary and Middle school students:

Virtual High School Programs Offered through Public Charter Schools

Other Virtual High School Programs:

The following schools require registration through the local public school and are not recommended at this time:

Jul 122013

Online Colleges for Continuing Your Child’s Homeschool Education:

If your child is ready to go to college, online colleges are easier to manage for students with Specific Learning Disabilities.

Online Colleges for Homeschool College

Also, check out the current edition of K&W Guide Colleges for Students With Learning Disabilities. This book can help you find the latest disabilities friendly Online Colleges. (Click on book cover to the right).

Attending one of the ‘disability friendly’ online colleges can make the difference between success, frustration, or even failure. This is especially true for the first two years of required core courses.

Attending a small, friendly online college can help your child adjust to the demands of college. The online colleges can ease your child into college without overwhelming him. Living on campus involves a whole new, independent lifestyle. That can be a lot to adjust to all at once.

College Success for Students with Learning Disabilities: Strategies and Tips to Make the Most of Your College Experience can help your child understand the challenges he’ll face. It can help your child plan for a successful college experience. These two books are great resources in forming a plan for your child’s college path.

Attending Online Colleges at Home

If your child wants to attend an online college while living at home, there are MANY Online Colleges. Some of the Online Colleges have been around for a decade or more. Like Virtual High Schools, many traditional universities are offering online degree programs too.

IF you are looking for dual enrollment programs, be SURE to consider the Virtual High Schools offered BY COLLEGES too. Not all of the programs on the virtual high schools page are college-based programs. However, Virtual High Schools offered by colleges are some of the FRIENDLIEST towards homeschoolers. This is especially true for who want to take dual enrollment courses.

Some degree majors are easier to find online than others. You’ll have to research based upon your child’s college degree interests.

Also, you may want to check out scholarships for college. We found An Ultimate Guide to Scholarships, particularly helpful. They list some scholarships for students with disabilities.

Please note: By using this website and the listing below in any manner, you accept all responsibility whatsoever for your child’s educational outcomes. You agree to hold Learning Abled Kids and its owners harmless in every regard. The listing below is strictly an informational service. It is not a specific recommendation for any Online Colleges program.

The following are full Online Colleges, generally held to be reputable. However, YOU are solely responsible for researching all aspects of the program you choose and you accept all liability whatsoever.

Listing of Online Colleges

This listing includes full four-year, two-year, and a few career schools. The list below is solely a list of “fully” Online Colleges. MANY traditional colleges now offer online programs. For whatever major your child is considering, be sure to search for additional Online Colleges.

There are four year degree and two-year technical schools on this list. The two year schools are generally easier to get into than four-year schools. Some of the two-year classes may transfer to a four-year college. Be sure to check out the four-year college rules to be sure about transfer credits.

Your child may also want to learn a trade or skill. There are a few specialized trade schools on the list. If your child wants a career that can be taught online, then going through an online college program has a lot of advantages. There are no residency expenses if your child lives at home. You can help your child with planning and scheduling of assignments.

Completing the first year of two in an online college program can help a student adjust to college more easily. If your child is going to complete one or two years online, then transfer to a face-to-face program, be sure to double check if the credits will transfer to the next college.