The Ultimate Guide to Online School – How Does Online School Work?

By: National School Choice Week Team

Last Upated: January 28, 2021

Due to COVID-19, many parents are worried about sending their kids back to school in the late summer or fall of 2020. In fact, according to one national poll, 40% of parents polled said they’re more likely to choose homeschooling or online school after lockdowns end. If online learning or K-12 online school are your top choices for the 2020-2021 school year, this page is for you!

Maybe you’re thinking about switching to online schooling, but you’re not sure how to make the switch. How does online school work? Or, maybe you’re wondering whether your state has an option allowing you to online school for free. We created this ultimate guide to online school answer those questions.

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You may hear a lot of terms like online school, remote learning, and homeschooling thrown around interchangeably right now, but they’re actually quite different school choices! Read our explainer on the differences.

While the pandemic has caused interest in online learning to spike, families have been using online learning programs for years. Internet access has transformed our shopping and social life, and it is transforming schooling as well. Importantly, online learning programs offer students the ability to work from home (or anywhere with internet). That flexibility makes for a good fit for many families.   

As Chris McBride, superintendent at an online school in Nevada, describes, “There are many reasons students may need flexible schedules, from medical issues to competitive athletes to performance artists. Some families enroll at our school because they are escaping some of the bullying and other cultural/climate issues that are present in brick and mortar schools. Other families enroll because they view it as an excellent alternative to home schooling.”

 

 

 

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How to Switch to Online School

How Does Online School Work?

In the U.S., approximately 375,000 K-12 students attended an online school in 2018-2019. Online school students work from home and follow a set curriculum, submitting assignments through an online portal. Moreover, students receive feedback and grades from accredited teachers who may communicate through email, web conference, or phone calls. 

While parents aren’t asked to be teachers, online school programs usually ask parents to be involved in their child’s education. Parents act as a learning coach, helping their student stay on track.

You just are so much more in tune with what they’re doing. That’s such a benefit that you wouldn’t have when sending your kid through another schooling option. – Tara Boedigheimer, online school parent

Two of the biggest K-12 online school programs in the U.S. are Connections Academy and K12 Learning. Connections Academy supported-schools are tuition-free online public schools that are currently available in more than 30 states. They are operated by Pearson Online & Blended Learning K-12. Similarly, K12 Learning offers tuition-free public schools in many states, as well as fee-based independent courses and career classes.  

While some virtual schools are fully online, others are “blended schools.” So, what are blended schools? Blended schools are online schools that offer on-site locations that students attend from time to time. GOAL Academy in Colorado, for instance, has “drop-in centers” where students can receive tutoring, participate in activities, or simply spend time with peers.

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How to make the switch

If you’re just getting started, here are steps you can take to switch to online schooling: 

1. Review state guidelines: First, find your state in our list below to review your state’s guidelines for online schools. Did you know that more than 30 states offer full-time public online schools for free? In other states, private online programs are available at a cost.

2. Connect: Second, reach out to the online school that interests you and get more details. Some may allow enrollment at any time, while others may have deadlines. 

Online public schools must accept all students, regardless of their academic performance or needs. Moreover, students are not required to take special entrance tests for enrollment in online public schools. However, some states place caps on attendance or funding, so make sure there is availability at the school you choose. 

When you reach out to the online school, you can also ask about the school’s expectations and what resources you’ll need at home. For instance, will the school provide a computer for your student? Does your student need a web camera? What’s a typical day like? How much parental supervision is required? 

3. Officially withdraw (if applicable): In many cases, if you’re currently enrolled in a public or private school, you’ll need to send a withdrawal letter to your school district. It’s a good idea to keep a copy of the letter, in case any questions arise. Also, you may want use this opportunity to request your child’s transcripts from the school.

Of course, your state’s guidelines come first. Please note that in some states, like Missouri, students only have access to free online schools through their resident district. In these cases, since the district is responsible for paying for access, families should remain enrolled in the district as they switch to online school.

4. Enroll and get started: Now, enroll in your online school of choice. Partner with your child to decide what your new learning routine will look like. For example, what time will your student start school in the morning? How often will exercise and outside activities be worked into the week? 

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Expect a learning curve

If online school is something you and your student decide to try, even just temporarily, it is important to realize that there’ll be a learning curve. Don’t let that get you down!

“You just have to be open minded,” said Bryan Klochack, principal of an online school in Michigan. “We often refer to it as drinking out of a fire hydrant at the start because it is so different.”

While online school is not for every student and every family, it can make a world of a difference for some. As Klochack said, “Having that option for families to put their kids where they’re going to find great success: That’s what we’re all about.”

How to Find Out Your State’s Laws

What options do you have for online learning? Check out your state’s parent guide or scroll below to learn whether your state offers online school for free.

In 33 states, online public schools have been established by state authorities, by school districts, or charter schools, meaning students can attend these schools full-time, tuition-free. In addition, at least 35 states offer part-time online public schooling through course access, which allows students to use online coursework to supplement their education with specific classes. In many states, this is accessible, and sometimes even free, for private school or homeschooled students.

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Sources: Evergreen Education Group and independent research by the NSCW team

While not every state offers online school for free, paid online school programs, are available in all 50 states. For instance, paid options such as Virtual Learning Academy Charter School (which is free to New Hampshire residents), The Keystone School, and Laurel Springs School are available to families in any state. You can learn more about public online schools and resources at the National Coalition for Public School Options and the Digital Learning Collaborative

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Alabama:

Alabama offers several free, full-time online learning options for students, like Alabama Connections Academy, Alabama Virtual Academy, and Alabama Destinations Career Academy (which currently serves grades-K-10). For free part-time classes, ACCESS Alabama functions as the state’s virtual school and is designed for high school students to take courses that may not be available (or easy to schedule) at their schools. Public school students in grades 9-12 can take classes for free; nonpublic school students can take courses for a fee.

In light of COVID-19, the state has contracted with SchoolsPLP to provide school districts with virtual coursework they can administer as needed.

Which online options still have seats available and in what grades for 2020-2021?

As of December 2020, Alabama Connections Academy has seats available in grades K-11 for the 2020-2021 academic year, and Alabama Destinations Career Academy has seats available in grades K-12. Alabama Virtual Academy is accepting waitlist applications for the January 2021 semester.

Does the school provide technology and wifi?

Alabama Virtual Academy at Eufaula City Schools provides one computer and an internet stipend if the family meets financial and academic standing requirements. Alabama Connections Academy does not provide technology or wifi.

 

Alaska:

In Alaska, middle- and high-school students in certain districts can enroll in online courses through the Alaska Digital Academy for a fee. As mentioned above, Alaska families can also consider national online learning programs, like Virtual Learning Academy Charter School, The Keystone School, and Laurel Springs School, for a fee. 

Additionally, Alaska has many correspondence school offerings, some of which are free, that families can choose from.

What is the deadline to enroll in online school in Alaska for 2020-2021?

If your region qualifies for Alaska Statewide Virtual School, your public school will communicate the steps with you. 

Will families be able to switch mid-school year, if needed?

Families can switch to paid part-time courses through Alaska Digital Academy, or paid full-time courses through The Keystone School, Virtual Learning Academy Charter School, or Laurel Springs School.

Does the school provide technology and wifi?

No, but your home public school may be able to assist if you are unable to access technology. 

 

Arizona:

Arizona students can attend Arizona Virtual Academy or Arizona Connections Academy full-time at no cost. Students in grades 7-12 can also consider Insight Academy of Arizona, which specializes in helping struggling students succeed. 

In order for funding to transfer, families switching to an online school must initiate withdrawal from their previous school. You can learn more about the online school community in your state at AZ Parents for Education.

Which online options still have seats available and in what grades for 2020-2021?

Arizona Connections Academy has seats available for grades K-11, while Arizona Virtual Academy has seats available for grades K-12. Insight School of Arizona has seats available for grades 7-12.

Does the school provide technology and wifi?

At Arizona Connections Academy, a family may opt into one laptop and internet subsidy per household. At Arizona Virtual Academy, a family can receive a computer if they qualify for free or reduced lunch or are special education. A wifi stipend may be available at the end of the school year. Insight Academy of Arizona does not provide technology and wifi. 

 

Arkansas:

Arkansas offers several free, full-time online learning options for students, like Arkansas Connections Academy and Arkansas Virtual Academy. For part-time classes, Virtual Arkansas offers online options for any Arkansas student, though online classes for students in grades K-6 are limited. Students enrolled in a public school can take all or some of their Virtual Arkansas classes online. While Virtual Arkansas’ website lists fees for courses, the local school district pays those, not students and their families.

Which online options still have seats available and in what grades for 2020-2021?

Arkansas Connections Academy has seats available for grades K-8 and offers rolling enrollment. Arkansas Virtual Academy has seats available for grades K-12. At Arkansas Virtual Academy, grades K-8 have rolling enrollment while grades 9-12 have open enrollment from January to March.

Does the school provide technology and wifi?

Arkansas Connections Academy does offer technology and wifi assistance based on income. Similarly, at Arkansas Virtual Academy, if you qualify for free or reduced lunch, a computer and wifi stipend may be provided. 

 

California:

California offers several free, full-time online learning options for students, like California Connections Academy and California Virtual Academies. K-12 students in Ventura, San Bernardino, Kern, and Orange counties can also consider IQ Academy-Los Angeles. While much of the learning is facilitated by technology, these learning programs offer in-person field trips and meet-ups as well. Additionally, students in grades 9-12 needing additional academic support to overcome obstacles may wish to consider Insight Schools of California. Students in the Los Angeles area can also choose IQ Academy California

You can also check out: California Parents for Public Virtual Education.

Which online options still have seats available and in what grades for 2020-2021?

As of December 2020, all grades at California Virtual Academies, California Connections Academy, Insight Schools of California, and IQ Academy California are currently full. 

Does the school provide technology and wifi?

At California Connections Academy, one computer per household and an internet subsidy may be requested. At California Virtual Academies, a computer and wifi stipend may be available. Both Insight Schools of California and IQ Academy California provide computers if the student qualifies for free or reduced lunch.

 

Colorado:

Colorado offers several free, full-time online learning options for students, like Colorado Connections Academy, Colorado Virtual Academy, and Colorado Preparatory Academy. Students in grades 6-12 interested in career technical education may wish to check out Destinations Career Academy of Colorado, which specializes in real-world training for specific careers. Students in grades 9-12 who need extra academic and social support to excel may want to consider Pikes Peak Online School.

In addition, Colorado Digital Learning Solutions offers part-time courses for middle-school and high-school students. While Colorado Digital Learning Solutions charges fees, students attending Colorado traditional public schools and public charter schools may have their fees subsidized.

We recently interviewed a Colorado online school, GOAL Academy. This online school has drop-in centers where students can work and frequent school field trips, offering families a unique blend of virtual and in-person education. To learn more about the online school community in your state, check out the Colorado Coalition of Cyberschool Families.

Which online options still have seats available and in what grades for 2020-2021?

As of December 2020, Colorado Preparatory Academy and Colorado Virtual Academy have seats available for grades K-12, while Pikes Peak Online School has seats available for grades 9-12. Colorado Connections Academy is accepting waitlist applications for grades K-11. Destinations Career Academy of Colorado is no longer accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year.

Does the school provide technology and wifi?

Colorado Connections Academy provides students a desktop computer and internet reimbursement. Colorado Virtual Academy, Colorado Preparatory Academy, and Destinations Career Academy do not provide technology and wifi, but exceptions due to financial need may be possible. 

 

Connecticut:

While most states have free online school programs, Connecticut only has paid options available at present, such as George Washington University Online High School, The Keystone School, and K12 International Academy. While the schools are available to families in Connecticut, they are not specific to the state. 

K12 is actively working to launch an online school in Connecticut, but this is not yet available for families. 

 

Delaware:

Most states have free online school programs, but Delaware does not at this time. Paid options are available, such as George Washington University Online High School, The Keystone School, and K12 International Academy. These private online schools are available to families in Delaware, but they are not specific to the state. 

 

Florida:

Florida has the largest state virtual school in the nation. Any Florida student can take courses through Florida Virtual School, full time or part time, free of charge. In light of COVID-19, Florida Virtual School announced that its online course content and platform may also be purchased and used by private schools that participate in state scholarship programs.

Additionally, other free online learning options are available to Florida students such as Florida Connections Academy, Florida Cyber Charter Academy, and Florida Online School

Which online options still have seats available and in what grades for 2020-2021?

As of December 2020, Florida Virtual School and Florida Online School have seats available for grades K-12, while Florida Connections Academy has seats available for grades K-8. All locations of Florida Cyber Charter Academy are on a waitlist for January.

Does the school provide technology and wifi?

Florida Virtual School and Florida Connections Academy do not provide technology and wifi to families. At Florida Cyber Charter Academy, technology and wifi may be available if you qualify for the free or reduced lunch program.

 

Georgia:

Georgia Virtual School provides online courses at the high school level, plus some middle-school courses as well. Public school students can enroll full-time or part-time at no cost. Some state funds are available to cover tuition for private and homeschool students on a first-come, first-served basis. Other free, full-time online learning options are also available, such as Georgia Connections Academy and Georgia Cyber Academy.  You can also learn more at Georgia Families for Public Virtual Education.

Due to COVID-19, the state has allotted $1.2 million in funding to hire new teachers at Georgia Virtual School and provide increased course access for grades 6-12. The state has also allotted $3 million in funding to increase wifi availability in high-need neighborhoods, and $1 million to acquire personal internet hotspots for students. 

Which online options still have seats available and in what grades for 2020-2021?

As of December 2020, Georgia Virtual School is accepting applications for its spring 2021 courses. Georgia Connections Academy has met its enrollment cap for grades 5, 8-9, and 11-12, but has seats available for grades 6, 7, and 10. Georgia Cyber Academy is no longer accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year.

Does the school provide technology and wifi?

Georgia Connections Academy does not provide students technology and wifi. At Georgia Cyber Academy, a computer, printer, and hotspot are provided to families that request and meet specific criteria. 

 

Hawaii:

High school and middle school students enrolled in any traditional public or charter school can take part-time classes through Hawaii’s e-school.

Parents who would like to enroll their student in online school full-time can hire a private provider. Paid options such as George Washington University Online High School, The Keystone School, and K12 International Academy are available in any state. 

 

Idaho:

Idaho offers several full-time, free online learning options for students, like Inspire Connections Academy and Idaho Virtual Academy. Students in grades 9-12 can also consider Idaho Technical Career Academy, a full-time online school focused on career readiness. 

For part-time options, Idaho students in grades 6-12 may enroll in online classes through Idaho Digital Learning. Idaho Digital Learning is available to students in any type of educational setting, public or private. But, parents should check with their local public school or district for details, as fees may apply.

Students in the Boise School District, or students with an approved open enrollment status from another district, can also choose the Boise Online School, which opened in 2020. Contact your neighborhood school for more information about how to enroll. 

Which online options still have seats available and in what grades for 2020-2021?

As of December 2020, Inspire Connections Academy has seats available for grades K-12 and accepts mid-year transfer students. Idaho Virtual Academy has seats available for grades K-12 and offers monthly start dates that students can enroll by during the school year. These run until January for high school students, April for middle school students, and March for elementary school students. Idaho Technical Career Academy has seats available for grades 9-12 and a second semester deadline of February 17, 2021. Boise Online School is no longer accepting applications.

Does the school provide technology and wifi?

At Inspire Connections Academy, one laptop and internet subsidy are available per household. At Idaho Virtual Academy, a loaner laptop and internet subsidy are available to families. At Idaho Technical Career Academy, each student is provided a loaner computer and printer. 

 

Illinois: 

Illinois students in grades 5-12 can take supplemental online courses through Illinois Virtual School. While Illinois Virtual School charges fees, some schools and districts pay those fees on behalf of their students. Students can register through their local school or as a homeschool student. 

Paid full-time online options, like George Washington University Online High School, The Keystone School, and K12 International Academy, are available to Illinois students, but they are not specific to the state. 

 

Indiana:

Free, full-time online learning options for Indiana students include Indiana Connections Academy, Indiana Digital Learning School, and the state’s newest free, full-time virtual school, Phalen Virtual Leadership Academy, which was launched in the summer of 2020. Students in grades 7-12 can also consider Insight School of Indiana, while students in grades 9-12 can consider Indiana Connections Career Academy.

Another option Indiana students can choose is IU High School, a fully accredited online private high school run by Indiana University. Students at IU High School can take courses to supplement their educational experiences in brick and mortar institutions, or students may pursue a high school diploma online full-time. IU High school was founded in 1925, so it’s been allowing students to attain a high school diploma at a distance for nearly a century! 

Which online options still have seats available and in what grades for 2020-2021?

As of December 2020, Indiana Digital Learning School has seats available for grades K-10. Indiana Connections Academy has seats available for grades 6-11, with enrollment in grades K-5 subject to a waitlist. Phalen Virtual Leadership Academy has seats available for grades K-12. Indiana Connections Career Academy has seats available for grades 9-11. Insight School of Indiana no longer has seats available in any grades.

Does the school provide technology and wifi?

At Indiana Digital Learning School, all students have the option of receiving a computer; low income families can apply for a wifi stipend to be distributed at year end. At Indiana Connections Academy and Indiana Connections Career Academy, families do not receive technology and wifi unless they apply for a hardship exemption.  Phalen Virtual Leadership Academy does not provide technology and wifi to students. At Insight School of Indiana, students may request a computer and internet if they qualify for free or reduced lunch.

 

Iowa:

Iowa offers several free, full-time online learning options for students, such as Iowa Connections Academy and Iowa Virtual Academy. In order for funding to follow a child to online school, families need to fill out the Iowa Open Enrollment Application with their assigned district for approval; this could potentially be denied as open enrollment closed in March. 

Which online options still have seats available and in what grades for 2020-2021?

As of December 2020, neither Iowa Connections Academy nor Iowa Virtual Academy are accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year.

Does the school provide technology and wifi?

At Iowa Connections Academy, no computers are available for this school year, but internet subsidies may be available. Iowa Virtual Academy does not typically provide technology and wifi but, based on financial aid, a loaner computer may be available. 

 

Kansas:

Kansas offers several free, full-time online learning options for students, such as Kansas Virtual Academy and Kansas Connections Academy. For students in grades 7-12, an additional option is the Insight School of Kansas, which specializes in helping students overcome obstacles to academic success. The Kansas State Department of Education also keeps a list of online learning providers, some of whom may also offer part-time classes, with or without fees.

Which online options still have seats available and in what grades for 2020-2021?

As of December 2020, Kansas Virtual Academy is accepting waitlist applications for grades K-6. Insight School of Kansas is accepting waitlist applications for grades 7-8 only. Kansas Connections Academy is no longer accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year.

Does the school provide technology and wifi?

Kansas Connections Academy does not usually provide technology and wifi. Kansas Virtual Academy does not typically provide technology and wifi either; but, based on financial need, a loaner computer may be available. Insight School of Kansas provides families with a computer. 

                                                      

Kentucky:

While many states have free, full-time virtual school available, Kentucky does not yet have such an option. While there are no free full-time programs, part-time courses may be available at a cost via BAVEL, The Corbin School of Innovation, or JCPS eSchool. More information on these paid options is available on the KY Department of Education website

There are also some private, full-time online schools that are available for a fee in all 50 states, such as George Washington University Online High School, The Keystone School, and K12 International Academy.

 

Louisiana:

Louisiana students in grades K-12 can attend Louisiana Virtual Charter Academy, or University View Academy, both online charter schools, full-time. For part-time options, online providers participate in the state’s Supplemental Course Academy program, which offers free classes to students attending underperforming public schools, public schools that do not offer a certain course, or private schools on opportunity scholarships. Students who do not qualify for free classes can take these courses for a fee. 

If a student would like to switch to online school, their parent or legal guardian must notify the currently enrolled school in order to withdraw and identify the online school they are transferring into. 

Which online options still have seats available and in what grades for 2020-2021?

Louisiana Virtual Charter Academy and University View Academy are both accepting applications for their waitlist.

Does the school provide technology and wifi?

Louisiana Virtual Charter Academy does not typically provide technology and wifi. But, based on financial need, a loaner computer may be available. At University View Academy, a laptop is provided and an internet stipend can be received at the completion of the school year.

 

Maine:

Maine students can attend free, full-time online school programs through the online public charter schools Maine Connections Academy or Maine Virtual Academy

Which online options still have seats available and in what grades for 2020-2021?

As of December 2020, Maine Connections Academy has seats available for grades 7-12 and accepts mid-year transfer students. Maine Virtual Academy is no longer accepting applications for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Does the school provide technology and wifi?

At Maine Connections Academy, students may request one laptop per household. At Maine Virtual Academy, computers and printers can be requested. 

 

Maryland:

Unfortunately, Maryland does not currently have its own free, full-time online learning program. But, there are paid, full-time online school options available to families in all 50 states, Maryland included. Some of these paid providers are George Washington University Online High SchoolThe Keystone School, and K12 International Academy.

 

Massachusetts:

Students in Massachusetts may attend one of two free public virtual schools, either full-time or part-time, with an agreement from the local school district. Private virtual schools are also available. 

Which online options still have seats available and in what grades for 2020-2021?

As of December 2020, Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School is accepting applications, with a waitlist for grades K and 3 only. At TEC Connections Academy, places are available in grades 9-12.

Does the school provide technology and wifi?

At Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School, a Chromebook is available to every student enrolled. At TEC Connections Academy, one laptop and internet subsidy can be requested per household. 

 

Michigan:

Michigan offers several free, full-time online learning options for students. These include Michigan Connections Academy, Highpoint Virtual Academy of Michigan, Michigan Virtual Charter Academy, and Michigan Great Lakes Virtual Academy. Students in grades 6-12 who would like extra academic support or credit recovery courses may be interested in considering Insight School of Michigan.

 In addition, Michigan Virtual offers part-time online classes for middle-school and high-school students; fees may apply.

Which online options still have seats available and in what grades for 2020-2021?

At Michigan Connections Academy, there are seats available for grades K-10, while grades 11-12 are at capacity. Highpoint Virtual Academy of Michigan still has seats available in grades K-12. There is no waitlist yet, but the school is close to reaching its maximum enrollment capacity. Michigan Great Lakes Virtual Charter Academy, Insight School of Michigan, and Michigan Virtual Charter Academy are all accepting applications subject to a waitlist.

Does the school provide technology and wifi?

At Michigan Connections Academy, students may request one computer and an internet subsidy per household. At Highpoint Virtual Academy of Michigan, loaner computers may be available based on financial need and eligibility. Insight School of Michigan students are provided a computer. Michigan Great Lakes Virtual Academy and Michigan Virtual Charter Academy families are provided a computer and an internet stipend.

 

Minnesota:

Any student who lives in Minnesota, even if they have permanent residency elsewhere, can attend a full-time online school free of charge. For instance, students can do this through Minnesota Connections Academy, Minnesota Virtual Academy, or IQ Academy of Minnesota. K12, the online education provider that powers Minnesota Virtual Academy and IQ Academy of Minnesota, also offers Insight School of Minnesota, which specializes in helping struggling students in grades 6-12 catch up and achieve academic success. 

Free part-time options are available for students enrolled in public schools (including charter schools). In addition, paid part-time options are available for nonpublic school students. Learn more about full-time and part-time online learning options in Minnesota. In order for the funding to follow a student who switches to online school, the family must fill out a Statewide Enrollment Options form. 

Which online options still have seats available and in what grades for 2020-2021?

As of December 2020, Minnesota Connections Academy has availability in grades K-11. IQ Academy Minnesota and Minnesota Virtual Academy have open seats available in grades K-12, while Insight Academy of Minnesota has open seats in grades 6-12.

Does the school provide technology and wifi?

At Minnesota Connections Academy, students in grades K-5 must provide their own computer but students in grades 6-12 are provided a computer. At Minnesota Virtual Academy, a computer and internet stipend may be available based on financial need and eligibility. 

 

Mississippi:

Mississippi does not offer a free, full-time online school. However, students can enroll in part-time classes at the Mississippi Virtual Public School, and have their fees paid by their local district. 

Also, paid online school options, such as George Washington University Online High School, The Keystone School, and K12 International Academy, are available to students in every state, including Mississippi. 

 

Missouri:

Missouri public school students have access to  individual online courses or free, full-time online programs through MOCAP (Missouri Course Access and Virtual School Program). In order to participate, students must get enrollment approved by their resident school district. Some districts only allow classes to be taken on campus, others allow for full-time virtual learning. Students must be currently enrolled in a Missouri public school to switch to MOCAP or Missouri Connections Academy. 

Also, any non-public student in Missouri, from kindergarten through 12th grade, can take courses online through MOCAP for a fee. In some cases, such as students having certain medical conditions, the tuition can be waived.

Unfortunately, some families applying to Missouri online schools have experienced administrative delays or been challenged by their school district.

What is the deadline to enroll in online school in Missouri for 2020-2021?

Enrollment deadlines for MOCAP depend on each school district, so interested families should contact their public school. Connections Academy has a rolling enrollment policy in Missouri. 

Which online options still have seats available and in what grades for 2020-2021

Availability for MOCAP varies by school district. Connections Academy still has seats available for grades K-12.

Will families be able to switch mid-school year, if needed?

At MOCAP, whether a family can transfer into the online school mid-school year is dependent on their school district. At Connections Academy, mid-year transfers are accepted as long as the school’s enrollment cap is not met.

Does the school provide technology and wifi?

Whether technology and wifi is freely available to MOCAP students depends on each school district. Connections Academy does not provide technology and wifi to students. 

 

Montana:

While Montana does not currently have a free, full-time online learning option, Montana Digital Academy allows middle and high school students to take online classes on a part-time basis through their local school. Also, families in any state can choose from paid online learning providers for a full-time option. Paid online schools include George Washington University Online High School, The Keystone School, and K12 International Academy.

 

Nebraska:

While most states have free, public online programs that families can choose, Nebraska does not currently have that option. The state does offer a paid option: University of Nebraska High School Online. Other paid options, like George Washington University Online High School, The Keystone School, and K12 International Academy, are available to Nebraska families but are not state-specific. Families interested in enrolling at University of Nebraska High School Online can do so at any point during the year; there is no deadline for enrollment. The school does not supply families with technology and wifi. 

 

Nevada:

Nevada offers several free, full-time online learning options, such as Nevada Connections Academy, Nevada Learning Academy, and Nevada Virtual Academy. 

Which online options still have seats available and in what grades for 2020-2021?

At Nevada Learning Academy, there are currently seats available for grades 9-12 only. At Nevada Connections Academy, there are seats available for grades 9-10 only. Nevada Virtual Academy is accepting waitlist applications for grades 6-11 only.

Does the school provide technology and wifi?

At Nevada Learning Academy, all families may request a computer from the school. At Nevada Connections Academy, families may request one computer and an internet subsidy per household. At Nevada Virtual Academy, only special education and free or reduced lunch students may apply for a computer.

 

New Hampshire:

New Hampshire middle and high school students can take courses free of charge, full- or part-time, at Virtual Learning Academy Charter. If there will be a gap between attendance at a student’s previous school and their start at the virtual school, the student must file a notice of intent at their local public school. Due to COVID-19, Virtual Learning Academy Charter is expanding its course offerings to serve students in grades K-3 starting in fall 2020. According to the school’s website, “[Elementary] students may complete all of their courses through VLACS. This will require approval from their local district to stay enrolled and do all of their work through VLACS or filing a homeschool plan through their local district. VLACS is exploring offering a full-time enrollment option for K-5 sometime in 2021.” 

Which online options still have seats available and in what grades for 2020-2021?

At Virtual Learning Academy Charter, grades 6-12 have seats available for full-time enrollment. Grades K-5 have seats available for part-time enrollment.

Does the school provide technology and wifi?

Virtual Learning Academy Charter does not provide technology and wifi to students. 

 

New Jersey:

Unfortunately, New Jersey does not have a free, full-time online school option. However, New Jersey Virtual School offers full-time and credit-recovery enrollment to students in grades 6-12 for a fee. The deadline to enroll in New Jersey Virtual School is August 7, 2020. Currently, all grades have some courses available, though some courses are full. If students are interested in enrolling mid-year, they may be able to sign up for semester-only courses for the spring. Students attending New Jersey Virtual School must have access to technology and wifi; the school does not supply these for families. 

Besides New Jersey Virtual School, students can also consider other paid online school options, like George Washington University Online High School, The Keystone School, and K12 International Academy.

 

New Mexico:

In New Mexico there are free, full-time online learning options for students, such as New Mexico Connections Academy. In addition, the state’s Public Education Department offers a supplemental online course program. The state-run program charges fees to schools who enroll students. Some local districts absorb these costs, while some pass them along to families.

Which online options still have seats available and in what grades for 2020-2021?

New Mexico Connections Academy has seats available in grades 4-12. The school does accept mid-year transfer students.

Does the school provide technology and wifi?

At New Mexico Connections Academy, families may request one computer and an internet subsidy per household. 

 

New York:

While most states offer a free, full-time online learning program, New York does not currently do so. However, there are some paid online school options that are available to students in New York and all 50 states. These include George Washington University Online High School, The Keystone School, and K12 International Academy.

 

North Carolina:

In North Carolina, middle school and high school students may enroll full-time or part-time in North Carolina Virtual Public School. Public school students interested in attending North Carolina Virtual Public School should connect with their school’s e-learning advisor to enroll. Students not enrolled in public schools may be required to pay tuition. Another free, full-time online learning option available to families is North Carolina Virtual Academy

Which online options still have seats available and in what grades for 2020-2021?

As of December 2020, at North Carolina Virtual Public School, there are still seats available for grades 9-12. North Carolina Virtual Academy has availability in grades K-2, 6, 11, and 12 only. 

Does the school provide technology and wifi?

North Carolina Virtual Public School does not provide technology and wifi to students. At North Carolina Virtual Academy, a computer, printer, software, and internet stipend may be available based on financial need and eligibility. 

 

North Dakota:

While there is not currently a free full-time option for North Dakota students, elementary through high school students may enroll in courses through the North Dakota Center for Distance Education for a fee. Families can enroll in courses at any time throughout the year, and most courses do not have a set deadline. The North Dakota Center for Distance Learning has availability for all grades for the 2020-2021 school year, though some courses in each grade may be full. The school does not supply free technology and wifi to families, so students must have access to these at home.

Besides North Dakota Center for Distance Education, students can also consider other paid online school options, like George Washington University Online High School, The Keystone School, and K12 International Academy.

 

Ohio:

Students in elementary through high school grades may enroll full-time or part-time in courses through Northwest Ohio Virtual Academy at no cost, but they must register through a school district. Each school district determines availability, acceptance, and logistics for their students’ courses. Other free, full-time online learning options are also available, such as Ohio Virtual Academy and Ohio Connections Academy. Students aged 16-21 needing extra academic and emotional support may be interested to finish high school may be interested in Ohio Digital Learning School. 

You can learn more about the Ohio online learning community at the Ohio e-School Families and Friends Coalition.

Which online options still have seats available and in what grades for 2020-2021?

As of December 2020, Ohio Connections Academy has openings in grades K-11, while Ohio Virtual Academy has openings for students to enroll in grades K-12. Ohio Digital Learning School has seats available for students in grades 9-12 who are between 16 and 21-years-old.

Does the school provide technology and wifi?

At Ohio Connections Academy, a computer and an internet subsidy will be provided to families. At Ohio Virtual Academy, a computer, printer, software, and internet subsidy will be provided to families. Ohio Digital Learning School provides a computer if the student qualifies for free or reduced lunch.

 

Oklahoma:

Oklahoma currently offers several online public schools for students, including Oklahoma Virtual Charter Academy, Oklahoma Connections Academy, Epic Charter School, Insight School of Oklahoma (grades 6-12), E-School Virtual Charter Academy and Oklahoma Information and Technology School (currently grades 6-7). Part-time supplemental online courses may be available through your public school via the Oklahoma Supplemental Online Course Program. Remember, virtual school is different and it can feel like “drinking from a fire hose” at first. But, for some families, it becomes the perfect fit. Learn more about all of Oklahoma’s virtual learning options at the Oklahoma Virtual Charter School Board

Which online options still have seats available and in what grades for 2020-2021?

As of December 2020, Oklahoma Virtual Charter Academy and Epic Charter School have seats available in all grades K-12, while Oklahoma Connections Academy has availability in grades K-11. Insight School of Oklahoma has availability in grades 6-12. Oklahoma Information and Technology School is accepting applications in grades 6-7 only. Oklahoma E-School Virtual Charter Academy is no longer accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year.

Does the school provide technology and wifi? 

Oklahoma Connections Academy does not typically provide technology and wifi to students, but you may be able to apply for technology hardship assistance. Oklahoma Virtual Charter Academy and Insight School of Oklahoma do not typically provide technology and wifi either, but you may be able to receive a computer loan at either school based on financial need.  At Epic Charter School, a “learning fund” may be available to use for expenses. At E-School Virtual Charter Academy, computers are provided when needed. 

 

Oregon:

Oregon offers several free, full-time online learning options for students, like Oregon Connections Academy and Oregon Virtual Academy. A complete list of Oregon schools powered by the online education organization K12 is available. Some of these online schools accept students in certain districts or grades while others are open to all students. For students in rural areas, the Oregon Digital Learning Academy provides part-time supplemental courses online, at no charge to students.

In order for funding to follow a student to online school, the student’s family must submit a letter of intent, stating that they will be enrolling in a virtual school. You can learn more about the online school community at the Oregon Virtual Public School Alliance.

Which online options still have seats available and in what grades for 2020-2021?

Both Oregon Connections Academy and Oregon Virtual Academy have seats available in grades K-12 as long as the 3% state cap has not been met (only up to three percent of students in any public school district across the state can enroll in one of Oregon’s full-time virtual schools). As of December 2020, Oregon Virtual Academy is accepting applications for its waitlist only.

Does the school provide technology and wifi? 

At Oregon Connections Academy, one laptop and an internet stipend may be requested per household. Oregon Virtual Academy supplies families with a computer and a twice a year stipend to offset technology and wifi costs. 

 

Pennsylvania:

Pennsylvania offers several free, full-time online learning options for students, such as PA Virtual Charter School, Reach Cyber Charter School, and Insight PA Cyber Charter School.

After a student has been accepted into an online school, his or her family must complete withdrawal paperwork as their assigned school to ensure that there are no gaps in enrollment and that funding follows the child.

Which online options still have seats available and in what grades for 2020-2021?

At PA Virtual Charter School, all grades currently have open spots. Some choices available through PA Virtual Charter School only enroll specific grades; for instance, Achievement House Cyber Charter School only serves students in grades 7-12; and 21st Century Cyber Charter School only serves students in grades 6-12. 

Reach Cyber Charter School has seats available for grades K-12. Insight PA Cyber Charter School has seats available for high school open enrollment, and is accepting applications for its waitlist in all other grades.

All three schools have rolling enrollment policies.

Does the school provide technology and wifi?

At PA Virtual Charter School, a laptop, printer, and internet stipend will be provided to students. At Reach Cyber Charter School, students may request one computer and an internet subsidy per household. At Insight PA Cyber Charter School, a laptop is provided to every family and an internet reimbursement up to $35/mo can be requested.

 

Rhode Island:

In some Rhode Island districts, students in grades 3-12 can enroll in part-time online courses through their local school district. You can contact your local public school to ask whether there are free or paid online options available in your district. 

There are also paid, full-time online learning options available to students in all 50 states, Rhode Island included. These paid options include George Washington University Online High School, The Keystone School, and K12 International Academy.

In light of COVID-19, the state of Rhode Island developed a temporary online learning project to help students in pre-K-12 work on skills over the summer of 2020 that they may have lost from the early closure of schools. Learn more about this project, Summer Academy for Interactive Learning (SAIL)

 

South Carolina:

South Carolina offers several free, full-time online learning options for students, like South Carolina Virtual Charter School, South Carolina Connections Academy. and Cyber Academy of South Carolina. In addition, public, private, and homeschooled students in grades 7-12 in South Carolina can enroll in tuition-free online classes through Virtual SC. VirtualSC recommends taking a maximum of four classes at a time, and does not award diplomas.

Which online options still have seats available and in what grades for 2020-2021?

South Carolina Virtual Charter School and Cyber Academy of South Carolina are currently still enrolling students in grades K-12. South Carolina Connections Academy is currently enrolling students in grades 1-11.

Does the school provide technology and wifi?

South Carolina Connections Academy does not supply families with free technology and wifi. At South Carolina Virtual Charter School, students eligible for free lunch may receive a loaner computer for a $25 deposit. This offer is only eligible at the beginning of the school year. At Cyber Academy of South Carolina, students who qualify as Title 1 receive a supplement of $10/month during enrollment. 

 

South Dakota:

South Dakota families may be able to take free, online learning courses through their local school district if it participates in an online learning community. Some districts allow students do take online classes full-time, some allow students to take online classes part-time, and some do not allow for online learning. Students taking online courses remain enrolled in their home district and follow their district’s procedures and policies. Typically, registration is only open at certain times of the year and families must supply their own computer and internet access. 

In addition, the South Dakota Virtual School, in conjunction with the state Department of Education, offers a list of approved providers for part-time courses. Students coordinate with and register through their local district to take these online classes. Whether the student’s district will absorb the cost of the classes or will require the student to pay a fee varies by district.

Finally, keep in mind that there are paid, full-time online school options that are available to students in all 50 states, South Dakota included. Some of these are George Washington University Online High School, The Keystone School, and K12 International Academy.

 

Tennessee:

Tennessee offers multiple free, full-time online learning options for students, like Tennessee Virtual Academy and Tennessee Connections Academy

Which online options still have seats available and in what grades for 2020-2021?

As of December 2020, Tennessee Connections Academy has seats available for grades K-11. Tennessee Virtual Academy has seats available for grades K-8.

At Tennessee Connections Academy, mid-year transfer students are accepted as long as the school’s enrollment cap is not met. Tennessee Virtual Academy also accepts students mid-school year; it sets dates for different cohorts of new students to start throughout the year. 

Does the school provide technology and wifi?

Tennessee Connections Academy and Tennessee Virtual Academy do not typically provide technology and wifi, but families may be able to apply for technology based on financial need. 

 

Texas:

Texas offers several free, full-time online learning options for students, including tuition-free online schooling through the Texas Virtual School Network’s Online Schools. For the 2019-2020 school year, there were seven full-time online schools to choose from in the Texas Virtual School Network. Also, students may find part-time options through the Texas Virtual School Network.

What is the deadline to enroll in online school in Texas for 2020-2021?

The Texas Virtual School Network offers families seven different online choices, some of which have rolling deadlines. 

Which online options still have seats available and in what grades for 2020-2021?

While some choices through the Texas Virtual School Network have filled all seats, there is availability in every grade if you are flexible as to which platform you choose.

Will families be able to switch mid-school year, if needed?

Many choices through the Texas Virtual School Network allow families to transfer in mid-school year as long as spots are available. But, it is best to switch at the semester break in order to ensure credit is received. 

Does the school provide technology and wifi?

Some of the Texas Virtual School Network choices provide a laptop, while others do not. For the schools that do not, you may be able to apply for an exception based on financial hardship.

 

Utah:

All Utah students, grades K-12, can enroll full- or part-time in online courses through Utah Online School. All courses are tuition-free. Other free online learning options are also available, such as Utah Connections Academy and Utah Virtual Academy. Moreover, Utah’s My Tech High partners with public schools to offer a full-time, personalized, distance education program for students ages 5 to 18. Parents, educators, and community members can find education-related data about all public schools, including online public schools, at Utah State Board of Education’s Data Gateway.

Which online options still have seats available and in what grades for 2020-2021?

As of December 2020, Utah Virtual Academy is accepting applications for all grades 6-12, while Utah Connections Academy is accepting applications for grades K-11. Utah Online School and My Tech High are no longer accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year.

Does the school provide technology and wifi?

Families attending Utah Online School can fill out an application for a computer based on need. Families in grades K-6 at Utah Connections Academy can request one laptop and internet subsidy; families in grades 7-12 must provide their own. At Utah Virtual Academy, a family may request a computer if they qualify for free and reduced lunch. At My Tech High, a technology subsidy up to $300/year may be provided. 

 

Vermont:

While Vermont does not yet offer a free, full-time online learning option, students may be able to take part-time courses through the Vermont Virtual Learning Cooperative. A variety of factors determine whether the school or parent will pay tuition. For more information, contact your local public school.

There are also paid, full-time online options, such as George Washington University Online High School, The Keystone School, and K12 International Academy, that are available to students in any state. 

 

Virginia:

Virginia offers students the option of free, full-time online learning through Virginia Virtual Academy. For part-time classes, students in middle and high school may be able to take online classes through Virtual Virginia. Tuition is usually covered by the public or private school in which the student is enrolled, or the parents if the student is homeschooled. Find out more about Virginia Virtual Academy in Highlighting Happiness, and our interview with Head of School, Suzanne Sloan.

Which online options still have seats available and in what grades for 2020-2021?

Virginia Virtual Academy is no longer accepting applications for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Does the school provide technology and wifi?

Virginia Virtual Academy does not supply families with technology and wifi. 

 

Washington:

Washington offers several free, full-time online learning options for students, like Washington Virtual Academies and Washington Connections Academy. The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction has compiled a list of districts with online learning options, some of which may offer free courses. Additionally, students in grades 9-12 looking for extra academic support may consider the Insight School of Washington

In order for funding to follow the student, families of a child switching to online school must get a choice transfer release from their school district each year. To learn more about online learning in Washington, you can also check out the Digital Public School Alliance – WA.

Which online options still have seats available and in what grades for 2020-2021?

As of December 2020, Washington Connections Academy has seats available in grades K-8, while Washington Virtual Academies has seats available in grades K-11. The Insight School of Washington has seats available in grades 9-12 and has no caps on enrollment. 

Will families be able to switch mid-school year, if needed?

At Washington Connections Academy, mid year transfers are accepted as long as the school’s enrollment cap is not met. At Insight School of Washington, there are multiple cohort start dates for each trimester. But, if you do not start at the beginning of a semester the number of courses that can be taken are limited. At Washington Virtual Academies, students in grades K-8 can transfer in on a rolling basis until February 18, 2021. High school students must apply by January 7, 2021 to transfer in for the second semester. 

Does the school provide technology and wifi?

Washington Connections Academy does not typically provide technology and wifi, but a family may submit a technology hardship application. At the Insight School of Washington, families may request a laptop based on financial need, but internet not provided. Washington Virtual Academies does not provide technology and wifi to students. 

 

West Virginia:

West Virginia does not offer free, full-time online schools. However, the West Virginia Virtual School offers part-time online courses. Students who do not have access to courses in their home school can take online courses for free, but fees apply for summer online courses, and in some other cases. 

There are also paid, full-time online options, such as George Washington University Online High School, The Keystone School, and K12 International Academy, that are available to students in any state. 

 

Wisconsin:

In Wisconsin, students can access several free, full-time online school programs. These include Wisconsin Connections Academy and Wisconsin Virtual Academy. K12, the online education provider that powers Wisconsin Virtual Academy, also offers Destinations Career Academy of Wisconsin, a technical skills-based online school for students in grades 9-12. Additionally, Wisconsin Virtual Academy offers a program for at-risk students in grades 9-12, called Insight School of Wisconsin.

In order for funding to follow a student to online school, their family must submit an Alternative Application through the Department of Education.

For part-time classes, middle-school and high-school students in Wisconsin may be able to enroll through their local public or private school in Wisconsin Virtual School. There may be fees attached and you should connect with your school to learn more. 

What is the deadline to enroll in online school in Wisconsin for 2020-2021?

Wisconsin Connections Academy has a rolling enrollment policy. 

Since open enrollment has technically ended in Wisconsin, students interested in Wisconsin Virtual Academy, Destinations Career Academy of Wisconsin, or Insight School of Wisconsin must apply via the alternate enrollment process.

Which online options still have seats available and in what grades for 2020-2021?

As of December 2020, Wisconsin Connections Academy and Wisconsin Virtual Academy have seats available for grades K-12. Destinations Career Academy of Wisconsin and Insight School of Wisconsin have seats available for grades 9-12. 

Does the school provide technology and wifi? 

At Wisconsin Connections Academy, families in grades K-8 can receive one laptop per household and families in grades 9-12 can receive one laptop per student. At Wisconsin Virtual Academy, Destinations Career Academy of Wisconsin, and Insight Schools of Wisconsin, families are not typically provided technology and wifi. But, there may be exceptions in specific cases of financial hardship. 

 

Wyoming:

Wyoming offers several free, full-time online learning options for students, like Wyoming Virtual Academy and Wyoming Connections Academy. Additionally, paid part-time options are available through a variety of other providers.

Which online options still have seats available and in what grades for 2020-2021?

As of December 2020, Wyoming Virtual Academy has seats available for grades K-12, while Wyoming Connections Academy has seats available for grades K-10.

Both schools accept transfer students mid-year for the second semester.

Does the school provide technology and wifi?

At Wyoming Connections Academy, a laptop and internet subsidy may be requested per household. At Wyoming Virtual Academy, a computer is available to students.

 

Washington, D.C.

Whether your child wants to accelerate learning or needs a quieter environment in which to focus, you may be interested in trying virtual school. Students in Washington D.C., from kindergarten through eighth grade, can enroll full-time in Friendship Public Charter School Online, a fully online, tuition-free school. The school does not offer a part-time option, but paid part-time options may be available from other providers.

What is the deadline to enroll in online school in D.C. for 2020-2021?

Enrollment in Friendship Public Charter School Online takes place through the My School DC Public School Lottery. The application deadline has passed, but you may be able to submit a mid-year application. If you are matched or if a seat is available, you will receive email confirmations from both My School DC and a Friendship Public Charter School Online representative. 

Which online options still have seats available and in what grades for 2020-2021?

Since enrollment is facilitated by My School DC Public School Lottery, families must apply to the lottery to see whether they can access a seat at Friendship Public Charter School Online. Parents can also call 202-729-8287 with enrollment inquiries. 

Does the school provide technology and wifi?

At Friendship Public Charter School Online, an enrollment consultant will work with you to address technological and computer needs. 

 

Shareable Facts about Online School

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Sources: The School Choice Roadmap, by Andrew Campanella; Snapshot 2020, by the Digital Learning Collaborative.

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Myths about Online School

Because online school programs aren’t as well-known as traditional school programs, there are some common misconceptions about them. For instance, here are two myths about K-12 online schools, along with answers from online school experts.

 

Myth 1: Online school would make it too hard for my child to have friends.

Suzanne Sloan, head of school at Virginia Virtual Academy (VAVA) shared a perspective on this. “One of the myths of virtual learning is that students are at home learning and they don’t get a chance to socialize and they don’t get a chance to be with other people,” she said. “Our families will tell you that it is the polar opposite. Because they have the ability to be flexible with their scheduling, they actually have more opportunities to be with other students. One of the ways they do this is through service projects, which help their individual communities.” 

 

Myth 2: Online school is less academically rigorous than traditional schooling.

We talked with another online school leader who had this to share about the rigor of online learning: “Our coursework is very challenging,” says Bryan Klochack, Principal at Michigan Connections Academy. “When we provide surveys to our parents about their happiness with our curriculum and whether it’s more or less challenging than their previous experience, it’s well into the high percentage of numbers that [say] it’s more challenging.”

He continued, “One of the things that we continue to fight over the years is that when you take a course online, people think of it as a credit recovery course that is not very challenging. As a full-time virtual option, that’s not who we are. We’re not a credit recovery program. We award diplomas. We’re expected to meet the same expectations every traditional brick and mortar district has for students to earn credits and their diploma, so it is very challenging, it is rigorous.”

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Stories from Online School

If you’d like to hear more firsthand advice about online school, check out these interviews and stories from our archives: 

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Why one family tried online school and hasn’t stopped yet

 

 

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At this online school, each student designs a volunteer project

 

 

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At this blended model school, students get prom AND online classes 

 

 

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Here’s what you should consider before switching to online school 

 

 

 

The information in this guide to online school is designed to help families who are considering online schooling in their decision-making process. Our mission is to provide families with the information they need about all the school options available – traditional public, public charter, public magnet, private, online, and at home – so they can choose the right fit for their child. Read more guides about choosing other types of schools.

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