When you take the leap and enroll your child in an online high school program, you’re helping your child become an independent, confident thinker. That’s a great quality to gift them and will set them apart from their peers, but if your child struggles with their newfound independence, you can still work with them to develop this important skill. As a provider of online education for decades now, Excel High School has some experience working with families to help their children learn and practice independence.
Every day, Excel High School’s Academic Success Coaches have reason to celebrate because each day they work with their students to make sure they’re making progress and getting the most out of their program. Our Coaches and students get to know each other and find out what makes each student successful, learning and growing as EHS students. Some of the best advice comes from this relationship between our staff and students, so here are some important tips to help you succeed as an online student at EHS.
Remember when the most crucial decision you had to make was what type of brick to build Steve’s house out of in Minecraft? Or when the toughest situation you found yourself in was helping Link solve puzzles on the way to the next boss battle? Since you were a kid, you’ve been making decisions left and right. Some decisions felt crucial (and really weren’t) while other decisions didn’t feel like a big deal (and turned out to be important).
Online students experience many benefits that their in-person counterparts don’t have the option for. From flexible schedules to focusing on just a few courses at a time, online students have the chance to tailor their academic lives to match their personal lives. In order to reap the benefits of online learning, students also need to master a few essential skills. Not only will these skills help your academic life as an online student, but they will transfer over into whatever you do after high school as well.
Middle school is a time of an awful lot of change for your student. When your child is in middle school, they’re experiencing rapid brain development. The realms of social emotional learning become a major priority for your middle schooler’s brain, and you enter into a period where teaching them how to practice empathy increases in importance.
Teens need a lot of time socializing in order to develop as an individual and have strong sense of well-being. If your teen is an online student, making sure your student continues to socialize with others is something you’ll want to keep an eye on. In fact, your teen’s academic achievement could be tied to whether or not you help them maintain social connections while studying online.
From keeping track of appointments and records to the looping worries in your brain, if your child is experiencing a chronic illness, you’ve got a lot on your shoulders. With enrollment in online schooling, you can wipe one of those worries away. Online schools provide an opportunity for your chronically ill student to continue working on their academics with increased flexibility and an extended schedule that accommodates their special circumstances.
One of the advantages of being an Excel High School student is the large variety of electives you get to choose from. Because we aren’t hindered by a complicated room schedule or the geographical location of our instructors, our elective selection includes plenty of interesting courses that offer real life skills or technical training. If you want to learn some practical life skills, we’ve got you covered, and if you want to explore some potential career choices, we’ve got lots of options for you there, too. From coding to Federal Aviation Administration Ground school, there is bound to be something you’ll find either practical or interesting…or both!
In a world where access to technology is a part of daily learning, students who don’t have access to the internet or the devices they need to access online lessons or assignments experience a digital gap dividing them from the equal opportunities afforded their peers. This gap has come to be known as “the digital divide.” Hardware such as mobile devices, televisions,. PCs, laptops, tablets, or access to the internet all either connect your student to the world of learning or separate them from it.
In spring of 2021, a year after the pandemic affected schooling in the U.S., NWEA (Northwest Evaluation Association) used data from 8 million students and found that reading scores had fallen 3 to 6 percentile points and math scores had fallen 8-12 points. NWEA is a non-profit organization that creates testing and then uses the data from that testing to provide insight to districts, teachers, and other stakeholders so that they can better understand their student’s areas of growth and decline.