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How does online education go beyond traditional school courses?

Online High School WisconsinIn recent years, online education has expanded greatly in popularity. Kids across the United States are steadily gaining access to online classes to supplement or replace their traditional school setting. Adopters are finding the benefits of online classes help adapt education to whatever situation their student is in. A student might have health issues that make attending a traditional school difficult, are musically or athletically inclined and want to focus more on that specific talent or their family moves frequently and it's hard to switch between school settings often.

What is eAchieve and how can it help your child?

eAchieve Academy, Wisconsin's leading online elementary school, middle school and high school, is an online school that serves students in grades K-12. An independent, tuition-free virtual charter school operated by the School District of Waukesha, eAchieve Academy features a flexible, individualized approach to online learning. Its foundation is a rigorous, engaging online curriculum with extraordinary support from experienced, Wisconsin-certified teachers. Plus, eAchieve Academy is the only virtual charter school in the country to be included on a national news magazine’s list of the top high schools in America.

The current public school system in the US dates back to the 19th century. It wasn't designed to scale the way it has. eAchieve knows this. That's why we strive to change the way education works by bringing it online, which is a much better option for many young students. 

Traditional schools have great teachers and support networks, but they also have limitations.

For one, the regimented schedule is not for everyone. Online schools are more flexible, while still offering an amazing academic base. The academic offerings in online schools such as eAchieve Academy are advancing so rapidly that there is a rising notion that online schools give children more opportunities than traditional schools.

By adapting education to meet the student, parents are better able to ensure that their child is getting a personalized learning experience. If they think their child should be learning more STEM subjects, they can emphasize those. If they think their education would best be rounded out by incorporating non-academic skills - building, cooking, cleaning or other practical areas - parents can fold them into their school work schedule.

How can online school evolve your child's education better than a traditional school?

Like traditional schools, eAchieve Academy focuses on giving students a strong academic base. We’ve seen the results: our students score higher on their ACT college admission test than students attending other online high schools in Wisconsin.

eAchieve Academy also fosters critical skills needed to succeed in college, work and life. Our online program can be taken at each student's own pace, which teaches them lifelong self-motivation, time management, independent thinking, problem solving and technology skills.

These skills will be imperative in the world moving forward, as much of the world is shifting to online services. Every day, more colleges are integrating online classes into their standard degree plans. More companies are also offering the option of telecommuting as their workload goes digital. And, it is easier than ever for people to freelance completely online, allowing them the ability to control their own professional path.

Students who learn this environment early on will be better prepared for the changing digital landscape.

Who else has gotten on board with online education?

The biggest shift in online education has probably come at the college level. Many schools offer online classes as a convenience option for traditional students, but recently there has been a rise in degree plans that are completely online. A big shake up came in 2014 when Georgia Tech entered the space, offering an online Master of Science in Computer Science for only about $7,000. Needless to say, they were flooded with applications and the program has been successful. Other leaders at the college level are Michigan State, Indiana University and Arizona State.

Beyond standard university degree plans, there are many companies and universities that now offer educational opportunities for those looking to supplement their education or just learn a new skill.

  • Coursera: Coursera is an educational company that offers free online courses. How does it work? Coursera provides universal access to the world's best education by partnering with top universities and organizations to offer courses entirely online. Each course is like an interactive textbook, featuring pre-recorded videos, quizzes and projects.
  • MIT Online: Massachusetts Institute of Technology was one of the first institutions to recognize the value of putting classes online and they are dedicated to advancing knowledge and educating students in science and technology. Interested students can visit their website to browse free online courses in a variety of subjects. Many of these courses have video lectures archived from actual MIT classes.
  • Codecademy: Codecademy is an education company committed to building the best learning experience for students everywhere. The staff at Codecademy believes that the best place to learn, teach and create is online. They spend their time rethinking education from the bottom up, knowing that the Internet has rethought nearly everything -- commerce, social networking, healthcare and more. That's why they're building the first truly net native education and why they take their cues from Facebook and Zynga -- instead of the traditional classroom -- as they create an engaging online educational experience. They’ve helped push online education forward.

Online education: Welcome to the future

In today's digital age, it's hard to miss the fact that everything is online. And with traditional classrooms getting more outdated by the day, outside resources to help evolve a child's education are growing exponentially. As you explore online education for your child, keep in mind that there are countless educational opportunities -- offered solely online -- that can help mold your child far beyond the offerings of a traditional school.

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