August 06, 2003
My daughter's experience with this school was horrible. I wasn't able to be as involved in this program as needed, it's not a school that works without the parent's involvement. The other problem with the school is most of the courses they put my daughter in were supposed to be high school level, however, they weren't - they used the same books she used in Jr High. Also the used the same novel for 3 of her English classes, this doesn't make much sense, it would lead to boredom and laziness, teaching the same plot, characters, etc... over and over and over... Also, the teachers were late often, sometimes never showed up, no substitutes were arranged, very poorly ran school. One other problem was some of the teachers spoke English poorly or had such thick accents that it was very hard to tell what they were saying. I overheard one of my daughter's teachers several times and I was shocked at how poorly she communicated. I had no idea what she was saying! The school should understand that sending voice over the internet degrades it a bit and that if the voice isn't clear to begin with - it's definitely not going to be clear at the student's computer. I can see how it might be a good school if the student had a really good computer, good ISP, stay at home parent with no other children to watch who could stay in the room and make sure the kid was actually paying attention, a lot of self control, etc... and was a total overall great student. However, they offer this program to kids who have proven they have problems with school and NEED to have more school involvement and don't warn the parents what could happen. Also, since there is no day to day interaction with real people, kids miss out on a lot of things real high schools have, like dances, football games, friends, real Physical Education (my daughter's PE involved signing a form saying she had done some type of activity, she then signed her name and then mine (found this out later to - I would only sign if she did the exercise, she didn't do it)). This school is only good for very mature kids who work well by themselves. It was a horrible experience for my daughter and the rest of the family. My daughter is now behind 2 years in school, she started out only 1 year behind. I think the school needs to work a lot on becoming more organized, hire better teachers and come up with a better way to contact parents when there are problems.
- submitted by a parent