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Online school ratings are a mixed bag. "Typical" online students fall into a few different categories, and they don't always make for great test scores. Often online schools attract students with special needs, and they don't test well. And they attract kids who may not be self-motivated enough to do it on their own.
If you have a school or two in mind, go visit their center. Ask to speak to the teachers and satisfied parents. Also ask to speak to parents of kids with medical issues--and even ask to speak to the parents of gifted students. They're often there to get ahead, so their motivation is different.
My son uses Christa McCauliffe School of Arts and Sciences (CMSAS). It is a private online school out of Oregon. We have been very happy with teachers and course selection. Also, if your student has medical issues and you can get a doctor to sign a letter, your local school system has to offer you options. It's the law. Here is the link for CMSAS. I have years of experience with medical issues with kids and schools if you need further help. Good luck! http://www.personalizededucation.org/schools/sas/77035
My daughter currently attends K12, in our state it is called Arizona Virtual Academy. They have schools in most states and it is free, because it is a part of the public school sysytem. We love this school and cannot say enough about it. We have been in it for 3 years and my daughter begs to never have to return to a regular school again.77111
My kids attend AZVA and we are very pleased with the curriculum, teacher's support and the whole experience. AZVA provides us with so many resources, like study island, skills tutor and more on the top of the so enriching k12 curriculum. 77116
My son is in his second year as a full time Broward Virtual School student in Florida after taking a course each year for the preceeding 2 years. Broward Virtual is a franchisee, and therefore a part of, Florida Virtual School which is available even outside of the country. I believe FLVS is also contracted by some states to provide their states' virtual school. The school(s) is wonderful. If you take the time to talk to the teachers and administrators about what you need and want, and what they in turn need from you, your child can have an incredible, individualized experience at his or her own speed. Their substantive course material is excellent as well. We have outliers. From gifted, to athletes who need more time to train, to actors and musicians, we have a very interesting mix of students and incredible teachers and administration. Don't worry about test scores here, but they are pretty good anyway. You will get what you put into this program. But it is excellent, so your child's experience can be as well.77148
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