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Which Online High School Is Right for You?

online high schoolsMany students are finding that regionally accredited online high schools offer an intriguing alternative to traditional high school. So which type of online high school is right for you?

Public online high schools
Much like public campus high schools, public online high schools are federally funded. But public online high schools are not available in all states.

Pros:
* Free for in-state students
* Curriculum, computer, and Internet fees may be covered
* Open enrollment policies

Cons:
x Limited access to extracurricular activities
x Strict curriculum and schedules; little flexibility
x ome do not offer full diploma programs

Ideal candidates:
Students who are motivated to complete their high school education independently and who aren't seeking special services may be best-suited to public online high schools.

Online charter high schools
Online charter high schools are federally funded, but they are run independently and are subject to less government oversight than public online high schools.

Pros:
* Free for in-district students
* Curriculum, computer, and Internet fees may be covered
* Open enrollment policies
* Specific subject focus may be offered

Cons:
x Open to students in specific school districts only
x Potential instability; may be closed by the state
 
Ideal candidates:

The unique, flexible education afforded by online charter high schools may be best-suited to specific populations such as homeschoolers or teens who need to catch up on their credits.

Private online high schools
Most private online high schools are for-profit schools, with costs ranging from about $1,300 to $16,000 per year. 

Pros:
* No state-mandated curriculum; more creative course offerings
* Special services: college admissions counseling, accelerated schedules, summer travel experiences, gifted programs, programs for the academically challenged
* One-on-one access to teachers, tutors, and counselors
 
Cons:
x Expensive (tuition, curriculum costs, graduation fees, etc.)
x Teachers are not always credentialed
x Potentially rigorous admission requirements
 
Ideal candidates:
Students who have specific interests such as technology or religion and who flourish with individual attention may be best-suited to private online high schools.

University-affiliated online high schools
University-affiliated online high schools offer nationwide programs that cost between $2,000 and $13,000 per year.
 
Pros:
* Opportunity to earn college credits while in high school
* Reputation for high-quality education
 
Cons:
x Expensive (tuition, curriculum costs, graduation fees, etc.)
x Potentially rigorous admission requirements (essays, interviews, test scores, recommendation letters, etc.)
 
Ideal candidates:
Highly motivated college-bound students may benefit most from the rigor and reputation of university-affiliated online high schools.


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