Q&A: How Long Is a Typical Online School Day?

Answer: The time spent educating your child in an online program is completely dependent on the age of your child. Elementary-aged children do have several hours of their week consumed by other activities such as lunch, specials (music, PE, library, computers), assemblies, recess, and field trips. Within a typical six-hour school day at a traditional school setting, a child is in his or her classroom for a total of about four and a half hours per day. You should expect to have your child working on online class assignments for an average of three to five hours per day, but also keep in mind that your son will require scheduled breaks in order to keep working at his best potential.

In many cities, there are groups of parents with home schooled and online-schooled students who meet on a regular basis. These groups could provide your child with opportunities for social interaction, particularly with other children who are completing courses online. Some groups may even meet occasionally to go on field trips together (which provides wonderful educational experiences for your child in addition to the online courses) or participate in other activities such as art, music, and foreign language classes. While your typical school day may be shorter while completing classes online, it is important to leave time to schedule other activities for your child, so that he or she can receive an even more well-rounded education.

Christi WilsonChristi Wilson is a credentialed teacher of highly-gifted students in Northern Nevada. She has 11 years of classroom teaching experience, a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, a master’s degree in education leadership, and has even taught K-12 education online. A mother of three busy boys, she knows how important it is to keep students engaged in the classroom and interested in a lifetime of learning.