Online Elementary School Options and Types

Different Online Elementary Schools Types


Elementary school is as nerve-racking for parents as it is exciting and fresh for kids. All parts of the family are exposed to new experiences, successes and sources of frustration. And while there are elements of liberation - children immersing themselves in formal study for the first time; parents gaining a new level separation - it is still understandable (and healthy) to want to control many elements of your student's education. Enter online elementary schools, with their full curriculum that can be completed from the comfort and safety of your own homes.

Online Public Elementary Schools

It shouldn't come as a surprise that the biggest attraction of public school is that it's tuition-free. This is holds true when it comes to learning online. An added benefit is that online public schools are generally staffed by state-certified teachers, thereby ensuring the credentials of the instructors.

The drawbacks of online public elementary schools do not differ much from the drawbacks of traditional, brick-and-mortar schools. The curriculum is relatively set, with little room for adaptation to serve the unique interests of the class. The methods are true and tests (yes, even in the short amount of time since the innovation of elearning), and teachers will shoot for results, rather than the goal of creating life-long learners.

Online Private Elementary Schools

This is an excellent option if you have a self-starting student and the financial means to accommodate his or her personalized learning. In private online classrooms, teachers are free to alter lesson plans on the fly and really home in on what students need to know to master important building blocks of knowledge. Lessons can speed up or slow down, depending on the small class's level of understanding at any given time.

Nevertheless, online private elementary schools can cost up to $15,000 annually. Obviously, this cost is infinitely more than the cost of public schools, but it is still less expensive than most traditional private schools while still providing all the benefits of learning from home.

It's also important to note that homeschooling differs greatly from online private school. The biggest difference (outside the price) is that when you make the decision to home school your children you're also taking on the great responsibility of creating their education plans. Yes there are hundreds of resources available to help you home school your student but at the end of the day you're the one responsible for the curriculum. Online programs come with the lesson plans baked in; you need "only" to monitor homework, exams and progress.

Charter Schools

This is the best deal in town (literally) for a self-starting student who wants to learn from home. More and more states are putting aside resources to educate their strongest students together, online. Students are given a fair amount of autonomy within a structured system to learn and explore. Teachers at online charter elementary schools are also usually top-notch, able to take time to home in on any specific topic.

Charter schools are traditionally tuition-free, and sometimes even cover the cost of computer and internet expenses. The biggest challenge, it seems, is getting your child accepted in the first place.

The continued growth of online elementary schools is inevitable with the spread of high-speed internet connections and years' worth of settled knowledge about how to best leverage web technologies to fundamentally improve the way we learn. For now, the option remains an extremely good one for strong, self-selecting students for whom learning at home is preferable. The options are numerous, and you should have no problem finding a situation that works for your family.