Posted by ICON School on Feb 12, 2020 1:56:00 PM

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Are you considering using the power of online learning for your high school education? As the internet becomes more prevalent, accessible, and mainstream, online school has continued to grow, and today there are online options for nearly every kind of student and designed for every level of education.

For many students, learning online is actually better than a brick-and-mortar school; it can even provide opportunities that would never be available through traditional schooling methods. The perks of this type of schooling includes flexibility based on your learning style and lifestyle, a comfortable space to work in, and the ability to gain additional skills that will be useful beyond the classroom. Let's look at five of the many benefits of online learning. 

The Advantages of Learning Online

Online high school has benefits that can't be achieved through traditional means, and for some students, it's the best possible option. Here's why.

1. Learn According to Your Learning Style

Online learning is directed by you, the student, and easily tailored to exactly your style of learning. For some students, the classroom is actually a barrier to learning, whether it's because you'd rather read the book on your own or because you can't attend during normal hours. There are many reasons why traditional learning models may not fit particular students, and online education can provide the flexibility to overcome these challenges.

2. Use Flexibility to Your Advantage

Online education provides an unparalleled flexibility that allows for a customized experience. With self-directed learning and no mandatory live classes, you can play to your strengths. Are you a night owl who wants to start your "school day" at 11 PM? Maybe you'll log on and communicate with your teacher during your lunch break at work and complete homework from a coffee shop. Whatever you need or want to do, online high school education can follow you.

3. Enjoy a Comfortable Environment

For some students, a traditional school can be incredibly uncomfortable, sparking social anxiety, behavioral problems, and mental health issues. Why not remove the barriers and keep the educational content with online classes? Stay home and get comfortable while achieving your educational goals.

4. Choose Enrollment Options for Your Lifestyle

Maybe you only need one class per semester to supplement your live classes in a brick-and-mortar school. Maybe you'd like to work on your high school diploma over the summer. Perhaps you have more trouble with math and need to dedicate extra time to that subject for a bit. Wherever you are on your path to graduation, online learning can help you get to the finish line. Even as a self-directed student, you never have to go it alone. An advisor will make sure you are working at the right pace for your goals. 

5. Get Useful Skills for the Future

If you're considering college as a next step after you complete your high school education, online learning can set you up for success. Many universities offer fully online degrees, and even if you choose to attend classes in a brick-and-mortar setting, you'll have learned early on how to stay focused and motivated on your own. Online courses can also teach you valuable job skills such as how to navigate software, communicate over multiple platforms, and work without direct oversight.

What Makes Online School with ICON Unique?

Flexibility

We pride ourselves on the flexibility and ease we can offer students, parents or guardians, or even educators who are looking for solutions for their in-patient or government facilities. You don't have to worry about scheduling conflicts or class availability if you choose to take courses through ICON's online high school. You can easily access the courses you need when you need them with our 24/7 access and one-on-one support.

There was a time not so long ago when it was a dig to suggest someone went to school online. It was a way of questioning the legitimacy of someone’s education during a time when the internet was considered by some a fad and there wasn’t much infrastructure around online schooling. However, online schooling is quickly becoming the solution that so many students need, especially when it comes down to the need for flexibility.

An Alternative Approach That Empowers Students

At ICON, there is no "one-size-fits-all" approach and each child has the opportunity to thrive in an online environment that fits their unique needs. Maybe your student needs to be dual-enrolled instead of having full-time enrollment; maybe your student wants to get ahead and graduate early with Advanced Opportunities, or your student is in need of specialized education options like IEP. We can provide all of that, and the best part is- it's free!

We also provide every student with everything they need, including coursework materials and a free laptop rental for any student that doesn't have access to a computer. This empowers students to delve into their coursework and get the academic experience that fits their needs.

Simplified Time Management

Everyone knows that time management can be difficult, especially when a child is learning from a virtual academy. However, ICON simplifies everything for you and what works for your schedule:

  • It provides you with the ability to choose which courses and how many to take
  • "Attendance" isn't a thing with online school, so you save yourself time by not having to drive anywhere for an education 
  • You can fit in coursework when it makes sense
  • We provide resources to help you stay on track

Conclusion

While there are many different benefits that students can see individually, the nature of online learning means components like flexibility and the comfort of working at home offer a range of perks for high school students. Any student seeking flexible enrollment, time management, learning options, and time to complete high school will benefit from online school.

For many students, online education is a fantastic option that removes barriers and helps you achieve your goals. See all the different students we serve or click the link below if you're ready to jump right in. 

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