Posted by Vickie McCullough on Dec 21, 2017 1:55:24 PM
Winter break is quickly approaching, and not long after students return to school from break, the first semester for most Idaho schools will come to an end. This is a natural time for families to consider transferring their child to a new school. Whether because of a move, economic circumstances, or to find a better educational fit for the child, it’s not uncommon to see a mid-year switch.
If you’ve been noticing that your child is struggling in their brick-and-mortar school, the holiday break is a perfect time to consider transitioning them to a free Idaho online school for the New Year. Many students thrive in a customizable, online education environment. Online learning is an ideal choice for many different kinds of students, whether they’re gifted and bored in a traditional atmosphere, dealing with bullying or social issues at school, or falling behind in large classrooms without enough one-on-one support. A free online public education option could be the perfect solution for your student, and now could be the right time to make the switch.
A Mid-Year Transfer to Online Public School
Traditional brick-and-mortar schools aren’t always the environment most conducive to learning for every student. Some children find they need more assistance and aren’t getting the tailored help they need in a public school. Others deal with behavioral issues and can benefit from a safer learning environment. Still, others are gifted and find their classes unchallenging—even resulting in poor grades as they react to their boredom.
Online public education through Idaho Connects Online School can meet each of these unique challenges with the freedom of a flexible schedule, free tuition, and even a loaned laptop (entirely free!). Students can continue their middle school and high school education while tailoring their agenda and creating a program around their learning styles and needs. Whatever the reason for the transfer, ICON can help meet every student’s unique needs and keep their education going strong, even during times of transition.
Tips for a Smooth Transition
If you’re considering a mid-year transfer to an Idaho online school, here are a few ways to help ensure a smooth transition.
- Do your research: Call ahead and discuss your options with school officials, and do your homework to know the ins and outs of your student’s new school. There should be no last-minute surprises if you ask all your questions ahead of time.
- Start the paperwork early: There are plenty of forms and documents you’ll need to complete the transfer: transcripts, immunization records, and more. Start the paperwork as soon as you can, to get everything out of the way in time.
- Get your student involved: If possible, get your child’s input. Although the ultimate decision to enroll them in an online public school is your call, letting them select things such as a new desk to work from could help them take ownership.
For more information about a mid-year switch and to inquire about starting the new semester with ICON, contact us. We can help you decide whether our Idaho online school is right for your student and assist you in the enrollment process.
Written by Vickie McCullough
Vickie McCullough is the Head of School at ICON - Idaho Connects Online School, serving 6-12 grade students throughout the state of Idaho.