Rory is a math whiz who enjoys helping his friends complete difficult equations on their homework assignments. His sharp thinking and happy-go-lucky nature also helps him in his role as a young swimmer. Since he takes his sportsmanship seriously and trains everyday, Rory's parents decided to enroll him in an online high school that will focus on his personalized education as he completes the rest of his studies.
High school is a tumultuous time. Everything seems to be in flux all of the time. It's a time of rapid growth, both physically and emotionally, and for some, it is a time of great stress as they try to decide just what they want to do with their life.
Imagine graduating from high school, yet still struggling to read well. That may seem like an impossible scenario, yet literacy continues to be a problem for on-site and online high school students alike. Dr. Terry Salinger is an educational expert who serves in multiple roles as the Senior Advisor to the National High School Center, as well as the Managing Director and Chief Scientist for Reading at the American Institutes for Research. Her research and statistics from the National Adult Literacy Survey showed that over the past 15 years, over 15 million high school students have graduated barely proficient in reading at the fifth grade level. Another statistic revealed that 19 percent of high school dropout students "are only able to perform at basic or below-basic levels..."
Karen is entering her junior year in online high school at CMA-SAS. Besides being a budding violinist with aspirations of joining the symphony one day, she also wants to be a professional song writer. Her parents support her career decision and encouraged her to double her workload by taking several AP advanced courses during her first two years of high school in order to develop her analytical and writing skills. She's also joined a local poet's society and sought the help of an after-school writing tutor to help her polish her essay-writing and grammatical style. Although her schedule is extremely demanding, Karen never doubts that she'll have to work hard and sacrifice in order to get the life she wants after graduation.
We have all heard the adage, 'Do what you love and you will never have to work a day in your life'. While many may argue the validity of this statement, no one could argue the sentiment. The path to a fulfilling and happy life may well be to follow your passion The problem lies in finding out just what your passion is.
Shane was in his first year of high school and his mother watched her normally easy-going son become more and more depressed. While he was capable of getting high grades, his first quarter grades saw him failing almost every class and those he did pass, he just squeaked by. When he came home each day, he went straight to his room. She had figured he was simply getting used to the added workload of being in high school, but his grades didn't indicate he'd been working at all.
The traditional high school classroom can hold many students back. With one teacher presenting material to a large group on a set schedule, the pace is rarely right for anyone. The brightest or most prepared students in the room lose interest quickly; those who encounter obstacles may be left behind and have great difficulty catching up. Time is wasted, and many—if not most—students are bored. Fortunately, there is an alternative: online high school may offer a solution to each of those problems, along with other perks that may not have occurred to most parents.
Meet Jared and Jill. The two leisurely wake up on a Monday morning around 8:30. No, it's not a holiday. They attend high school online.
Don't underestimate the positive influence that online high schools can have on today's youth. With state-of-the-art systems and qualified teachers, students can still enjoy participating in the activities they love while working to become tomorrow's leaders.
Carol is a gifted gymnast who's starting her junior year in online high school soon. Although a little nervous about the rising academic pressures, her hopes of graduating as soon as possible to pursue her career in gymnastics full time outweigh her graduating early jitters. She and her mother decided to consult with several staff members from CMA-SAS online school to discuss the possibilities of an early graduation so Carol can prepare for one of the biggest competitions in her budding career. Fortunately, her exceptional academic performance and good report with her former instructors has increased Carol's chances of getting her diploma sooner than she may think.