Based in Oregon, Linda needed to find a better school for her daughter. Public school left her daughter feeling depressed and beaten down and she knew there just had to be a better option. But like many parents interested in online school, Linda didn't know (yet) just how to make the transfer from public school to private online school. She shares her story and a few tips this week for you.
Public school wasn't working for my daughter. Depression, sickness, missing more school than she was attending all because of the stress of public school – these reasons were what started my search for better schooling options for my daughter.
At public school, she stayed up until 2 am to complete homework. Yes, she still got A's, but they were hard won.
Perhaps my story isn't so different from your own. I don’t know your circumstance; maybe your child was or is being bullied in public school, maybe they need a flexible schedule due to a tight demands of acting auditions, or a grueling practice schedule due to their sports goals.
Regardless, I'd like to share a few tips I learned when transitioning my daughter to CMASAS. Please consider passing these on to someone you know who could benefit from my message.
1. Be Mindful of Education Laws
Many states require that children be compelled to attend some form of schooling from age 6 to age 18. Each state is different, but you can find out the procedure through your public school, or school you are withdrawing your child from.
2. Send a Withdrawal Notice to Your Child's School
In Oregon, I had to sign papers that my daughter was attending CMASAS. I also shared the enrollment documents and gave them the paperwork for the transcripts. Other states may also require proof of attendance in a private or satellite school program, but either way, you still need to give the child's current school a heads-up.
3. Take Your Time Talking to The Online School You Choose
When I started looking for new school options for my daughter, I wanted my daughter to attend a school where the school founders, the teachers, and all the staff care deeply about transforming education. I wanted to connect with the school on a human-centered level. This is school we're talking about here and my daughter's future – not just a business – so I wanted to make sure the school I chose took the time to talk to me, hear my story, and then offer suggestions for how to best take care of my daughter's school needs
What about you? If you've enrolled your child in online schooling, what other tips do you have for their parents to help make a smooth transition?