Connections Academy and K12 offer a wide range of elementary, middle and high school level courses online. State-specific schools, such as Indiana Virtual Charter School or Florida Virtual Academies, are popular choices in their respected regions.
Some state-specific schools, such as Florida Virtual Academies, allow students to participate in extracurricular activities within their local school districts. An online community supports the students as they try and work through the system. Schools like these that also feature the award-winning K12 curriculum are a popular choice.
A number of regionally accredited online schools are available. K12, for example, has multiple state-certified schools within its network, according to its website. For younger children, parents are expected to work closely with the online learning coaches to develop a practical lesson plan. This is true for private, public, charter and university-associated online schools.
Some states offer online public school programs, according to distance learning expert Jamie Littlefield of About Education. Many virtual schools offer full online programs to earn diplomas rather than a limited number of courses. Depending on the state, some of these virtual classes may be tuition-free. The most popular online schools offer diplomas that meet all of the state requirements upon completion.