Some online schools for eighth grade students in Pennsylvania are the School District of Philadelphia Academy (PVA), the Pennsylvania Virtual Charter School, the Agora Cyber Charter School and the Bald Eagle Area Cyber Academy. Families should keep in mind that some of the online schools may only serve select areas in the state.
While online learning might not work for every student, there are some benefits associated with a virtual classroom. Students enjoy more individualized attention from teachers than many of those in public schools. There is an open environment for discussions on the classroom discussion boards, and students can learn at their own pace. Pennsylvania offers many options when it comes to online schools for eighth graders. Most are free, but others might have tuition or other costs associated with them. For example, a computer with high-speed Internet access is a necessity to access the online courses. Students may also be required to have a webcam or install an application like Skype for face-to-face contact. The entrance requirements may differ as well, so it is best to contact the school directly with any questions prior to applying.
Some virtual schools for eighth graders in Pennsylvania are:
- Bangor Area School District Cyber School
- Berks Online Learning
- Boyertown Area School District
- Ephrata Virtual Academy
- K12 International Academy
- Mifflin County School District
- Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit
- Southeast Delco School District