It’s Not What You Think It Is {Online Schooling Revealed}

As an educator at a Baton Rouge online school, I have encountered several myths surrounding our school setting. We are advocates for children and their families, and I thought these few facts may be helpful for those with questions or possible interest.

Online school is homeschool. FALSE.

Online school is school at home or commonly called “home study.” We are not a home school program nor do we follow homeschool guidelines.

Online schools are public charter schools. TRUE.

We are a charter school. We are a public school just like any brick and mortar school. We are not allowed to be selective in our admissions and are regulated by the state department of education

We won’t have to take standardized test. FALSE.

All of our students are required to taken proctored standardized tests throughout the year. This includes the LEAP test. Our students are required to appear in person at a site near their home for the end of year testing session.

Our teachers do not have to be certified. FALSE.

At our school specifically, all teachers must be certified and highly qualified. We also are now requiring masters degrees and providing tuition assistance for current teacher whom do not have masters.

Online school is easier than brick and mortar. FALSE.

Online school is very rigorous. In fact, online schools instruct a curriculum cover to cover versus in brick and mortar school, teachers rarely hit each lesson in a book due to loss of instructional minutes.

Online school lack social opportunities. FALSE.

Online schools host field trips weekly. At our school there are field trips all over the state every week. Teachers travel several miles to be in attendance and students interact with kids in their region as well as those that travel from other places based on interest. Students are also encouraged to engage in their local district sports. As public school we can allow our students to participate in their area schools sports team. (This is completely legal and encouraged!)

Could online school be a fit for your family now that you’ve seen these facts?

Well that’s for you and yours to decide. I will say that I love our environment for several reasons! It has given me an opportunity to be innovative as an educator and meet my students needs in ways I never could in the brick mortar class. This is not to say teaching in this setting doesn’t come with its own set of challenges; it certainly has. With every year, though, I see the good outweigh the bad.

I hope this read will help you make informed decisions and bring better understanding for our community about online education.

Strong willed and determined since a little girl, this mom of three, wife, worship leader, writer, and career woman, believes dreams come true if you do the work. Nikyla hails from St. Louis, Mo, the “show me” state. She is a graduate of Louisiana State University and Southern University. She is a certified teacher and currently teaches at Louisiana Connections Academy. Her time out of the office is filled with family, friends and faith. She adores her three children Kyre, K’mya, and Kris and has been married to her childhood sweet heart Remiah Trask for fourteen years. Nikyla is currently a worship leader at Anchor Chapel in Baton Rouge. She has always been passionate about the things she sets her mind to. Her story of victory over severe anxiety disorder, after her third child, is truly one you must hear to believe. It will transform the way you view people with mental illness and even the way you view yourself. She is the founder of the mental health campaign entitled Be Brave. Writing has become a form of therapy for her, and the stories she shares are always honest, heartfelt, and transparent. Read more of Nikyla’s Brave Blogs here.

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