Cyber Charter Schools: Public School at Home? (page 2)

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Updated on Jan 2, 2011

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Since cyber charters are public schools, they can't turn kids away. That means they're used to serving all kinds of children. "We believe that every student can be successful in this program," Arkin says. "But in some cases, it's more of a challenge." Virtual education isn't going to work unless the student, parent or both is committed to making it work, he says. Georgia Cyber refers to "learning coaches," which are usually students' parents but could also be grandparents or guardians. Because virtual education is so individualized, Arkin says, it works best when a child's learning coach takes an active role. And the nature of virtual schools means students must be able to motivate themselves and work independently.

Even though students take their classes online, PA Cyber interviews all prospective students and parents in person, Petro says. The point of these interviews is to help parents determine whether the cyber charter school is the right choice for their children. If a child has attendance problems at a brick-and-mortar school or comes to the interview hating the idea of online education, a virtual school is probably not the best idea. With thousands of students taking classes online, Kwitowski says it's easy for parents and students to find other families using cyber charters. Meet-and-greets take place online and in person. "These are ultimately schools of choice," Kwitowski says.  

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