Learning Option Comparison

Online Courses and Online School Programs

As you make decisions about online learning, we invite you to learn more about the differences and similarities of online courses and online school programs.

Similarities

Both options provide:
Web-based instruction that may not be offered in the local school or district
Courses taught by online teachers who are highly-qualified and certificated
A one-on-one relationship between teacher and student
A range of courses to meet student needs, from credit retrieval to Advanced Placement
Tremendous flexibility around when and how students work on courses

Differences

Online Courses Online School Programs
Flexible solution Comprehensive solution
Student remains enrolled in current school Student enrolls directly into the web-based program; may involve transfer from local district
Pick and choose individual classes Full-time or part-time sequential program
Course fees apply for each enrollment; may be paid by the district through Basic Education funds Fees paid by the state through Basic Education funds
Depending on the student's enrollment status and district policies, student either registers directly into the course or through the local school Student registers directly into the program
Student continues to access school resources: special education, extra-curricular activities, library, Title I tutoring, and more If student stays within their home district, access to other school resources is possible