This is our second year in cyber charter school. I know there are not much people like me around the world however, I know there are a few out there who are not happy about their public school. The socialize own by the government public school. Or the ever expensive private school that does not meet your expectation either.
Cyber Charter School are also run under the Department of Education and also by the government the only difference is the teachers are not union, you can control what your kids will learn (it does not matter what it says in the lesson plan, if you don't agree with it just tell the school that you don't like it and you don't believe on it, and you don't have to teach your kids about it). You also supply anything that you want your kids to learn just like the traditional home school.
One of my kids school is under investigation right now because the founder and the Board of Trustees are not complying according to the Department of Education guidelines and spending way more money than needed too. They can't supply the paper works that goes along with the spending and maybe close by the end of 2009-2010 school year. So, if you are thinking about going with Agora (PA) for the first time, you may want to re-think about it.
If you are fond of K12 curriculum, PA Virtual Charter School (PAVCS) and Central PA Digital Learning Foundation (CPDLF up to 6th grade) offers it also. Right now my other two are enrolled with Commonwealth Connection Academy (CCA is nationwide) and Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School (PALCS). There many around just like 21st Century Cyber Charter School (they have a very good review), Pa Distance Learning Charter School, PA Cyber Charter School, and I know there are a lot more. K12 also offers a private cyber school all over the world if you live anywhere in the world with internet connection.
Most parents are worry about the socialization aspect of cyber schooling and home schooling. I am not a bit worry about it. To tell you the truth, socialization is over rated these days. And what are the kids learn about socializing these days? What to wear, who to date, cares too much what other people are doing, not doing, who are they dating, what brand name they are using, who are their favorite celebrities, singers, oh my there are so much to lists here. As long as my children know how to be around other people and what to is the correct way to talk to them I am fine with now socialization.
Some parents also wants their me time and do whatever they want when the kids are in school. I'm sorry but they should not have kids to begin with in my opinion. Some just works and works and giving the government and other people the responsibility to their kids. And guess what, a lot of them will complain if their kids can't go to school on a certain days because of school closings because of mother natures doing. "I need to go to work who will watch my kids?". They rather pay someone else too to care for their own children. What happened to peoples mentality these days? They send them to day care when they are born, then when you get old, your kids send you to another day care or senior home.
This is the problem in our society, not enough people caring for their own family. They rather work, work, and work and spend more and work more. I don't get it.Anyway, if you want to teach your own children at home try Cyber Charter School, this is free. And if you have money to spend try the traditional home school.
When you go with Cyber School make sure that you get a copy of school handbook and the meetings are publicly announce and given parents enough time to know about it. Ask how their school works, how can the students communicate with their online teachers, ask for phone numbers and email addresses for anyone you need to contact and make sure those email addresses are with the school address, example "@pacyber.org", if they have other email like hotmail or yahoo you should question them. Always ask questions if you don't know anything or what they are saying does not make sense.
Oh yeah I forgot to add... when you buy all the hardware for your child to use, you can deduct what ever you spent on materials and hardware (this is only for cyber charter school). I wish the traditional home school is the same. Why they are not the same? Because Cyber school is just like public school and regulated. The tradional home school is not regulated.
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