Many traditional adults hold the belief that online or blended courses are “just for the technically gifted” or “for the children who can’t function in a ‘normal’ learning environment.” When I tell people that I am dual enrolled—enrolled part-time in a traditional brick-and-mortar school and enrolled part-time in an online virtual school—they look at me with questioning eyes. “Why do that to yourself?” they ask, and I try to convey the numerous opportunities that come with having some classes online and some taught in person.
I have never been without online classes; I grew up enrolled in Idaho Virtual Academy, and I know and fully appreciate the benefits of the program. I have always found success easily in English and Reading courses, but Math has always taken me a longer time to comprehend. Taking Math online allowed me to take the time I have needed to fully learn the material and get good grades in a class I struggle with. By taking subjects such as Government, Economics, and AP U.S. History online, I have been able to move more quickly through subjects that are easier for me, and that would not have been possible in a classroom setting. Lab classes, such as Anatomy and Physiology, I have enjoyed taking in a classroom.
My online classes provide the flexibility that allows me to thrive in my before- and after-school activities. I have been able to spend 1-2 hours before school every week preparing for festivals and college auditions with my private violin teacher while still seizing the opportunity to play after-school sports; this has given my life balance. I have also been able to take advantage of dual credit and AP classes because of my blended learning (program).
Capital Senior High School
Spokane Falls Community College