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A day in the life of online school for Micah and Sarai with Ana and Steven (mom and dad as well as Learning Coaches)

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Grade 1st
Favorite Subject(s)
Trampoline Park
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Grade 3rd
Favorite Subject(s)
Reading, Art
Hiking, Dance

Why K12?

Ana and Steven wanted an option where their children could be challenged and learn in a way that worked for each of them as individuals. The built-in flexibility outside of the scheduled live classes also gives them the ability to arrange each school day in a way that works for them, which is super helpful for a family with two entrepreneurial parents.

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Live Classes and Assignments

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Schoolwork for Micah and Sarai is a mix of scheduled, live classes called Class Connect sessions, and self-guided offline assignments they can do more at their own pace. Their parents also plan educational activities like nature hikes where they can discuss lessons outside of the house and classroom.

For example, a typical day may have Micah starting with a live science class led by his state-certified teacher and then having self-guided lessons for Language Arts and math later in the day. If he gets stuck, his mom or dad is there to help him as well as his sister as she goes through her work for the day.

A typical day for Sarai may start with spelling practice and then include live math and history classes later. She can ask the teacher questions in the live classes, via email, or during weekly office hours.

A benefit of schools powered by K12 is that the educational materials—a computer, textbooks, supplies for offline activities, and more—are provided.

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Learning Coaches typically spend between 4 to 6 hours each day with elementary school students like Micah and Sarai providing oversight and helping them through their lessons and assignments.

They also give gentle reminders to take breaks and get back on track when needed.

In Micah and Sarai’s case, their mom (Ana) and dad (Steven) take turns being Learning Coaches depending on what the family needs each day. They can each be helping a child for the day, or both at once, or switch children on certain lessons or topics.

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Learning Coaches (often parents) aren’t on their own either. Teachers are accessible for questions and there are communities specifically for Learning Coaches that provide extra support and share resources.

Student Schedule


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The number of classes students take varies per grade level and individual. For example, students in elementary school like Micah and Sarai typically take between 4–6 subjects each semester, with maybe 2–4 of those requiring scheduled, live classes.

The other subjects are completed via offline assignments and skills labs in the K12 interactive online learning system where their Learning Coach can help.

In addition to core academic subjects like English, math, science, and social studies, K12-powered schools have a great selection of electives, like art and music.

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Classes schedules may vary considerably based on the individual student and their needs, state, and any special programs.

Micah and Sarai’s time away from the computer looks like …

A lot of learning beyond the classroom like their family hikes where they get to exercise, explore, and ask questions.

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Like many 1st grade students, Micah has a lot of energy, and with online school, he can move around as he needs to and still get his work done.

That was more of a challenge in traditional school. When he’s super active and energetic, it helps his mom remember how lucky they are. Micah suffered a birth injury that left him paralyzed for a few months. Doctors said he wouldn’t be able to play sports or do half the things he does now. They’re so proud of all he’s been able to accomplish physically and in school. Online school has helped him show everyone what a brilliant child he is.

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Online students can be themselves; they don’t have to fit into a set box to succeed academically or socially.

Sarai is a natural entertainer who incorporates joy, laughter, and dance into everything she does. That unfortunately translated to being disruptive in a traditional school setting. Now though, she can focus in her classes and on her assignments without having to dim her light. She’s super inquisitive, can work pretty independently, and often takes on leadership roles in group work.

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Ana can help redirect her focus if needed and support her more now in online school.

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Micah and Sarai are social butterflies! They love to do activities outside when they can.

Ana plans things like family hikes and trips to the trampoline park, where they jump, hop, flip, and get their energy out. Both children like to play basketball, and Sarai is in a dance class.

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In addition to social activities in your local community, K12-powered schools also have a collection of clubs and other extracurricular activities for students and their families to join.

More Q & A with Ana

We get regular check-ins from the support team at the school; every few weeks we’ll get a message asking how things are going and if we need anything. Technical support checks in, too, which we don’t usually need help with but it’s nice they ask. It seems like somebody is always on top of things and ready to keep us updated.

The best advice I could give is don’t underestimate the power you have to teach your children. Just because you may not be a certified teacher doesn’t mean you can’t help them in this kind of Learning Coach role. You know your child better than anybody, plus schools powered by K12 have great teachers and teams of support to help you along the way.

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Learning with K12

K12 powers a wide variety of educational options. including tuition-free public schools and tuition-based private schools. See what’s available in your area.

These are the stories of real students attending K12-powered schools and their families. Content is a combination of direct quotes and summaries from in-person interviews. Their stories each reflect their experiences at their respective schools. Actual experience can vary by student and school. These pages are designed to reflect a typical day in the life of a student attending an online K12-powered school. Individual class schedules and requirements will vary by state, school, and the individual needs of each student.