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A day in the life of online school for Willa, Jaala, Tre, and Jordin with Donesha (mom and Learning Coach).

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Grade 3rd
Favorite Subject(s)
Animal Facts
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Grade 3rd
Favorite Subject(s)
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Grade 11th
Favorite Subject(s)
Music Appreciation
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Grade 11th
Favorite Subject(s)
Social Sciences
Writing, Fashion

Why K12?

Donesha wanted a school option where her four children would face less bullying and instructional issues, while maintaining more educational consistency for their military family. One of the younger kids also has severe allergies so safety was a concern. K12-powered online school also offers college and career prep for her two teenagers so they can prepare for the future, now.

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Live Classes and

Schoolwork for Willa, Jaala, Tre, and Jordin is a mix of scheduled, live classes called Class Connect sessions, self-guided offline assignments, and college and career prep activities like internships and college counselor meetings.

For example, a typical day may have Willa and Jaala starting with a math lesson on their own and then a live reading class later in the day led by their state-certified teacher. If they get stuck, their mom and Learning Coach Donesha is there to help.

A typical day for Tre may start with offline practice for music appreciation class and then a live literature class after lunch. Jordin may have a live AP® English class early in the morning and then spend the rest of her day at her dental internship. As questions come up, Tre and Jordin can reach out to their teachers 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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Family Schedule

Learning Coaches typically spend between 4 to 6 hours each day with elementary school students like Willa and Jaala providing oversight. High schoolers like Tre and Jordin are more independent, so the time expectation changes to 1 to 3 hours per day and is more providing encouragement.
Donesha set up her work from home office in the same room as her youngest children, Willa and Jaala. That way, she is nearby if they need assistance and can help keep them on track. Her two teenagers, Tre and Jordin, have a separate learning workspace set up where they work independently. If they have questions, they know where to find her.

Student Schedule


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Willa and Jaala

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The number of classes students take varies per grade level and individual. For example, students in 3rd grade like Willa and Tre typically take between 4–6 subjects each semester, with maybe 2–4 of those requiring scheduled, live classes. For high school students like Tre and Jordin, it may be between 3–6 subjects, with 2–3 of those requiring live classes.

All four of Donesha’s children have tested out of some classes, so they often have fewer mandatory live classes than usual. Many of their subjects are completed via self-guided assignments and skills labs in the K12 interactive online learning system.

In addition to core academic subjects like English, math, science, and social studies, K12-powered schools have a great selection of electives, including advanced courses like the Advanced Placement® and honors options Tre and Jordin take in high school.

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


Willa, Jaala, Tre, and Jordin’s time away from the computer looks like …

Sharing odd animal facts, driving breaks to get snacks, and a house full of instruments, music, and dance.

Family Time

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Online school gives Donesha and Willie more control over their children’s education and their schedules, allowing for much more family time.

Willie gets to help out with hands-on lessons when he’s home, like using his U.S. Navy experience to show how air pressure works with kitchen demos for a science lesson. One of the family’s favorite activities is playing chess on their giant chess set! The younger children specifically are super competitive and sometimes require a parent referee to step in.

Preparing for the Future

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K12-powered online school is preparing Tre and Jordin for their futures. Tre is into automotive and wants to be a pilot, while Jordin has her sights set on being an orthodontist and is already participating in a dentistry internship.

The teens are really embracing their goals and online school is helping them do that. For example, the built-in flexibility of online school allows for Jordin to do her internship hours at more prime times during the day and that lets her experience even more of what goes on at a dentist office. She and her brother are also both taking summer courses at the local community college to get ahead.

Teacher Support and Communication

Donesha enjoys the relationships she and her children are building with the teachers at their K12-powered school. They teachers want them all to success, each of the children as individuals and also them as a family.

The teachers are understanding, patient, and supportive, for the children and for her as their Learning Coach too. Jaala really connected with one of her teachers over their shared allergy issues, and you can tell Tre and Jordin’s teachers really listen and encourage them. It makes them want to participate more and you can tell they’re simply enjoying learning. The high schoolers also have counselors that are helping them prepare for the future and map the paths for them each to reach their goals.

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More Q & A with the Family

Donesha: We’ve met lots of new people at school-hosted outings at local museums or the zoo. K12-powered schools offer a range of events and activities for students and families. Plus, schools offer clubs for students to meet others with similar interests. Jordin is in math club, and Tre is in chess club, which is part of e-sports.

Donesha: The biggest surprise has been how focused my kids are in online school. Jordin is in National Honor Society and she’s pursuing her dentistry dreams with her internship. Tre is being intentional with his schoolwork and participating more.

Donesha: With K12-powered schools, I didn’t have to worry about piecing together a curriculum myself, they provided that for us with personalized options. That made me much more comfortable. They also provided all the materials, even the computers.

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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.