Online Elementary Schools

Distance learning for college degrees and professional certificates has become more and more popular over the last 10 years. Now, there is a movement in education to digitize K-12 learning. According to the International Association for K-12 Online Learning, there are 27 states with virtual schools, with about 1.8 million online elementary course enrollments during the 2009-2010 school year. The creation of online elementary school programs is especially unconventional given how important nurturing and socializing are to the development of young students.

This guide takes you through the initial considerations of the online elementary school experience: the reasons why parents turn to online learning, the factors to consider when reviewing programs, and the actual steps to apply and enroll.

Our Elementary School Expert: Ryan Eikmeier

Ryan Eikmeier has worked in higher education, corporate training & development and distance learning for nearly 10 years and in K-12 education for four years. Currently, Ryan Eikmeier is Assistant Dean of Curriculum for a major online university and is responsible for managing development, evaluation, and revision of degree programs, curriculum, courses and content. Ryan’s research interests include constructivist learning environments, technology in education, and gifted education. Have a question about online learning for your elementary student? Ask our expert!

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