While home to many major research universities and private colleges, online schools in Washington are now offering new avenues for self-directed learning. Many brick and mortar institutions have created hybridized education programs that combine occasional on-campus visits with traditional distance learning practices.
Programs formatted this way give students the opportunity to interact with professors and students in a face-to-face forum while also maintaining the flexibility provided by the online school paradigm.
The concept of an online high school is also becoming more acceptable and widespread across the United States, and Washington’s “Virtual Academies” high school has demonstrated the effectiveness of this setup.
These programs promote extracurricular activity among younger students and are taught by state-certified teachers, making them incredibly robust—in fact, they have special accelerated curricula to accommodate for a wide range of learning styles and speeds.
The State Board of Education recently recognized the Washington Virtual Academies high school program with the Washington Achievement Award, which honors the state’s best performing schools.