High School Correspondence???
Q: I am relativey new to the whole newsgroup thing, but so far have found it rather useful. I am inquiring about any information people could give me about high school correspondence courses. I have a friend that lives in Ohio, and she somehow stumbled across these, which makes school easier for her. So far, i have found the information in the public school i attend to be rather useless in some of my classes. How this operates is by teaching every student in the same ways the "slower" students need to learn. no offense to those who dont learn as fast or well as others, but this is more challenging for me personally, than being put in classes where i have no understanding of the information being taught. So i am just wondering if anyone out there knows anything about high school internet correspondence courses.
A: If you have a friend who thinks that learning at one's own pace may be the key to success, check local high schools. My public school system uses NovaNet, which is from the University of Illinois. It offers all of the courses you need for a standard high school diploma via internet (except for PE and some English writing assignments.) We have a very good success rate. So far, almost 100% of our college-bound students have gone on to college. Others in this newsgroup have great resources and information. Plus, you can always go to a search engine, like http://www.google.com (close to the fastest search engine on the net) and just enter keywords like "high school," "high school online," etc. There are several drawbacks to the online route (lack of socialization, etc.), but the biggest factor is self-motivation. Unless you want to do it, it won't get done. Being motivated is the key. Peterson's Independent Study Catalog (www.petersons.com), which lists more than 15,000 correspondence courses from over 150 schools, includes about 30 schools with high school level courses. My book, Bears' Guide (www.degree.net) has a chapter on high school diplomas by distance learning, briefly describing a few dozen schools, ranging from state agencies to divisions of universities to privately owned places, that do this.
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