Why Should I Send My Child to Your School?

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Since the dawn of the 21st century, various alternatives to K-12 public education have become more common. One of the rising school choice options available to parents, which reflects the reality of how students learn nowadays, is online education. Online education (1) is designed around the learner, allowing for self-paced learning that provides students with opportunities to speed up or slow down as necessary; (2) provides the flexibility offered by online technologies to support the needs of diverse learners; (3) opens a wide array of options to all learners1. Ken Robinson2, an international advisor on innovative education, noted that a solution to the downsides of public education is individualized learning through technology to discover the individual talents of each child, to put students in an environment where they want to learn, and where they can naturally discover their true passions.

Individualized Approach to Education

The physical classroom design with the teacher located at the front of the room is changing nowadays to an online delivery model that impacts students on an individual level3. This allows students to have more teacher interaction. Teachers can focus their attention individually on a student at a time instead of sharing the attention to a classroom of students. Teachers also have the ability to address concerns students may have, and students lose any anxiety they may have had if they were going to ask a question in a classroom. An individualized4 approach to education provides students the opportunity to do what they naturally do best on a daily basis. The online education is reinforcing the five core social-emotional learning5 competencies - self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. At Enlightium, throughout the years, we have developed various student-learning programs from parent-led to teacher-led options, which allows Enlightium to meet the individual needs of its students.

Engagement with Online Teachers

A strong online teacher-student bond is a key factor in creating a learning environment where a positive relationship with a student could be a way to break through online barriers. Researchers6 identified nine constructs that relate to school connectedness to students’ well-being and academic success: (1) academic engagement, (2) belonging, (3) discipline/fairness, (4) extracurricular activities, (5) school enjoyment, (6) student's voice, (7) peer relations, (8) safety, and (9) teacher support. An online teacher educates the student on how to engage with the idea, not with the person. At Enlightium, teachers unlock the natural curiosity of each student by guiding the student on how to become an independent learner, by inspiring each student to ask questions and find solutions.

Future Ready Students

New pedagogy, new technology, and a new environment form a triad for the new era of engaged, individualized, and future-ready learning. Online schooling is a safe-haven for students who are bullied in traditional schools, who have issues with attendance, who need a modified curriculum due to giftedness, disabilities, or academic struggles, or who participate in sports at the professional level. At Enlightium, we offer honors and gifted courses for high achievers, the Bridge Program for struggling students, and Academic Intervention Measures and Support (AIMS)/504 Intervention Programs for qualifying students needing specialized services. 

Because students learn from and within their environment, a student must be present in an online environment to make progress successfully. This progress can then serve as a measure of attendance similar to the measure of seat-time in brick-and-mortar school settings7. At Enlightium, we partner with parents to empower students to achieve their highest potential with a wide range of support and accountability. Our counselors and teachers meet students where they are in their educational journey and bring them to the next academic level.

Parental Role in Online Education

Online learning requires not only increased student motivation but also increased parental support, especially for younger children. Parental involvement includes educational aspirations, implementing future plans for their children, educational decision-making, support with school work, and participation in school activities8. Parental involvement also includes praising their child’s achievements, encouraging their child to do more than required, and connecting education with life experiences. Given the significant role that attendance plays in a student’s achievement, parents need to be sure that their children are doing school work precisely and consistently, and thus instilling good study habits. At Enlightium, we stress the importance of parents being leaders in their children’s life: leading them by example, being consistent in discipline, instilling good study habits, and building character that is able to withstand life circumstances. The Bible advises parents to live as an example by leading their children in the will of God. (Deuteronomy 11:19).

The Learning and Life Connections

Enlighitum offers a wide range of core and elective classes, including college preparatory and interactive Career and Technical Education courses. In addition, students in grades 6-12 taking part in the Naviance program, a comprehensive college and career readiness platform that enables self-discovery, academic planning, career exploration, and college and life preparation for millions of students around the globe. We also promote social and character education that has a positive impact on students’ emotional and academic growth. 

Naviance connects interests to career fields, identifies best-fit careers, provides an opportunity to learn from leaders and plan for life after high school. At Enlightium, we encourage our students to be a light to the world for the glory of God (Matthew 5:16) and make a difference in the hearts and minds. We require our high school students to support their communities by doing volunteer work that benefits them and not only their communities.

Why Should I Send My Child to Your School?

Each year parents face the important decision of where to enroll their child in school. Parental satisfaction is integral, and choosing where to enroll your child involves numerous factors to take into consideration: values, personal preferences, child-rearing practices, social networks, and aspirations for your child. Below are some compelling reasons why Enlightium Academy may be a great fit for your family:

  1. Enlightium Academy has provided a quality Christian online education since 2003. We developed various programs from parent-led to teacher-led options, which allows us to meet the individual needs and budget of our students. 
  2. At Enlightium we have a unique, Christ-honoring school culture where collaborative, respectful, and Christ-like attitudes are effectively modeled by faculty and staff.
  3. Enlightium teachers are highly qualified, each holding a bachelor’s degree in their area of discipline taught.
  4. Enlightium offers a wide range of core and elective classes, including college preparatory and interactive Career and Technical Education courses. 
  5. Enlightium offers honors and gifted courses for high achievers, the Bridge Program for struggling students, and Academic Intervention Measures and Support (AIMS)/504 Intervention Programs for students needing specialized services.
  6. Enlightium partners with parents in educating their children and provides educational webinars, articles, and a social platform to assist them with Christian parenting. 
  7. Enlightium holds several accreditations and approvals including the Association of Christian Schools International. 
  8. Enlightium is the highest-rated online school: TrustPilot, Facebook, Google.
  9. Enlightium Academy additionally supports each student’s spiritual journey by providing prayer for students and families, live peer Bible studies, the Mission Program, and monthly chapels. 
  10. Enlightium is innovating and investing in cutting-edge technology to drive student engagement and learning.

 

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References

 1  Liu, F., Black, E., Algina, J., Cavanaugh, C., & Dawson, K. (2010). The validation of one parental involvement measurement in virtual schooling. Journal of Interactive Online Learning, 9(2), 105-132. 

 Robinson, Ken. June 2006. “Do Schools Kill Creativity?” TED. Retrieved from https://www.ted.com/talks/sir_ken_robinson_do_schools_kill_creativity

3  Vanderhorst, J. (2017). Parents’ perceived benefits of full-time online K-12 education as an educational placement option. Doctoral dissertation. ProQuest Number: 10634413.

4 Nolan, A. W. (2016). The social and emotional learning and character education of K-12 online students: Teacher perspective. Doctoral dissertation. ProQuest 10144133. 

5 Durlak, J. A., Weissberg, R. P., Dymnicki, A. B., Taylor, R. D., & Schellinger, K. B. (2011). The impact of enhancing students' social and emotional learning: A meta-analysis of school-based universal interventions. Child Development, 82(1), 405-432.

6 Libbey, H. (2004). Measuring student relationships to school: Attachment, bonding, connectedness, and engagement. The Journal of School Health, 74(7), 274-83. 

7 Archambault, L., Kennedy, K., & Bender, S. (2013). Cyber-truancy: Addressing issues of attendance in the digital age. Journal of Research on Technology in Education, 46(1), 1-28.

8 Kerr, M., Stattin, J., & Burk, W. J. (2010). A reinterpretation of parental monitoring in a longitudinal perspective. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 20, 39-64.

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