New Online Resource Helps Expat Families Prepare for K-12 Education Abroad

Baltimore, Md. (Sept. 8, 2016)—Pearson Online Academy, an accredited online private school for students in grades K-12, is making it easier for families moving or currently living abroad to transition their children to school anywhere in the world through its new online education resource for expat families.

Pearson Online Academy currently serves students in more than 40 countries across the globe – with the number of expat families it serves growing each semester. The school’s 2016 Parent Satisfaction Survey recently revealed that 80 percent of currently enrolled families living abroad moved for business purposes, with two-thirds planning on living in their new country for at least four years.

With many factors to consider when moving abroad, finding a new school can be an arduous process.

“Many expat families find Pearson Online Academy to be a great school option for grades K-12 when they relocate overseas, especially since students earn U.S. diplomas,” said Hannah Rinehart, principal of Pearson Online Academy. “Our goal with this online education resource for families is to provide information that can help make the process of researching school options and transitioning easier.”

The new section of our site for expatriates includes:

  • Helpful articles from the school’s educators explaining the best way to navigate online education for families living overseas
  • First-hand accounts from expat families
  • Video footage of a teacher who brings unique perspectives to teaching students internationally

“Moving to a new country is an exciting time and can invoke a spirit of adventure, and is often one of the most valuable experiences in a person’s life,” said Jason Agins, master teacher at Pearson Online Academy. “As exciting as it can be, there are a lot of matters to get in order and schooling is often at the top of most parents’ list of questions. This online education resource aims to help answer some of these questions as parents research options and navigate the school selection process.”

In addition to revealing why families move abroad, this year’s Parent Satisfaction Survey offered insights into currently enrolled parents’ views on education and Pearson Online Academy, including:

  • When choosing a school for their children, the two most important factors for international families – including U.S. expats and non-U.S. families – are quality teachers and a challenging, rigorous curriculum
  • Nearly 25 percent of Pearson Online Academy’s international parents envision their child/children attending a prominent university and earning a graduate degree
  • 95 percent of international parents are satisfied with the curriculum their child/children receives at Pearson Online Academy

“Virtual schools give parents and children the freedom to control their learning,” said Kathryn Pitts, the mother of three 2016 graduates currently residing in the United Arab Emirates.

Students enrolled in Pearson Online Academy learn from home, or anywhere there is an internet connection, and work with teachers who are licensed and specially trained in online instruction. Students in grades K–12 can enroll full-time or take individual courses—choosing to take one class or all of their classes—depending on their scheduling needs. Experienced school counselors guide high school students who live around the world through the college application process, leading to acceptances at exceptional U.S.-based colleges and universities such as Brown University and Yale University, among many others.

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About Pearson Online Academy

Pearson Online Academy is an accredited, online private school serving students in grades K-12 throughout the United States and abroad. Recognizing individualized instruction as the key to student academic and personal success, Pearson Online Academy’s highly trained, certified teachers offer instruction tailored to each student's strengths and challenges using an award-winning computer-based curriculum, real-time instruction, and time-tested course materials from leading publishers. Pearson Online Academy currently serves students in 66 different countries around the world and is part of the global learning company Pearson. For more information, visit

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