Virtual School Student Responsibility

“Who sets my student’s daily schedule?” “Do I have to plan lessons or teach a class?” “How much time will my student spend on the computer?” You’ll most likely ask these questions as you begin to consider online schooling for your child. At Pearson Online Academy, understanding the evolving roles that parents, online students, and teachers each play in our virtual school program will help you get all the answers you need!

Below is a glance at the typical student responsibility during each phase of their full-time online education.

Online Elementary School—Support and Structure

In grades K–5, we recommend that a caring adult provide a lot of support at home and in the online classroom for the online student. Roles and activities are carefully structured to ensure that students develop a love of learning, and gain the reading, writing, and mathematics skills essential to their future success in virtual school.

Online students get the best start to a bright future as they:

  • Begin with a flexible schedule
  • Devote a minimum of thirty hours per week to learning
  • Blend online and offline work in their classes

Online Middle School—Greater Independence and Accountability

In grades 6–8, online students become more independent.

Students begin to take more personal responsibility for their learning as they:

  • Follow a prescribed schedule, customized to individual student needs
  • Rely more on personalized student planners to help them stay on track
  • Devote a minimum of thirty hours per week to their studies
  • Blend online and offline work in their classes

Online High School—Students Take the Lead

In grades 9–12, online students start to really take charge of their education and student responsibility by setting goals, working independently, and exploring their future career and college options.

Students take more responsibility for their own academic success as they:

  • Spend a minimum of thirty hours per week on schoolwork
  • Continue to rely on personalized student planners for organization and task management
  • Learn primarily online

Learn More about the Outstanding Curriculum