Free and Fee-Based Online K-12 Schools

Basic (Including English, Typing, and Household Finance) Courses

Free Online Courses from Khan Academy

Khan Academy courses are very extensive and include offerings that can be invaluable to high-school students. Also, these courses can be used by self-motivated students whose schools lack sufficiently advanced instruction in mathematics and physical sciences. The courses are simply and clearly formulated in 12-minute video segments. Students can work at their own pace, backtrack, and review course materials. The highly flexible and easy-to-use format makes these an extremely valuable addition or substitute for some high-school courses.

The Oregon Virtual Academy

This is an ambitious K-12 education program available nationally.

K-12 schools online

These include tuition-free public schools, private schools (K-12 International Academy and The George Washington University Online High School), individual courses for sale, and world language courses.

Teachers are online with the students and guide them through the coursework. This format is ideally suited for educating students who need individualized attention, encouragement, and guidance.

This is a California tuition-free online school for gradea K-12. It also includes courses for gifted students.

Private School Alternatives With a Practical, Real-World Focus on Specific Skills

Headsprout Reading Skills for Children

The program uses effective, interactive online episodes to teach K-5 students the reading fundamentals and comprehension skills they need to become successful readers.

Kuman Math and Reading Courses

Kumon schools use the traditional schoolroom model and are fee based. Their objective is to compensate for deficiencies in public education by offering highly effective math and reading courses to preschoolers, kindergartners, and K-12 students.

Online Trade Schools

Trade or technical schools provide specific traning in skills not provided in typical traditional schools. Courses in carpentry, heating and air conditioning, or auto mechanics illustrate these programs.

Online High School Diploma Courses

This website relates to the preceding one and includes three fee-based institutions: Penn Foster High School, Stratford Career Institute High School, and Ashworth College High School. The three institutions offer a great variety of practical courses, including courses on accounting, administrative/secretarial, auto mechanics, bookkeeping, child day care management, computer programming, dental assistant, electrician, interior decorator, jewelry design, landscaper, optician, paralegal, plumber, and many others. To see the lists of course offerings, click on one of the school names (e.g., Penn Foster High School) and then click on the word "Programs" in the lower left corner.

Helpful General Guidebook for Online Study

This is a very useful resource for students and provides a variety of helpful tips for choosing and using online educational resources.

Guide to Accredited Online High School Courses

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