So you want to change schools, but you understandably have a few questions. The biggest probably relates to timing. The good news is, you don’t have to wait until the start of a new school year. If your parents landed a job in a new state, you’d have to work with the administration to transfer credits and enroll you in courses. The same goes for virtual schooling. But if you want to transfer to an online high school mid-year, there are a few things you can do to ease the transition.
Study School Policies
Although virtual high school offers more flexibility than classroom-based learning, you’ll still be expected to complete assignments on time, log in at a designated time for classes, and follow behavioral guidelines. Before making the switch, spend some time reviewing the school’s policies and learning what to expect.
Set Up Records Transfer
Officially transferring means moving your school records from your current school to the new one. These days, this can usually be handled electronically, although your parents will need to complete some paperwork to get the process started. During this time, you should also work with the administration of your new school. They can help you ensure your credits will transfer.
Set a Routine
In the time leading up to your first day, look at your schedule and set up a routine. You’ll no longer have to climb on the school bus in the early morning hours, but that doesn’t mean you won’t still need to follow a schedule. At BlueSky, students have the choice between Group Pace and MyPace, with the latter allowing them to work more independently. Whether you have to show up for live classes or not, though, you’ll still have deadlines you’ll need to meet. It will work best if you set aside time each day for coursework.
Set Up a Workspace
Since you’ll be doing your coursework at home, it’s important to have a dedicated area where you can work comfortably. If you prefer the privacy of your bedroom, set up a desk and fill it with all the supplies you might need. Even though most of your work will be done electronically, you’ll still find yourself occasionally needing basic office supplies like writing utensils, highlighters, and notepads. Make sure other household members know to give you space and quiet time you need when you’re studying or taking classes.
Allow Time for Adjustment
As with any new school, it will take time to adjust. Both you and your parents should give it at least a year for you to settle in. If you can, it may be beneficial to choose Group Pace learning for the first year. This will allow you to more easily transition from the structured classroom environment and interaction that has been your normal for so long.
At BlueSky, each student’s experience is customized to their own needs. You’ll be working directly with the faculty to make sure you have everything you need. If you have any questions or concerns at any time, you or your parents can reach out to your advisor for one-on-one guidance. Success at any virtual school requires consistent communication with staff and really diving into student orientation to learn as much as possible before starting courses. Check out this video to learn more about the support students and parents get at BlueSky.