There are so many options for schooling these days, from a traditional public school to virtual school, to somewhere in between. It can be hard to determine which path is right for you.  We’re here to help clear up any mystery around the online schooling option. While virtual school is not right for everyone, there are students who benefit from the flexibility and personal attention an online school provides.

What is an Online School?

An online school is an educational entity that offers educational programs virtually as opposed to in a classroom. Different from a GED program, online high schools allow students to earn their high school diploma online.  Some online schools, like BlueSky, offer the option of taking all classes online or supplementing their current schooling with online courses.

Here at BlueSky, we offer each student one-on-one attention so they feel supported and encouraged throughout their educational experience. We are a free online school for all MN residents. We believe that individualized learning programs and collaboration are what make our school and our students successful.  

What are the Benefits of Online School?

The reason virtual schools have become popular in the age of the internet is that not all students learn the same way.  Some students need different qualities in their educational programs. The benefits of online schooling really come down to personalized attention to student needs.


The flexibility that online school offers is perhaps the most beneficial aspect of this kind of education. Allowing students to get their education outside traditional school hours can be extremely helpful in getting their education.

Social Pressures

Many times the reason students aren’t enjoying their education or doing as well as they could be is because of the social pressures of a traditional school. In an online school, the pressure that occurs for some students when facing social situations, are removed. This allows them to focus solely on their education and takes that social anxiety off of their shoulders.


Although we do offer group-paced courses which require students to be available and attending classes at the same time each day, we also offer self-paced courses that allow students to attend the courses when their schedule allows.

Who Benefits From Online School?

Just as traditional schooling is not for everyone, neither is virtual school.  Some students, however, are perfect candidates for an online schooling environment. Many students that we see enroll in our BlueSky programs are one of the following:

  • Students highly involved in competitive athletics
  • Students who frequently move cities
  • Students with busy schedules
  • Homeschooled students
  • Students looking for more advanced courses
  • Students who are looking for a less distracting environment

If you’re curious if online schooling could be right for you, we’d be happy to answer any questions and be a guide to help you make the best decision for you!