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K-8 Virtual Schools: A Glimpse into the Future

Educational Leadership Volume 63, Number 4, ISSN 0013-1784


Virtual courses and schools--in which the student and the teacher are in different locations--have become commonplace at the university and high school level. Public, full-time virtual schooling for younger students, however, is still on the frontier of education. About a dozen states now offer full-time virtual schools among their public school options for grades K--8. Families choose this option to meet a wide variety of needs. Some students are significantly ahead of or behind their peers; others have learning disabilities or physical health issues. Students with special talents--acting, athletics, or music--may use virtual schooling for the scheduling flexibility it offers. Families in remote rural areas may use virtual schooling to solve transportation issues. Are such schooling arrangements the wave of the future? The author speculates that although only a small portion of K--8 students will ever attend virtual schools, these schools offer lessons about issues that technology presents for all schools, including individualization, funding, and the role of the teacher.


Revenaugh, M. (2006). K-8 Virtual Schools: A Glimpse into the Future. Educational Leadership, 63(4), 60-64. Retrieved April 1, 2020 from .

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