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A Day in the Life of Klara, Keegan, Zoe and JessieAnn

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Grade 1st
Favorite Subjects
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Grade 3rd
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Social Studies
Building Blocks
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Grade 4th
Favorite Subjects
Physical Education
Soccer, Softball
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Grade 11th
Favorite Subjects
Playing Guitar

Why K12?

Windy switched her four children to online school during the pandemic for more consistency in their education. They decided to stay because K12-powered school offered the services and support her younger children require while providing the advanced courses and extracurriculars that will help her oldest child prepare for the future.

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Live Classes and

Schoolwork for Klara, Keegan, Zoe, and JessieAnn is a mix of scheduled, live classes called Class Connect sessions, self-guided offline assignments, and special school services like speech and occupational therapy.

For example, a typical day may have Zoe starting with a small-group special education Language Arts lesson, then a live Language Arts class led by her state-certified teacher. Later in the day, she might follow a similar setup with math. If she gets stuck, her mom and Learning Coach Windy is there to help.

JessieAnn may start with offline assignments for anatomy and physiology and then live classes for honors American literature and math led by state-certified teachers. She can reach out to her teachers in the live classes, via email, or during weekly office hours with questions.

A benefit of schools powered by K12 is that the educational materials—a computer, textbooks, supplies for offline activities, and more—are provided.

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Family Schedule

Learning Coaches typically spend between 4 to 6 hours each day with elementary school students like Klara, Keegan, and Zoe, providing oversight. High schoolers like JessieAnn are more independent, so the time expectation changes to 1 to 3 hours per day and is more about encouragement.

Windy is nearby if her youngest children need assistance to help keep them on track. When she’s not helping with assignments, she often contacts a teacher or service provider, looks ahead to the week’s schedule, or checks her children’s progress in the online learning system. JessieAnn works independently but knows her mom is there if needed.

Student Schedule


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The number of classes students take varies per grade level and individual. For example, students in 3rd grade, like Keegan, typically take between 4–6 subjects each semester, with maybe 2–4 of those requiring scheduled, live classes. For high school students like JessieAnn, it may be between 3–6 subjects, with 2–3 of those requiring live classes.

JessieAnn is taking additional career prep courses in healthcare. Many of her and her siblings’ subjects are completed via self-guided assignments and skills labs in the K12 interactive online learning system.

In addition to core academic subjects like English, math, science, and social studies, K12-powered schools have a great selection of electives, including advanced courses like the honors options JessieAnn enjoys. The school also provides support services for Keegan and Zoe, such as occupational and speech therapy.

Class schedules may vary considerably based on the individual student and their needs, their state, and any special programs.

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Grades K-5 Online School Tour

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Grades 6-12 Online School Tour

Klara, Keegan, Zoe, and JessieAnn’s time away from the computer looks like…

Playing basketball, climbing trees, making music, practicing soccer, and watching hockey together.

Overcoming Challenges

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Zoe and Keegan now benefit from the range of services and support for students with special needs offered at K12-powered school. At their old school, it was hard to get them tested and diagnosed, but their online school immediately listened to Windy and set up supports.

Zoe has autism and severe ADHD, and Keegan has some disabilities that can make basic tasks like writing challenging. Windy has seen academic and social improvements in them both. Keegan’s writing skills and use of speech-to-text tools have increased. And Zoe increased three grade levels for reading, writing, and math in one year with the new services.

In addition to their core subjects, they also have special education classes, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and counseling. Online school is different because they don’t take the kids out of class, so even though it may be a longer day, they don’t miss any content or feel different for being separated from their classmates.

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Family Time

Since Windy and her children live so far out in the mountains, they would lose a lot of the day taking the bus to and from their old school. Switching to a K12-powered school immediately gave them that commute time back.

Now they can use those hours for more quality time together doing things like cheering on their favorite hockey team, practicing soccer, or in JessieAnn’s case, all the clubs she’s interested in but didn’t have time for at her old school.

Preparing for the Future

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K12-powered online school is preparing JessieAnn for her future in medicine. Through her career exploration at school, she knows she wants to work in a research lab versus a field where she’d work more directly with patients.

She’s taking full advantage of online school with healthcare classes like medical terminology and anatomy and physiology, career clubs, and even courses at the local college where she’s getting credit early. Her mom likes the career prep and the life prep. Being at home more, she can help make sure JessieAnn learns skills like money management, grocery shopping and cooking, and basic home repair.

Extracurriculars and Clubs

JessieAnn says she can fit even more extracurriculars into her schedule now with online school because she doesn’t have to consider the commute time.

She’s active in her school’s SkillsUSA chapter, plays acoustic guitar in Rock and Roll Academy, and works with a few friends to create a new, student-led mental health club. She’s in two honor societies and is also learning Arabic on the side with a group of friends from school.


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Teacher Support and Communication

Windy raves about the teachers’ support and communication, especially for the younger kids. The instruction is so engaging she can focus on keeping the kids on schedule and motivated versus as much on the content itself.

There’s also the teacher answer books that detail all the lessons, share step-by-step tips to explain topics, and contain answer sheets for assignments. So, if Windy gets stuck, she can refer to that guide.

More Q & A with the Family

Windy: The biggest surprise was the quality and amount of learning materials we received. K12 sends everything you need—every book for the full year, lesson guides, science equipment, art supplies, math manipulatives—even the computers and printers. And the quality is amazing; I was very impressed, especially having worked in the local school.

Windy: Just stick with it. You have a whole community of teachers, staff, and other Learning Coaches like me who have been there and are ready to support you and your family.

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Learning with K12

K12 powers a wide variety of educational options. including tuition-free public schools and tuition-based private schools. See what’s available in your area.

These are the stories of real students attending K12-powered schools and their families. Content is a combination of direct quotes and summaries from in-person interviews. Their stories each reflect their experiences at their respective schools. Actual experience can vary by student and school. These pages are designed to reflect a typical day in the life of a student attending an online K12-powered school. Individual class schedules and requirements will vary by state, school, and the individual needs of each student.