Virtual schools are a growing phenomenon in k-12 education. School systems in almost every state in the United States offer some version of fully online or blended education. It is no longer far-fetched to conclude that if the current trend continues, virtual school enrollments will eclipse those of traditional brick-and-mortar k-12 institutions within the next 10 years. This paper examines some of the challenges and strengths of virtual schools, it offers questions to consider when deciding whether or not a virtual school option would be ideal, and it draws conclusions, which provide an outlook for the future of virtual schools in k-12 education.
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Toppin, I.N., Toppin, S.M. Virtual schools: The changing landscape of K-12 education in the U.S.. Educ Inf Technol 21, 1571–1581 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10639-015-9402-8
- Virtual schools
- Cyber academies
- Online education
- K-12 education
- Distance education
- Educational administration