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3 Reasons To Send Your Child To A Private Virtual School

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By the time a child reaches school age, their parents have already made countless decisions for them, including choosing their name, the clothes they wear each day, and everything in-between. Years of practice make most parents confident in their ability, but that all changes in an instant when faced with a question that parents have struggled with for more than a century: private or public school?

It may be a difficult decision, but it’s one that generations of parents have successfully answered. Over the past few decades, this binary choice has become easier thanks to our ability to access information online. Then, in 2020, a worldwide pandemic kept students out of the classroom for an extended period.

Necessity is the mother of invention, but few realize that she has two children – her youngest daughter is named innovation. Mandatory lockdowns forced educators to rethink the traditional education model. Tapping into advances in video conferencing, these innovators helped students continue their education from home. This has since led to a shift in cultural norms within the United States and provided parents with a third option to consider: K-12 virtual school.

Here are three reasons you may want to consider a private virtual school for your child.

    1. CLASS SIZE

When searching for an environment conducive to learning, an excellent place to start is with the number of students each teacher is responsible for educating. The average California public school classroom has a student-to-teacher ratio of 23:1, one of the highest in the nation.

When teachers have fewer students, they’re able to dive deeper into the course material, offer more individualized instruction, and take the time to get to know each student’s learning style. While the average California private school outshines public schools with a student-to-teacher ratio of 12:1, neither comes close to MUSE Virtual’s student-to-teacher ratio of 10:1.

    2. TEACHERS AND TESTING

While we are proud of this ratio and the difference it makes for our students, we’re truly thankful for our faculty members and the real-world expertise they bring to class each day. Before joining our team, these amazing men and women had successful careers and lived extraordinary lives, including working on Broadway, managing restaurants, working on farms, and more. These professional experiences allow them to layer meaningful context into each lesson they teach.

MUSE Virtual provides students with the tools they’ll need to find success today, tomorrow, and throughout life. It shouldn’t surprise you that private schools offer a higher-quality education than public schools. Research conducted by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) shows that private school students score higher on standardized tests than those in public schools. One example from NAEP’s findings is that fourth and eighth-grade students in private school average 8 points higher in math and 18 points higher in reading than their public-school counterparts.

This is interesting considering most public-school curriculums are designed with testing in mind, whereas private schools offer a far more rounded education.

    3. FLEXIBILITY AND CONVENIENCE

Students can’t attend a doctor’s appointment in a traditional school setting without missing critical classwork. While students enrolled in virtual school must still be in class at specific times, the actual coursework allows for more flexibility. As long as students submit their assignments on time, it doesn’t matter when (or where) they did the work.

The online education model reduces absences and allows students to further explore passions outside of the classroom. Many MUSE Virtual students participate in extracurricular activities such as sports, acting, horseback riding, and more. Thanks to the flexibility of virtual learning, they are able to fully incorporate these passions into their daily lives without disrupting their education. Some of our students even continue their MUSE education while living in other countries, which they can seamlessly integrate into their lives through our online model. 

Final Thoughts

Those were just a few of the many benefits of attending a private virtual school. Even though the number of schools in this category grows each day, MUSE Virtual is a nationally accredited school, that remains at the top of the list and is the perfect choice for your family.

Founded in 2006, we offer K-12th-grade students an education grounded in the five-pillars of academics, passion-based learning, communication, self-efficacy, and sustainability. We’re an internationally recognized, award-winning school that focuses on eco-literacy and is a beacon of sustainable living and design for students. Each grade level at MUSE Virtual is expertly designed to educate and support the needs of all students – helping them to thrive.

We’d love to tell you more about our private virtual school and how you can join our amazing community. Please contact our Director of Admissions Alexnadra Pesko or call (818) -231-0268.

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