Many online schools have earned a reputation, both through word-of-mouth and through recent studies, as ineffective platforms for education, but the 'Virtual Learning Academy' charter schools are changing the way that online education functions, and its results have been impressive. Students in the Virtual Learning Academy charter schools, or VLACS, score equal to or better than the average grades for state reading tests, math tests, and the SATs.
Part of the appeal of an online academy like VLACS is that the learning plans are self-paced, meaning that students can graduate in as much time as they see fit. For students who compete in high-level athletics or for adults who work a day job, that feature is a huge bonus.
The program also exceeds where many other online academies have failed by putting a focus on the relationship between students and teachers, regardless of the real-world distance that separates their virtual communication.