Online homeschooling – Drawbacks and Benefits

As an administrator for a small, Christian online homeschool program, one of the biggest drawbacks for students is the potential for isolation and limited peer social interaction. While learning online creates tremendous learning advantages, and overall, outweighs potential drawbacks of isolation, being proactive in creating a social environment can really help your child. At CEA, we encourage students to complete many online activities, including competitive sports, team sports, dance, joining a gym, gymnastics or taking up a martial art, getting involved with a homeschool co-op, taking advantage of community events, etc.

Get creative. There are many local homeschool co-ops, both in small towns and cities. Many of these groups use outside academic avenues, but children of all ages come together for common, social interaction and events. Homeschool groups often travel together for fiend trips and other social activities. In addition, many homeschool groups have specialized tutors for difficult topics such as science labs and math help for a student that may need one-one-one interaction from time to time. CEA’s curriculum is an excellent program, but we recognize that some children may need more support.

Go to your community library for support. Many libraries have resources and programs that can keep any student engaged. Often, libraries will have series of educational opportunities, and sometimes CEA can give extra credit for these assignments. Broaden the horizon of learning, outside the computer. Connect outside of cell phones, Ipads, and computers.

Another way to connect socially is through church youth groups and missions teams. Many of CEA’s online high school students collect support, pray and participate in planning and going on a mission trip. Credit can be earned for the full participation of a mission trip by writing a 500 word essay. Students can also participate in good old fashioned letter writing and pen pal writing to students in another country. We encourage students to make postcards and to write about things that are important to them.

While there are a few drawbacks to online high school education, there is a rising number of homeschoolers across the country and the world that are choose online education because the benefits far outweigh the drawbacks, including:

  • Flexibility, where students can access course information anywhere, anytime, and work at their own pace around their social endeavors.
  • Choices, where students are able to choose from a wide range of courses, including honors, Advanced Placement courses, and unique, fun electives.
  • Academic enrichment, where students not only learn, but develop strong time management skills that will help them in college.

Getting ahead with an online high school

While many students in high school take online classes to “catch up”, having to take credits they may be “short” on to graduate, CEA encourages high school students take courses to “get ahead.” CEA’s Gradpoint summer school program allows students 8 weeks to finish one course, working as little as 3 hours online per day. Some students can work much quicker, some may need additional time, all built into a schedule that works for you. CEA’s courses are flexible, where students can enroll anytime, and finish a course to recover a credit, or get ahead in their educational graduation plan.

Taking high school online courses in the summer can be completed anywhere as long as you have a computer, and access to the internet. CEA provides a low cost option to complete a course over the summer. Instead of being tied to your local school and taking a class everyday over the summer, an online course can travel with you wherever you go. Because CEA is a fully accredited online high school, your credits will transfer back to your local public school. Sometimes, students are encouraged by their ability to be successful online, and transfer to CEA to finish their high school education. Here is a testimony from a student who stays with their grandparent:
“With CEA, our granddaughter was about to finish her 9th grade year, and her grades are better than ever! We especially appreciate the easy on-line format which eliminates the need for books, and the flexibility of the scheduled work. Also, we are able to get ahead and to take time off whenever we need it. The teachers and staff have been very responsive and stepped in with additional one-on-one tutoring when needed. Thanks CEA for a great Christian education!”
– S. Baker

With CEA’s online high school courses, students can take a math, science, history, or English course, as well as trying out unique electives such as criminology, cosmetology, or archeology! Students who attend online summer school programs can develop better note-taking and time management skills, as well as learning important content for a successful transition to high school or college.
Other benefits from taking an online high school course this summer are:

  • Cost – CEA offers a full credit course for $500, including teacher support.
  • Recovery- Credit recovery, with prescriptive learning courses. Students easily move on within the subject where they show proficiency, only focusing on problematic areas.
  • Transition- Taking a course to help junior high students transition to high school.
  • Advancement- taking a course to graduate early or skip ahead to a higher-level course.

Taking an online high school course is a win-win situation for any student in high school, for both the student who is struggling, and for the high-achieving student. An online summer school course will also allow students to see if online schooling is a good option for them, especially since many colleges now, use online learning.

Mrs. Z
BA Theology/Admin

Online School for Hospital Homebound Children an Excellent Solution

Online School for Hospital Homebound Children an Excellent Solution

By: Deborah Zabor

Online school for hospital homebound children provides an excellent solution for children who are hospital homebound (HHB).  These are children who have been diagnosed with a serious illness or medical condition that seriously impedes their ability to attend school.  The condition can be due to a catastrophic event, an acute condition, or a chronic illness that requires continuous or periodic treatment.  It can be physical or psychiatric in nature.  Due to the nature of the illness, the treatment regimen or other considerations, hospital homebound children are restricted to their home or hospital for an extended period of time.

Public school systems provide programs and services to HHB children that attempt to emulate a public school education.  These programs typically consist of a teacher traveling to the student’s home or hospital once or twice a week.  Students typically work from textbooks or photocopied assignments that they hand in to be graded.  Assignments handed in one week are usually not graded until the following week.  Student questions may be handled through e-mail.

Aside from attendance, HHB students may have regular or rigorous treatment schedules that interfere with their ability to perform schoolwork.  In addition to treatment regimens, hospital homebound students may experience fatigue, pain or depression that impedes their ability to work.  This, coupled with the more drawn-out nature of the typical HHB program coupled with the students treatment regimen may result in a lower level of learning or having to extend or repeat grade-levels.

Online school for hospital homebound children provide a superior alternative for HHB children for a number of reasons.  First, instead of old textbooks and copied worksheets, students access up-to-date information that is presented in a way that is engaging and colorful, using a wide-array of audio and video technology to address all types of learning styles.  Students have access to their teachers through e-mail and video chats whenever necessary.  Grading is done online, typically within a day or two of being submitted.  The faster response and grading times means that students receive feedback on their work in a much timelier manner, resulting in an educational environment that is dynamic and stimulating.  Travel time is eliminated, allowing teachers to efficiently focus their time and energy on addressing students learning needs.  Online curricula offer the flexibility to allow students to maximize their efforts at the times when they are most able to do schoolwork. Overall, online programs provide a superior educational solution for hospital homebound children – one that is motivating and stimulating, and that adjusts to the students abilities and needs.

Children at any age may experience a medical condition that is challenging, not only to them, but to the families who are providing for them.  Fortunately, advancements in technology such as the Internet and online education, are providing new solutions and alternatives that are superior to what was available in the past – why not take advantage of them?

Online Education the Future of Learning

By: Amy Gentile, M.A. Higher Education, Assistant Director and Head Teacher at Christian Educators Academy

One of my favorite things about working in online education is feeling like I’m on the “cutting edge” of educational innovation. There are so many positive aspects of online education that make it well-suited toward students in 21st century contexts. I love working with creative educators to help improve the online educational experience for our students, and am excited to see how this field will grow in the years to come. There are many reasons why I think online education will only increase in the next few years, but two of the core issues in my mind surround the areas of flexibility and customization.




One of the greatest assets of online education is its incomparable flexibility—a benefit for both teachers and students. This is something I’ve also personally experienced from the perspective of a student. Earlier in my career, when I still worked in a traditional classroom setting, I decided to begin pursuing my Master’s degree. I wanted to learn more both personally and professionally, but I didn’t want to leave my full-time job in an unstable economy and rack up student loan debt. After researching several options, I chose an online Master’s program which allowed me the flexibility to continue working as a teacher while being able to use my “off time” to pursue my studies. Since I didn’t have a physical classroom to attend at a set time, I was able to schedule my schoolwork around my existing job easily and save valuable time because I didn’t have a commute. Without that flexibility it would have been much more difficult and time-consuming to earn my degree.


While most of our high school students don’t have a full-time job (though some do), many of our students at CEA are heavily involved in extracurricular activities—sports, theater, and the arts—sometimes at a highly competitive level. We also have several students who are young entrepreneurs and run their own small businesses. I am constantly impressed by the dedication these young people have to their passions and the time they put into their commitments! These are wonderful things for students to be participating in, and I love being able to offer them a quality, flexible educational option so that they can pursue their passions without neglecting their education. The great flexibility of online education—allowing students to work on their own time, at their own pace, and anywhere they have a reliable internet connection and a laptop—opens up so many opportunities for students who are heavily involved in personal pursuits as well as those who travel or live abroad. As internet technologies help create an even more globalized society and as students pursue more extracurricular activities, I expect to see an increase in students who choose to learn online for its flexibility and compatibility with a 21st century lifestyle.




In addition to the great flexibility an online learning environment provides in terms of when and where to do school, online education also lends itself wonderfully to customization. Having taught in a traditional school setting before coming to CEA, I’ve come to appreciate the way that online learning uniquely allows teachers to really meet each student where they are and tailor both their feedback and sometimes even the curriculum to a particular student’s needs.


In my previous school, it was sometimes difficult to differentiate things for students as much as I would have liked since we were very small and private. Each grade-level only had one class of students, and it wasn’t possible to hire enough teachers to have separate “advanced” and “core” level classes with such a small student body. Thus differentiation mostly involved differing levels of homework as opposed to actual differences in the curriculum. Though CEA is still a small private school, because we exist online and don’t have to worry about maintaining the attention of twenty-five kids—all at varying levels—simultaneously, we’re given the freedom to really “meet each student where they are.” It’s simple for us to identify a student who struggles in a subject and move them to a curricular level that offers more support. Likewise, it’s easy to move a student who needs a greater challenge to a higher level, or to provide them with a challenging twist on an assignment, depending on that student’s particular strengths in weaknesses. Additionally, we have the ability to offer unique electives or to offer curricular alternatives much more easily than would be possible in a traditional school setting. This allows us the benefit of keeping our school small while still providing the curricular options and choices available at a larger school.


Online education also really puts the emphasis on the student as an individual learner. Students control the pacing of the lesson and can skip more quickly through material they understand, or spend more time on a lesson that’s difficult for them. In a traditional classroom setting, I often encountered students who were too shy to ask a question in class, or who worried about “slowing the class down.” Online education reduces these worries for students, and also encourages them to get to know their teacher because they are in constant communication. It’s wonderful to see students opening up and asking questions that they might not have asked in a traditional classroom setting. Additionally, no student gets “lost” in the classroom or has to worry about being too shy to participate in a group, since each student receives one-on-one attention from the teacher for all questions and assignments. This also allows the teachers the time to really get to know their students well—as both people and as learners—something that we care very much about at CEA.



Certainly, there are strengths and weaknesses to both the traditional classroom model and online models of education. At CEA, we constantly seek to evaluate these things, and to come up with creative ways to improve the online educational experience for our students. It’s also exciting to see all the wonderful opportunities that online educational naturally opens up for teachers that allow us to better reach students and to support them in their growth as learners and as citizens of the 21st century. I look forward to watching how this field grows and changes in the coming decade, and I fervently believe that the flexibility and customization that online education provides will be a draw for students as well as their teachers in the years to come.

Online high schools prepare students for college

There are two primary aspects of college life students must be aware of before embarking on an advanced educational journey: The first being academic successful with college preparatory classes, the second is learning time management skills expected on a college level. At Christian Educators Academy, one of the top-rated online high schools today, graduates have given written testimonies to the success of our online school.  Online high schools prepare students for college in many ways.


  1. Academic Success:

Study Skills: Online high school classes instill excellent study skills to prepare students for college. As an online high school student, CEA encourages students to get in the habit of studying and taking notes on a regular basis. “Studying” can mean re-reading lessons presented, completing a study guide or taking good notes on materials presented. Online high schools prepare students for college by offering SAT type test questions on computer scored testing and diagnostic testing. Practicing test taking skills sharpens study skills, by teaching students what types of questions may be asked to prove mastery in a subject.


Research: online high schools prepare students for college by regularly requiring students to be able to compose well-written essays, as well as developing research papers that are properly documented. In order to write these types of paper, students must have experience with developing thesis statements, writing outlines, taking notes, citing resources, using correct grammar and walking through the revision process. Students must know how to take notes as they read for research. In order to prevent plagiarism, students should always reword any notes right away, so they are not tempted to use someone else’s words in their document. Students should also learn how to document all of their research using correct the format to cite any resources used.


Reading skills: Students who want to be prepared for college-level reading should be reading all the time. Online classes require students to be online a minimum of 3 hours a week in every subject. Each course presents a variety of reading materials, from novel excerpts, to textbook materials, and well-written documents. For college success, students must learn how to read for comprehension as well as retention. The reading load in college is much greater than the reading load in a traditional high school, but with online classes, students often read at a college level as early as 10th grade. Students who have not practiced reading large amounts quickly will have a difficult time managing the workload of college reading requirements.


  1. Time Management Skills

This is perhaps one of the greatest advantages of online high schools. At CEA, we teach students to choose their priorities One of the hardest management skill for college readiness is prioritization . With CEA’s online learning program, students are given study guides to help them consider questions that may be important for each activity and quiz on their schedule. With our Apex curriculum, students are given a weekly schedule, which we often find better than daily schedules. Knowing what needs to be done within the week, allows students to learn how to plan.


How do online high schools prepare students for college in the time management area?

Most online high school students say that learning how to find academic resources online before attending a college is valuable. These same students recognize the importance for their college careers of being able to plan and coordinate group tasks using calendars, scheduling and discussion applications. Students learn to develop a daily to-do list, follow weekly calendars and adhere to assignment deadlines. They learn to use their time wisely in completing assignments. Most importantly, students learn to set goals that are realistic, not ones that may set them up for failure.

Choosing An Online High School and Why

Public schools are cutting funding, resulting in fewer options for course selection and higher student-teacher ratios. Vocational classes, physical education, foreign languages, and arts and music are being done away with because public schools simply do not have the resources to continue these programs. And private school tuitions are skyrocketing and often are too expensive for most families to afford without getting scholarships or taking out a loan. In today’s crazy world, any of these are valid reasons why a parent might choose an online high school for their child.

Online high school gives students the freedom to set their own pace and choose classes that are on par with not only their skill level, but also their interests. Many online high schools have a large number of options to choose from, including many classes that may not be offered locally in traditional school settings. Students can choose from beginning-level classes which allow them to build a solid foundation for future learning, or they may need more challenging courses such as honors or advanced placement. Accredited online high schools usually have several options for college prep courses which are recognized when applying to colleges and universities. Because students learn at different paces, attending an online high school can be beneficial for both students who need extra time and attention in a particular subject, as well as those who wish to work at an accelerated pace and finish early. Most traditional face-to-face school programs do not have the resources to allow for such differences in learning.

Another reason for choosing an online high school is the flexibility that working remotely can provide. Some students may have health reasons which require extended time away from school, or may be needed to help when family members have health issues. Online high school classes may be attended from anywhere there is a way to connect to the internet – be it from the hospital or rehabilitation center, from a family member’s home, or even on the road. The flexibility provided by attending an online high school means that nobody has to be excluded from completing high school and getting their diploma due to health issues.

Besides health issues, there may be other reasons why a child is frequently away and thereby not able to attend traditional in-person classes. Some students may need to work to help out with family expenses, or they may be active in a particular profession or other activity which requires them to be away from home. For example, a young person who excels in a specific sport may have to travel to frequently travel to competitions. That does not mean that student should not be allowed to complete school and graduate. Attending an online high school allows the student to participate in their sport and continue their education uninterrupted.

Online high school allows students the flexibility to choose their own course of study and level and gives students who are away from home or frequently travel the opportunity to complete high school in a timely fashion.  Often times, these students would not be able to receive their diplomas any other way.

The benefits of an accredited online homeschool

If you have been homeschooling your children and they are approaching the middle school years, you may be starting to think about alternatives.  Teaching basic reading, writing and math skills at the elementary level is something most parents can grasp fairly easily with the help of a few workbooks and other readily available teaching aids.  On the other hand, teaching algebra and geometry, physics and chemistry, is beyond the comfort level of most people.  Besides, who really wants to grade English papers, or essays on the civil war?  In terms of getting into college, report cards prior to the ninth grade are not examined that closely, but from the ninth grade onwards, they are reviewed very closely.  Courses need to meet scope, sequence and coding requirements, and most colleges look for some type of accreditation, especially from a private school.  Although parents in the US are allowed to homeschool, colleges do not have to accept homeschool transcripts, and many do not.  An accredited online homeschool offers the following benefits to parents who have been homeschooling:

  • Your student continues their schooling at home – an online homeschool is just like homeschooling
  • The online homeschool takes over all the teaching, grading & record-keeping, relieving all those burdens from you.
  • Your child is taught by caring, professional teachers who are qualified in the subjects they are teaching.
  • If the school is properly accredited, you can rest assured that when your child graduates, their diploma will be accepted by any college or university.

Christian Educators Academy offers an online homeschool program for students in grades 6-12.  In addition to the benefits stated above, we offer the following:

  • Open, year-round enrollment – start the semester or school year any time.
  • Up to six classes per enrollment – typically 4 core and two electives.
  • Choice of Apex or Gradpoint college-preparatory curriculum – both have recently won prestigious awards.
  • Honors & AP classes, foreign language, all the sciences, plus over 90 electives
  • Ability to switch classes if needed at no charge
  • AdvancED/NWAC accredited.
  • Extremely personalized service with 24-hour response times.
  • Christian teachers.

If you have been homeschooling and are looking for alternatives, Christian Educators Academy online homeschool may be just what you are looking for.  To find out more, call 1-800-886-0501 for more information.

Accredited Online high school – today’s choice for a changing world

There are many traditional high schools moving to a “blended” learning style, of online and traditional schools, however, some parents and students seek out an accredited online high school for excellence in course selections, quality teachers and the ability to work at their own pace.  Christian Educators Academy is such an accredited online high school, one that offers a wide range of online high school courses in a variety of formats. These programs help your child achieve academic success, earn an accredited online high school diploma, preparing them for academic success in higher education.

Accredited online high school students work in a structured environment online, yet have flexibility with their own scheduling.  Students need to work 180 days, but have a full year to meet these requirements.  Most online students study between 3-5 hours a day, 5 days a week, and the best part?  No homework!  If students complete all assignments each week, they can work ahead, or have more time to pursue other hobbies, talents or passions.  Many online high school students earn a well-rounded education with many outside extra-curricular activities, including organized sports, dance, drama or other performing art credits.

Flexible enrollment is another advantage of an accredited online high school.  Students can enroll at anytime-and still take up to one full year to complete up to 6 courses in the school year.  Most online high schools over around the clock access to the curriculum, with teacher response and support within 24 hours.  Teachers usually hold master degrees, and are specialized in their subject area.  They are able to encourage, mentor, tutor and help students master subject material.

Christian Educators Academy is a fully accredited online school that offers an award winning online curriculum called Apex Learning at a great price.  It is a proven curriculum, taught by Christian Teachers, yet meets accreditation standards for college preparatory credits.


Deborah Zabor
30 years experience online

Online High School

Online high school:  A growing trend in all 50 states

In most states, more and more students are struggling with the antiquated traditional public school high school system.  That is why online high school has become a growing trend for junior high and high school students.  Students are bogged down with an unusual amount of homework due to the overcrowded class instruction and are often bored or frustrated with the workload.  Gifted students, or students who are academically strong are exasperated because they are and held back by the rest of the class. A growing number of academically talented teens, as well as the average child are now enrolling in online high schools.  Online high school choices can meet a variety of student needs. The assignments are challenging, yet not overwhelming, the teachers are exceptional, and the transcripts and diplomas are fully accredited for college acceptance.

What to Look For in an Online High School

When selecting an online high school for your teen, make sure the program is regionally accredited by an agency such as Advanc-ED.  Proper accreditation will ensure that the online high school is genuine and the credits will transfer to any school of your choice.

online high school curriculum is a particularly important decision for teens. Make sure the school you select has a solid college-prep curriculum and, if possible, several honors and AP classes. Some online high school selections, such as even allow students to take college-level courses from online universities.  Thus, students earn dual enrollment credits as well. If your child has a special talent, consider selecting a school that focuses on these strengths.

After enrolling your child in online high school, be sure to monitor his progress on a weekly basis.  While online high schools focus on academics as well as encouraging students to be disciplined, your child will still need support and oversight. Sometimes, kids at this age become overwhelmed with a the challenging course load of online high school classes.

Every year more teens choose to study through an online high school. There are many reasons to transition from a brick-and-mortar programs for online learning.  These are just a few:


  1. Online high school classes may help your child earn credits faster, or make up missing credits.
  2. An accredited school may help your child get ahead and graduate early, with an advanced diploma.
  3. Online schools often provide flexibility for students, offering year-round classes.
  4. Online schools offer 24/7 access to courses, and excellent teacher response times.
  5. Online high school students allow students to get away from the failing public school system, avoiding bullying and other negative peer pressure.
  6. Online high school students work at their own pace, in their own home.
  7. Online classes allow students to focus on academics and avoid social distractions.

Homeschooling Online in Florida

Homeschooling online in Florida has many benefits for middle school and high school students.  An accredited online school offers students the opportunity to take high quality courses, including honors, advanced placement, an college preparatory courses, all supported by highly qualified teachers.  Most importantly, homeschooling online allows students of all ages to become PRIVATE school students, and excuses them from reporting the superintendent of schools in their district.  Once you withdraw from the state of Florida public school or home education program , your child comes under the jurisdiction of an accredited private school in the state of Florida.

Families who choose homeschooling online in Florida with a private school as their educational choice, are not counted as “homeschoolers” by the state of Florida – yet they keep all the benefits of homeschooling combined with all the privileges of a private school.   This includes accredited transcripts and a certified diploma for high school students, ensuring students can attend any college our university of their choice – nationwide.  For middle school and high school students, the FCAT and hiring of a certified teacher for standardized testing is eliminated, but perhaps the best choice is the high quality curriculum options, with teacher supported classes.

Each private school, such as, has a unique personality, as well as its own procedures and requirements that enrolled families must follow. Florida certified schools usually maintain the same records that a traditional school requires, including a birth certificate, immunization record or waiver, report cards and transcripts.

There are any number of reasons that parents choose to homeschooling online in Florida for their children—better academic test results, poor public school environment, high cost of a traditional private school, improved character/morality development, and objections to what is taught locally in public school are just a few. Homeschooling online in Florida is also the best alternative for families living in isolated rural locations, military families, or missionary families living abroad.

Research supports the fact that high school and middle school homeschooling online in Florida benefit from home instruction. The Home School Legal Defense Association has put together much of the research on homeschooling academics in Academic Statistics on Home Schooling.   We encourage families to register for free at for a complete list of information and documentation.  As the report points out in its closing, “These statistics point to one conclusion: homeschooling works. Even many of the State Departments of Education, which are generally biased toward the public school system, cannot argue with these facts. Not only does homeschooling work, but it works without the myriad of state controls and accreditation standards imposed on the public schools.”