Myths about Online Schools

MYTH: Students who attend online schools lack socialization and social skills.

FACT: In addition to spending one day a week at our downtown learning facility, students at the Chicago Virtual Charter School will have the opportunity to participate in many academic and social outings. These outings may include trips to museums, skate parks, zoos, parks, and other community destinations. We also encourage students to participate in clubs.

MYTH: You'll spend all day staring at a computer.

FACT: While attendance, planning, and assessment are all recorded online, only about 30 percent of the K-8 lessons are taught online, with the percentage higher for high school as students work at more of a collective pace online in conjunction with the teacher. The rest of the K12 curriculum relies on printed and/or hands-on materials, including beautifully crafted textbooks, paint, rocks, and telescopes. In fact, once a week, students attend the CVCS facility to socialize with other students and have the chance to meet face-to-face with a teacher who can help work through any learning issues.

MYTH: Attending the Chicago Virtual Charter School is a part-time job.

FACT: Students will need to spend a minimum of four to six hours on schoolwork each day, depending on grade level and objective.

MYTH: Online schools don't meet the curriculum requirements for public schools.

FACT: The Chicago Virtual Charter School is a public school where the majority of instruction occurs outside a traditional classroom. As public school students, your children will be expected to spend a certain amount of time each day engaged in schoolwork. They will also be required to take standardized tests mandated by the state of Illinois. The K12 curriculum was developed by experts to meet or exceed Illinois Academic Standards, and has proved to be one of the top-scoring online school curriculum programs in the nation.