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Answering Your Top FAQs about Private Online High School Answered: #1 Accreditation

Do you have questions about private online high school accreditation? As the Head of Bryn Mawr Online and an educator for more than 20 years, I field a lot of questions from parents and caregivers as they consider online private school options for their kids.

Is online school challenging enough? How do colleges consider an online school transcript? What is student life like? How will my child connect with other students? How do parents get involved

In this series, I will do my best to answer these frequently asked questions. Let’s get started!

Question 1: Why is it important to select an accredited online high school? 

In the realm of education, the advent of online high schools has ushered in a new era of learning opportunities. However, amidst this digital revolution, the significance of choosing an accredited online high school, particularly one that has evolved from a long-established and rigorous traditional school, cannot be overstated.

Accreditation of an online high school ensures the legitimacy of the institution. This is especially important in the online sphere, where the distinction between reputable and dubious educational providers can often be blurred. By selecting an accredited online high school, parents and students can confidently navigate this landscape, knowing that the education provided is recognized by colleges and valued. It is important to look for online schools accredited by multiple associations, further ensuring the quality of their program.

The outgrowth of an online high school from a well-established and rigorous traditional institution brings with it a legacy of educational excellence. These schools have a proven track record of delivering high-quality education and transferring their successful teaching methodologies and curricula to their online counterparts. This transition from physical to virtual classrooms does not diminish the quality of education; rather, it extends the reach of their esteemed programs to a broader student population and brings global viewpoints to students from different backgrounds.

The rigor of the curriculum is another critical aspect. Schools with a history of high academic standards tend to maintain these standards in their online programs. This ensures that students are not only engaging with comprehensive and challenging material but are also being prepared for higher education and future career opportunities. The rigor of these programs often translates into better preparation for college, as students are accustomed to a level of academic intensity that is reflective of post-secondary education.

Furthermore, accredited online high schools with roots in established traditional schools often have experienced educators who are adept at delivering instruction in a virtual environment. These educators bring with them a wealth of knowledge and teaching strategies that have been honed over years of in-person teaching. Their expertise is invaluable in creating an online learning experience that is both engaging and effective.

An additional benefit of choosing such an institution is the diploma’s credibility. When students graduate from an accredited online high school, their diploma is recognized and respected by colleges and universities. This recognition is crucial for students as it can impact college admissions and future academic opportunities.

Finally, these schools often provide robust student support services, including college counseling and academic advising. The transition from a traditional in-person school to an online environment does not diminish the importance of these services; in fact, it often amplifies their necessity.

The decision to enroll in an accredited online high school, particularly one that is an offshoot of a long-standing and rigorous in-person school, is a decision that guarantees quality, continuity, and recognition in a student’s educational journey. This choice not only impacts their current learning experience but also paves the way for future academic and professional successes.

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Meet Mallory Pladus

English Teacher

Where do you live?
Lancaster, Pennsylvania

What do you like about teaching online?
I like the small school environment, the ambitious students BMOS attracts, and the flexibility learning and teaching online affords students and faculty.

What do you like to do when you’re NOT in school?
Hike, travel, play frisbee, and spend time on the Jersey Shore.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Japan. My dad is half Japanese, and there is a rumor in our family that he and my aunt relinquished property rights to a small portion of a mountain in Japan. I’d like to go see that mountain.

Best way to spend a Saturday?
Reading outside.

What do you want students to remember about you?
I want them to remember that I did my best to make literature open up for them in surprising, intriguing ways and that I cared about their ideas.

Personal catchphrase?
“Let’s reflect on this.”

Who inspires you?
Writers I love: James Baldwin, Marilynne Robinson, Louise Erdrich, to name a few.

What activity/class have you enjoyed the most through BMOS (and why)?
The poet Sarah Ali visited our English 9 and 10 classes to discuss her poem about animal roadkill. The students asked great questions, and she gave thoughtful answers. We broached a topic that often feels too intractable to talk about.