What led you to choose an online school?
For some parents, it’s a student who learns in a different way or struggles in a classroom setting. For others, it’s the need for a safer environment or a more personalized learning experience. Some choose an online school right from the start of their child’s education; others come to it after the traditional options have failed.
For the Hostetler family, the journey to K12 began 14 years ago, before their children were even born. Tennille, a mom of two, shared that she was a senior in college when she made the decision to give her future children a different kind of school experience. While still in college, Tennille taught biology (her major) to an extraordinary group of homeschooled students. She observed their eagerness to learn, their maturity, and their kindness towards one another, and decided she wanted the same for her own children someday.
Years later, despite a background in teaching and a Master’s degree in Education, Tennille found that homeschooling on her own was not working for her family. The expense and time-commitment involved in choosing and purchasing curriculum and lesson-planning for multiple grade levels was taking its toll. That’s when she found K12, and our partner school, Oregon Virtual Academy.
In our interview, Tennille shares her thoughts on the K12 program, and offers some advice for other parents on transitioning from homeschooling to an online school.