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What Kinds of Classes to Expect at an Online High School

March 2, 2021

Families exploring their online school options often raise similar questions: are online learning programs reputable? Will my child thrive with the flexibility they offer? And perhaps most importantly, what kinds of classes do virtual high schools offer, and will they keep my child engaged and challenged?

These families can take heart: a thriving online high school like Dwight Global will have a robust selection of classes in a variety of topics and academic levels to keep students growing and learning, no matter where their interests lie. A program like Dwight Global’s will offer rigorous classes that provide a solid foundation for future study. Our courses are relevant and draw on real-life examples with a global perspective, thanks to our diverse student body and our philosophy that encourages global thinking. We also believe that students learn best when the atmosphere is collegial and collaborative, and led by teachers trained not just in their area of expertise but also in online pedagogy. 

So, what kinds of classes can an online high school student expect? Read on to learn!

The essentials
Every high school student must master core essentials, and at Dwight Global, our inquiry-based curriculum encourages students to collaborate, think critically and independently, and apply their knowledge to the world around them. From English to Literature and Composition, from Algebra to Statistics, from Biology to Physics, look for an online high school that offers a solid foundation of curriculum in each discipline. And with a maximum of 15 students in each class, our low student-teacher ratio ensures a more individual learning experience.

In a bricks and mortar school, language offerings may be limited. But students at an online high school have access to a variety of world languages to help prepare them for global studies. At Dwight Global, a true world community, students have a variety of language classes and levels to choose from.  Additionally, many of our international students choose to pursue Mother Tongue instruction from institutions in their home countries, and we recognize that every student has different language needs inside and outside the classroom. We believe language learning helps students respect and appreciate their own and other cultures, and our Language offerings reflect that. Multiple instructional levels of Spanish, French, Italian, and Mandarin, including advanced-level courses, help set students up for a lifetime of language success. 

Every child is unique, and every student’s learning journey will be different. A robust offering of electives is crucial to ensuring students can explore their passions and become well-rounded individuals who aren’t afraid to tackle new challenges! Whether your child is interested in Economics or Art, Film Studies or Psychology, Business Management or Physical Education, the right online high school program will provide a variety of rich elective offerings to help students customize their high school experiences. 

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate 
Many college-bound students are seeking academic offerings that will best prepare them for their next path of study. If that sounds like your student, you’ll want to ensure the online high schools you’re considering offer Advanced Placement and/or International Baccalaureate programs. At Dwight Global, we believe the combination of these elements provides a dynamic learning environment that’s available to students anywhere in the world. 

Class methods
It’s no surprise that online schools must use innovative technologies and methods to teach students from a distance. So no matter which online high schools you’re exploring, consider that they’ll need to have expertise in digital pedagogy.  At Dwight Global, we combine real-time video conference seminars, individual online tutorials, and optional residential experiences, along with a personalized approach.

An Online High School that Fits Your Needs!
Building on 150 years of innovation in education, Dwight Global Online School understands that our course offerings help ensure our students have the ability to explore their individual passions. As an accredited online high school, our academically rigorous curriculum, partnered with our expertise in digital delivery, can meet any child’s academic needs--not to mention their interests and external pursuits.  

If you would like to learn more about the customizable and fully engaging programs available at Dwight Global, reach out to us here. We can help you with even more questions you may have about an online education.