Estimated reading time: 4-5 minutes
The Markhams have three students enrolled at Utah Online School as well as their local border schools.
London, a 7th grader, takes advantage of the opportunity to earn high school credits even though she’s just starting middle school.
“London has taken three courses this summer… The best part is that these are activities she would have done over the summer anyway. So why not get activities like drawing and dancing recognized?” explains mum Leslie Markham. “This is an incredible opportunity. Once she is in high school, she will have a more flexible school schedule and will be able to choose to work or take college courses like her siblings.”
Outside of school, Claire, a ninth grader, devotes about 20 hours a week to dancing. She takes UOS summer courses throughout the year and additional courses to progress so her schedule is more manageable year-round.
“Claire wants to push herself to learn and grow in all areas of life,” explains her mother. This year she will take advantage of UOS’ simultaneous enrollment offers. “The local school does not allow her to take these courses yet, so we are so grateful that UOS allows her to continue to challenge herself academically.”
Lincoln, an eleventh grader, is an avid golfer. In order to perfect his game, he has to spend several hours every day on the pitch. “He finishes high school in the morning and we see him before he goes to the golf course to practice until dark,” says Leslie Markham.
“With UOS, he can focus on teaching at his own pace and take courses that aren’t available at his local high school. UOS’s summer offerings have also helped him stay ahead of his grade level, allowing him to have the ideal schedule throughout the year. He’s still pushing ahead academically by taking college-level courses, and still has the Time to do what he loves outside of school.
Starting aid for learning
Because UOS students can start earning high school credits as early as seventh grade, they have more flexibility later with a personal high school schedule. Ms. Markham explains that UOS gives their children the flexibility to graduate high school a year early or complete at least a year of college before graduating high school.
“We want our children to love learning and discover their unique skills and passions that will help them in the future. Combining UOS with their traditional school expands their educational and growth opportunities,” says Leslie Markham. “They push themselves by working smart and doing more throughout the year, including the summers. We see them dedicating more time to their personal interests and goals, and will encourage them to choose high school internship opportunities that will benefit their long-term career goals.”
Flexibility for all Utah students
It has been more than a decade since the Utah Legislature approved a statewide online education program that allows “eligible students to earn middle school and high school completion credits through the completion of publicly funded online courses.”
What many parents and students don’t know is that the program allows students in any county in the state to create a personalized education plan that combines in-person and online classes. Using this option gives families flexibility in planning and curriculum.
A proven option for online education
If the idea of blended online and in-person education appeals but you don’t know where to start, Utah Online School (UOS) has perfected the process.
UOS serves more than 10,000 students annually with more than 150 teachers, advisors and staff. In more than 15 years, the total number of students served has exceeded 110,000. UOS has achieved a course completion rate of over 90% and a completion rate of over 95%.
Study anywhere with Utah Online School and get school credits
Utah Online School is currently enrolling for fall courses. With almost 70 course options (and a list that’s constantly growing), there’s almost always an opportunity for individual flexibility.
At many Utah high schools, popular electives are often restricted to seniors or are filled at random as demand far exceeds the places available. With UOS this is not a problem. In fact, UOS offers far more courses than many border schools.
In addition to traditional subjects such as reading, art, history and math, UOS offers courses such as computer science, programming, coding, world languages (20+), music (guitar, ukulele, music theory and more), wildlife and marine biology, honors courses and ACT prep and driver training.
UOS achieves student success by tailoring learning to student needs with the support of certified teachers, adult mentors and advisors. Best of all, UOS is an accredited public school that’s free for Utah students.
Enroll today in Utah’s premier online school offering K12 students both full and part-time options.