Why Do Students Choose Blended and Online Schools?

More students than ever before are attending blended and online schools. While the reasons students select the schools vary, it is clear that these schools are providing a useful option for families across the country. Blended and online schools provide the flexibility as to where, when, and how students learn. The Foundation for Blended and Online Learning (FBOL) set out to discover why students and families are choosing these innovative school models and how they are finding out about the options available.

In the paper Why Do Students Choose Blended and Online Schools?, developed with the Evergreen Education Group, FBOL explores the common motivations behind the choice to enroll in a school or program other than a traditional brick-and-mortar setting. Through a series of stakeholder interviews, school snapshots, and data drawn from a variety of sources, the paper offers a look at the academic, social and sometimes difficult personal reasons students throughout the country turn to alternatives to their local public school.

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