Interview with an E-Schooler

As most of you know, our daughter, Emily left a local Grade School last year and joined E-School. Since I am not the student, my perception is much different of things than hers. So instead of listening to me ramble, I interviewed Emily tonight on what she thinks of how E-School is. Hope this helps those of you considering moving here and choosing it for your children’s educational needs.

What is the name of your E-School?

Osceola Virtual Secondary School (OVSS)

How many classes do you have?

Six total, Language Arts, Spanish, Science, Math, World Geography, and Art

Did you get to pick your classes?

I got to choose Art and Spanish, the rest I have to do.

What is your favorite class and why?

My favorite class is Science because they have a lot of fun topics and I get to learn how to do new experiments.

How many total hours of class does the school expect of you each week day?

They expect 8 hours total of class each day, but I do 7 hours from 9 a.m. to 3 :45 p.m.

What is your daily routine?

Usually I sleep in till 8:30, get up and have breakfast, get dressed, brush my teeth, and turn my computer on. I have 2 monitors so I can see everything, and a large desk area.

Who sets your schedule?

Mom and Dad made my schedule, and if I need more work on one class, I focus on only that class for the day.

What are the tools you need for E-School?

The cool thing is I don’t have to go buy school supplies, since everything is on my computer. I did however need a printer and a scanner for assignments, along with a good computer and a second monitor which helps when doing multiple things.

How do you send assignments or projects?

There is an assignment page where you get to submit your assignment and can see it there. Other ones are scanned and sent, so nothing is ever “hard mailed.”

Is it weird not having books?

Yes because I’m used to having heavy text books with me, but now it’s all online. At Celebration they didn’t have lockers, so I had to carry everything with me all the time.

Do you feel you are learning since there is no teacher in front of you?

I feel I am learning a lot more than in public school because I don’t have to worry about kids around me knowing and not knowing and being disruptive in class. I can focus on it because it’s just me.

Do you take breaks?

Yes I do, I take 5 minute breaks between classes and sometimes after a really hard assignment or project.

Do you have a lunch hour?

Yes, I take mine from 11:30-12:30 p.m. with Mom and Dad.

Do you get the chance to take field trips?

I haven’t yet, but in the future Mom plans on taking me to WDW and Sea World for a learning day.

If you have problems with school, how do you handle them?

I have a school email that I use to contact my teachers at any time, and once a month the teachers check in to see my progress and to let me know how I am doing.

How is this different from going to a regular school?

E-School is different because you get to be in the comfort of your home, and you can learn things at your own pace, whether it be quick or slow. Public school has kids and teachers to interact with, and with that you have to follow a set of rules where as home I just have to make sure I am getting my work done.  At home I don’t have to worry about being late to class or getting a hall pass to go the bathroom, I just go, and I can get a snack whenever I feel like it.

Do you miss interacting with people your own age?

I do miss it a little, my old friends playing with me at recess in WI, but in FL, even if I had friends, I didn’t have a chance to play with them that much anyways. But I have a neighbor girl who plays at my house, like I did with my old friends.

What about report cards?

On my home page for school, I can always see how I am doing. My percentage on my module, in my class, with my grade is always there along with my assignments completion list.

What about school pictures?

We get to get school pictures which is for our school ID only, but Mom’s going to take mine at Disney World this year for 6th grade.

Do you have Mom or Dad home, or would you prefer to be home alone to do it?

Mom and Dad home, Dad helps me a lot since he works from home

Would you do it again for next year and why?

I would like the opportunity because I have had a great time so far.

Do you recommend it for other kids?

I recommend it for kids who have had bullying experiences, who feel more comfortable at home in a safe environment. But, if you are a kid who likes school, who has a lot of friends, and does well in school it isn’t worth it to lose all your friends. I didn’t have any so I didn’t lose anything.

How did you get started on it?

Dad looked up Osceola County School District web site and called them. Mom and Dad took me to meet the Principal and sign up for my classes.

Back to Mom!

Thanks Emily! As you can see, Emily has given you lots to think about. As a parent’s point of view, you have to have a lot of patience to have your child home all the time. There is no space when they go off to school because home is school. It has been an adjustment for all of us, taking and picking Kyra up only from school, and watching Em at times start school in her nightgown. At the same time, I have a peace about it because she is home and safe. Having dealt with bully issues in a prior school, I was terrified of her having to deal with it again.  We will see, as much as I would like to see her in a Charter School next year, 7th and 8th grade were my hardest years, as well as Kyra’s.  We shall see what God has in store for us.

Please leave any questions or comments you have in the comment section below and we will do our best to answer them. I know school is a HUGE factor in relocating, and should be taken with the utmost seriousness. Any help we can give we are more than happy to help with. Enjoy your day!

10 thoughts on “Interview with an E-Schooler

  • Amy,

    When Emily is in school all day are you always home with her? Just curious, because I was thinking about it when Aviva was a bit older. But I work part time and my DH works full time. Emily is one year older then Aviva, does she miss being around other kids. Aviva is a bit shy and in a new school this year, but so far she is happy.

  • Thanks for posting this!!! I’ve been thinking about homeschooling or charter school, but I just don’t know. At least I have a couple years to decide! This is definite food for thought!

  • Thanks so much for that. So very interesting. I do know a few adults who were home schooled as kids. Fwiw, they seem very well balanced and very smart.

  • Thanks for the helpful information. I have a question about schools down there…in doing some research I have noticed that they seem to release an hour early on Wednesdays. Why? Do they do that for Kyra at Celebration High? Thanks!

  • Thanks for sharing Emily! My teens are both homeschooled and we all love it. We are moving to Orlando soon and I am looking into the homeschool laws now. We have thought about doing Connections Academy, which is online public school. They are both in 10th grade and I work part time. It is easier when they are older because they do not need you as much. Plus they can help each other or wait for me to get home. I’m glad you are having a good year Emily! I’ll be praying for you!

  • I am seriously considering home schooling for my 8.5 year old. Amy, can i ever (when you’re free) pick your brains more about it? Or ask you where, if, on line there’s more info? How do you feel she is at academically? I can’t help but imagine the HS kids would be so much further ahead than the rest of us!

    All the best. I’m at tjodaninc@hotmail.com most days now!

  • Hi Amy,
    My family and I are going to be relocating to central Florida in the next 2 years. I was wondering where you did your research on Florida schools. Every site that I have found has been very confusing and I don’t really understand Florida’s school system yet. Do you have any tips on school districts? I am having the same problems with the neighborhoods, I don’t want to end up in a bad neighborhood. (If you know what I mean) All your help would be greatly appreciated.

    And Congratulations to Emily! I am glad you are happy. :o)