MYTH: Students who attend online schools lack socialization and social skills.
FACT: Students at the California Preparatory Academies will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of community events, field trips, social outings and our school clubs and organizations. Examples of trips that are planned include trips to JPL, the jet propulsion lab in Pasadena, Griffith Observatory, San Diego Zoo, and educators day at Sea World. Museums, skate parks, baseball and basketball outings are but a sample of what awaits.
MYTH: You'll spend all day staring at a computer.
FACT: While attendance, planning, and assessment are all recorded online, only about 25 percent of our K-8 lessons are taught online, with a higher percentage for high school as students work at more of a collective pace online in conjunction with the teacher. The curriculum also relies on printed and/or hands-on materials, including beautifully crafted textbooks, paint, rocks, and telescopes. For high school students, all of the resources, while electronic ensure students balance their online time with study, research and community activities off line.
MYTH: Attending California Prep is really hard.
FACT: While students will need to spend about four to six hours on schoolwork each day, depending on grade level, this allows for a flexible approach to their education.
MYTH: Online schools don't meet the curriculum requirements for public schools.
FACT: California Prep is comprised of public schools that happen to operate outside a traditional classroom. As public school students, your children will be expected to spend a certain amount of time each day engaged in schoolwork. They will also be required to take standardized tests mandated by the state of California. Our curriculum was developed by experts to meet or exceed California Academic Standards, and has proved to be one of the top-scoring online school curriculum in the nation.