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Open Enrollment and Online Schools Offer New Opportunities to Students

Cyndi Strayer | Feb 16, 2012, 8:25 a.m.

Although it may seem early to think about next year and your child’s education, many schools are having open enrollment. This is the perfect opportunity for you and your child to review the schools and other learning opportunities available to your child.

One of the primary benefits of an open enrollment is to provide equal educational opportunities to students from different walks of life. In other words, open enrollment brings with it the benefit of a more diverse student population, which provides enhanced socialization and cultural exchanges. It can also benefit students who need more of a challenge or have specific educational wants, such as enhanced science or engineering instruction.

However, before you decide to enroll at any educational facility, it is important to learn as much as you can about a school. The best way to do this is to visit the school. This allows you to see everything a school has to offer in the value of education and more.

Visiting a school allows you to speak with advisors and staff, take specialized tours of buildings and departments and so much more! Participants are able to learn about areas they are already interested, as well as be introduced to new and different possibilities they may not have previously considered.

Another great benefit of visiting an educational institution is the opportunity to spend time on the school’s campus and get a taste of everyday life at the school. You learn about classes, meet with teachers and other professionals at the school and learn about extracurricular activities.

Open enrollment has the benefit of allowing you the opportunity to make sure this would be right opportunity for you. So make the most of it, so you can make the best, informed decision you can.

Another educational opportunity available to your child is an online education, popular because of the convenience and flexibility it offers. It can also be a good alternative for those students who are unable to attend traditional classes.

One benefit of an online high school education is accessibility. As long as the students have Internet access, they can study and complete their assignments 24/7 at home or anywhere else they may be.

Another benefit is flexibility. Students who learn faster or slower than the typical student have the flexibility to work at their own pace. Online education is also a good option for students who are part of a family that moves regularly or who are unable to attend regular classes due to personal or health reasons.

One added benefit is that an online education familiarizes students with computers and the Internet. Knowledge of both fields and how to manage them is a valuable asset, especially in today's technology-dependent society.

Despite its benefits, the biggest disadvantage is time management. Most successful students in this type of program are disciplined and responsible of their time and assignments, especially in an environment where there is little or no supervision.

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