I’m going to let you in on a little secret. Anyone who says that they know which are the ten best online high schools has no clue. There are now hundreds of online schools and, here’s the salient point: No one has actually evaluated them against each other.
So why use a title like this? Because Google rewards websites that provide lists in this manner.
Real life, though, is very much different.
Some types of schools are definitely evaluated against each other. On the college side, one only needs to look at U.S. News & World Report and you can get very much into the minutiae of each individual college and university.
I have yet to see any similar endeavors at the online high school level. While Newsweek does an evaluation of all high schools, this does not work for our purposes. Online schools don’t have nor need some of the resources that a face-to-face school would need.
My guess is that, if an organization were to take on this evaluation, that the top online high school would be Stanford University Online High School. However, I believe that may or may not be true, but I have seen how colleges are evaluated and little time is spent evaluating instruction. It is often about resources, prestige, and the like. Being connected to Stanford University certainly gives you a leg up in such things.
What do I base that on?
I am going to tell you a hard truth: Don’t choose an online school based on where you perceive it is ranked. Choose it based upon how good a fit it is for you.
Which is the best online high school? The one that provides the right amount of out-of-classroom support and in-the-classroom support to make sure that you are successful.