So what do the Super Bowl and online high schools have in common. Mostly nothing. While there are definitely athletes who participate in organized sports who go to online high schools, that is certainly not football players. Or basketball players. Or baseball players.
As far as I know.
Do you know anyone who has gone to an online high school and has done so? Let me know in the comments.
That being said, there are definitely athletes who have gone to online high schools. We actually have some local hockey players who are doing that, but often it is more individual sport athletes that use it as a way to be able to compete. Think tennis or swimming or ice dancing.
So why those sorts of sports? A lot of it has to do with how you move up the food chain from high school sports to college sports. With individual sports, it seems much easier to get to college or to the Olympics, all things being equal, than with team sports.
Are you an athlete considering going the online high school route? If you are, you will want to follow some of these guidelines:
- Check with the professional association for your sport. Make sure that what you want to do is permissible under its rules; and
- Choose an online high school that will allow you some flexibility in completing course; and
- Consider online high schools that have experience with athletes. Certainly Laurel Springs School and Connections Academy come to mind, but there are others; and
- Consider whether it is worth the commitment.
Notice that last one. Attending an online high school and pursuing a sport at a superior level are both challenging. Doing both at the same time is something that is not for the faint of heart.
Can you be successful? Yes.
Will it require that you give up some things that might be important to you? Yes.
Consider all of your options carefully. While attending an online high school can pay off for you, be ready to put in the necessary work.
Tom Nixon is the author of Complete Guide to Online High Schools: Distance learning programs for teens & adults.