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August 30, 2005

Online High Schools???

I got an email from my school tonight that said the following:

Tuition Discount for New Online High School Program

Apollo Group has contracted with Lutheran High School of Orange County (LHSOC) to manage the online delivery of their high school curriculum. Established in 1973, LHSOC is a comprehensive, college preparatory high school with a national reputation for outstanding academic excellence. Students will be enrolled at Lutheran High School of Orange County and will be taught by LHSOC faculty. Through this innovative program, Orange Lutheran Online now offers a proven, highly-successful form of education to high school students across the country and around the world.

Historically, students at LHSOC have graduated with GPAs and SAT scores that are significantly higher than the national average. In fact, recent surveys reveal a vast majority of graduates (93%) successfully continue their education at community colleges, state universities, and some of the nation's most prestigious institutions. Through this unique outsourcing agreement LHSOC has agreed to extend a one-time tuition discount to Apollo Group alumni, students, faculty and staff. University of Phoenix and Axia College students are eligible for a 10% discount off of the already competitively-priced tuition rate, for both its online diploma-seeking and single-course enrollment, if your child begins classes before the end of this calendar year.

Orange Lutheran High School would be honored to welcome your son or daughter into Orange Lutheran Online. To speak with a counselor about the program and curriculum, or complete the application process, call 1-800-651-3432… or visit our website at

You've got to be kidding me! Now, I've already taken enough flack for going to college online. There are points I agree with, but for the most part, I know I (me, maybe not everyone, but me!) am getting a good education, it fits my learning style, my schedule, etc.

But for high school kids? Why? I realize this "advanced" school wants to make money. But what type of parents would send their kids to high school online? Hell, most of the stuff I learned in high school was about relationships, conflict, people, etc. I learned just as much in my extra curricular activities as I did in the classroom. I would not return to high thank you! But knowing what I know now, I would not wish to go to an online high school.

Am I missing something? When would this be a good option for a teenager?

Posted by Sissy at August 30, 2005 07:56 PM | TrackBack

You've just made my point, Sis. Lots of the stuff I learned in college was about relationships, conflict, people, etc. College is the adult version. It's not all about the degree, it's about broadening your horizons. I'm glad that you will be attending classes when you get to AZ.

Posted by: Morrigan at August 30, 2005 11:25 PM

I completely disagree. We need more antisocial people who are lacking in math and science skills which fall far behind those of competing foreign countries.

We need students who only have social skills when it involves someone they've known for their entire life. Like a parent or a pet.

Hell, don't even let these kids leave their houses, get them electric collars....Sh*t, get rid of their parents and substitute robots.

Ok, I'm leaving now. *slinks away*

Posted by: Anathematized1 at August 31, 2005 04:47 AM

BTW, online colleges are what you make of it...COLLEGE is what you make of it.

Congrats on getting a degree, furthering your education, and attempting to make yourself a more knowledgeable and productive person!

Ok, NOW I am leaving.

Posted by: Anathematized1 at August 31, 2005 04:49 AM

I agree with you... High School is a lot about social skills. Ugh.

Posted by: vw bug at August 31, 2005 07:09 AM

It's a great opportunity for kids who need to pick up an extra class here or there. It's also great for homeschoolers, because they will actually earn a diploma and not just get a GED at the end.

Posted by: at September 6, 2005 01:35 AM

I actually go to this school, and the online classes were originally started so we could free up campus space as the student population greatly increased with the incoming freshmen and transfers.

Though with the recent hurricanes, many high school students are left missing months of schooling. This being the case, I suppose they decided, "Why not open up the online classes to others as well?" Though, I believe the hurricane victims are getting the classes at an incredibly low [or nonexistent] price.

And of course the school wants money, but what school doesn't? Don't all public schools push for more funding and whatnot as well?

Posted by: Jenn at October 16, 2005 01:02 AM

i GO to LHSOC and i know a lot of people who take courses online. They make it so thatyou are still able to come to school and you have some classes on ampus. It's just that some classes you have are online. It actually is a very good program so you shouldn't talk about what you don't know

Posted by: notgiven at October 23, 2005 07:19 PM