According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, 25.1% of children between the ages of 13 and 18 are affected by anxiety disorders. Even more alarming, 50% of all cases of mental illness, including anxiety, begin by age 14—right when teenagers are entering and navigating their high school years.
Things such as making friends and staying on top of coursework can be more difficult for students who suffer from anxiety, which can lead to isolation and falling behind in classes. While it may not solve every problem, online high school is a viable option for students who are looking for a different environment that will enable them to excel academically and socially. Let’s explore the different facets of online high school that can benefit students who suffer from anxiety.
Working from anywhere.
We all have days where getting out of bed feels like the most exhausting task we’ll undertake. However, for a high school student suffering from anxiety, this can easily be an everyday occurrence. If a student is feeling anxious during their entire school day, it makes it difficult for them to be present and productive in their classes. Online high school gives students the flexibility of learning wherever they want and the ability to create a schedule that fits their needs. If they feel safe and secure, they will be able to concentrate better and get more done.
Learning at their own pace.
One setback of the brick-and-mortar style of education is that every student is taught at the same pace when in reality, not every student learns the same way or at the same rate. For students who suffer from anxiety, falling behind in their studies can feel overwhelming and deter his or her success. One of the major benefits of online high school is that students are able to work at their own pace, which means they can work ahead or spend a little extra time on a subject they’re stuck on. At ASU Prep Digital, we are committed to providing a personalized learning experience for all of our students. This means giving students the power to create their own schedule and providing assistance and guidance along the way to ensure success.
Additional layers of support.
It’s easy to feel invisible when you’re attending a traditional high school if you’re not connecting with your teachers or peers. For students who suffer from anxiety, this feeling is magnified. At ASU Prep Digital, we understand the importance of providing an abundance of support so that students are able to succeed in and out of the classroom. This is why we provide each student with a Learning Success Coach, in addition to providing ample opportunities for students to connect with their teachers and peers. The success coaches help their students craft schedules that align with their interests and academic goals. They also meet with them on a weekly basis to check on their progress, making each student they interact with feel supported and heard. Between teachers, success coaches, peers, and their parents, students will never feel like they’re handling everything on their own.
While switching to online high school may not solve every problem, it offers an alternative learning environment that allows students to learn on their own time, at their own pace, and surrounded by people who are invested in their success. If your child is experiencing difficulty in their current schooling, schedule a call with one of our advisors or begin the enrollment process today.