HOW IT WORKS
How Online School Works
With online learning, your child can learn at home, or wherever there's an internet connection, while enjoying the benefits and support of a school program. They'll complete a mix of online lessons and offline activities, using Stride K12-provided books and materials.* State-certified teachers provide instruction in virtual sessions called "Class Connects."
WHAT TO EXPECT
Destinations Career Academy of Wisconsin uses quality curriculum from Stride K12 that's designed to let students find the learning style that works best for them, enabling them to find their own path to success. Core academics meet a career-focused, college-ready education in which your student can explore their options through electives in high-demand career fields. Each online classroom offers engaging and relevant lessons that build real-world skills based on your child's interests and abilities.
Expectations for Completing Schoolwork
At Destinations, student learning and academic growth are paramount. While we offer a level of flexibility, we recognize the importance of classroom pacing and the need for students to complete their work based on set due dates.
Destinations high school uses a semester-based approach where students are required to earn a passing grade of 60 percent or above on their assignments and online lessons. Due dates are assigned to lessons to encourage consistent, steady progress for academic success.
Teachers provide group instruction through online synchronous sessions called Class Connects. Students are expected to attend Class Connects, which vary by subject and are scheduled by their teachers. Attending these sessions, along with completing coursework, will help students be successful.
Attendance is logged Monday through Friday during a typical school week. But academic progress can also be achieved during the weekends. High school students are expected to spend six hours per course per week. A student who takes five courses and spends 6 hours per week on each one is devoting approximately 30 hours per week to their course work.
Email is the primary form of communication between the school and families. Learning Coaches and students are required to check and respond to emails on a daily basis.
Our testing is purposeful and meaningful, and drives our instructional practices to best serve the individual needs of your child.
Destinations students must comply with all Wisconsin-mandated testing requirements.
WHAT'S MY ROLE AS A PARENT?
You'll play an active and important role as your child's Learning Coach. Plan time each day to:
- Provide academic support, motivation, and guidance
- Ensure your child is on track with assignments and coursework
- Communicate with teachers
- Report daily attendance
If you or your child's legal guardian are unable to fill this role, you can choose a family member, friend, or another trusted adult to be the Learning Coach.
Virtual School, Real Results
High school is a time for students to prepare for the future. At Destinations, we celebrate when students reach their goals—and earning a diploma is a big deal! Even though we’re an online school, we make sure to recognize this special milestone. Watch our video to see how we celebrated Stride K12-powered 2020 graduates.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who is eligible to attend Destinations Career Academy of Wisconsin?
Any student in grades 9–12 who resides in Wisconsin is eligible for full-time enrollment.
What does it cost to attend Destinations?
Destinations is a public school, so there is no tuition. We provide Wisconsin-licensed teachers and instructional materials. Students and families will be responsible for providing some common household materials (such as printer ink and paper). Our enrollment consultants can help address your technological and computer questions and needs.
How much time will my child spend online?
Desinations high schoolers spend most of their school day online.
How do students interact socially?
Students spend time with classmates online and through school outings, field trips, and other activities. In addition to school-based clubs, Stride K12 online national clubs help connect students with like interests and passions.
*Course materials vary by course and school.