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  • MY DAUGHTER IS FAILING CYBER SCHOOL!

    9 posts, 7 voices, 787 views, started Nov 19, 2008

    Posted on Wednesday, November 19, 2008 by Dana Arcuri

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    • My 13 year old daughter had been a very good student in elementary school.  Last year, in 7th grade, my husband and I had Jenna go to a private Christian school.  During the school year, Jenna began struggling academically.  My husband and I tried to help her at home with assignments.  By the end of the year, Jenna failed two classes, but the Christian school permitted her to go onward to 8th grade.  

      Instead of returning to this school, we decided to have Jenna cyber school at home.  This is totally new to us, but we were hoping that this would be a better “fit” for our daughter.

      Unfortunately, the laptop computer that we received from the cyber school had multiple technical problems.  For two months, we were challenged with serious technical issues and finally the cyber school sent us a brand new computer.

      Nevertheless, Jenna got behind in school, due to the tech issues and her laptop not working.  Now that her new computer is functioning correctly, I was hoping that Jenna could catch up with missed work.

      Today I received a phone call from the supervisor of the cyber school.  I was informed today that my daughter is FAILING cyber school!  She has not been doing her assignments or taking her tests.  She has missed so much work that I honestly do not know if she will ever catch up.

      I am literally stressed to the max over this.  I need wisdom and direction from God to know what I should do about Jenna’s education.  Please pray about these specific area’s of concern:

      1.  Should I remove Jenna from cyber school to have her go to the public school even though this was what we were trying to avoid?  (The public school said that they would possibly make Jenna return to 7th grade, instead of 8th.)

      2.  Should I have Jenna continue in the cyber school and from this point on have her catch up with missed assignments to the best of her ability?  (Most of the missed tests can not be made up.)

      3.  Is there a possibility that Jenna is struggling with an
      undiagnosed learning disability?  (Her brother and sister have learning disabilities.)

      Presently, private school is not an option, due to the expense.  As a parent, I want to do the right thing.  I want Jenna to be in an environment where she will succeed.  I need to do what is best for her and that is what I am praying for.  

      Thank you for your prayers!



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          (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Nov 19, 2008
        • My son has the same issue
          but it relates to regular school
          He does not attend any classes
          no matter how much I do my cock coo coos
          So I think of Cyber School
          The counselor told me
          Most of them would fail in that setting
          for self discipline is the rule
          How many of our teenagers
          as well as ourselves
          would able to handle the distraction
          and the only exception
          for me is this site, I glue!



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          Mztracy wrote Nov 19, 2008
        • Are there problems at your public school?

          We are very lucky and have the best pucblic system where we are. It is still considered a small area.

          maybe have her tested, and then go from there.
          If she does have a learning disability, then you will know the right track to take.



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          Bobbi Bacha wrote Nov 19, 2008
        • My son had trouble in High School and we found an alternative school, we sent him to Houston Learning Academy and it was wonderful.. he Excelled.  

          The hours were shorter and no homework all work was done there and no books.  He learned more than High School with out all the hassels.

          Id look for a alternative school that is not a full day.



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          Chi10 wrote Nov 19, 2008
        • Godsglamourgirl, I can share my experience. I have 3 kids and all 3 hit a wall at 6th and 7th grade like clock work. Its like they completely lost interest and focus. Not turning in assignments, day dreaming, just lost. It wasn’t as if they didn’t know the work, they got A’s on exams. They just got really lazy. SO I had to step it up and do extra.. Emailing teachers, checking the portal, having them attend after school work sessions, etc. I had to be on them 100% I even had the youngest evaluated for ADD. The result was only that he suffered from the same laziness syndrome my other kids had. Anyway, long story short, each case is different, but this may be something kids go thru. The older 2 grew out of it and are A/B students in High school and College. The youngest is in 7th now. He did really well first semester but still requires a lot of oversight. As for Cyber school, I’d think that it would take a lot of discipline to stay on task. My kids couldn’t do in class let alone online.  

          I know, because I telecommute and I get distracted. I’m on here! LOL!



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          Chi10 wrote Nov 19, 2008
        • I forgot to mention, my kids went to public school, but I my case it wasn’t the school.



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          Ms-kay wrote Nov 19, 2008
        • It sometimes a struggle still with my kids as well to have them focus....they have so much homework that it overwhelms them at times.  

          You should talk to your primary care physician if he/she can refer a specialist to test your daughter for a possible learning disability.  

          Don’t make hasty decisions before you have a diagnosis. The specialists will then tell you what is best for your daughter.



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          (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Nov 19, 2008
        • Allow me again.  The counselor told me, if my son cannot do well in public school, what makes me think that he will go well on his own in Cyberschool? It’s a good thought.



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          Coachmombabe wrote Nov 19, 2008
        • Godsglamourgirl, do you know much about your daughter’s learning style? It could be that she’s not learning in the mode that fits her style best. If you’ve not been exposed to learning styles before, a good book is The Way They Learn by Cynthia Tobias. It’s just an idea to look into.

          We will be praying! I homeschooled ours because our oldest struggled in public school. There were multiple issues. My heart goes out to you and your daughter!



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