Why Should I Enroll in Summer Courses?
Deciding whether or not to spend some of your summer vacation working on obtaining high school course credit can be difficult. You might not want to immerse yourself in books or sit with a laptop in front of you for an extended period. But, since all of the work is done online, you will be able to study at your own pace and based on your personal schedule. Some other benefits of enrolling in summer courses online through Citizens’ High School include the following:
- Avoid the learning gap many students suffer from in the summer months
- Take special courses that are only available in the summer
- Get the jump on your college education
- Free space in your schedule for next school year
- Complete the required prerequisite courses for future Advanced Placement (AP) courses
- Stay fresh when it comes to learning a new language
- Audit a course you plan to take in the fall
- Study from anywhere in the United States or the world
- Study during travel time (plane or train)
- Study using your own laptop or tablet
- Access to our education portal on any mobile device with an internet connection
- Access to educators and counselors throughout the summer
- Take courses that are tailored to your future college or employment plans
- Take electives that weren’t available at your high school during the school year
How Do Online Summer Classes Fit Into My Schedule?
Fitting online summer classes into your schedule all comes down to your individual wants, needs, and goals. It all depends on how dedicated you are to earning high school course credit while on summer break. You don’t have to take a full slate of courses that overwhelm your schedule if you choose not to do so. You can take as many or as few courses as you would like. The best way to fit online summer classes into your schedule is to follow the tips outlined below:
- Find out what trips you will be taking with your family and friends
- Block off actual vacations on your calendar
- Pick the courses you wish to take this summer
- Start blocking off study time on your calendar
- If you are working a job, add your days working to the calendar
So long as you add blocks of time to your calendar to study, you should have no trouble fitting online summer classes into your schedule. It takes a little bit of determination, focus, and dedication, but it can be done successfully.
Top Benefit of Online Summer Courses: Promote Independent Learning
A lot of courses you take in college will involve independent learning to the point where 90 percent of the time you will not be in the classroom. You might be working on group projects or semester-long papers with very little interaction with the professor. One of the biggest benefits of online summer courses from Citizens’ High School is that it promotes independent learning. You have total control of your education and how you learn when enrolled in an online summer program. This teaches you to become independent, rely less on your parents and classmates, hold yourself accountable for your work, and take responsibility for the grades you earn.
Where Can I Study?
This is a common question that the counselors and academic staff at Citizens’ High School are asked by prospective students. Our answer is simple: anywhere. That’s the beauty of enrolling in an online program during the summer. You can study anywhere in the world your heart desires. Are you spending the summer with your grandparents at a lake house? If there is an internet connection, you will be able to complete your coursework.
Are you traveling across the country this summer with friends? Pack your laptop, tablet and any other mobile device that can secure an internet connection. You will be able to read coursework, complete labs, write papers and take tests while traveling from one area of the country to another. You can access our educational portal from any location in the world, making it easy to submit work and obtain an education when and where you see fit.
Do you spend most of the summer working a part-time job to pay for car insurance, clothes, concert tickets and other things? Don’t worry. You will be able to fit these courses into your busy schedule. It’s really quite simple. All you need to do is make time to study whenever you are not at work. This can be for an hour or two before going to work, in between shifts, or at night when you get home.
What Equipment Do I Need?
You don’t need a lot of equipment in order to enroll in distance learning high school programs. In fact, you don’t need to purchase any equipment at all, so long as you already have devices that have internet connectivity. So, if you own a laptop, desktop, tablet or phone; you can enroll in a CHS summer course and earn high school credits during your vacation. There are very little, if any, obstacles to a summer education when you enroll in a program created by Citizens’ High School. With access to your coursework, counselors and teachers at your convenience; an online summer high school class is a great way to catch up on missed credits or retake courses you failed during the school year.
Downtime is Important to a Healthy Life
It’s important to note that downtime is important to living a healthy life. You can’t always be on the go. It could lead to burnout and other serious health issues, including anxiety and stress. There is nothing wrong with a little downtime, whether it’s spent on the beach, riding your bicycle, or going for a walk. Adding one, two, or three online high school courses to your schedule this summer will not take away your downtime. It doesn’t mean you won’t have an opportunity to go swimming, hit the gym, or spend time with family and friends. You simply need to make a conscious effort to schedule your study time so there’s still time left to relax.
Try Something New
In life, there’s nothing wrong with trying something new. Whether it’s a new hobby, a new type of food, reading a new book, going to new places, or meeting new people. The same can be said when it comes to trying new educational courses you thought you’d never take before in your life. There’s always enough space in our lives to learn something new. The summer season is a great time to take a course you typically wouldn’t take at your traditional high school. Taking this new course might pique your interest and help you find a career path, if you are undecided, or send you in a new direction for life.
Study a New Language in the Native Country
Are you traveling to France, Italy or Mexico this summer? Why not enroll in language courses that you can study while visiting the native country? If you come from an Italian lineage, and are traveling to Italy this summer, consider enrolling in an Italian language course. The same goes for France, Mexico, Spain, China, Japan and anywhere else in the world. There’s nothing stopping you from learning a new language, especially one that has been part of your family’s heritage for hundreds of years.
Take Advantage of Added Time
A big benefit of enrolling in an online high school summer program is that you can take advantage of added time. Since you aren’t riding the bus or driving to and from school every morning and afternoon, you suddenly have some extra time in your schedule. You should consider using the time in the morning and afternoon when you would be commuting to and from school to study for your online classes. This can help fit the classes into your schedule around work, family time, going out with friends and other activities you take part in during the summer months.
How to Broach the Idea of Online Summer Classes with Your Teen
It could be very difficult for your teen student to understand why they should enroll in an online summer class from Citizens’ High School. This isn’t always an easy conversation to have with a teenager, especially if they had big plans for the summer and just endured a tough school year at their traditional high school. Here are some tips for broaching the summer course subject with your teen student:
- Explain to them that failing a class or two does not define them as a person or as a student
- Make sure they understand that your love for them doesn’t change based on the grades they earn in school
- Make the conversation as positive as possible by talking about things they succeed at in life
- Provide them with options for preventing any future failing grades (study groups, tutoring, online classes, etc.)
Let your teen know that enrolling in an online high school summer course is not the end of the world. In fact, it’s for the best when looking at their academic transcript in the future. Showing a college admissions team that your teen took it upon themselves to make up course credits while on summer break, and it wasn’t required by their school, can leave a lasting impression.
Finding a High School Course That Fits Your Needs
Finding a high school course online that fits your needs is easier than you might think. There’s nothing stopping you from picking a course that helps you graduate, earn college credit, prepare you for the job market or that helps earn credits that you failed or missed during the school year. Simply browse through the course catalog found on the website for Citizens’ High School to find a course that meets your needs or helps you reach your goals. You can then enroll in our program and start your summer education while you enjoy a break from the normal high school setting.
Acquire Prerequisites for AP Courses
Many high school students like to enroll in AP courses during their junior and senior years because college credits are offered. Some AP courses cannot be taken unless other prerequisite courses have been completed. If you want to take a slate of AP courses next school year, you can enroll in the prerequisite ones during the summer season so they aren’t on your docket in the fall.
Begin the Enrollment Process With Citizens’ High School Today
Are you ready to change your academic progress for the better? Do you want to take advantage of not being in school full-time during the summer? If so, it’s time to begin the enrollment process for summer courses online with Citizens’ High School. To learn more about enrollment, call 800-736-4723 or fill out our online contact form.