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Online school touts options for students

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CANFIELD, Ohio -

Online schools are becoming a more popular option for teenagers and younger children. 

Operators of one online school told 21 News how they believe it can provide the same benefits as a brick and mortar school.

Ohio Connections Academy held an informational session in Canfield Tuesday night for students interested in attending a public E-School.
Staffers say the school caters to a variety of students.

"We have all walks of life in our school. We have the student who is an over-achiever who needs to move at a faster pace. We have students who need a lot of extra help who need to move at a slower pace," said Angela Dobbins of Ohio Connections Academy.

One graduate, who is now an employee, says online schools better prepare you for jobs or college because they teach you personal responsibility and independence. 

Anna Ridenour said, "You don't have a teacher looking over you all the time. You have to learn to reach out to your teacher. You have to manage your time. There's no one telling you where to go every hour. You have to be responsible to do your own work and get your lessons done on time."

But aren't you missing out on socialization? They say parents and students make that happen by scheduling meet-ups.

"We connect students and families with others in their area and create to their own meet-ups. They are meeting at museums and going to parks and having naturalists do demonstrations for students," said Dobbins.

Ohio Connections says enrollment was at 3,200 last year and is expected to grow to about 4,000 this fall.

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