How It Works
How Online Learning 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 K12-provided books and materials.* State-licensed teachers provide instruction in virtual sessions called "Class Connects."
WHAT TO EXPECT
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WHAT'S MY ROLE AS A PARENT?
You'll play an active and important role as your child's Learning Coach. Plan to:
- Provide academic support, motivation, and guidance throughout the school year
- 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.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who is eligible to attend Destinations Career Academy of New Mexico (Destinations)?
Any student in grades K–12 who resides in New Mexico is eligible for full-time enrollment.
How many of my children can I enroll in Destinations?
Because Destinations provides the lesson plans and materials needed for grades K–12, many parents find it easy to enroll multiple children in the program.
What does it cost to attend Destinations?
Destinations is a public school program, so there is no tuition. We provide New Mexico-licensed teachers and instructional materials. Eligible families receive a loaner computer and printer. 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.
What is the attendance policy?
As New Mexico public school students, all Destinations students must comply with the state-required minimum number of instructional days. We expect that students will attend Class Connect sessions as required and complete lessons according to due dates. Students and parents/Learning Coaches must check their email and phone messages daily and stay in regular communication with their teachers.
Can our family take a vacation during the school year?
The school calendar includes school holidays or vacation time. Whenever possible, family vacations should align with school vacation days. Parents are encouraged to contact their teacher if they have a vacation that does not coordinate with the school calendar. Family vacations may not be approved during the mandated testing periods in the spring.
How much time will my child spend online?
In the younger grades, many of the online lessons include offline work. Students in grades K–2 spend about 30–40 percent of their time on the computer, while students in grades 3–5 spend about 50–60 percent of their time online. Screen time increases in middle school, and by high school, most of the school day is online.
How do students interact socially?
Students spend time with classmates online and through school outings, field trips, and other activities. Students can also participate in school and K12 online national clubs to connect with peers of like interests.
*Course materials vary by course and school.