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Who is a Good Candidate?

Who is a good candidate for Medford Online Academy?

Online learning transfers much of the responsibility of learning to the student

That is, students will need self-motivation, time-management, and strong communication skills in order to be successful.

What does that look like?

  • Time-management skills are necessary to handle the responsibility of self-pacing. Take Ownership of your learning!
  • Self-motivation skills are required to remain on track and engaged without constant guidance from a teacher.
    • Aim for 1 hour each day for every course enrolled. If you are enrolled in 6 courses aim for 6 hours of work/studying per day.
    • Available to attend live classroom instruction, or help session
    • Available to watch recordings when live instruction is missed
  • Self-reflection skills enable students to understand why they are falling behind. (Am I not spending enough time on the content, or do I not understand what is being taught?)
    • Overall grade is what you have turned in (understanding the material)
    • Actual grade takes into account if you are behind in the course - if this is lower you will want to reorganize your current schedule to provide more time to online learning or seek help.
  • Students must have the ability and willingness to learn independently since students may have little occasion to interact with peers.
  • Students must recognize learning strategies that support success (note taking, self-questioning, etc.).
    • Review your notes prior to each assessment
  • Effective communication skills are necessary for communicating with teachers to ask questions, receive support, and stay on pace.
    • Communication with online teacher on an ongoing basis by email or phone
  • Basic technical skills are required to navigate the course, web links, and additional content and learning tools.

Who do I contact now if I am a good candidate for Medford Online?

  • If you are new to the Medford School District, and would like to join us, please contact our office. 
  • If you are a current Medford School District student, please visit