Parental Responsibilities

At Great Lakes Learning Academy (GLLA), cyber school parents serve as personal, face-to-face Learning Coaches responsible for their children’s day-to-day activities. A Learning Coach provides the structure a student needs by establishing and managing the daily routine. Our handy online scheduling tool makes it easy to schedule lessons for each subject and combine family and school activities. The Learning Coach also helps monitor attendance and ensures that the student attends state examinations as required.

In addition, the Learning Coach stays in touch with the student’s teachers by phone, email, and online meetings. Your student’s teacher will contact you early in the school year to discuss how you will work together to help your student reach his or her potential.

Understanding the Commitment

Understanding the role of the Learning Coach is key to the success of your cyber school student. In general, the age of your student determines how much hands-on time you will spend as a Learning Coach.

Online Middle School—Nurturing Independence and Accountability

As students become more independent and responsible in grades 6–8, Learning Coaches “step back” a bit, and subject-specific teachers “step in” to provide expert online instruction and offline support in math, language arts, science, social studies, and an array of electives.
Learning Coaches support this transition to more independent learning as they:

  • Oversee schoolwork for two-to-three hours per day
  • Assist with some lessons
  • Monitor student comprehension and grades
  • Refer students to teachers, as needed
  • Communicate regularly with teachers

Online High School—Students Take the Lead

In grades 9–12, online students start to really take charge of their education—setting goals, working independently, and exploring their future options.
Learning Coaches encourage their students’ growing independence as they:

  • Commit one-to-two hours per day to overseeing schoolwork
  • Verify that lessons and assignments are completed
  • Communicate with teachers, referring students to teachers for help when needed
  • Attend regular teacher conferences

Complete Training and Support

Our program helps the Learning Coach understand his or her responsibilities. It also introduces all the resources and support systems made available to help the Learning Coach and student succeed. Great Lakes Learning Academy offers available Learning Coaches 24/7. The Learning Coach can also call a toll-free number to speak with a Great Lakes Learning Academy technical support representative. This support is available for both installation and troubleshooting.

You’ll also find support available from your student’s teacher, school staff, and other families.

Local Family Involvement Coordinators

Parents may also get involved by serving as chaperones for fieldtrips, allowing them to be involved with their student’s education throughout the year.