As in any new situation, there are the good, the bad and the ugly - aka black hat types. We have two daughters in our family that have attended online high school and it has been a fantastic experience.
The school they attend is the online side of an accredited brick and mortar traditional school. The online side is also accredited and shows up on all SAT or College board sites as a real accredited high school.
Let me tell you it is much MORE than that. The course work is intensive, the teachers are attentive with each student getting as much one on one time as they want or need. The systems to protect against cheating are something traditional schools should adopt and the social interaction in online clubs, and real face to face get togethers is energizing and amazing.
Is it popular? Look at these numbers.
Two years ago at graduation there were 200 students.
Last year at graduation there were over 400 students.
This year for graduation it is predicted there will be 4000 students.
Not only should this online education be considered credible, it already is, and deserves to be.
So if an online education course is properly accredited or working toward that accreditation I believe parents, students and employers should be happy to see these institutions in action.
One of my daughters graduated and is entering university.
The other daughter is a senior and an official candidate for entry into the U.S.Naval academy. How is that for credibility!