"EOC has made a big difference in my learning because I never wanted to learn before. When I came to EOC I got excited to think of new projects, and I always had ideas in my head of different project I could start, and different ways to show what I have learned. And I have never had that excitement to learn till now. The most important reason I stay at EOC is because of the change it’s made in how well I do in school. I have improved so much. Before I didn’t really care about my grades I had given up because no school was working for me no matter how many new schools I tried. Now though here at EOC I really feel like am doing great in school, which is something I didn’t get to say at any other school. I think is a great school and it has great teachers who are always willing to help you. So I am really lucky to have found EOC and am even more happy and excited to be graduating from EOC this year."
"I joined EOC because I had a friend in it who highly recommended it and I liked how it looked. I came to EOC from homeschooling it was fun and a great improvement. I really like the freedom of EOC it is very nice to choose what I want to learn about and move at my own pace. I also love that EOC can work with what I do as my weekly agenda so everything I did as a homeschooler like piano lessons and stuff that I can still continue."
"What made me choose EOC is because I was getting bullied. I felt like crying in school almost every day and this school sounded fun. The difference I think is going to [traditional] public school I was so tired all the time. When I was struggling they never slowed down for me they just kept pushing me under the carpet. I was so stressed. I didn’t get what they were telling me. At this school you learn at your own pace, once you don’t get something they help you out. Also you never get yelled at. They are always understanding and they will talk to you through what’s right from what’s wrong. They also send home a report once a week. You’re probably thinking school is not fun, well you’ve never been to EOC."
"School before EOC wasn’t bad; it just could have been so much more. I used to go to a regular, bricks-and-mortar, public school. I had friends, got straight A’s and had no problems with bullying. My problem was that I was bored. I hated being forced to work at everyone else’s pace when I could do so much more than I was asked to do. I didn’t care at all about learning; all I wanted was an A on my homework.
Being in EOC was an adjustment for me. For the first time, I was asked what I wanted to learn and how I wanted to learn it. I started looking at everything in my life as a possible project idea or simply something new to learn.
I love how EOC lets me fill the state standards in the ways I find most interesting. Because I love art, I often combine art projects with other subjects to make projects more fun.
Another thing that makes EOC special is the size. With the small student to advisor ratio, I know the teachers in the school and they know me. When I meet with my advisor, she knows what’s going on in my projects and can help me with what I need. I feel like more than just a number.
The most important thing that EOC has taught me is responsibility. Even though there are advisors to help, I know that I am ultimately in charge of my education. In EOC, I have learned how to propose projects, set my own deadlines, and set tasks to help me carry out what I want to do in projects. Though learning this way is harder than just going from class to class, it is much more rewarding.
I enrolled at EOC when I was in eighth grade. I am now an eleventh grader and I plan to continue at EOC until I graduate. It is such a special school and I feel like being in a school like EOC is the best choice I could have made."
"I'm pretty sure that going to EOC is one of the best things that has ever happened in my life. It hasn't been an easy experience but it has been an amazing one so far. I've learned a lot more at EOC than I did in my freshman year of high school at a regular public school. It has improved my motivation, by a lot. Before I switched, I really didn't care what kind of grades I got or how well I did on something. I didn't even bother to try really. Now, I work my butt off to get everything going in the right direction and am even graduating early because of it. My hard work is definitely paying off. Before I switched, I hated school and came up with reasons to not go. Now, I get mad if I sleep through an alarm or have to miss a class due to a doctor's appointment. I absolutely love school at EOC. I learn about things I love, like and what I want to learn about. I can be myself without being judged and I can pursue my dreams with the help of supportive staff and students. I'm REALLY happy I switched to online school at EOC."
"My online school is great because they listen to you and what you want to learn. They want you to succeed. So they help you figure out a learning plan that fits you. All I can say is I've never been happier with going to school knowing that my teacher would be happy to see me. I have the greatest Advisor in the world and I love her so much for what she has done for me over the years."
"The advisors [are] also unbelievably cool. And all of them that I talked to remembered my name! I was very impressed, as I’m generally looked over in new school settings, because I’m not as loud or rambunctious as other kids. It felt good to be noticed for just being me."