The time a student should spend on their online course depends on their grade level and the course format, session, and subject area.
Generally, students taking an elementary or middle school-level course during the school year spend three to five hours per week on lessons, problem sets, instructor correspondence, and homework. Students taking a high-school or college-level spend about five to seven hours per week on coursework. Online courses held in the summer are more condensed and require additional hours per week.
LIVE classes held during the school year meet synchronously once per week for nine weeks. The first and final class meetings are 90 minutes; all other meetings last one hour. Students taking these sessions spend an additional three to four hours per week on coursework outside of class.
LIVE summer sessions meet for one hour every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for 3 weeks, and spend about 12 additional hours per week on asynchronous coursework.
PBL classes held during the school year meet synchronously once per week for twelve weeks. Class meetings last for two hours: the first hour as a whole class and the second hour in student project teams. Students taking these classes work with their teammates to set their own work schedule and deadlines, and work independently to get their part of the project completed. Because students are responsible for setting the scope of their team’s project, it is not really possible to quantify an expected number of hours of work outside of scheduled class meetings. Students get out of the class what they put into it.
PBL summer sessions meet for two hours every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for 4 weeks. Because students are responsible for setting the scope of their team’s project, it is not really possible to quantify an expected number of hours of work outside of scheduled class meetings. Students get out of the class what they put into it.
Time commitment varies for session-based courses. See course descriptions for specific time requirements.
Individually Paced Courses
Students taking an individually paced course may need to adjust the amount of time they spend on the course per week, depending on their desired timeline for completion. Students can email with their instructor for help creating a schedule to guide them through their course.