Virtual Learning in California
In California, 1,077 schools reported students taking one or more online courses during 2014–15 with about 600,000 online course enrollments covering both supplemental and full-time online courses.
California schools online learning activity
Students taking online courses K–8 9–12 Total Est
are reported in two categories Students Students Students enroll
One but less than 50%
student’s course load 2,100 53,700 55,800 274,800
50% or more of students’ full
course load 14,747 17,715 32,462 324,620
TOTALS 16,847 71,415 88,262 599,420
Sources: 2014-15 California Basic Educational Data System (CBEDS), California Charter Schools Association (CCSA)
*Course enrollments estimated based on average student course loads for each grade span range, as well as estimating load factors for the two reporting categories (50% or more and at least one but less than 50%)
Data is self-reported online learning activity by schools for 2014–15 in California Basic Educational Data System (CBEDS).
The majority of reported online learning courses also fall under the classification of “independent study.”
However, the independent study category includes a variety of course formats, online learning being only one of those options, so it can be challenging to determine what portion of these are actually full online courses versus a lower level of online activity supplementing some other type of independent study format.