The Health Benefits of Flexible Schooling

Group of students going to schoolThe mainstream school system is damaging teens’ health by starting classes early, having long days, and too much homework. Charter schooling is flexible and works at the students’ pace, giving them a better chance to succeed.

Up to 70% of American teens are suffering from chronic sleep deprivation and one of the reasons may be the early start times that most U.S. schools have. e-Institute explains that teenagers need around ten hours of sleep per night for optimal health and mental performance. However, they cannot get that because many schools begin before 7:30 in the morning, necessitating a 6 a.m. rise.

More Sleep Boosts Academic Performance

Biological changes in the brain mean most teens cannot fall asleep before 11 p.m., so even if they go to bed earlier, they will often just lay awake. Getting up at 6 a.m. disrupts their natural biological pattern, causing them to go to school half asleep. Once at school, they cannot concentrate and may be cranky and irritable. Back chatting, door slamming, and moodiness may not be an inevitable consequence of the terrible teenage years, but could be the effects of a chronic lack of sleep.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended that teens begin their studies from 8: 30 a.m. or later so that they get the required amount of sleep and are more energized and focused. More sleep help teens maintain a healthy weight, protect them against depression, and mean they are more likely to participate in school activities.

Study from Home Programs

Some schools offer a computer-based study program in a variety of subjects that can be accessed at a time that is convenient to the student. This type of study program is also ideal for people with dyslexia who are struggling in class, as well as for students whose grades have been affected by bullying. Traditional classes are also available as a top-up in reading, writing, and other subjects when a little extra teacher support is needed.

With increased chances of achieving higher grades and greater enjoyment in learning, students can study where and when they want and achieve more. That’s how teens can benefit from charter schooling.