Government Accredited Online Schools in California

California, the largest single state in the United States, has a number of online schools. Its history of housing online schools has been in both the public and private sectors.

As for the former, in 2013, Governor Jerry Brown collaborated with San Jose State University (SJSU) and Udacity to start a program referred to as MOOC (Massive Open Online Course). The program did not meet expectations-- only 4% of students who took courses ended up finishing their courses under this system-- but this did not deter Brown and the state of California. In 2013, Brown introduced the Online Education Initiative, which is a program in conjunction with the California Community Colleges. Effectiveness has yet to be determined.

A word of caution is that a recent study conducted by University of California at Davis found that online students do learn as well as those in face-to-face courses. The study was fairly exhaustive, but the authors acknowledge that the debate does not simply end. Considerations such as if the possible cost savings outweighs the possible dearth of learning must be considered. Cost savings have been shown to be important in a state where appropriations towards education fell by 12.4 percent from 2006 to 2011.

California has 339 online schools from which students can select. These include community colleges, public schools, private schools, and schools that completely operate online. Examples of better known institutions that offer online courses include Azusa Pacific University and Biola University.