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After 25 years has moved the Hotlist of K12 Schools Directory ©1993!

Find every Elementary, middle and high school public, private, charter, virtual school nationwide that are regionally accredited. Also find State and regional education organizations.


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Unknown Culture Makers:

By 1993 Internet pioneer Gleason Sackmann started collecting the first school websites that came online, then Karen Ellis continued to host and collect the information given by the "folks" who submitted their school one at a time. This is Public Folklore Project built by the nation.

Before Gleason retired he asked me to keep this project going, and I was honored and happy to become the new Culture Keeper of Nations K-12 Education online activity!!

The site has retained users since 1993 by leaving them alone. We've been “doing good” with our consistent emphasis on neither inconveniencing nor exploiting Hot List users. That’s the spirit of the original internet was to build something simple and useful for people making their own school's website and then get out of the way. For more than 20 years, The Hot List of Schools online has been getting out of its users’ way, and they’ve responded by sticking with the site.

Our friend K-12 Internet Pioneer Gleason Sackmann was the person who thought to announce the very first U.S. school websites that went up on the net. We honor my friend's tradition and kept the directory of K-12 schools going.

Gleason sent the information to his NetHappenings mailing list the oldest K-12 Mailing list that started in 1989.

August 14, 1996 Arbor Heights Elementary in Seattle, Washington was either the 9th or 10th elementary school with a web site in the world and started August 14, 1996

The site you are on now that hosts the K12 Hot List of Schools site launched on July 9, 1998.

How K12 Online Public Schooling is Different:

K12 Online schooling differs from traditional schools in that classes do not take place in a building, but rather at home, on the road, or wherever an Internet connection can be found. Students take courses online with support from their teacher via phone, online Web meetings, and sometimes even face to face. The parent keeps the student on track in line with the provided lessons plans. While courses are delivered online, the schools provide plenty of opportunities to connect online and offline with your local school community.

How to Pay for K12 Virtual Online Schools?

Creating criteria for approving virtual school providers, including on how the state should pay local school systems for students who attend the online academies. State public education funding usually follows the child. The state determines how much it allots each locality to cover the basics of a public education through a formula that aims to calculate the locality's ability to pay. This means more state money for less affluent areas. Extending that same formula to pay for full-time virtual school students is causing consternation in some quarters, particularly because private companies that operate full-time virtual schools could settle in the less-affluent areas where the state pays more per pupil. A full-time online school could then sign up students from across the state. The State should pay the the normal amount which depends on where the child lives, but the state ends up subsidizing virtual schools, paying much higher than average for students in the brick-and-mortar schools. Lobbiests are watching to see if there is a flat state contribution for a student who attends online courses.

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