The school day for gymnast Tyler Harriman begins shortly after 6 a.m. He squeezes in two hours of classes online before heading to the gym for a full day of practice. When he returns home at 5 p.m., Tyler said, “I eat dinner, take a shower and go and do school until about 10 p.m.”
The 16-year-old is one of more than 300 full-time students at the Miami-Dade Online Academy, the only Dade public school offering a “virtual” education from kindergarten through 12th grade.
Going to school online offers him flexibility that traditional classes don’t provide — but adds new demands.