Hybrid Schools

Updated June 25, 2019

The Digital Learning Coalition characterizes hybrid schools as combining online and face-to-face instruction and meeting the following characteristics:

  • The school enrolls students, receives FTE funding (ADA/ADM/PPOR etc), and is listed as a school by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

  • The school has a physical location at which students are regularly present for instructional purposes.

  • The large majority of students must take part in learning activities at the physical location at least occasionally.

  • Students are not required to attend the physical campus on a schedule that approaches a regular school schedule. The school might require students to be on campus a couple of days per week, but never five days per week.

Most hybrid schools are operated by districts for their own students, but some are run by regional service agencies such as BOCES or County Offices of Education.