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Student Spotlights: Nicole Griffith


Student_Spotlight_BannerAt iSucceed Virtual High School, we have dedicated students who work hard to get their diplomas. That’s why we decided to start a Student Spotlight series, so we can shine the light on a few of our awesome students.

Our first student we’re going to spotlight is a recent graduate Nicole Griffith, whom you may remember for her inspiring speech given at the 2014 graduation ceremony.

Nicole Griffith, iSucceed graduate

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Nicole was with iSucceed all four years, and switched to us because she did not feel comfortable in a traditional school setting.

“You (all) know something about me that no one is going to believe: I’m shy,” said Nicole to her 2014 graduating class.

In that speech, Nicole talked about how in her previous school, she didn’t feel comfortable raising her hand and asking questions. She told her classmates how she remained silent in a corner at her old school. When she switched to iSucceed, she had a class with history teacher, Mr. Rollins, who encouraged her to participate in class.

“(Mr. Rollins) was the first teacher I was able to ask a question,” Nicole said, “After he was so helpful and encouraging, I could ask another and then another.”

From that moment, Nicole said she started participating more and more in her courses and found her grades improving. She often attended school events, joined a few student clubs and got involved in her community. In 2014, Nicole was awarded Student of the Year at iSucceed!

At iSucceed, we know every student is important and unique! We believe in providing them the personal support they need to excel through our highly-qualified instructors and school provided laptops given to all iSucceed students free of charge. Start your online application today at www.iSucceedVHS.net/Enroll.

  • What do you think of Nicole’s story? Share with us in the comments below!

iSucceed Connections: Social Media

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At iSucceed, we believe in getting our students the connections they need to thrive in the online environment. Each month, we will be highlighting an iSucceed resource so you can learn about all of the options available exclusively to you.

iSucceed Connections: Social Media

As you may have seen, we recently have revamped our social media to make it even better than before! We are always online sharing articles, providing information on school events and giving you the latest on what’s happening at iSucceed. Head over to our Facebook, Twitter or Google+ pages for useful information, or check our Instagram to see real teachers and students! Here’s a couple of the latest posts happening this week.

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Plus, we will be running contests on our Facebook page throughout the year, so stay tuned in order for a chance to win a prize!

PSP Chat

In order to help you better ‘get connected’ with your classmates, we’ve created a Community Chat feature within our PSP! Now you can join clubs, chat with teachers for help on homework and find people with your same interests! Our PSP is only open to iSucceed students and is monitored by our faculty, so you can meet classmates and make friends in a safe, inviting way.

  • What is your favorite form of social media? Share with us in the comments below!

How to Enroll for iSucceed Virtual High School

Welcome, soon to be iSucceed students! Getting enrolled with iSucceed Virtual High School is easy! Watch the video or follow these three simple steps to fill out your application and get started in your classes.

Step 1: Contact Info

First, you will need to submit a quick application asking basic information such as your name, email and phone number. To do so, head to www.isucceedvhs.net/enroll, fill out your information and click submit. You will see a thank you message pop up on your screen.

Step 2: Talk With an Advisor

Once you’ve submitted your application, an enrollment advisor will contact you within one business day. If you do not hear from them within that timeframe, go ahead and give them a call at 208.908.6250.

Your enrollment advisor will email you another application to fill out, with simple questions all about you. Be sure to fill it out to the best of your abilities, and then submit.

Step 3: Enrolling

If you’ve made it to this step, congratulations; you’ve finished your application! Enrolling is just as simple, and your enrollment advisor will be there to help you every step of the way. In order to enroll with iSucceed, you will need to send us a copy of a few important documents seen in the image below.

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Once you have submitted these documents, and sent in anything your enrollment advisor requests, you will be all set to get started at iSucceed!

Don’t forget, once you’ve finished enrolling, you can fill out an application to get a school provided laptop free of charge while you’re at iSucceed!

Classes start August 24, so be sure to finish enrolling by August 21. For any questions, you can email Candise Cole at ccole@isucceedvhs.net.

Good luck and we look forward to working you this fall!

Five Questions About Online High School Answered

iSucceed__5Questions_BlogHeaderTo those of you who are new to the online high school environment, welcome to iSucceed Virtual High School! To help provide important information, we gathered the five most common questions asked and answered them all right here in this post! Check them out below.

1. How do I transfer from another school?

Transferring is actually pretty simple with iSucceed! We will just need transfer records, which your old school should provide, and our enrollment advisor will be with you every step of the way to help you get switched over to iSucceed smoothly and quickly. For more information, give us a call at 208.908.6250 or email Candise Cole at ccole@isucceedvhs.net.

2. What will my courses look like?

With iSucceed, you can say goodbye to those stressful semesters and heavy textbooks! We have nine-week long courses with only 2-4 classes at a time, so you can focus on what you’re learning, catch up on credits or get ahead and graduate early!

Plus, our 100% online curriculum is engaging and interactive so you can get excited about learning. iSucceed also provides laptops free for you to use if you need one. There’s no better way to get your diploma than with iSucceed.

3. How will I communicate with my teachers?

Our highly-qualified, state-certified instructors are dedicated to helping you thrive academically at iSucceed. You will be able to talk with your teachers in live Adobe Connect sessions, send them an email, chat with them via the Parent Student Portal (PSP) or give them a phone call. Our students report that they communicate with their iSucceed teachers much more than they ever did with teachers at their traditional schools.

4. Will I get to interact with classmates?

There are actually plenty of ways to meet classmates and make friends at iSucceed! We are always hosting school events with free food and teachers available for you to get help on homework and make some friends along the way. We also have an array of online student clubs, and a community center within the PSP so you can easily connect with your classmates in a safe, inviting way.

For more information on all the student life at iSucceed, check out our last blog post.

5. How much does online high school cost?

This question can easily be answered. iSucceed is completely tuition free! We are a public charter school, which means you can get your high school diploma online at no cost to you.

The first day of school is August 24, so be sure to enroll by August 21! Start your online application here to get enrolled today!

  • Do you have any questions about online high school? Share with us in the comments below!

Info Session Road Show

Info-Session-Road-Show-headeriSucceed is packing its bags and traveling throughout the state! Next week, we will be at various locations throughout Idaho for you to come meet our staff, enroll onsite and enjoy some treats at our Info Session Road Show.

The Details

There will be multiple events happening all next week. Each event will have staff members and teachers for you to come meet, ask questions and get enrolled onsite. There will even be free food available at many of the events! Check out the list below to see which Info Session works best for you.

Road Show Dates and Locations

Monday, August 17: Couer d’Alene & Sandpoint

  • Kootenai Coffee at 11 a.m. 5417 N. Government Way Coeur d’Alene, ID 83815. Come enjoy a free beverage!
  • Second Ave Pizza at 5 p.m. 215 S. 2nd Ave, Sandpoint, ID 83864. Pizza will be provided!

Tuesday, August 18: Moscow & Lewiston

  • One World Cafe at 11 a.m.  533 S Main St., Moscow, ID 83843. Come enjoy a free beverage!
  • McDonald’s at 5 p.m. 711 21st St., Lewiston, ID 83501. Get one free ice cream cone when you attend!

Wednesday, August 19: Caldwell

  • Moxie Java on Cleveland at 11:30 a.m. E., 2904 Cleveland Blvd, Caldwell, ID 83605. Beverages will be provided!
  • Payette Public Library at 5:30 p.m. 24 S. 10th St., Payette, ID 83661

Thursday, August 20: Burley & Twin Falls

  • Burley Public Library at 11 a.m. 1300 Miller Ave, Burley, ID 83318.
  • Shari’s at 5 p.m. 1601 Blue Lakes Blvd N, Twin Falls, ID 83301. Come enjoy a free slice of pie!

Friday, August 21: Pocatello & Idaho Falls
*Last day to enroll for fall!

  • Pocatello TownePlace Suites at 11 a.m. 2376 Via Caporatti Dr, Pocatello, ID 83201. Pizza will be provided!
  • Idaho Falls Public Library at 4 p.m. 457 W. Broadway St., Idaho Falls, ID 83402.

What to Bring

If you plan to enroll onsite, you will need to bring a couple important items with you. Check them out in the image below.

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To see the full list of items, download our Enrollment Packet. Students who enroll onsite and fill out an application will even get the chance to take home a school provided laptop!

School starts August 24, so be sure to enroll by August 21. We will see you along the road!

  • Do you have questions about the Info Session Road Show? Share with us in the comments below; we’re happy to help!

12 Reasons to Choose iSucceed

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At iSucceed Virtual High School, we can think of several reasons why you should switch! For your sake, we’ve narrowed it down to the top 12 reasons. Check them out below!

Reason 1: Enjoy your own School Provided Laptop free to every iSucceed student to use until graduation.

 

Reason 2: Graduate early or catch up on credits with our new Quarter Schedule.

 

Reason 3: Focus on just 2-4 courses at a time with blocks lasting nine weeks (new blocks starting every quarter).

 

Reason 4: Access your classes from anywhere with an Internet connection like a coffee shop, or even the great outdoors!

 

Reason 5: Get the attention you deserve with more one-on-one interactions from our highly-qualified teachers, advisors and guidance counselors.

 

Reason 6: Sleep in (if you want)!

 

Reason 7: Continue to participate in school events, students clubs, school dances,

graduation ceremonies and other social events with iSucceed.

 

Reason 8: Fit your flexible class schedule around the things that matter most in your life.

 

Reason 9: Meet new people from across Idaho and bring your friends with you!

 

Reason 10: Get reimbursed up to $15 a month for your Internet expenses!

 

Reason 11: Prepare for college with a quality education that includes Advanced Opportunities.

 

Reason 12: Best of all–iSucceed is completely tuition FREE!

 

Click Here to Enroll

 

  • Do you have questions about enrolling with iSucceed? Share with us in the comments below; we’re happy to help!

Teacher Spotlight: Joe Rollins

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At iSucceed we have pretty incredible students who successfully graduate each year. But as we all know, behind every great student is a dedicated teacher, and that’s why we started this Teacher Spotlight series so we could bring to light our caring, highly-qualified instructors whose service often goes unnoticed.

Mr. Joe Rollins, history instructor

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To start our Teacher Spotlight Series, we bring you the inspiring story of one of our long-time instructors, Mr. Joe Rollins. Mr. Rollins is a social studies instructor who loves fishing, camping and reading about history—his favorite subject, as you may have guessed. What you may not have guessed is that Mr. Rollins has gone through some tough times, but he made it through and is now dedicated to helping students do the same.

Mr. Rollins was born in a small town in Tennessee to a big, loving family of three older brothers, a sister and plenty of aunts and uncles. Unfortunately, his mother and sister passed away in a car accident when he was just five years old.

When Mr. Rollins was 16 years old, he had to move out on his own. He stated that it was hard work having to support himself and still get his education.

“When I was 16, I worked two jobs, but I stayed in school and graduated on schedule,” Mr. Rollins said. “I understand how hard it can be for some students. I was there myself.”

After graduating high school, Mr. Rollins said he went into construction for about 20 years until his back prevented him from being able to work any longer, leading him to his dream job as a teacher.

“In 2003, I had spinal surgery,” said Mr. Rollins. “After the surgery, I could not do hard physical work anymore. I had always wanted to be a teacher, so I went back to school and graduated in 2008. My best day ever was the day I was hired to work as a teacher at iSucceed!”

image002Since he started teaching, Mr. Rollins has made a lasting impression on the lives of many students. You will often find him at our Pizza and Perks events helping students with schoolwork, as you can see in this photo.

And it’s not just students who attend our events who reap the benefits of Mr. Rollin’s wisdom. iSucceed graduate Nicole Griffith said that at her old school, she was extremely shy and felt uncomfortable participating in the classroom, but Mr. Rollins helped her gain the confidence she needed to graduate with good grades. She even presented the student speech in the 2014 ceremony! Check out this exerpt from her speech below.

“Mr. Rollins, you know something about me that no one would believe now. I’m shy…(but) you were the first teacher I was able to ask a question. After you were so helpful and encouraging, I could ask another and then another. Thank you so much for helping me find my voice and courage to be a leader”
– Nicole Griffith, 2014 graduate and student of the year

When it comes to advice, Mr. Rollins wants to tell you just one thing: Don’t give up on your education.

“If I could tell every teen in the world something, I would tell them that it is never too late to get an education. If I had gone to college right out of high school, I would have had so much more success. Learn to work with your mind and not with your back. Never give in or give up. Work hard to be the best you can be! It will pay off for the rest of your life!”
– Joe Rollins, iSucceed instructor

  • Do you have an iSucceed teacher or staff member you’d like us to spotlight? Share with us in the comments below!

School Provided Laptops for iSucceed Students!

15_Laptops_for_Students_headerSay goodbye to those heavy textbooks! At iSucceed Virtual High School, we provide our students with the tools they need to excel at our school, and that’s why we supply laptops to all of our students upon request at no cost!

How it Works

Getting your school provided laptop is easy with iSucceed! Here are the steps:

1. Enroll as an iSucceed student. To start your online application, click here.

2. Tell your enrollment advisor you would like a laptop. Your enrollment advisor will work with you to gather all of the necessary information.

3. Eagerly await the arrival of our Chromebook shipped directly to your home! The school provided laptop is yours to use throughout your time at iSucceed.

Student Success Story

At iSucceed, we know our students benefit tremendously from getting to use our laptops free of charge, but don’t just take our word for it! One of our students was able to get a diploma because of our laptops, and we are proud to say through his hard work he successfully graduated and shared his story with us.

Gunner is a former iSucceed student who came to us because he suffered from bullying and other issues at his middle school. They had a laptop at home, but it was very slow and did not work well. When he switched to iSucceed, he was given a Chromebook, something that he would become even more grateful for later on in his high school career.

Gunner had always been close with his mother. Every morning, his mother would wake up at 5 a.m. so she could help him with homework and spend time with him before leaving for her job. At the beginning of his sophomore year she unexpectedly passed away, forcing Gunner to move way out in the country with his grandparents. His former teacher, Mary Carter, said at that time he was suffering emotionally and wanted to quit high school. But to Mrs. Carter, letting him drop out was not an option.

“He talked about dropping out at almost every study lab during his sophomore and junior years. I fully believe he would have fallen through the cracks during this time, had he not been with iSucceed and had our one-on-one support,” said Mrs. Carter.

Mrs. Carter continued to meet with him in person, tutoring him twice a week a  local coffee shop where Mrs. Carter told us he would faithfully bring his laptop. Eventually, Gunner pulled up his grades and received his diploma, which was a bittersweet moment as Mrs. Carter told us.

“On our last study lab, we submitted an exam in Geometry, which bumped him over to a passing final grade,” Mrs. Carter said. “He not only passed Geometry (his worst subject), but he had earned enough in every class and would indeed graduate high school. When we both realized it, we both burst into tears! It still makes me tear up typing this! It was bittersweet when he returned the laptop to me on our last day of school, as we both knew that laptop was the reason he was graduating high school!”

“If it weren’t for iSucceed and the laptop they gave me, I would not have graduated high school. I cannot be thankful enough for what they did for me!”
– Gunner, iSucceed graduate

  • Do you have questions about our school provided laptops? Share with us in the comments below; we’re happy to help!

Staying Social in an Online Environment

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When you first heard about switching to an online school, chances are you were worried about missing your friends. But as many of our current students here at iSucceed Virtual High School know, meeting classmates and making friends is oftentimes much easier than at a traditional school. Here’s a couple of the many ways iSucceed makes it easy to stay social in an online environment.

PSP Chat

iSucceed has an online Parent Student Portal (PSP) where you can not only access grades, contact your teachers and do your homework, you also get to meet your classmates! Within the PSP is a community center where you can find your classmates and talk with them in a safe and fun way.

School Events

If you enjoy hanging out with friends and eating free food, you will love our school events! Held monthly throughout the school year, these activities are a great way to meet new friends and have some fun.

Online Student Clubs

If you have a hobby you enjoy, come join a student club! We have a wide variety of online student clubs for you to meet classmates who share your same likes and interests.

Live Graduation Ceremony

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At the end of the road when you finally get your diploma, you can celebrate with iSucceed! We host a couple graduation ceremonies so that you can attend one close to you and revel in the success of your fellow classmates.

  • How do you connect with your iSucceed classmates? Share with us in the comments below!

Online High School Diploma vs. the GED

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At iSucceed Virtual High School, we know that getting a diploma takes a lot of hard work, but we want to assure you it’s worth it! The US Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released a report that shows some major differences between people who hold a high school diploma versus people who have a GED. Here’s five reasons why that free online diploma really does matter.

1. You Will Make More Money

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, people who have a high school diploma earn on average $179 more per week than those with a GED. That’s about $9,300 dollars more a year you could earn just by getting that diploma!

2. You Will Find a Job More Easily

Despite what many people think, GED actually stands for general education development and not general equivalency diploma. A GED does not hold the same value as a high school diploma, and unfortunately a stigma follows those who have GEDs to be someone who can’t accomplish hard things. According to the Bureau, people who have a GED have a 11% unemployment rate whereas people with a high school diploma are only at 7.5%.

3. You’re More Likely to Stay in College

If you are thinking of attending college, you definitely want to make sure you get that diploma. For one reason, it will be much easier to get into college with a diploma versus holding a GED. For another, reports show that 77%  percent of people with a GED drop out of college after the first semester versus only 24% of those with a high school diploma.

4. An Online Diploma With iSucceed is Free!

At iSuceed, you can get your high school diploma online for free! An average GED test costs over $120 and it holds less value, so why not get your education from iSucceed for free?

5. You Miss Out on the High School Experience

At your traditional school, you may be thinking you don’t like the high school experience. But at iSucceed, we have student clubs, prom, a live graduation ceremony and several school events for you to enjoy free food and connect with classmates in an inviting, fun way. Plus, you can follow us on Facebook and Instagram where we hold contests for you to win free prizes like movie tickets and more, making our high school experience something you definitely wouldn’t want to miss out on!


Our first set of courses starts August 24, so be sure to enroll by August 21. But remember, we hold quarter schedules so that you can enroll year round!

Come enjoy a 100% online, tuition-free, fully-accredited education that is fit to your schedule through iSucceed! To start your application, click here.

  • Do you have questions about getting an online diploma with iSucceed? Share with us in the comments below; we’re happy to help!

 

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