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If you’re looking for a change this school year, you’ve come to the right place! iSucceed Virtual High School can be a great option for you. It is Idaho’s top tuition-free high school, after all.

One of the most common questions from students is: “Do I qualify for iSucceed Virtual High School?” The plain and simple answer is almost always, yes!

What are the Enrollment Requirements for iSucceed Virtual High School?

  • Grades 9-12 and 21 years or younger
  • Idaho resident
  • Access to the internet

Is iSucceed the right option for me?

iSucceed helps all different types of students, from excelling students wanting to graduate early to at-risk students hoping to earn their diploma. Whatever your goals, our guidance counselors and teachers are here to help! Here are some benefits of iSucceed:

  • Flexible, personalized and structured academic schedule
  • Safe environment
  • Individualized attention from highly qualified teachers and guidance counselors
  • Access to classes anytime from anywhere with an internet connection
  • Ability to get back on track to graduate or get ahead and graduate early
  • Honors courses to prepare for college.

Some students might fear that after switching to iSucceed, they will fall off the face of the earth in terms of socializing with friends. Although students won’t physically meet with their classmates every day, there are plenty of opportunities to stay engaged with peers.

How can I stay involved in social circles/activities?

  • Online Student Clubs
  • Parent Student Portal (PSP) online community chat
  • Prom and other school events
  • iSucceed Social Media

Learn more about socializing in this post.

What are Some Similarities and Differences Between iSuceed Virtual High School and My Traditional High School?

 

Aside from being online, the key difference between iSucceed and a traditional school is its curriculum model. iSucceed features award-winning courses, filled with videos, graphic novels, games and more to help students truly enjoy their education. We also break down courses into six-week blocks.

To learn more about online high school vs. a traditional school, check out this blog post.

How Does iSucceed’s Quarter Blocks Work? 

iSucceed courses are separated into nine-week blocks. Instead of six courses at once in a semester, students take three courses every nine weeks to better focus and improve retention.

This model enables students to catch up or get ahead. You can learn more about that here.

Fall Start Date: August 21

We enroll four times throughout the school year, so you can get started at a time that’s best for you.

How Do I Enroll for iSucceed Virtual High School?

Getting started at iSucceed is simple. For detailed instructions, watch the video below or head here.

 

Steps for Enrolling:

1. Fill out the online application.
2. Check your email for a username and link, and finish the application
3. Talk with an Enrollment Advisor at 480.405.2703 to turn in documents and get questions answered.

ENROLL HERE

  • Still have some questions? Share them in the comment box below, or give our enrollment advisors a call at 208.908.6250.

iSucceed English Curriculum Sparks Imagination, Inspires

How many high schools do you know of that offer challenging and fun curriculum that students can really get into?

Our guess is just one: iSucceed.

That’s right. Our coursework goes way beyond those must-haves like rigor and accreditation to inspire our students with relevant information and cool elements — all delivered in ways to spark the imagination.

In this post, we’re shining the light on two recently released courses: Rhetoric and Composition (English 12A) and British Literature (12B).

Rhetoric & Composition

As you can see from our intro video below, we’ve approached Rhetoric in a fresh and unexpected way to teach students to think critically, learn how to persuade others and avoid being manipulated by groups or individuals.

According to English Instructional Designer, Megan, these courses were made to be interesting.

“Every time we put our fingers to the keyboard to create something, we want it to be engaging, useful and meaningful for students,” she said. “Rather than developing something you HAVE TO do, we create coursework you’ll look forward to diving into.”

We guarantee there will be something each student will be excited to discover and end up loving in Rhetoric because it covers the topics students care about like sports, technology, emotions, friends and family.

Here is an infographic from the course that shows how people use rhetoric and public advocacy to change lives:

British Literature

From conducting fictional interviews with characters from a dystopian novel to taking a Sherlock Holmes story and setting it in modern times, our British Literature class brings to life stories, poems and plays so students can see them in a new light.

Whether it’s creepy pieces or twisted tales, students will love the unexpected angles and surprise endings, and leave our class with a newfound appreciation for British Lit.

Check out this captivating reading of the famous Dylan Thomas Poem:

The team that creates our curriculum is made up of passionate, highly-skilled subject matter, instructional, creative and technology experts. They put their heart and soul into every course to deliver content that is meaningful and helpful in order to inspire a lifelong love of learning in students.

They also create award-winning course elements like this video titled ‘Ozymandias’ from British Lit that was just awarded three Telly Awards:

Stay tuned for information on more of our top-notch courses coming soon!

How to Enroll for iSucceed Virtual High School This Fall 2017

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Welcome, future iSucceed students! If you’ve made it to this blog post, you’re one step closer toward earning your accredited diploma online! Enrolling with us is just as simple. Watch the video or read more detailed instructions below to see how you can get started on your path to a personalized education with iSucceed.

How to Enroll for iSucceed Virtual High School

Step 1: Fill out the application

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 ChooseiSucceed.com/Enroll, fill out your information and click submit.

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

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 21, so be sure to finish enrolling by August 18. For any questions, you can email Candise Cole at ccole@isucceedvhs.net.

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

Is iSucceed Accredited?

iSucceed is an Idaho home-grown school founded nearly a decade ago.

Still, the most common question we receive is, “Is iSucceed accredited?” Or “Will I get an actual diploma if I graduate with iSucceed?” Your answer is below.

Is iSucceed Accredited?

The answer is yes!

We are a legitimate public charter school. Our instructors are highly qualified and our coursework is aligned to state and national standards.

In other words, we are a real high school, we’re just instruct our students online.

What is a Public Charter School?

If you attend the traditional high school you’re assigned to, you attend a public school.

A public charter school is very similar. They are tuition free and accredited just like the traditional school. Public charter schools are held to the same standards in student achievement. The difference, according to the Public Charter School Association is this:

“Charter schools are unique public schools that are allowed the freedom to be more innovative while being held accountable for advancing student achievement,” (Publiccharters.org).

Where Does iSucceed Receive its Accreditation?

iSucceed is accredited through AdvancED. This is an intensive evaluation of the school’s academic strategies and goals, improvements and instruction.

What Does it Means to be Accredited?

Accreditation is incredibly important. It’s is what gives value to your diploma. iSucceed Virtual High School diplomas are recognized by employers and universities nationwide. Really, it is the same as earning a diploma through a traditional, brick and mortar school.

Benefits of Attending iSucceed Virtual High School

Although the diploma you earn is the same, the high school experience is different. Some benefits of iSucceed:

  • 100% online, flexible schedule
  • Easily accessible help from teachers and counselors
  • Two courses every six weeks
  • Safe environment
  • Engaging student life

To learn more about online school, head here.

Classes start Monday, August 21. Get started here.

Talking to Your Parents About Switching to Online School

You’ve been Googling, trying to find a solution.

You finally think you have it, but now a new dilemma arises: How do I convince my parents? Many stop right there. They think, “My parents would never let me do that.”

You might be right. But you also might not be. Either way, it’s worth a shot.

Many students find that their parents are a lot more willing to listen than they think. If you do your research, and maturely talk with your parents, they will listen.

Too many times we hear, “I wish I could do online school, but there’s no way my parents would go for that!” If you’re wanting to go to online school, but not sure your parents would be on board, here are some tips:

1. Do Your Research

Your parents will want to know the answers to basic questions: Is it free? Will you earn a real diploma? What if you need help with homework? What about your friends? Other online schools will vary in these answers, so be sure to research. Here are our answers:

  • iSucceed is a tuition-free public charter school
  • We are accredited. This means you will earn a real diploma recognized by universities and employers.
  • Our teachers are highly qualified and readily available to help.
  • We provide several ways for you to connect with students. Learn more here.
  • For other answers to common questions about iSucceed, head to this blog post.

If you come to the table with these answers ready, the conversation will go a lot smoother.

2. Pick an Appropriate Time

The timing of the conversation is important. You don’t want to bring it up while mom is trying to cook or dad is watching the game. Wait until you’re at the dinner table having a conversation. Or ask mom or dad for a time to talk together. That way, they will be ready to hear what you have to say.

3. Don’t Be too Negative on Your Current School

Chances are, you could hate your school. But focus on the positive opportunities, not the negatives of your current situation. You can certainly let them know you’re not enjoying school, but show them you’re seeking a solution. This is a more mature approach than complaining. If you go this route, your parents likely will be much more receptive.

4. Explain Why it Would be a Better Fit For You

What benefits do you like most about online school? Maybe it’s that you’ll get easier access to teacher help. Or perhaps you simply can’t get out of bed in the morning, and this will help you become more disciplined. Either way, think on it and let them know the benefits you see in switching to online school.

5. Gather Some Notes

Writing might not be your favorite, but it can really help. If you have notes gathered as to what you’d like to say, you’ll be more prepared and it might calm your nerves.

6. Remember, Your Parents Care About You

You might fight sometimes. Maybe even a lot. But we’re willing to bet that your parents are just trying to do what’s best for you. They care about your well-being and happiness. It can be scary, but if you approach them with a thought-out idea, they’ll hear you. It’s always worth trying!

Parents, if you are thinking online school would be a good fit for your child, but not sure how to talk to them about it, stay tuned! We will be giving you some tips soon.

  • Students, do you have tips for students wanting to switch to online school? Share with us in the comments below!

iSucceed Graduation Recap

Every year, iSucceed holds a formal ceremony to celebrate its graduates. Students come from every walk of life throughout the state. And for many of them, earning their diplomas is no easy task. But they make it through and we celebrate them for it.

This year’s graduation ceremony was held at Sandpoint and Boise. There were 75 graduates, Many of whom graduated early or won college scholarships.

“Our graduation ceremonies are very special to the students, parents and staff to celebrate in person the hard work and accomplishments of our students,” said Executive Director Katie Allison. “This was an exciting year to see students graduate from all 4 Quarters with several early graduates as well.”

Before the event, students got to celebrate with unlimited bowling where they met each other in-person, enjoyed food and had fun. Here are some photos from the festivities.

Once graduation rolled around, students enjoyed a great ceremony. Executive Director Katie Allison spoke first at the ceremonies. One of our favorite quotes from her was this:

“If there is one thing I can say to you today, it is: Don’t let this be the only highlight of your life, keep pushing forward. Today… is just the beginning. Today… all doors are open to you. Today… your high school worries are over.Today… celebrate this accomplishment… but don’t remain idle.  Don’t waste a minute!”

Valedictorian and early graduate Naomi Schartzer also spoke at the ceremonies. She gave an elegant speech.

“Most people go through life not knowing what is to come, or what is going to happen next. At least for today we can imagine. We can imagine where the next step will take us, or even the next step after that. For today we can not be scared of what will come. We can just sit back and soak in the satisfaction of knowing that we are one step closer.”

Read Naomi’s story here.

Two students won a scholarship combined at $57,000. Many decided to attend college. Here’s some of our graduate’s plans:

Emme Tulloch – Attending California State University San Marcos, studying nursing. 
Whitnee E. – Currently attending Boise State University, studying pre-veterinary. 
Andrea Tinnen – Attending North Idaho College, studying pediatric nursing. 
Naomi Shartzer – Completing pre-med courses in Idaho, and then moving to Washington to obtain a medical degree and work as an obstetrician. 
Katelyn Palmer – Plans to travel and pursue a career in modeling
Alan Billingsley – Deciding between Boise State University and Oregon State University, will work towards an IT degree specializing in CAD software and 3D graphics. He wants to be a civilian contractor for the US Military when he’s done. 

“It was excellent to see so many students graduate this year, and at Boise we packed our venue,” said iSucceed Principal Clayton Trehal. It was also great to be able to host multiple graduations so students in the far corners of the state could have a ceremony that wasn’t too far from where they lived”

Student Spotlights: Naomi Shartzer, Early Graduate

Everyone has dreams. But it is the few who take the leap of faith and work hard to make those dreams reality.

For iSucceed student Naomi Shartzer, that dream is to become an obstetrician.

“I have always been intrigued by the developmental processes of the fetus in the womb,” said Naomi. “Ever since I was in grade six I knew that this is what I wanted and I would not let anybody tell me I couldn’t.”

Becoming a doctor means a long road of education and training. Knowing this, Naomi wanted to graduate early and get a jumpstart toward her career as a doctor. Read more about this inspiring student below.

Naomi Shartzer, 16, early graduate

Naomi is a go-getter who enjoys volunteering at her local humane society. Although if you met her, you might be surprised; Naomi is a trendy gal with attitude.

“I think what makes me unique is that nobody would have taken me, the girl with the colored hair and attitude, to be able to accomplish so much in such little time,” said Naomi.

Naomi’s plan is to start college as soon as possible. That’s why she decided to switch to iSucceed.

“My motivation was my end goals. I knew I did not want to be 30 by the time I graduated [medical school]. I wanted to graduate [high school] at 16 with a 4.0 GPA, I felt like iSucceed was my best option for that.”

So far, Naomi has stayed true to her goals. She is set to graduate at just 16 years old with an outstanding GPA.

When it comes to advice for her fellow students, Naomi has a few words: stick to your goals.

“Keep a schedule and don’t fall behind. If you do the minimum of ten assignments a day or more, you will be fine. Also, if you have any issues, make sure to contact your teacher.” – Naomi Shartzer, iSucceed student

 

 

Student Spotlights: Bethany Cook

Every student is a unique individual with a story to tell. In this Student Spotlight, we shine the light on one of our new iSucceed students, Bethany Cook.

The Story of Bethany Cook, iSucceed student

Bethany is a 15-year-old freshman who loves curling up with a blanket and good book or movie. She was not enjoying her old school and that caused her to search for another option.

“Public school was something I always struggled with, my grades were always fine but I always had trouble going to school,” said Bethany. “I just really wanted to do my best and try not to worry about other things other than trying my hardest.”

Eventually, Bethany heard about iSucceed and felt it was her best option.

“I heard about online school and was looking into a few but none of them stuck out to me,” said Bethany. “One of my friends talked to me about iSucceed and I loved what I was hearing. So I sat down with my dad and we came to the conclusion that iSucceed was the best way to go.”

Switching to a new school always comes with its challenges, as Bethany found out. But she was able to work through them and improve her grades.

“One challenge I did run into was getting used to everything and learning my way around. This struggle did set me back a little but before long I was back on my feet,” said Bethany. “To other students, my advice is to take your time, it may be confusing and stressful now but soon it will be a piece of cake.”

Bethany stated her favorite benefit of iSucceed is the freedom it provides her.

“I love how flexible iSucceed is it really helps with my busy life and living situations,” said Bethany.

After graduating with iSucceed, Bethany hopes to attend a community college and then transfer to Boise Statue University.

I do want to thank all of my teachers that I’ve had so far. All of you have made this journey so much more fun and so much easier and less stressful. So thank you. 🙂 – Bethany Cook, freshman at iSucceed

College Campus Tours Happening in May!

Hey, students! If you are considering attending an in-state university after graduation, then we’ve got a great opportunity for you!

This May, iSucceed is taking multiple field trips to tour colleges throughout Idaho and you’re invited! Come meet classmates and walk through the beautiful campuses.

Academic advisors and other faculty and staff will be available for each college campus tour. Students are welcome to bring friends and family to each event! Here are the details:

College Campus TOUR DETAILS

  • May 1 at 11 a.m.: North Idaho College,1000 W Garden Ave, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814
  • May 2 at 1 p.m.: College of Western Idaho, 5500 E Opportunity Dr, Nampa, ID 83687
  • May 3 at 10:30 a.m.: Northwest Nazarene University, 623 S University Blvd, Nampa, ID 83686
  • May 4 at 1 p.m.: Boise State University, 1910 W University Dr, Boise, ID 83725
  • May 9 at 10 a.m.:  Idaho State University, 921 S 8th Ave, Pocatello, ID 83209
  • May 10 at 10:30 a.m.: Carrington College, 1122 N Liberty St, Boise, ID 83704
  • May 11 at 1 p.m.: Idaho State University – Meridian, 1311 E Central Dr, Meridian, ID 83642

These events are all free. Attendees will meet at the front main entrance of each campus. The deadline to RSVP is April 28.

If you are interested, but not sure you can attend, RSVP anyway! RSVP forms were sent to students in the monthly newsletter, so be sure to check your inboxes in order to RSVP for this event.

For questions, email Tara Downs at TDowns@iSucceedVHS.net.

We will see you there!

Is Online High School Easy?

If you’re an online high school student, you’ve likely had to deal with the question: so if you do online school, what do you do all day?

To which you patiently answer, “Well, schoolwork.”

Then comes the follow-up question, “But isn’t online high school easy? It must be nice having so much less work to do.”

Less work? No.

Too often, we hear the question, “Is online high school easy?” and the answer is, “It’s school.”

We understand the confusion, as in the past there were other online schools who were not providing students with the quality curriculum they should have. But iSucceed Virtual High School has been around since 2008, and we offer a real, accredited quality education.

School is never easy. But there are certainly benefits to online school versus traditional school.

Is Online High School Easy?

iSucceed is coursework is accredited, which means what you learn at iSucceed is the same as what you learn at your traditional school. We can’t just make up lessons and hand you a free diploma. Like other schools, you do have to learn the material, take exams and earn your diploma.

While the coursework is rigorous, there are benefits to an online school.

Flexible Schedule

Students are expected to spend about 30 hours a week and complete weekly assignments and projects on time. But the difference is students are not tied to a physical building from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. every day. At iSucceed, you can choose when and where you want to do your schoolwork.

In this sense, online school isn’t “easier,” but it can be less stressful because you can make school fit your lifestyle. You are not worried figuring out how to work in class time, sports, work and doctor appointments in one day. You can set your own schedule, and that relieves a lot of concerns for students who need flexibility due to life circumstances, jobs or extracurricular activities.

Keep in mind that more flexibility requires more discipline. iSucceed instructors are readily available to help, but it is your responsibility to complete assignments on time. For tips to focus on schoolwork, head to this blog.

Engaging Curriculum

iSucceed’s courses are unique to other online schools. They are not simply a bunch of words on the page. In addition to reading, there are interactive multimedia elements integrated throughout each lesson. These elements include award-winning videos, graphic-novel stories, educational games and more to help you enjoy what you’re learning.

If you’d like to learn more about our curriculum, head to this blog post.

Personalized Support

If you had one hour to help 30 people, who would you go to first? Likely the ones who grab your attention first and ask for help. That’s the barrier a traditional classroom creates. With such large class sizes, students must be vocal in order to receive any sort of help. Those who aren’t oftentimes fall through the cracks.

At iSucceed, teachers take care of each student individually. There are real-time online lectures similar to that of the traditional classroom, but that’s merely one point of contact–not the main form of interaction. For more information on personalized support through iSucceed, head to this blog post.

Like any other high school, online school is not easy. But it certainly can have its benefits. Head to chooseisucceed.com to get started.

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