Enroll Now for Fall 2017

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 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”

Mr. Clayton Trehal--iSucceed's Principal

This past school year, iSucceed received a new principal!

Clayton Trehal has been a teacher for 16 years, a vice principal for four years and is now with iSucceed as the Principal for the past year. Learn more about Principal Trehal below!

About Principal Trehal

 Principal Trehal is a true Idahoan–he loves the great outdoors. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, fishing, snowboarding, mountain biking and walking. Although there is one outdoor activity he doesn’t enjoy:

“I wish I liked running even a quarter as much as I like walking,” said Principal Trehal.

While he loves the great outdoors, Principal Trehal also enjoys watching a great movie.

Above all, Principal Trehal’s passion is helping and meeting diverse students.

“Working with our students gives me faith in humanity. You always hear the, ‘Oh, the younger generation is just the worst’ talk, but I doubt that few teachers or folks that actually work with the younger generation believe that,” said Principal Trehal. I’ve been in education for 16 years now, and every year I meet outstanding students of great character and integrity, who work hard to succeed and do what’s right. You realize that lots of young people are great quality people.”

For more tips on excelling in online school, head to this blog post.

Before coming to iSucceed, Principal Trehal was in a traditional, brick-and-mortar high school. Transitioning into the online realm comes with both its advantages and challenges, as Principal Trehal said.

“The advantages of being a principal of an online school are that we don’t really spend a lot of time dealing with discipline issues and I’m not constantly at a sporting event. So we get to spend more time on students.”

The challenge Principal Trehal faces is helping students stay on track in schoolwork. To help, there is something he always tells iSucceed students:

“I always ask students to tell me what would happen in brick and mortar school if they only went to school two days a week, and the predictable answer is that they would fail,” said Principal Trehal. “I tell them that the same thing is true with our school, but that it’s easier to miss school because we are not sitting on the students’ couches telling them to log in.”

Principal Trehal said being an administrator for an online school means he has to personally reach out to many students since he does not physically see them every day. Doing so has helped him get to personally know many iSucceed students.

“It’s been awesome working with online students because there are so many various reasons they are here and it’s amazing to see them juggle school, work, unique circumstances and to do well at all of these,” said Principal Trehal.

For the past 16 years, Principal Trehal has impacted many students’ lives by helping them achieve their goals. But if you ask him, it’s the students who are impacting his life. The most rewarding thing to Principal Trehal is seeing a student succeed.

“There is nothing cooler than reading a well-written essay that you know a student put a lot of work into, or seeing a marginal student turn themselves around, or, best of all to me, writing letters of recommendation for students’ college applications, and then hearing back from them a year or two later,” said Principal Trehal. “To play any role in helping a person move forward toward their goals and to know that you are at least a small part in helping them become the person they are meant to be is really the great reward of choosing teaching as a profession.”

When it comes to sharing advice, Principal Trehal wants to take a unique route using a picture:

“This is not a picture of a mini-Pac Man game. It’s a cardboard box for Valentine’s Day cards that my daughter and I put A LOT of work into, and we were proud of the finished result. And isn’t that true about everything in life? You get out what you put in, and giving something your all is always a victory.”

  • Students, do you have an iSucceed faculty member you’d like to give a shoutout to? Share with us in the comments below!

iSucceed's Spring 2017 Roadshow

iSucceed is back on the road and ready to help you get you enrolled for fourth quarter (Q4) classes starting April 3! 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 six info sessions taking place throughout the state March 24 – 30. Each event will have teachers and/or staff members available to answer your questions and help you get enrolled onsite.

Current iSucceed students are welcome to join as well! Come meet your teachers, receive or drop off your laptops and learn more about your school.

If you’ve recently enrolled, then be sure to drop by! These sessions are designed for you! In these sessions, we will help you learn how to log on your new laptop (if you have it), access your school email and your online classroom.

Did we mention there will be free refreshments available at many of the events? Check out the list below to see which event works best for you.

ROADSHOW DATES AND LOCATIONS

March 24–25: NORTH IDAHO 

  • Friday, March 24 from noon – 2:30 p.m. at Starbucks. 477100 US-95, Ponderay, ID 83852. Enjoy a free beverage!
  • Saturday, March 25 from 10 a.m. – noon at Springhill Suites Hotel. 2250 W. Seltice Way Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814. 

March 27–28: EAST IDAHO

  • Monday, March 27 from 2 – 5 p.m.  at Residence Inn. 635 W. Broadway, Idaho Falls, 83402.
  • Tuesday, March 28 from 11 a.m.  – 2:30 p.m. at Moxie Java. 430 Blue Lakes Blvd., N Twin Falls, ID 83301. Enjoy a free beverage!

Wednesday, March 29: BOISE

  • 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the iSucceed Office. 6148 N. Discovery Way, Ste 120, Boise, ID 83713. This will also be an open house with presentations to attend. 

Thursday, March 30: CANYON COUNTY 

  • 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Moxie Java. 2201 N. Cassia St., Nampa, ID 83651. Enjoy a free beverage!

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 express a financial need can receive a Google Chromebook to use free of charge while they are enrolled.

Q4 classes start April 3. Start your online application today at isucceedvhs.net/enroll.

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!

Attend our Open House and Make the Switch to Online High School

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iSucceed is hosting an open house at its Boise office on January 4 for Idaho families interested in learning about the school and how to enroll for quarter three beginning Jan. 23.

Q&A Sessions

Attendees can choose from two one-hour information and Q&A sessions held at 5 p.m. and 6p.m., where staff will address the following topics and answer questions:

  • Katie Allison, head of school – Ms. Allison will share iSucceed’s mission and purpose, along with what makes iSucceed different than other high schools.
  • Clayton Trehal, principal – Mr. Trehal will walk attendees through the online parent/student portal and explain how online classes work at iSucceed
  • Crystal Sistoni, academic counselor – Ms. Sistoni will talk about scheduling classes and how iSucceed students can catch up on credits or graduate early
  • Melissa Price, enrollment – Ms. Price will discuss next steps for families interested in enrolling at iSucceed

How to Enroll Onsite

All Idaho high school students are eligible to enroll at iSucceed at the Open House or online at http://isucceedvhs.net/enrollment-info/ for quarter three beginning January 23. Families wishing to complete enrollment at the Open House should bring the following items:

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For any student who expresses a financial need, iSucceed will provide a Google Chromebook that can be used free of charge while the student is enrolled.

Open House Details

  • When: Wednesday, Jan. 4 5 p.m. or 6 p.m.
  • Where: iSucceed Virtual High School, 6148 N. Discovery Way, Suite 120 Boise, 83713
  • Phone: 855-375-3117
  • Contact:Melissa Price, Melissa.price@isucceedvhs.net, 208-375-3116, EXT 109

We’ll see you there!

  • Are you planning on attending the Open House January 4? Share with us in the comments below!

Confucius Says

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Celebrated every September 29, Confucius Day honors one of the world’s greatest philosophers hailing from ancient China. Check out some of our favorite facts about Confucius below!

Who is Confucius?

Born in China on October 18, 551 B.C., Confucius is one of the earliest, arguably the first great philosopher. He was also a teacher, a scholar, and a politician. He gave the world many teachings and famous sayings, though many of the quotes that follow a ‘Confucius Says’ joke in popular culture are not direct quotes from the philosopher.

Biography

Confucian philosophy has received renewed attention as a model for ethical living in a global community. Many teachings, like “Do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself,” are recorded in dialogs called The Analects. Confucius’s praise of civil service led to the creation of a civil service exam during Han dynasty around 200 BC to select government officials through testing. Mao Zedong’s regime embraced this practice during the Great Leap Forward, beginning in 1958. Civil service exams continue in China and have been adopted in many countries, including the United States.

According to most records, Confucius was born under the Chinese zodiac of the dog. Biographer Sima Qian credits this for Confucius having a sad dog face and often appearing rough, like a stray dog.

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According to most records, Confucius was born under the Chinese zodiac of the dog. Biographer Sima Qian credits this for Confucius having a sad dog face and often appearing rough, like a stray dog.

Quotes Confucius Actually DID Say

  • “The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.”
  • “The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.”
  • “Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.”
  • “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
  • “I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.”
  • “Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.”

Chinese Philosopher | Teacher | Politician

Below is a Bio Card you’ll find within our Social Studies course. Click the card for a fun educational experience to keep your new knowledge of Confucius front of mind.

    Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month With iSucceed!

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    Since 1988, America has celebrated National Hispanic Heritage Month every September 15 to October 15. Do you know why or how it came to be? Read below to learn more on about the great, month-long holiday.

    Why the September 15 Start Date?

    There’s actually a good reason for Hispanic Heritage Month starting in the middle of the month: it’s an independence day for five different countries. Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua all celebrate their independence anniversary on September 15 and a couple other Latin countries–Mexico, Chile and Belize–celebrate shortly after.

    Other Fun Hispanic Heritage Month History Facts

    • It began in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week. President Ronald Reagan signed a bill extending it to a full 30-day period.
    • Hispanic Heritage Month was initiated to recognize the many contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans in the United States.
    • It also includes celebrating the long history of Hispanic and Latino influence, starting all the way back to the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus in 1492.

    Some Notable Hispanic Historical Figures

    We have many Hispanic and Latino Americans to thank for their contributions. Here at iSucceed, we try to include as many of these figures as we can into our curriculum.

    Below are Bio Cards you’ll find within our Social Studies courses. Click on them for a fun educational experience on just a few Hispanic Historic Figures.

      • Romualdo Pacheco

      • Simon Bolivar

      • Lorenzo de Zavala

      • Cesar Chavez

    Three Ways You Can Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

    There are several ways to get in the spirit of Hispanic Heritage! Here are a couple of our recommendations:

    1. Read up on some history!

    In fact, iSucceed has some great ways for you to learn more in our very own curriculum.
    You can start by watching this video on Pancho Villa:

    Or check out this iSucceed lesson to learn more about the LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens).

    2. Attend an Event Near You

    From summits to expos filled with yummy foods, there are a lot of community events happening throughout Idaho to attend! You can check them out on this website.

    3. Try Some New Things

    Maybe head to an authentic restaurant, try a new recipe or discover some music. You never know where you’ll find that next new thing you love!
    We hope you take some time this month to learn and try new things. Don’t forget to stay tuned to our Facebook page as we post more on Hispanic Heritage Month!

    • How do you plan to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month? Share with us in the comments below!

    Q4 Info Session Road Show

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    iSucceed is back on the road and ready to help you get you enrolled for our third quarter (Q3)! This month, 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. For current iSucceed students, come meet your teachers, receive or drop off your laptops and learn more about your school. 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

    Wednesday, March 16: Idaho Falls & Pocatello

    • Hastings Hardback Cafe at 2 p.m. 540 E 17th St., Idaho Falls, ID 83404. Enjoy a free coffee or tea!
    • Pocatello Towne Place Suites at 5 p.m. 2376 Via Caporatti Dr, Pocatello, ID 83201. Enjoy some free pizza and soda!

    Thursday, March 17: Burley & Twin Falls

    • Nostalgia Coffee and Cafe at noon. 1332 Albion Ave, Burley, ID 83318. Enjoy a free coffee or tea!
    • Idaho Pizza Company at 2 p.m. 1859 Kimberly Rd, Twin Falls, ID 83301. Enjoy some free pizza and soda!

    Monday, March 21: Lewiston & Coeur d’Alene Info Session

    • Blue Lantern Coffee at noon. 326 Main St., Lewiston, ID 83501. Enjoy a free coffee or tea!
    • Marriott Springhill Suites at 6 p.m. 2250 W. Seltice Way Coeur d’Alene ID, 83814. Enjoy some free pizza and a soda!

    Tuesday, March 22: Sandpoint

    • Starbucks at 4 p.m. 477100 US-95, Ponderay, ID 83852. Enjoy a free coffee or tea!

    Thursday, March 24: Boise

    • iSucceed Main Office from 3 – 7 p.m. 16148 N. Discovery Way, Suite 120, Boise, ID, 83702

    Friday, March 25: Caldwell

    • Idaho Pizza Company from 3–6 p.m. 4816 Cleveland Blvd, Caldwell, ID 83605. Enjoy some free pizza and soda!

    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!

    Q4 starts March 30. Start your online application today at isucceedvhs.net/enroll.

    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!

    Pizza and Perks This Tuesday at iSucceed

    Pizza&perks_blog_headerHey, students! We know you love iSucceed, and you love free food (because who doesn’t), so we’re bringing you the perfect opportunity this  next week!

    This coming Tuesday, December 15 from noon until 3 p.m., come join us at our main office in Boise for a chance to meet classmates and get face-to-face support from one of our iSucceed instructors, all while filling up on free pizza and drinks!

    PIZZA AND PERKS at isucceed

    • When: Tuesday, December 15, noon – 3 p.m.
    • Where: iSucceed’s office. 6148 N. Discovery Way Suite 120 Boise, ID 83713. View it on Maps.

    Come eat delicious pizza, meet classmates, get homework help from our instructors, and don’t forget to bring your laptops!

    We will see you there!

    Pizza and Perks Coming to Coeur d'Alene!

    Pizza&perks_blog_headerAttention to our students up in Northern Idaho! Next week, we are headed your way with free pizza and homework help!

    This coming Tuesday, December 15 from 1:30 p.m. – 5 p.m., come join us at Fire Artisan Pizza for a chance to meet classmates and get face-to-face support from one of our iSucceed instructors, all while filling up on delicious free pizza and drinks!

    Coeur d’Alene Pizza and Perks

    • When: Tuesday, December 15, 1:30 – 5:30 p.m.
    • Where: Fire Artisan Pizza 517 Sherman Ave. Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814

    This Tuesday, a newer teacher will be coming to Pizza and Perks, and is is excited to meet you and help you get ahead in your schoolwork! Read Ms. Knuchell’s personal biography below.

    INSTRUCTOR IN ATTENDANCE

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    “My name is Misty Knuchell and I am a special education teacher/coordinator here with iSucceed Virtual High School.  Presently, I live close to Coeur d’ Alene Idaho. I spent the majority of my years teaching in the Boise area where we raised our two, now grown sons. My oldest son is 28 and my youngest son is 24 and both reside in Boise. I love working with iSucceed for many reasons; however, probably the number one reason is because of the people I work with. We have a team of individuals who are dedicated to the students and families of our school. I’m proud the be here.”

    Come meet classmates, get homework help from Ms. Knuchell and enjoy free pizza.

    We will see you there!

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