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.
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.
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.
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.
That’s about one in four high school students who will not graduate. Earning your high school diploma is extremely important. You can learn more in this article.
If you’re thinking of dropping out, don’t. If you’ve already dropped out, it’s not too late.
A large portion of iSucceed Virtual High School students come already behind on credits. And each year, many former “at-risk” students go on to receive their high school diploma.
That means we can help you!
You Don’t Need a Credit Recovery Program to Graduate on Time
iSucceed is not a credit recovery program. A credit recovery program tends to consist of you sitting on a computer, reading documents, taking quizzes and passing the course.
If you failed your course the first time, why would you do better with hardly any support or guidance? That’s not what iSucceed’s about.
We are an accredited, public high school which means our courses aren’t easy. But we do have a few programs and personalized support that will make you more capable of catching up and graduating here at iSucceed than at another school. Learn more below.
How to Catch Up on Credits to Graduate
iSucceed’s academic structure helps students graduate on time or even early. You can learn more about graduating early here. Our curriculum is separated into three courses every nine weeks. By the end of the traditional semester, a student at iSucceed will finish the same 6-7 courses a traditional student has; they just split it up differently.
Here’s how you can catch up:
After you successfully complete a nine-week block with iSucceed with passing grades, you are eligible to add on more courses. That means you can take three courses every six weeks for an additional three credits. That may not sound like much, but that’s six additional semester courses in the standard school year.
As a refresher, here’s how to catch up on credits with iSucceed:
- Enroll with iSucced. Learn how to here.
- Successfully complete one block with iSucceed with good grades.
- Get counselor approval to take additional courses.
Sometimes life circumstances can make it difficult to add on courses. If you are behind and unable to take on extra work, you can still earn your high school diploma. You can stay with iSucceed until you are 21. However long it takes you to finish high school is not important, so long as you do earn that accredited diploma!
Don’t just take our word for it. Here are a few other testimonials of online students who caught up on credits and graduated.
“I’ve had a rough high school career that put me in a bunch of different schools and left me behind in credits. Online school has helped me change that and was a great way to catch up and learn plenty of things on the way!
The way I finished was just realizing, I HAVE to do this. Don’t just drop out and give up after working for a couple years on it. Just be motivated and understand that having a diploma helps out a great bit in the real world…Good luck to all of you and understand that it’s all worth it in the end!”
-Joey Hergatt, Graduate
“My experience with online high school was great. I encountered credit problems at the beginning of my sophomore year, so my school recommended taking online courses.
At first I thought it was hard and that it needed a lot of focusing and dedication. Thanks to the help of all my teachers and student advisors, I was able to do so! I even became confident in asking for all the help I always needed, that’s how helpful and nice the teachers and advisors were with me.
Even though I came upon many conflicts and would fall behind on homework, the teachers always had a backup plan to help me move along and succeed. It offered a lot of flexibility!”
–Marianna Montes, Graduate
- Do you have a question about recovering credits with iSucceed? Share with us in the comments below!
You’re sitting at your desk, staring at your computer. You have a pile of math homework to start. But you just can’t; you’re dreading it.
You launch your courses and see a word problem. Your least favorite. You want to quit.
You’re not alone. In fact, 4 out of 10 Americans hate math.
If you’re among the four, we have some tips to help you get better at math and start enjoying your work. Our advice comes from a number of online high school administrators, faculty and staff, who are all highly qualified and experienced.
5 Ways to Get Better at Math
1. Implement math in your daily routine
The old saying, “practice makes perfect” rings true for math. There are a few easy ways you can practice math while doing daily tasks. These tips come from faculty from blended learning centers:
- When you go to the grocery store, try adding up all the items in your cart and see if the total you got is what shows up at the cash register.
- Then when you get good at that, try dividing it four ways: How much would the bill be if we split it up between mom, dad, brother and sister?
- Or try baking a new recipe, and calculate what it would take to double the recipe.
Math is found around you wherever you go; don’t stop exercising your brain!”
2. Play games that require math
Again, it’s all about incorporating math into everything you do. Even the fun things! There are several board games that include math in some form. Here are a few games you can play with family and friends:
You can also play a few video games featured in iSucceed curriculum. There are fun exciting graphic games you can play here.
3. Learn key phrases to make word problems simpler
Word problems can be daunting. But there are several common phrases you’ll find in every word problem. And if you can translate those, you’ll get through word problems in a cinch! Here are a few common phrases:
Phrases meaning addition:
- Sum of
- More than
- Total of
Phrases meaning subtraction
- Difference between
- Less than
- Fewer than
Phrases meaning division
- Out of
Phrases meaning multiplication
Phrases meaning equals
- Is (are/were/was)
- Sold for
Don’t forget to take a deep breath before you start. It might be daunting, but you can break it down. Find the key phrases and write the math symbols out. You will eventually be able to put together a math problem and solve it.
4. Memorize formulas through simple repetition
Practice using the formulas again and again. After a lot of repetition, it gets easier to remember the formulas and the methods and then solving the problems becomes second nature! The second thing is try to take careful notes and keep them– even after passing that math class. When you get into college and have to take additional math courses, you can always go back and refer to old notes if you forgot how something is done!
5. Remember, improving in math means patience and perseverance
“We have pretty strong data demonstrating that students who persist through Lesson 10 will pass typically our courses. With that in mind, I often refer back to the wise words of Einstein, ‘It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.’
Students are not expected to learn math in a vacuum. They are welcome and encouraged to seek help – whether that is directly from teachers, from peers, or from the vast array of online math websites that are quick search away. Resourcefulness is a life skill that will yield succeed in math and beyond!” – Ginny Carroll, math instructor
If you are struggling in math, the best thing you can do is reach out to your teacher for help. Your instructors are available via phone calls, emails, instant messages and online sessions to make sure you excel in your online courses. To learn more about communicating with your teachers, head to this blog post.
Take it from one online high school student, Meghan Lyall, who used to struggle with math. Meghan reached out to her math instructor, Mr. Joshi, who helped her every step of the way. Now, Meghan is an excelling student at the University of Utah.
“I had a hard time learning some of the material in my pre-calculus class in my senior year,” said Meghan. “Mr. Joshi was willing to open up live lesson portals once a week to help me with whatever homework problems I did not understand and walk me through each step. This was a tremendous help and I never felt like he was rushing me or becoming impatient with me no matter how many homework questions I needed to be walked through. I felt like he cared that I really learned the material and wanted to prepare me as best as he could for the quizzes and tests.”
We will leave you with a few inspiring thoughts from online math instructor Mr. Joshi:
- You are not the only one who struggles, so do not panic.
- Stay organized, keep good daily notes especially keep the formulas handy-with clear meaning of each term in the formula. It is also useful to have a good reference such as BASIC MATH REVIEW ( here is one such resource)
- Do the workbook, checkpoint, exam questions step-by-step in your notebook–and not quickly jump to one of the answer choices–so that you can identify the error.
- Workbook practice is important in mastering a topic – so if needed, attend the live online sessions and get some help from your instructor.
- Keep pace by doing your daily lesson.
- Review your notes and especially the topics you struggled with, before taking the final exam.
- Do you have a tip you’d like to add? Share with us in the comments below!
A common question we hear is: “What’s different about online high school?” In a nutshell, the main answer is: the daily routine. Here is how the routine differs for an online high school student.
Life of the Traditional Student vs. an Online High School Student
Let’s start with the morning.
Traditional students need to wake up early, catch the bus, walk or hope mom or dad will give or dad them a ride to school.
An online high school student wakes up, gets ready for the day and log in to start their coursework. There’s also no dress code required, which can be a plus.
Now let’s take a look at what your day will look like.
A traditional student attends school from about 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., listening to teacher lectures and working on assignments. Any assignments not completed in the allotted timeframe becomes homework.
Online school is not easier, and takes the same 30 hours per week to complete. The difference is online students are not tied to a physical classroom or a set schedule. This amount of freedom requires a lot of discipline, as it can be easy to fall behind on coursework. But discipline is an invaluable skill needed in college and careers, so why not start early?
“What would I be doing,” you ask? Read on.
All material—assignments, quizzes, exams and projects—are completed online. Students should complete at least one lesson per class every weekday.
Courses include teacher-led lessons, graphic-novel stories, instructional videos and educational games.
Check out this blog post to learn more about iSucceed’s curriculum.
So you’ve worked hard on your classes and it’s lunch time. Now what?
That’s the benefit of online school. You are not constrained to cafeteria food; you can eat whatever you choose. If it’s the yummy pizza pictured above or a nice bowl of cereal from home, that’s completely up to you!
You might be thinking, “But what if I have a question? Who will help me?” Let’s take a look at teachers:
Teachers hold the same qualifications in both traditional and online school. Online instructors are not less accessible, communication is simply different.Students can receive support through email, instant messaging, a phone call or live online tutoring.
Learn more about iSucceed’s personalized communication model here.
OK, school is great, but what about friends?
Because there is not a physical classroom, online students connect with classmates differently. Interaction happens through the following channels:
- Group discussions in courses.
- Staff-monitored community page to “friend” and chat with students.
- Online student clubs
There are school events (including prom!) and a graduation ceremony, which you can learn more about here.
If you’ve decided the life of an online student is right for you, you can get started ChooseiSucceed.com.
- Can you think of other comparisons? Share with us in the comments below!
As the famous English author Terry Pratchett so eloquently stated, “a lie can run round the world before the truth has got its boots on.”
There is an ongoing myth that online schools do not provide students with any support. At iSucceed Virtual High School, this is far from the case.
In fact, we’ve developed a proven working model that allows for more individualized student-teacher interaction than a traditional school. While some think the lack of a physical classroom creates a barrier, we believe it actually creates a pathway for better communication. Read below to learn about iSucceed’s student-instructor interaction model and how it can support you.
iSucceed’s Supportive Student-Teacher Communication Model
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 can create. 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. Here are the different ways students can contact teachers at iSucceed.
1. Phone Call
iSucceed instructors have a direct line, which students can easily find in the home page of the Parent Student Portal (PSP).
2. Instant Messaging
Also found within the PSP is an instant chat messenger. Students can see which teachers are online and contact them right away with a quick question.
For a smaller, less urgent question, teachers also have emails that they check regularly to respond to students within a 48-hour period.
4. Online Personal Appointments
Students needing more personalized support can arrange a real-time online appointment with their teachers to get extra help on homework.
5. In-person appointments
Those students who live near the Chandler office are welcome to schedule an appointment with their instructor for in-person support.
The five points of contact listed above are all easily accessible to students. In many ways, this model is better for the students who are not as outspoken. Raising a hand can be intimidating, especially when coupled with the fear of asking a “stupid” question. Having quick access to teacher support in many ways helps provides more personalized attention. Take it from a few of iSucceed’s parents and students:
Student & Parent Testimonials
“Having taught in traditional classrooms for over twenty years, I have to admit I was very reluctant about switching my son from a traditional school to iSucceed. But, after seeing the programs and the dedication of the staff to the success of the student, I am amazed. Every couple of weeks he, or I, is contacted by a counselor from iSucceed to check our progress. The counselors and teachers have been knowledgeable, helpful and are truly interested in the progress and success of my child!” – Heather Bergeson, parent
“Having taught in traditional classrooms for over twenty years, I have to admit I was very reluctant ab”Mr. Rollins [at iSucceed] was the first teacher I was able to ask a question. After he was so helpful and encouraging, I could ask another and then another. Thank you so much for helping me find my voice and the courage to be a leader!” – Nicole Griffith, iSucceed graduate, student at Northwest Nazarene University
If you have any further questions about iSucceed’s instruction model, our enrollment advisors are happy to help! Give us a call at 208.908.6250.
Whenever you face an obstacle in life, you have two options: deal with it, or do something about it. At times, it will feel like you are not in control, and that’s when it’s important to look to powerful figures in history for inspiration. This month, we celebrate Black History and Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Because we feel it imperative to educate our students on crucial American civic rights events, Primavera includes interactive articles and lessons in our coursework, which we’re featuring in this blog post. Learn more about Martin Luther King Jr. and other key contributors to civic rights below.
About Martin Luther King Jr.
“Martin Luther King Jr. was both a social activist and Baptist minister who became increasingly active in the fight for civil rights after facing countless moments of discrimination and racism.
By the early 1960s, MLK had become a national figure as he supported various efforts around the nation including sit-ins and other peaceful demonstrations. To this day, his words are echoed yearly and remembered as a turning point in the civil rights movement.”
Read more about Martin Luther King Jr. in this iSucceeed lesson.
Lesson 1: The Freedom Riders
“Beginning on May 4, 1961, 13 Freedom Riders—black and white, male and female—embarked on their challenge in two buses from Washington, DC. In a tag-team type system, hundreds of supporters of the movement joined for any length of bus ride they could commit to. The riders planned to end the trip in New Orleans on May 17, the seventh anniversary of the Supreme Court Brown v. Board of Education desegregation decision. Riders were arrested in Charlotte, North Carolina, and then assaulted in Rock Hill, South Carolina, when they refused to obey ‘whites only’ regulations.”
Lesson 2: Rosa Parks
“Bone weary, Rosa Parks climbed aboard a public bus on a cold December morning in Montgomery, Alabama. She took a seat at the front of the bus, too tired to make the trip to the segregated section in the back. When asked to move, she refused. Failure to comply with the bus driver’s order to move to the ‘blacks only’ seating led to her arrest. This story would spark a powder keg that would disrupt the public transit system in Montgomery.
Rosa Parks’ arrest for refusing to give up her seat inspired a boycott of the Montgomery buses by African Americans in the city. Since 75% of the patrons were African American, the loss in revenue forced Montgomery officials to change the policies.
Learn more about Rosa Parks in this iSucceed lesson.
Lesson 3: The Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.
“With criticism from his supporters and progress seemingly reduced to a crawl, King began to make plans for another March on Washington. Yet, before this could happen, a labor strike broke out in Memphis in 1968. Sanitation workers, who were dissatisfied with their working conditions, wanted the support of King for their cause, and he agreed to come to their aid. On April 4, 1968, King was standing on the balcony of his hotel room in Memphis when a sniper shot him where he stood. Surrounded by his peers, King was pronounced dead at the St. Joseph’s Hospital.
Shortly after the fatal shot, the Federal Bureau of Investigation launched an international manhunt. They were able to match fingerprints to James Earl Ray, a former convict.”
Read the full lesson here.
Coretta Scott King
Four days after MLK’s assassination, Coretta Scott King and her four children led 40,000 followers through the streets of Memphis, to remember and to continue King’s work by protesting the treatment of the city’s sanitation workers. Dr. King’s funeral would be held the next day in Atlanta, Georgia. The funeral was televised across the nation.
Students, did you enjoy the lessons you read in this blog? If so, you might want to consider enrolling with Primavera! Learning would look like this every day. ENROLL HERE.
At iSucceed, we believe in providing students with a personalized educational experience. That’s why we work individually with our students to help them achieve their academic goals. If you are a student looking to graduate early, iSucceed Virtual High School could be a great option for you.
Obtaining your diploma earlier than the standard four years is no easy task; it will take a lot of hard work. However, it is possible with iSucceed, and we’ll show you how below:
How to Graduate Early With iSucceed Virtual High School
Why are you more likely to graduate early with iSucceed than other schools?
How does iSucceed make graduating early more doable than traditional high schools? The answer: our quarter schedule.
iSucceed students typically complete three courses every nine weeks (two quarters add up to the traditional semester). Instead of juggling 6 courses at once, our students focus on just three courses at a time. This is a great model for reducing stress and improving retention. It is also a great model for helping students accelerate their graduation progress, as students can add on one additional course each block. By successfully completing three courses every nine weeks, you can earn six extra credits per school year!
How do I get started?
When you enroll with iSucceed, you will start with the standard three courses every nine weeks. This is to ensure that the workload is not too much for you. Once you complete a block with good grades, reach out to your guidance counselor, and let her know you would like to accelerate your graduation progress. Once she approves, you will work with an enrollment advisor to add on the extra courses, and then you’re all set! Here are the steps again:
- Step 1: Enroll with iSucceed. See how to enroll HERE
- Step 2: Successfully complete one block with iSucceed
- Step 3: Get approval from your guidance counselor to add on courses
- Step 4: Work with an enrollment advisor to add on the extra course
Each year, hundreds of Primavera students graduate a full year early! While it takes a lot of hard work, it can open up a world of new opportunities.
- Do you have a question for us? Share with us in the comments below or give us a call at 480.405.2703; we’re happy to help!
iSucceed Virtual High School is a 100% online public charter school that is accredited and tuition free. We provide a quality education to 9–12th grade students throughout the Idaho.
Unlike other charter schools, iSucceed Virtual High School has no waiting list, and holds open enrollment quarterly. If you are not happy with your current high school, here are five reasons to consider making the switch this January 23.
5 Reasons to Enroll
1. Receive Personalized Support From Highly Qualified Instructors
There is a common myth that because online students aren’t in a physical classroom, they are left to complete coursework on their own. But in reality, students at iSucceed receive more one-on-one attention from instructors. Because our teachers are not in a classroom filled with 30+ students at a time, they have the ability to personally connect with each student via phone calls, emails, instant messaging and live online sessions. In fact, many of our students report that they receive more support here at iSucceed than they ever did at their old schools.
2. Catch Up or Get Ahead on Credits
iSucceed’s Quarter Schedule is a great model for helping students catch up on credits, or get ahead and graduate early. Our students take three courses every nine weeks, and can add courses with approval for a total of 4 extra credits in one school year. Learn more about the benefits of our Quarter Schedule in this cool infographic.
3. Have Flexibility in Your School Schedule
Because we are 100% online, students enjoy flexibility in their schedules. While there is weekly coursework and assignments to complete, students are welcome to work during the day, night or weekends if they choose. It’s a great option for those who work, have illnesses or family responsibilities, or who participate in time-demanding extracurricular activities.
4. Study From the Comfort of Your Home (Or Wherever You Want!)
Another benefit of 100% online: our students can study in the comfort of their home. As long as you have access to a computer and internet connection, you can complete coursework at home, at a coffee shop, during your work break or wherever you choose.
5. Enjoy Award-Winning, Engaging Curriculum
Our courses are accredited, award winning and extremely engaging. At iSucceed, you will receive a quality education, filled with instructional videos, educational games, graphic-novel-style historical stories and more to help you enjoy what you’re learning. Learn more about our curriculum in this blog post.
Quarter 3 classes start January 23, so be sure to get enrolled right away! If you’re worried about switching schools midyear, then check out some tips from this blog post.
Enroll at ChooseiSucceed.com/Enroll, or give us a call at 208.908.6250.
- Do you have a quick question for us? Share in the comments below; we’re happy to help!
Another year has almost come and gone. 2017 is fast approaching, and with a new year comes the opportunity for a new beginning. As you make New Year’s Resolutions, it’s important to remember your educational goals. If you are struggling with your academics or simply aren’t enjoying your school, then resolve to make a change. Consider making the switch to iSucceed Virtual High School!
How to Get Enrolled With iSucceed Virtual High School
Enrolling with us is simple! Watch the video below for quick instructions.
For more detailed instructions on enrolling with iSucceed, head to this blog post.
Q3 Classes Start January 23!
iSucceed enrolls every quarter. Our next classes start January 23, so don’t delay!
Why Enroll With iSucceed?
- Tuition-free, quality education
iSucceed is a public charter school, which means it is tuition free and accredited. We are held to the same standards as other schools, and work to provide a rigorous, engaging online education with self-authored, award-winning curriculum.
- More personalized attention
Our teachers are highly qualified and provide students individual support through phone calls, emails, instant messaging and online tutoring sessions. Oftentimes, our students report that they receive more personalized attention with us than they did at their old schools.
- Three courses every nine weeks
iSucceed’s curriculum is structured into three courses every nine weeks for better focus, greater retention and reduced stress. Check out this cool infographic to learn more about our quarter system.
- Ability to catch up or get ahead on credits
Because of our nine-week blocks, catching up or getting ahead is more doable with iSucceed. Students can take additional courses each block with approval to earn a total of 6 extra credits each school year.
- 100% online, flexible schedule
iSucceed courses are 100% online, which means you can do schoolwork wherever you have access to a computer and the internet. It’s a great model for anyone needing flexibility due to demanding extracurricular activities, family responsibilities, illness or work.
- Vibrant student life
iSucceed hosts student clubs and an array of events, including monthly gatherings, a prom and live graduation ceremony. There’s a monitored online student community chat so that you can make friends in a fun, safe way.
Head to ChooseiSucceed.com/Enroll to get started, or give us a call at 208.908.6250.
- Do you have a quick question for us? Share with us in the comments below; we’re happy to help!
At iSucceed, we know change isn’t easy, especially when combined with the unknown. This is certainly no exception for students wanting to switch to online high school, and that’s why we’ve put together a list of tips for parents and students to try out in order to make the transition as smooth as possible.
Starting the Switch: Is Online School the Right Option for You?
While earning a high school diploma takes hard work, school shouldn’t be something you dread every day. Learning should be enjoyable, and if it isn’t, then it could be time to consider high school online. Here are a few advantages to online schooling:
Personalized Attention from Instructors
While it can vary between schools, students at iSucceed Virtual High School often find they receive greater personalized teacher support. Instead of a student competing with 30+ peers for attention in a classroom, online students can contact teachers throughout the day for help through several channels including emails, phone calls, live online sessions and instant chat.
Flexibility in Coursework
Another reason students choose online high school is to have more flexibility as to when and where they complete schoolwork. Those who are competitive athletes, musicians, have medical needs or other family responsibilities tend to prefer an online education so as to better balance their lives. Online school is not easier, but the ability to complete coursework outside of the standard Monday–Friday 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. is appealing to many.
Better Focus in a Comfortable Environment
With class sizes constantly increasing, there are students who find the noise and social aspects of today’s classroom too distracting. Online still allows for social interaction, but working online from home or wherever is most comfortable helps many teens better focus on schoolwork.
iSucceed Only: Rigorous, Award-Winning Curriculum
iSucceed Virtual High School’s curriculum is fresh, rigorous and engaging. It has won multiple awards, is engineered for the modern teen learner and is a great option for students who find their current coursework unchallenging or dull.
To see more about the differences between traditional school and online school, head to this blog post.
Parent Tips for Switching Your Child to Online School
Determine Your Child’s Needs–and if the School You Choose Can Meet Them
Different schools are made to fit different student’s needs. Whether your child needs a specialized IEP/504 plan or simply thrives on social interaction, it’s best to make sure the online school you choose works for him or her. Head to our Academics page to see what iSucceed offers.
Talk With Your Child
This can seem like a given, but oftentimes parents make decisions on school options without first asking what the child wants. Including your child in the decision process will help them transition easier and stay motivated.
Talk With Your Current Guidance Counselor
Your guidance counselor should let you know where your child’s current progress is toward graduation and help you get started on the transition process.
Get Paperwork Gathered
In order to enroll in any school you will need the following:
- Immunization records (even in online school)
- Birth certificate
- Proof of residency
- School transcripts
If you have all these items gathered and ready to go, the enrollment process will go much smoother.
Make Sure the School You Choose Will Work With Credits
Before making the switch, it’s important to make sure the school you choose will accept the credits your child has already earned at their current school. iSucceed Virtual High School accepts all Idaho earned school credits, and most credits earned from a school in another state. We also have enrollment advisors who will work with you every step of the way to make transferring a smooth process.
Get a Workspace Prepared for Your Child
A big difference between traditional and online school is that your child will no longer have a designated desk to sit at in a classroom. To help the transition stay smooth, create a “school desk” for them at home. Whether it’s a desk in your child’s bedroom, an office space in the house or even a kitchen table, it’s best to create a designated, organized “workspace” for your child. Head to this blog post to see workspace organization from instructors.
Student Tips for Switching to Online School
See How You Can Get Involved
Students: Just because you aren’t in a classroom doesn’t mean you can’t meet new people and make friends! Online schools hold events and have clubs for you to join. iSucceed even has a prom and a monitored online community chat for you to easily connect with your classmates and make new friends. Learn more about iSucceed student life here.
Get a Planner
More flexibility requires more organization. Now that you can choose how to spend your day, we recommend you buy a planner or use an online scheduling app to help you plan your days out. Decide beforetime when you will complete schoolwork and when you are going to take breaks so that you can stay disciplined throughout the day.
Find Ways to Personalize Your Workspace
Adding your favorite snack, a picture of your family or another favorite trinket will make your environment more enjoyable as you work. Not to mention, these are all things you likely weren’t allowed to do at your old school, so take advantage and enjoy it!
Talk With Your Teachers As Much as You Can
The instructors, advisors and counselors are all there to readily available to help you–but don’t know how if you don’t ask. Any time you don’t understand a concept, don’t hesitate to send an instant message, email or phone call for personal support.