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.

How to Catch Up on Credits and Get Back on Track to Graduate

Every year, 1.2 million U.S. students drop out of high school.

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!

Get started with iSucceed today!

Student Testimonials

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!

5 Ways to Get Better at Math

Picture this:

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.

Sound familiar?

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:

  • GoFish, with an addition twist
  • Blitz
  • 24
  • Monopoly
  • Yahtzee
  • Sodoku

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
  • Yields
  • More than
  • Combined
  • Total of
  • Together

Phrases meaning subtraction

  • Decrease
  • Difference between
  • Less than
  • Fewer than

Phrases meaning division

  • Per
  • Out of
  • Ratio

Phrases meaning multiplication

  • Of
  • Times

Phrases meaning equals

  • Yields
  • 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:

  1. You are not the only one who struggles, so do not panic.
  2. 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)
  1. 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.
  2. Workbook practice is important in mastering a topic – so if needed, attend the live online sessions and get some help from your instructor.
  3. Keep pace by doing your daily lesson.
  4. 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 Day in the Life of an Online High School Student

If you’re an online student, you are all too familiar with the question, “So, what do you do all day?”

The answer? Well, schoolwork.

Don’t worry, students. We know you work hard. Whether you take the traditional or online route, earning that high school diploma is hard work.

But we will admit that without the barrier of a physical classroom comes some benefits.

Donald Mitchell, an assistant principal for an online high school, put together a “Sample Schedule” of a successful online student. Check it out!

  • 8 a.m.: Gather learning tools (pencil, paper, headphones, etc.)
  • 8:05 a.m.: Log in to the PSP
  • 8:10 a.m.: Launch course and starting working the day’s lesson
  • 9:40 a.m.: BREAK TIME
  • 9:50 a.m.: Return to computer and continue with lesson
  • 11 a.m.: Wrap of the day’s lesson
  • noon: Lunch time
  • Repeat for the second lesson.

Let’s take a closer look into a day in the life of an online student.

What Does an Online Student Do All Day?

Let’s start with the morning.

Online students are not required to wake up at a certain time. They are required to complete assignments on time, but when and where they choose to do so is up to them.

In other words, yes. You can sleep in.

That will mean you finish courses later in the day. But if that’s what you prefer, you go for it!

 

What will my courses look like?

Once you wake up and get ready, you log in to your Parent Student Portal (PSP) account where you will see school announcements and access your courses. Once you launch a course, what does it look like? Keep on reading!

iSucceed online 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.

Now let’s move to lunch

Since you set your schedule, lunch is whatever you want, whenever you want. Hungry by 10:30 a.m.? Great! Take a break and eat.

Late snacker? That’s fine, too. Plus, if you go somewhere with Wi-Fi, you can work on courses while you eat. Most of our students are more than happy to say goodbye to that cafeteria food.

What if I have a Question?

Teachers hold the same qualifications in both traditional and online school. Should you have a question, you can easily ask your teachers via email, instant messaging, a phone call or live online tutoring.

Head to this blog post to learn more about communicating with online instructors.

You finished school for the day, what’s next?

 

If you’re one to get up early and finish your coursework early, you might be wondering what to do with the rest of your day. We have a couple suggestions: Hit up the PSP chat or join us at an event!

iSucceed has a staff-monitored community where you can connect with other students and “friend” them. There are also several in-person school events held throughout the year so you can come meet classmates and make friends.

I need a flexible schedule. Can you work with me?

Of course! Many of our students are aspiring athletes or artists, have a job, illness or other family responsibilities that make the traditional school schedule complicated.

The above sample schedule is just that: a sample. You are not tied to 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. As long as you complete your lessons and assignments on time, you can choose when you complete your class work.

To see more differences between traditional school and the online environment, head to this blog post.

Thinking online high school might be right for you? Head to Chooseisucceed.com/Enroll, or give us a call at 480.405.2703.

  • Students, what does your typical day look like? Share with us in the comments below!

How to Focus on Homework and Stop Procrastinating

It happens every day. There’s the ever-piling list of things to do.

You can continue to sleep in, but it won’t disappear. And while we know you don’t want to hear it, every decision you’re making now impacts your future. Better grades mean more opportunities after high school.

We know completing homework can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. There are a few easy changes you can implement now to start seeing improvements today. Check out the tips below.

Tips to Focus on Homework

Tip 1: Exercise First

Studies show that cardio-based exercises boost your memory and thinking skills. Cardio based means doing something that accelerates your heart rate. This can include jogging, riding a bike, playing a sport or anything you like to do that’s fast-paced.

If you exercise right before starting schoolwork, it will get your blood flowing. This will help your brain become more active and ready to focus on homework.

Tip 2: Set a Routine

With the benefit of flexibility in online schooling comes the need for discipline. As Donald Mitchell, assistant principal in an online high school, stated:

“To be successful in your courses…create a daily schedule for yourself.  Remember, you are required to spend at least three hours on each course that you are assigned on a daily basis.”

In other words, it can be easy to fall behind. But it’s also easy to stay on track if you stick to a schedule.

How to Make a Schedule:

  1. Get a planner, or use a free online application.
    A planner is still the best way to stay organized.
  2. Think about your week; include every plan.
    Write everything you want and need to do that week. Do you want to fit in some time to skateboard? Great! Schedule it in. Just remember: Try to be active right before starting coursework!
  3. Be realistic:

    “If you are a night person, then be a night person.  If you know you only like to work online for 30 minutes at a time, then plan breaks between your 30 minutes.” – Mrs. Lauree Russell, online math instructor.

  4. Stick to your schedule.
    Things happen, and you might have to adjust your schedule. But stick to it, even when it’s time to do something you’re not looking forward to. If you decided to start that project Tuesday at 2 p.m., that’s when you need to do it.
  5. Keep writing out your weekly schedule
    It takes work and a lot of upkeep, but stay motivated. Don’t fall behind on that planner.

When planning, try to do schoolwork about the same time every day, in a familiar location. It will do wonders for your brain! It won’t take long before your brain automatically recognizes that it’s homework time. Then you won’t have to take as long to get started.

Tip 3: Be Prepared

If you have to stop what you’re doing to go grab a snack or a notebook, you’re going to get distracted. Ms. Sarah Gamble, executive director of academics for an online high school, suggests you do the following:

“Have all the materials you need to work ready to go before you start each day,” said Ms. Gamble. “Keep a list of your teacher’s and guidance counselor’s phone numbers, note taking materials, your daily schedule, a glass of water and you are ready to go. This will keep you from getting distracted when you have to leave your work to go find something.”

Tip 4: Establish a WorkSpace

We’re not saying you have to go to the store right now and drop hundreds on a desk, chair and supplies. Your workspace doesn’t have to be traditional. But it does need to be a set place in order to better focus on homework.

Maybe that place is an office in your home. Or perhaps you have a fuzzy bean bag in your room that you love. Whatever you choose, make it a habit, and make sure you’re comfortable to work. After all, that bean bag might be comfy to relax in, but might not be best once you have a laptop and notebook to juggle.

“Make sure your chair is comfy, your computer screen is at eye level and your favorite items are next to your computer,” said Mrs. Russell. This can be items like photos, music, lotion, candles or a favorite soda.

Online high school instructor Amber Day also suggests that you separate your workspace and your sleep space.

“If you do homework in your bed where you sleep, it’s likely going to make you want to take a nap rather than do math homework,” said Ms. Day. “Go somewhere you know you won’t get distracted (or leave) until you finish homework. Make that your routine and doing homework there will become as natural as taking a nap in your bed is.”

For more tips on organizing your workspace, head to this blog post.

Tip 5: Remove All Distractions

 A distraction is anything that deters you from working on courses. This can range from music to your loud little brother.

Let’s take a moment to talk about those smartphones. They’re more detrimental to your homework than you might think.

A study showed that having your phone on silent isn’t enough. Small disturbances like a screen notification could increase errors in your work. It also could prolong the time it takes to complete assignments. Here’s why:

As a researcher from the study stated, “Although these notifications are generally short in duration, they can prompt… mind-wandering, which has been shown to damage task performance” (PsychCentral).

Even just being aware of a missed call, an unread text or another notification causes your brain to lose focus on homework. It knows there is something else to do, and it wants to get it finished now.

We recommend setting all smart devices (phone, tablet, etc) in another room. If you are able to forget about it, you will likely finish your homework quicker and make fewer mistakes.

“Turn off your phone, video games, and yes, even your annoying little brother,” said Mrs. Russell. “You might need to consider moving your laptop in a private space or a closet if necessary (smile).”

It’s also best to ask your friends and family not to disturb you during homework.

“Talk to your friends and family about how they can support you,” said Mrs. Benjamin-Baker. “If you work on schoolwork from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. each day, tell your friends not to text or call during this time.”

Tip 6: Take Notes

Studies show that physically writing on a notebook improves your memory. So if you want to do better on homework and exams, try writing down notes.

“Although we use computers for everything, you are more apt to remember something if you write it down. Write words, draw pictures, use color! Anything you do that will allow you to touch  what you are learning will help!”

– Sarah Gamble, executive director of academics.

Tip 7: Take Breaks

The beauty of online school is that you can take breaks whenever you need. Do you have a hard time staying focused for long periods of time? Then break it up. Try studying for 30 minutes at a time. Remove all distractions and set a timer.

Once the 30 minutes is up, take a 15-minute break, but do something active! Get up and move around, go for a run. Just do something that isn’t sitting.

After 15 minutes, you can return ready to focus on homework. See if you can increase to 45 minutes before taking your next 15-minute break.

Tips to Stop Procrastinating 

So, now you know what to do in order to clear your mind and stay focused on your homework. But actually starting is the hardest part, right? If you’re needing motivation, try these tips.

Tip 1:  Create Rewards to Stay Motivated

If you know you have six assignments to complete in a day, then set aside a small reward for each.

“Know your weaknesses and turn them into rewards,” said Mrs. Benjamin-Baker. “If you like to surf YouTube videos or SnapChat with friends, then reward yourself with these activities AFTER you complete your schoolwork, but not until then.”

 Tip 2: When you get bored, get up and move

As Mrs. Russell said:

“Take a short break and turn on your favorite YouTube music video and have a dance fest. Getting your blood circulating will help your brain and spirit.  Nothin’ like rockin’ out to your fave music!

Now this is the way to do homework, right??!!!”

By breaking up coursework with small, fun tasks, your brain will have more positive associations. This might help you dread starting less.

Tip 3: Reach out to your guidance counselor

Your guidance counselor’s job is to help you with your academic struggles. If you are having trouble starting coursework, reach out to your counselor for help. They are state-certified and dedicated to you.

To learn more about iSucceed’s guidance counselor, head to this blog post.


Coursework is never easy, we know. But by following the tips above, it can become less stressful, and you will (hopefully) be able to focus.

We’ll leave you with one last quote:

“I am here to tell you that you have the power to be as successful as you want to be. Never let others dictate who you are destined to become!” – Donald Mitchel, assistant principal

  • Students, do you have tips to focus on homework? Share with us in the comments below!

20 Surprising Facts About U.S. Presidents You Didn't Know

There’s no doubt, being President of the United States is one of the hardest jobs ever. And While we commend our fearless leaders for their outstanding service, there are some strange and funny facts we bet you didn’t know.

We found hundreds of them, but since President’s Day falls on February 20 this year, we picked out 20 weird facts you can use to impress your friends.

While you’re at it, enjoy some curriculum from our American History courses featured in the Bio Card graphics below. It brings the past alive for iSucceed students as they learn about the more serious side of our nation’s history.

20 Surprising U.S. President Facts

1. George Washington (1787–1797)

Our first president gave the shortest inauguration speech. It was only 133 words and lasted less than two minutes! He also didn’t have enough money to get to his inauguration and had to borrow money from a neighbor.

2. John Adams (1797–1801) & Thomas Jefferson (1801–1817)

 

Presidents Adams and Jefferson died on the same day, July 4, 1826, which happened to be the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. James Monroe (1817-1825) was the last surviving founding father and he died exactly five years later on July 4, 1831.

3. James Monroe (1817–1825)

The capital of Liberia, Monrovia, was named after President James Monroe.

4. Andrew Jackson (1829–1837)

Rumor has it that President Jackson taught his pet parrot how to curse. At his funeral, the bird had to be taken away because it kept swearing!

 

5. James Buchanan (1857-1861)

To help end the movement, this president bought slaves in Washington D.C. and set them free in Pennsylvania.

6. Abraham Lincoln (1861-1865)

“Honest Abe” was an amazing wrestler. He competed in about 300 matches, and only lost one of them. He was also the tallest president at 6’4”. Learn more about him in this video

7. James Garfield (1881)

Get ready for this odd fact: President Garfield was ambidextrous, meaning he could write with both hands. He could even write in Greek with one hand and Latin with the other… at the same time.

 

8. Theodore Roosevelt (1901-1909)

Good ol’ Teddy was shot in the chest while giving a speech. This didn’t stop him from finishing his talk, which lasted an hour and a half!

 

9. William H. Taft (1909-1913)

President Taft was the largest president weighing in at over 300 pounds. His advisors had to sometimes pull him out of the bathtub. He was also the only president to serve as chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

 

10. Calvin Coolidge (1923-1929)

“Silent Cal” liked to press all the buttons on his desk and then hide while his assistants were running in. He would then jump out and say he was just checking to make sure everyone was working.

 

11. Herbert Hoover (1929-1933)

and his wife lived in China before he became elected president. When they wanted to have a private conversation in the White House, they would speak Mandarin.

 

12. Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933-1945)

Also known as FDR, this president married his cousin, Eleanor Roosevelt. The bride was given away by her uncle (and FDR’s other cousin), former president Theodore Roosevelt. FDR was also distantly related to other presidents including Washington, both Adams, Madison, Van Buren, both Harrisons, Taylor, Grant and Taft.

 

13. Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953-1961)

General Eisenhower served in both World War I and World War II.

 

14. Gerald R. Ford (1974–1977)

Two people tried to assassinate Ford in less than a three-week span; they were both females!

 

15. Ronald Regan (1981-1989) would talk with an astrologer before making major decisions or planning events.

 

16. William J. Clinton (1993-2001) won two Grammy awards for Best Spoken Word Albums.

 

17. George W. Bush (2001-2009) was the head cheerleader at his high school.

 

18. Barack Obama (2009-2017) wanted to be featured in a pin-up calendar in his Harvard days, but unfortunately, the ladies in charge didn’t choose him.

19. Mount Rushmore Presidents

Four presidents’ faces grace Mount Rushmore in South Dakota: George Washington (1789-1797), Thomas Jefferson (1801-1817), Abraham Lincoln (1861-1865) and Theodore Roosevelt (1901-1909). The monument was created to increase tourism in the region. The sculptures are 60 feet high, the equivalent of a five-story building! Read the whole story here.

 

20. President Dollar Bills 

Ever seen a $500, $1000 or $5000 bill? If so, you may have noticed the faces of William McKinley (1897-1901), Grover Cleveland (1885-1889 and 1893-1897) and James Madison (1809-1817) gracing these bills. Forget the Ben Franklins, and show us the James Madisons, please!

Sources:
https://ww2.kqed.org/pop/2016/02/18/weird-facts-you-never-knew-about-the-u-s-presidents/
https://www.factretriever.com/us-presidents-facts

  • Do you know any other surprising U.S. President facts? Share with us in the comments below!

Life of an Online High School Student vs. the Traditional Student

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:

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  • Group discussions in courses.
  • Staff-monitored community page to “friend” and chat with students.
  • Online student clubs

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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.

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  • Can you think of other comparisons? Share with us in the comments below!

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National Inventors Day: 5 Revolutionary Teen Inventions

Today is National Inventor’s Day, which falls on the birthday of America’s most prolific inventor, the late Thomas Edison. While he is America’s most famous historical inventor who held more than 1,000 patents, there are modern-day inventors who continue to transform our world with amazing solutions for our biggest problems. In fact, some of our most brilliant inventions come from teenagers! Check them out…

5 Revolutionary Inventions by Teens

 

  1. IV Backpack – Kylie Simonds was a cancer survivor and only 11 years old when she invented an IV pediatric backpack for kids with cancer. It was a school assignment that led Kylie to create an alternative to the large IV pack on wheels that is often cumbersome for kids to pull around. Now thanks to Kylie, kids with cancer who need an IV pack can move around easier and in style. Check it out here!
  2. Cancer detection method- It appears teens have made invaluable contributions to preventing/coping with cancer. Janet, 16, and Benjamin, 15, Song developed a urine test for early detection of cancer. Janet and Benjamin hypothesized that certain DNA markers found in urine are altered when cancer is present. While their invention is still undergoing testing before it’s used clinically, it’s well on its way to saving lives. Read their story here.
  3. Sensor to protect Alzheimer’s patients – Determined to help his grandfather who suffers from Alzheimer’s, Kenneth Shinozuka was just 15 when he invented a device to alert caregivers when their patients with dementia wander. Check out this inspiring TED Talk by Kenneth that has more than 1.4 million views!
  4. Car exhaust filter – After being astonished at the amount of exhaust cars release, 17-year-old Param Jaggi decided to do something about it. For three years, Param worked diligently to create an exhaust filter. The filter basically takes the carbon dioxide released from the car, and then using photosynthesis, converts it to clean, breathable air. He won an award from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for his valiant efforts. Check out the news article here.
  5. Ocean Sweeper – Boyan Slat , 19, developed a plan to potentially remove 7,250,000 tons of plastic waste from the world’s oceans. The device consists of several floating booms and processing platforms anchored together that acts as a giant funnel, gathering plastic and packaging it into garbage cubes that can be dispensed to countries throughout the world. Boyan went on to create a non-profit foundation dedicated to the project. Found out more here.

Remember, you are never too young to start making a difference in the world. This Inventor’s Day, we hope you gather some inspiration to try and invent something yourself!

  • Which is your favorite teen invention? Share with us in the comments below!

 

School Event: Cupcake Wars February 23

If we had to guess, it’s your absolute dream to become the greatest cupcake decorator the world has ever seen.

OK, maybe not, but how does meeting new friends, eating desserts and possibly wining an Amazon gift card sound?

Come to the iSucceed Office on Thursday, February 23 from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. and participate in our Cupcake Wars! Meet fellow classmates, make friends and eat delicious, beautifully decorated cupcakes. Three students will even walk away with a $10 gift card! Here are the full details:

iSucceed Cupcake Wars 

February 23, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Study Labs at the iSucceed building in Boise (6148 N. Discovery Way Suite 120
Boise, ID 83713)

We will provide the cupcakes, you only need bring yourself (and a friend, if you’d like)! Each student will be given a cupcake with frosting and other random toppings, then provided a theme. Students will then have 20 minutes to decorate their cupcake according to the assigned theme. There will be three rounds total, and students can participate in each round.

Cupcakes will be judged by our “Cupcake Experts” (iSucceed staff), and the winner from each round will receive a $10 Amazon gift card.

Not in the Mood to Decorate? Come Anyway! There’s Free Food.

If you’re not exactly “artistic,” we hope to see you there anyway! Students can come enjoy free snacks like chips, popcorn and sodas, sit back and enjoy watching the ‘war.’ Plus, your counselor and principal will be onsite for you to meet your teachers, or get help in your coursework.

Come Early for Homework Help

We encourage all students attending the event to come early to work on coursework. Staff will be onsite and available for homework help, so we hope you take advantage of this great opportunity.

An RSVP is required for all attendees. Students can bring one non-iSucceed student as a guest. To RSVP, email mprice@isucceedvhs.net.

How You Can Receive More Personalized Support Through iSucceed Virtual High School

Pictured above: Mr. Rollins tutoring former iSucceed student.

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.

3. Email

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.

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