Get Started in the New Year With iSucceed Virtual High School

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Another summer has almost come and gone. The 2017-18 school year is fast approaching, and with a new school year comes the opportunity for a new beginning. 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!

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.

Q1 Classes Start August 21!

iSucceed enrolls every quarter. Our first quarter starts August 21, 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!

Back to School 2017 Roadshow

iSucceed is back on the road and ready to help you get you enrolled for fourth quarter (Q4) classes starting August 21! 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 August 14 – 18. Each event will have teachers and/or staff members available to answer your questions and help you get enrolled.

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.

Orientation for New Students

If you’re new to iSucceed, then be sure to drop by for orientation! 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.

 

ROADSHOW DATES AND LOCATIONS

August 14: NORTH IDAHO 

  •  Monday, August 14 from noon – 1:30 p.m. at Sandpoint Library. 1407 Cedar St., Sandpoint, ID 83864.
  • Monday, August 14 from 5 – 7 p.m. at Springhill Suites Hotel. 2250 W. Seltice Way Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814. 

August 15: iSucceed Office

  • Tuesday, August 15 from 3 – 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. 

August 16–17: East Idaho

  • Wednesday, August 16 from 4 – 6 p.m. at Holiday Inn. 2270 Channing Way, Idaho Falls, ID 83404.
  • Thursday, August 17 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Twin Falls Public Library. 201 4th Ave. E Twin Falls, ID 83301.

August 18: CANYON COUNTY 

  • Friday, August 18 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Stevens Henager College. 16819 N. Marketplace Blvd., Nampa, ID 83687.

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.

Fall 2017 classes start August 21. 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!

5 Reasons to Enroll With iSucceed Virtual High School This Fall 2017

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 August 21.

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 1 classes start August 21, 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!

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 English Curriculum Sparks Imagination, Inspires

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

Our guess is just one: iSucceed.

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

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

Rhetoric & Composition

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

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

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

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

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

British Literature

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

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

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

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

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

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

How to Enroll for iSucceed Virtual High School This Fall 2017

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

How to Enroll for iSucceed Virtual High School

Step 1: Fill out the application

First, you will need to submit a quick application asking basic information such as your name, email and phone number. To do so, head to ChooseiSucceed.com/Enroll, fill out your information and click submit.

Step 2: Talk With an Advisor

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

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

Step 3: Enrolling

In order to enroll with iSucceed, you will need to send us a copy of a few important documents seen in the image below.

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

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

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

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

Student Spotlights: Bethany Cook

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

The Story of Bethany Cook, iSucceed student

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

College Campus Tours Happening in May!

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

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

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

College Campus TOUR DETAILS

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

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

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

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

We will see you there!

Is Online High School Easy?

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

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

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

Less work? No.

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

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

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

Is Online High School Easy?

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

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

Flexible Schedule

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

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

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

Engaging Curriculum

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

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

Personalized Support

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

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

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

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:

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!
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