In Idaho, there are thousands of students placed on a wait list for a charter school, hoping they can receive a more personalized, quality education.
At iSucceed, we believe every student deserves a great education. That is why we have no wait list and offer open enrollment throughout the year.
You might have heard that charter schools create wait lists to keep their class sizes “small.”
But small class sizes don’t equal a personalized education. Constant student-teacher interaction and support are what’s key to achieving academic success.
About iSucceed’s Personalized Education: Instructors
Our teachers spend their day a little differently from the traditional teacher. They don’t focus on 30+ students each hour, then go home to grade papers.
Our teachers hold a few 1-hour live online sessions, the way a traditional teacher holds a class. But most of their day is dedicated to helping students individually. Here are some of the ways teachers communicate with students:
- Phone calls
- Instant messaging
- Course announcements
- 1-1 online tutoring
- In-person appointments
You can read a more detailed post on this topic here.
Personalized Education with iSucceed: Quarter Schedule
iSucceed does not follow the traditional semesters. Several classes over a long period of time create unnecessary stress and cause students to lose focus.
That’s why our students enroll in three courses every nine weeks. How does this provide a personalized education?
It allows for credit recovery or early graduation.
On average, students enroll in three courses at once. But a struggling student could take four courses to get back on track. Alternatively, an excelling student could add on courses to graduate early. This way, our students can achieve their academic goals, no matter how unique their needs.
This cool infographic explains the benefits of our Quarter Schedule over semesters. Check it out!
Personalized Education with iSucceed: 100% Online
One of the reasons we don’t need a wait list is because we are 100% online.
Being 100% online has several added perks for our students:
- Flexible schedule
- Complete weekly coursework at the time of their choosing
- Study at a coffee shop, library or from the comfort of their home.
- Students with family responsibilities, jobs or extracurricular activities can better balance their lives.
About iSucceed Virtual High School
iSucceed was founded in 2008 by a group of caring, inspired parents. We have a vision to create opportunities to enable all students to earn a high school diploma online. This includes under-served, minority and at-risk students situated throughout the state of Idaho.
- A non-profit public charter school
- Tuition free
- 100% online
- A safe online community
- A place to meet students throughout the state and make friends
We also feature award-winning curriculum that’s aligned, rigorous and immersive. Within each course, you will find a variety of multimedia, including:
- Graphic novels
You can sample a bit of the award-winning content in this post.
For steps on enrolling with iSucceed, head to this post.
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!
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!
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.
- Still have some questions? Share them in the comment box below, or give our enrollment advisors a call at 208.908.6250.
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
“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
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!
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!
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.
At iSucceed Virtual High School, we have dedicated students who work hard to get their diplomas. That’s why we decided to start a Student Spotlight series, so we can shine the light on a few of our awesome students.
This month, we bring the story of a student who just finished her last quarter with iSucceed! Although she had a feel stumbling blocks, she got back on track and earned her diploma early. Check out her inspiring story below.
The Story of Sarah Geopel, recent iSucceed graduate
“I absolutely love to talk to people,” said Sarah. “I enjoy having deep, thought-provoking conversations and also finding the time to have fun together.”
Another great thing about Sarah is her confidence in herself; she embraces being unique.
“I have a quirky, outgoing personality, and am often known for being smart. Although if you really get to know me, you’ll find out that I’m quite… different from other people. But I feel that it is a good thing to be different, and I want to share that with the world,” said Sarah.
At one point in her high school career, Sarah faced some challenges that set her back on graduating. But she decided she wanted to obtain her diploma, so she came back to iSucceed and worked hard.
“My goals [when I enrolled in iSucceed] were to get as good of grades as possible and to graduate early” said Sarah.
And despite coming to iSucceed behind on credits, Sarah did accomplish her goal and graduated a semester early with good grades.
“I feel proud because I managed to graduate a semester early, and I even finished that semester a few weeks early. On top of it, I even managed to get straight A’s,” said Sarah. “I don’t claim to be perfect, but I always try to work with what I have and move on in life.”
In her last quarter at iSucceed, Sarah was also diligently working toward earning her Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) license. Now that she’s graduated, she plans to finish CNA schooling and work in an assisted living home. Although, Sarah tells us that getting her CNA license is simply a first step to help her get funding to go to college for something she is passionate about.
“Nursing isn’t my passion, and I don’t know if I will further my education in it, but it is a good start to living on my own,” said Sarah. “Even though it probably won’t be my career path, I am still determined to do my best and make the residents’ lives better. After I’ve gotten myself established, I’m contemplating starting a career in the arts.”
When it comes to advice for other iSucceed students, Sarah has a few great tips:
1. Don’t be afraid to ask questions! No matter how stupid the question, it doesn’t matter what others think, what matters is that you learn more and satisfy your curiosity.
2. Don’t be afraid to share other things with your teachers too, whether it’s something you read that you think they may be interested in or lesson material that you find inspiring.
3. Put forth your best effort! I know it may be tempting to put minimal thought into responses on things such as discussions and projects, but nothing worth doing is easy. It reflects well on you to try hard, and you just may learn something interesting too.
4. Have a great life! Make a difference in the world, don’t just be a bystander, and don’t fall victim to violence and peer pressure.
Check out this article to see how you can graduate early with iSucceed.
- Do you have any encouraging thoughts you’d like to leave with Sarah? Share with us in the comments below!