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iSucceed is an Idaho home-grown school founded nearly a decade ago.
Still, the most common question we receive is, “Is iSucceed accredited?” Or “Will I get an actual diploma if I graduate with iSucceed?” Your answer is below.
Is iSucceed Accredited?
The answer is yes!
We are a legitimate public charter school. Our instructors are highly qualified and our coursework is aligned to state and national standards.
In other words, we are a real high school, we’re just instruct our students online.
What is a Public Charter School?
If you attend the traditional high school you’re assigned to, you attend a public school.
A public charter school is very similar. They are tuition free and accredited just like the traditional school. Public charter schools are held to the same standards in student achievement. The difference, according to the Public Charter School Association is this:
“Charter schools are unique public schools that are allowed the freedom to be more innovative while being held accountable for advancing student achievement,” (Publiccharters.org).
Where Does iSucceed Receive its Accreditation?
iSucceed is accredited through AdvancED. This is an intensive evaluation of the school’s academic strategies and goals, improvements and instruction.
What Does it Means to be Accredited?
Accreditation is incredibly important. It’s is what gives value to your diploma. iSucceed Virtual High School diplomas are recognized by employers and universities nationwide. Really, it is the same as earning a diploma through a traditional, brick and mortar school.
Benefits of Attending iSucceed Virtual High School
Although the diploma you earn is the same, the high school experience is different. Some benefits of iSucceed:
- 100% online, flexible schedule
- Easily accessible help from teachers and counselors
- Two courses every six weeks
- Safe environment
- Engaging student life
To learn more about online school, head here.
You’ve been Googling, trying to find a solution.
You finally think you have it, but now a new dilemma arises: How do I convince my parents? Many stop right there. They think, “My parents would never let me do that.”
You might be right. But you also might not be. Either way, it’s worth a shot.
Many students find that their parents are a lot more willing to listen than they think. If you do your research, and maturely talk with your parents, they will listen.
Too many times we hear, “I wish I could do online school, but there’s no way my parents would go for that!” If you’re wanting to go to online school, but not sure your parents would be on board, here are some tips:
1. Do Your Research
Your parents will want to know the answers to basic questions: Is it free? Will you earn a real diploma? What if you need help with homework? What about your friends? Other online schools will vary in these answers, so be sure to research. Here are our answers:
- iSucceed is a tuition-free public charter school
- We are accredited. This means you will earn a real diploma recognized by universities and employers.
- Our teachers are highly qualified and readily available to help.
- We provide several ways for you to connect with students. Learn more here.
- For other answers to common questions about iSucceed, head to this blog post.
If you come to the table with these answers ready, the conversation will go a lot smoother.
2. Pick an Appropriate Time
The timing of the conversation is important. You don’t want to bring it up while mom is trying to cook or dad is watching the game. Wait until you’re at the dinner table having a conversation. Or ask mom or dad for a time to talk together. That way, they will be ready to hear what you have to say.
3. Don’t Be too Negative on Your Current School
Chances are, you could hate your school. But focus on the positive opportunities, not the negatives of your current situation. You can certainly let them know you’re not enjoying school, but show them you’re seeking a solution. This is a more mature approach than complaining. If you go this route, your parents likely will be much more receptive.
4. Explain Why it Would be a Better Fit For You
What benefits do you like most about online school? Maybe it’s that you’ll get easier access to teacher help. Or perhaps you simply can’t get out of bed in the morning, and this will help you become more disciplined. Either way, think on it and let them know the benefits you see in switching to online school.
5. Gather Some Notes
Writing might not be your favorite, but it can really help. If you have notes gathered as to what you’d like to say, you’ll be more prepared and it might calm your nerves.
6. Remember, Your Parents Care About You
You might fight sometimes. Maybe even a lot. But we’re willing to bet that your parents are just trying to do what’s best for you. They care about your well-being and happiness. It can be scary, but if you approach them with a thought-out idea, they’ll hear you. It’s always worth trying!
Parents, if you are thinking online school would be a good fit for your child, but not sure how to talk to them about it, stay tuned! We will be giving you some tips soon.
- Students, do you have tips for students wanting to switch to online school? Share with us in the comments below!
Every year, iSucceed holds a formal ceremony to celebrate its graduates. Students come from every walk of life throughout the state. And for many of them, earning their diplomas is no easy task. But they make it through and we celebrate them for it.
This year’s graduation ceremony was held at Sandpoint and Boise. There were 75 graduates, Many of whom graduated early or won college scholarships.
“Our graduation ceremonies are very special to the students, parents and staff to celebrate in person the hard work and accomplishments of our students,” said Executive Director Katie Allison. “This was an exciting year to see students graduate from all 4 Quarters with several early graduates as well.”
Before the event, students got to celebrate with unlimited bowling where they met each other in-person, enjoyed food and had fun. Here are some photos from the festivities.
Once graduation rolled around, students enjoyed a great ceremony. Executive Director Katie Allison spoke first at the ceremonies. One of our favorite quotes from her was this:
“If there is one thing I can say to you today, it is: Don’t let this be the only highlight of your life, keep pushing forward. Today… is just the beginning. Today… all doors are open to you. Today… your high school worries are over.Today… celebrate this accomplishment… but don’t remain idle. Don’t waste a minute!”
Valedictorian and early graduate Naomi Schartzer also spoke at the ceremonies. She gave an elegant speech.
“Most people go through life not knowing what is to come, or what is going to happen next. At least for today we can imagine. We can imagine where the next step will take us, or even the next step after that. For today we can not be scared of what will come. We can just sit back and soak in the satisfaction of knowing that we are one step closer.”
Read Naomi’s story here.
Two students won a scholarship combined at $57,000. Many decided to attend college. Here’s some of our graduate’s plans:
Emme Tulloch – Attending California State University San Marcos, studying nursing.
Whitnee E. – Currently attending Boise State University, studying pre-veterinary.
Andrea Tinnen – Attending North Idaho College, studying pediatric nursing.
Naomi Shartzer – Completing pre-med courses in Idaho, and then moving to Washington to obtain a medical degree and work as an obstetrician.
Katelyn Palmer – Plans to travel and pursue a career in modeling
Alan Billingsley – Deciding between Boise State University and Oregon State University, will work towards an IT degree specializing in CAD software and 3D graphics. He wants to be a civilian contractor for the US Military when he’s done.
Everyone has dreams. But it is the few who take the leap of faith and work hard to make those dreams reality.
For iSucceed student Naomi Shartzer, that dream is to become an obstetrician.
“I have always been intrigued by the developmental processes of the fetus in the womb,” said Naomi. “Ever since I was in grade six I knew that this is what I wanted and I would not let anybody tell me I couldn’t.”
Becoming a doctor means a long road of education and training. Knowing this, Naomi wanted to graduate early and get a jumpstart toward her career as a doctor. Read more about this inspiring student below.
Naomi Shartzer, 16, early graduate
“I think what makes me unique is that nobody would have taken me, the girl with the colored hair and attitude, to be able to accomplish so much in such little time,” said Naomi.
Naomi’s plan is to start college as soon as possible. That’s why she decided to switch to iSucceed.
“My motivation was my end goals. I knew I did not want to be 30 by the time I graduated [medical school]. I wanted to graduate [high school] at 16 with a 4.0 GPA, I felt like iSucceed was my best option for that.”
So far, Naomi has stayed true to her goals. She is set to graduate at just 16 years old with an outstanding GPA.
When it comes to advice for her fellow students, Naomi has a few words: stick to your goals.
“Keep a schedule and don’t fall behind. If you do the minimum of ten assignments a day or more, you will be fine. Also, if you have any issues, make sure to contact your teacher.” – Naomi Shartzer, iSucceed student
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!
If you’re an online high school student, you’ve likely had to deal with the question: so if you do online school, what do you do all day?
To which you patiently answer, “Well, schoolwork.”
Then comes the follow-up question, “But isn’t online high school easy? It must be nice having so much less work to do.”
Less work? No.
Too often, we hear the question, “Is online high school easy?” and the answer is, “It’s school.”
We understand the confusion, as in the past there were other online schools who were not providing students with the quality curriculum they should have. But iSucceed Virtual High School has been around since 2008, and we offer a real, accredited quality education.
School is never easy. But there are certainly benefits to online school versus traditional school.
Is Online High School Easy?
iSucceed is coursework is accredited, which means what you learn at iSucceed is the same as what you learn at your traditional school. We can’t just make up lessons and hand you a free diploma. Like other schools, you do have to learn the material, take exams and earn your diploma.
While the coursework is rigorous, there are benefits to an online school.
Students are expected to spend about 30 hours a week and complete weekly assignments and projects on time. But the difference is students are not tied to a physical building from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. every day. At iSucceed, you can choose when and where you want to do your schoolwork.
In this sense, online school isn’t “easier,” but it can be less stressful because you can make school fit your lifestyle. You are not worried figuring out how to work in class time, sports, work and doctor appointments in one day. You can set your own schedule, and that relieves a lot of concerns for students who need flexibility due to life circumstances, jobs or extracurricular activities.
Keep in mind that more flexibility requires more discipline. iSucceed instructors are readily available to help, but it is your responsibility to complete assignments on time. For tips to focus on schoolwork, head to this blog.
iSucceed’s courses are unique to other online schools. They are not simply a bunch of words on the page. In addition to reading, there are interactive multimedia elements integrated throughout each lesson. These elements include award-winning videos, graphic-novel stories, educational games and more to help you enjoy what you’re learning.
If you’d like to learn more about our curriculum, head to this blog post.
If you had one hour to help 30 people, who would you go to first? Likely the ones who grab your attention first and ask for help. That’s the barrier a traditional classroom creates. With such large class sizes, students must be vocal in order to receive any sort of help. Those who aren’t oftentimes fall through the cracks.
At iSucceed, teachers take care of each student individually. There are real-time online lectures similar to that of the traditional classroom, but that’s merely one point of contact–not the main form of interaction. For more information on personalized support through iSucceed, head to this blog post.
Like any other high school, online school is not easy. But it certainly can have its benefits. Head to chooseisucceed.com to get started.
That’s about one in four high school students who will not graduate. Earning your high school diploma is extremely important. You can learn more in this article.
If you’re thinking of dropping out, don’t. If you’ve already dropped out, it’s not too late.
A large portion of iSucceed Virtual High School students come already behind on credits. And each year, many former “at-risk” students go on to receive their high school diploma.
That means we can help you!
You Don’t Need a Credit Recovery Program to Graduate on Time
iSucceed is not a credit recovery program. A credit recovery program tends to consist of you sitting on a computer, reading documents, taking quizzes and passing the course.
If you failed your course the first time, why would you do better with hardly any support or guidance? That’s not what iSucceed’s about.
We are an accredited, public high school which means our courses aren’t easy. But we do have a few programs and personalized support that will make you more capable of catching up and graduating here at iSucceed than at another school. Learn more below.
How to Catch Up on Credits to Graduate
iSucceed’s academic structure helps students graduate on time or even early. You can learn more about graduating early here. Our curriculum is separated into three courses every nine weeks. By the end of the traditional semester, a student at iSucceed will finish the same 6-7 courses a traditional student has; they just split it up differently.
Here’s how you can catch up:
After you successfully complete a nine-week block with iSucceed with passing grades, you are eligible to add on more courses. That means you can take three courses every six weeks for an additional three credits. That may not sound like much, but that’s six additional semester courses in the standard school year.
As a refresher, here’s how to catch up on credits with iSucceed:
- Enroll with iSucced. Learn how to here.
- Successfully complete one block with iSucceed with good grades.
- Get counselor approval to take additional courses.
Sometimes life circumstances can make it difficult to add on courses. If you are behind and unable to take on extra work, you can still earn your high school diploma. You can stay with iSucceed until you are 21. However long it takes you to finish high school is not important, so long as you do earn that accredited diploma!
Don’t just take our word for it. Here are a few other testimonials of online students who caught up on credits and graduated.
“I’ve had a rough high school career that put me in a bunch of different schools and left me behind in credits. Online school has helped me change that and was a great way to catch up and learn plenty of things on the way!
The way I finished was just realizing, I HAVE to do this. Don’t just drop out and give up after working for a couple years on it. Just be motivated and understand that having a diploma helps out a great bit in the real world…Good luck to all of you and understand that it’s all worth it in the end!”
-Joey Hergatt, Graduate
“My experience with online high school was great. I encountered credit problems at the beginning of my sophomore year, so my school recommended taking online courses.
At first I thought it was hard and that it needed a lot of focusing and dedication. Thanks to the help of all my teachers and student advisors, I was able to do so! I even became confident in asking for all the help I always needed, that’s how helpful and nice the teachers and advisors were with me.
Even though I came upon many conflicts and would fall behind on homework, the teachers always had a backup plan to help me move along and succeed. It offered a lot of flexibility!”
–Marianna Montes, Graduate
- Do you have a question about recovering credits with iSucceed? Share with us in the comments below!
You’re sitting at your desk, staring at your computer. You have a pile of math homework to start. But you just can’t; you’re dreading it.
You launch your courses and see a word problem. Your least favorite. You want to quit.
You’re not alone. In fact, 4 out of 10 Americans hate math.
If you’re among the four, we have some tips to help you get better at math and start enjoying your work. Our advice comes from a number of online high school administrators, faculty and staff, who are all highly qualified and experienced.
5 Ways to Get Better at Math
1. Implement math in your daily routine
The old saying, “practice makes perfect” rings true for math. There are a few easy ways you can practice math while doing daily tasks. These tips come from faculty from blended learning centers:
- When you go to the grocery store, try adding up all the items in your cart and see if the total you got is what shows up at the cash register.
- Then when you get good at that, try dividing it four ways: How much would the bill be if we split it up between mom, dad, brother and sister?
- Or try baking a new recipe, and calculate what it would take to double the recipe.
Math is found around you wherever you go; don’t stop exercising your brain!”
2. Play games that require math
Again, it’s all about incorporating math into everything you do. Even the fun things! There are several board games that include math in some form. Here are a few games you can play with family and friends:
You can also play a few video games featured in iSucceed curriculum. There are fun exciting graphic games you can play here.
3. Learn key phrases to make word problems simpler
Word problems can be daunting. But there are several common phrases you’ll find in every word problem. And if you can translate those, you’ll get through word problems in a cinch! Here are a few common phrases:
Phrases meaning addition:
- Sum of
- More than
- Total of
Phrases meaning subtraction
- Difference between
- Less than
- Fewer than
Phrases meaning division
- Out of
Phrases meaning multiplication
Phrases meaning equals
- Is (are/were/was)
- Sold for
Don’t forget to take a deep breath before you start. It might be daunting, but you can break it down. Find the key phrases and write the math symbols out. You will eventually be able to put together a math problem and solve it.
4. Memorize formulas through simple repetition
Practice using the formulas again and again. After a lot of repetition, it gets easier to remember the formulas and the methods and then solving the problems becomes second nature! The second thing is try to take careful notes and keep them– even after passing that math class. When you get into college and have to take additional math courses, you can always go back and refer to old notes if you forgot how something is done!
5. Remember, improving in math means patience and perseverance
“We have pretty strong data demonstrating that students who persist through Lesson 10 will pass typically our courses. With that in mind, I often refer back to the wise words of Einstein, ‘It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.’
Students are not expected to learn math in a vacuum. They are welcome and encouraged to seek help – whether that is directly from teachers, from peers, or from the vast array of online math websites that are quick search away. Resourcefulness is a life skill that will yield succeed in math and beyond!” – Ginny Carroll, math instructor
If you are struggling in math, the best thing you can do is reach out to your teacher for help. Your instructors are available via phone calls, emails, instant messages and online sessions to make sure you excel in your online courses. To learn more about communicating with your teachers, head to this blog post.
Take it from one online high school student, Meghan Lyall, who used to struggle with math. Meghan reached out to her math instructor, Mr. Joshi, who helped her every step of the way. Now, Meghan is an excelling student at the University of Utah.
“I had a hard time learning some of the material in my pre-calculus class in my senior year,” said Meghan. “Mr. Joshi was willing to open up live lesson portals once a week to help me with whatever homework problems I did not understand and walk me through each step. This was a tremendous help and I never felt like he was rushing me or becoming impatient with me no matter how many homework questions I needed to be walked through. I felt like he cared that I really learned the material and wanted to prepare me as best as he could for the quizzes and tests.”
We will leave you with a few inspiring thoughts from online math instructor Mr. Joshi:
- You are not the only one who struggles, so do not panic.
- Stay organized, keep good daily notes especially keep the formulas handy-with clear meaning of each term in the formula. It is also useful to have a good reference such as BASIC MATH REVIEW ( here is one such resource)
- Do the workbook, checkpoint, exam questions step-by-step in your notebook–and not quickly jump to one of the answer choices–so that you can identify the error.
- Workbook practice is important in mastering a topic – so if needed, attend the live online sessions and get some help from your instructor.
- Keep pace by doing your daily lesson.
- Review your notes and especially the topics you struggled with, before taking the final exam.
- Do you have a tip you’d like to add? Share with us in the comments below!
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!