iSucceed Fall Events

Fall is finally here! That means cooler weather, beautiful fall colors and pumpkin flavored everything.

It also means a bunch of school events!

This month, we have a number of fun school events for you to attend. Come get homework help, participate in fun activities and meet classmates.

Check out the list of activities happening this fall.

Twin Falls: Pizza & Study Time

When: Wednesday, October 11, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: Gertie’s Pizza, 602 2nd Ave South Twin Falls, ID
What’s happening: tutoring help from an onsite instructor, free pizza.

RSVP HERE.

Boise: Pumpkins, Pizza & a Movie

When: Thursday, October 12, noon – 3 p.m
Where: iSucceed Boise Office, 6148 N. Discovery Way
What’s happening: pumpkin decorating contest, movie, study and homework time.

*The winner of the pumpkin decorating contest will receive a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

RSVP HERE.

Nampa: Messenger Pizza & Study Time

When: Friday, October 13, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: Messenger Pizza, 12241st Street South Nampa, ID
What’s happening: tutoring help from Mr. Rollins, free pizza.

RSVP HERE.

Coeur d’Alene: Frozen Yogurt & Study Time

When: Saturday, October 14, 3 – 5 p.m.
Where: Jamms Frozen Yogurt, 3500 N Government Way Coeur d’Alene, ID
What’s happening: tutoring help from Ms. Knuchell, free frozen yogurt.

RSVP HERE.

Bonners Ferry: Bowling & Pizza

When: Wednesday, October 18, 6 – 8 p.m.
Where: AJ’s Lanes Bowling & Pizza, 6696 Main Street Bonners Ferry, ID
What’s happening: bowling (costs are covered for students), tutoring help from Ms. Ferrari

RSVP HERE.

 

Idaho Falls: Frozen Yogurt & Study Time

When: Thursday, October 19, 1 – 3 p.m.
Where: Kiwi Loco Frozen Yogurt, 3198 South 25th Street East Idaho Falls, ID
What’s happening: Tutoring help from Ms. Hale, free frozen yogurt.

RSVP HERE.

ONGOING: Coffee & Donut Tuesdays

Get help with your homework from onsite tutors at the iSucceed office. Happening every Tuesday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., 6148 N. Discovery. Bring your laptop, work on homework and the best part: Enjoy free donuts and coffee.

Please be sure to RSVP to any event you plan to attend. We hope to see you there!

Charter School Wait List? Not at iSucceed!

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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 students often report that they communicate more with their teachers here than they ever did at their old school.

How?

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
  • Emails
  • 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.

iSucceed is:

  • A non-profit public charter school
  • Tuition free
  • Accredited
  • 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:

  • Videos
  • Graphic novels
  • Games
  • Stories
  • Infographics
  • Animations

You can sample a bit of the award-winning content in this post.

For steps on enrolling with iSucceed, head to this post.

Classes start August 21. ENROLL TODAY

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!

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!

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!

Is iSucceed Accredited?

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.

Classes start Monday, August 21. Get started here.

Talking to Your Parents About Switching to Online School

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!

iSucceed Graduation Recap

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. 

“It was excellent to see so many students graduate this year, and at Boise we packed our venue,” said iSucceed Principal Clayton Trehal. It was also great to be able to host multiple graduations so students in the far corners of the state could have a ceremony that wasn’t too far from where they lived”

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!

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