How does it work?
IVLA is a private, accredited school. Our students are not considered homeschool students, as their courses are overseen and assignments graded by certified teachers. Students take between 4 and 6 courses each “school year”. These course requirements vary just a bit with grade level. For instance, Elementary and Middle School students take Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies each year. High school students take their level of these courses as well as a few other requirements over the course of their high school career. Each course is delivered online. There is no need for textbooks other than our Honors and AP courses for high school.
How do I choose a curriculum?
We offer a variety of curriculum options because we know that children vary in their learning styles. The core content will be the same in each of the programs. For instance, Algebra I will teach the same content whether you choose Plato or Apex. However, the delivery will be very different. The best steps in choosing a curriculum are 1) watching the demos as a family – this will give insight as to which program the student feels the most comfortable with and drawn to 2) take into consideration if your student needs any accommodations – such as ELS services, or text to speech for students who struggle in reading comprehension for large passages. 3) reviewing graduation goals (for high school students) such as pursuing an Honors diploma. For more information, check out our How to Choose a Curriculum that Fits page.
How much teacher interaction will there be?
Our teachers have a 24-hour response rate for student questions and grading. When a student has a question, they can reach out to their teacher via email or through the messaging section in their curriculum. While they are waiting for teachers to respond, we encourage students to work on other subjects, even getting ahead of their schedule. Teachers will respond one of 3 ways. If a simple explanation/answer is all the student needs, they will respond via email. Teachers may also provide some additional websites that will further help the student. Teachers can also schedule a phone call or a one-on-one conference via an Adobe Connect room or Skype. Students many times will need this option for math and science concepts.
What is my kids day going to look like?
Transitioning into online learning can present an adjusting period. Your day will look differently on the first day than it will the 30th day. I encourage you to find a routine that works with your student and family. Some students do better working early in the morning, as others work better later in the day. In order to successfully complete their courses, students should expect to spend an average of one hour per day per course. Of course, this does vary among students and courses – but it is a good starting point to gauge the student work day. We also encourage that throughout the day you schedule time away from courses. This could include exercise, playing instruments, participating in an outside activity, etc. Balancing school work and extracurricular activity is a great recipe for success!