WHAT IS VIRTUAL SCHOOLING?
iSchool Virtual Academy is a fully-accredited, ResponsiveEd®, tuition-free online public school for students in grades 3–12 across the state of Texas.
As tuition-free, iSchool Virtual Academy gives your family access to the curriculum, the online learning platform, and Texas state-certified teachers to help your student receive the support he or she needs to be successful. Families will need to purchase school supplies for some courses, just as they would in a brick-and-mortar classroom. Any optional field trips organized by the school’s local community coordinators would be the only other outside expense.
iSchool Virtual Academy uses the Comprehend curriculum. Students can learn at home, on the road, or wherever they have an Internet connection. Attendance, teacher interaction, and daily lessons are conducted online. Students and their Learning Coaches work together with teachers to facilitate learning and achieve the academic goals set in each student’s personalized plan for learning.
At iSchool Virtual Academy, all students interact with state-certified teachers for each of their courses and communicate regularly with their teachers through e-mail, telephone, web conferencing, live virtual sessions, and online meetings. All students have daily 24-hour access to a robust online curriculum for each of their courses, with a variety of assignments and interactive content to help them navigate the year’s learning under the direction of their assigned teachers.
A SUPPORTIVE SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT
iSchool Virtual Academy also provides a comprehensive support system to both parents and students. Working closely with the teacher, the parent (or other responsible adult) serves as a “Learning Coach” to the student. They help facilitate his or her progress and work to keep the student on task by submitting assignments to his or her teachers in a timely manner, attending live instruction when needed and required, and maintaining a healthy pace throughout the year. Course teachers and campus administrators are always accessible by phone call, e-mail, or web conference!
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
iSchool Virtual Academy is FREE to attend. Because we work online, we do not require a standard set of school supplies or texts. We encourage you to purchase those items that will best help your student succeed.
Chromebooks will be provided to students upon request.
Science experiments are directed by our teachers. They will provide a list of resources needed for each lesson if they are required. Teachers have the flexibility to modify experiments if you are unable to purchase the required supplies.
PERSONALIZED LEARNING, PUBLIC SCHOOL ACCOUNTABILITY
In addition to providing learning that caters to the needs of each student, iSchool Virtual Academy provides the structure, administrative support, instructional and operational oversight, accountability, and state testing required of all Texas public schools.
At iSchool Virtual Academy, we strive to build community. Because of this, we also provide various opportunities for students to interact, both to enhance their learning and to socialize. Teachers will lead various field trips throughout the year that you and your student can choose to attend and connect with other iSchool Virtual Academy families. Students can form lasting relationships, nurture teamwork, practice their communication skills, and have fun.