WHAT IS ONLINE VIRTUAL HOMESCHOOLING?
iSchool Virtual Academy is a fully-accredited, ResponsiveEd®, tuition-free online public homeschool for students in grades 3–12 across the state of Texas.
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 they need 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 BrightThinker 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.
TEXAS-CERTIFIED ONLINE HOMESCHOOLING TEACHERS
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 homeschool 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 ONLINE HOMESCHOOLING 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. The Learning Coach helps facilitate their progress and work to keep the student on task by submitting assignments to their 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 VIRTUAL ONLINE HOMESCHOOLING 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 HOMESCHOOL LEARNING, PUBLIC SCHOOL ACCOUNTABILITY
In addition to providing virtual online homeschooling 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. Students can form lasting relationships, nurture teamwork, practice their communication skills, and have fun.
IS ONLINE HOMESCHOOLING THE SAME AS TRADITIONAL HOMESCHOOLING?
With traditional homeschooling, the parent serves as the child’s teacher for all subjects. They research the curriculum, develop the assignments, and grade all student work.
At an online public home school, certified teachers develop a personalized learning plan for each student, and periodically meet with students for real-time instruction and lessons in the virtual classroom. They also grade assignments, quizzes and provide ongoing feedback to students by phone and email.
Many homeschooled students are required to take the GED® exam to earn a credential recognized in higher education and the workforce. Students graduating from iSchool Virtual Academy can earn an official high school diploma without this extra step, and are well prepared for college, career, and life.