Find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about online school and specific programs at International Virtual Learning Academy.
What is my child’s day going to look like?
Transitioning into online learning will most certainly include an adjustment period. Your day will look differently on the first day than it will the 30th day. We encourage you to find a routine that works for 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 you to 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!
Because of the flexibility that comes with online school, there’s no limit to what your day could look like! Take a look at some of these IVLA student below, who’ve crafted their own schedules that allow them to lead a unique lifestyle!

See What Daily Life Looks Like for These Students

How much teacher interaction will there be?
Our teachers have a 12-hour response rate (or less) for student questions and 24 hours for grading, M-F. Weekend periods, teachers will grade and answer questions once the offices open back up on Monday. When a student has a question, they can reach out to their teacher via email or through the messaging section in their curriculum at any time. While they are waiting for teachers to respond, we encourage students to work on other subjects, assignments/lessons, 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 the quickest. Teachers may also provide some additional resources and notes that will further help the student. Teacher may also schedule a phone call or a one-on-one conference via an GoToMeeting (similar to Zoom) where they can share their screen and explain anything needed.
How does online school at IVLA 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.
What is IVLA’s Grading Scale?
What happens if I don’t submit work to IVLA?
IVLA considers learning to be a process that requires responsible participation on the part of students and families and strongly encourages students to establish a schedule for submitting assignments. IVLA also recommends that students keep communication active using the IVLA internal messaging system.
IVLA recognizes and respects that there may be extenuating circumstances that prevent a student from submitting work and communicating with administrators, teachers and counselors. We encourage you to contact IVLA’s school administrator to discuss these situations.
IVLA respects the seriousness of an Academic Withdrawal. If 21 days or more have passed and the student has not submitted any lessons, IVLA may be required to initiate a report of absence to IVLA’s Attendance Department. The Attendance Department will make every attempt to contact the student via telephone, email and letter. If after 30 days, IVLA has been unable to reach the student, enrollment will be suspended.
What are IVLA Advanced Placement (AP)** courses and how do I register to take the AP exam?
Advanced Placement (AP)** courses are college-level courses that IVLA offers to eligible high school students enrolled in IVLA programs. Because AP courses are weighted higher on transcripts, a student’s grade point average can be higher. Taking AP classes demonstrates to college or university admissions counselors that the applicant has college-level academic skills. Completing AP courses is a great way for students to receive college credit while still in high school without paying college per-credit fees.
Once an IVLA student completes an AP course, they are eligible to register for the AP exam. Students must register separately for AP exams. AP exams are administered by the College Board* in May of each academic year. (Visit www.collegeboard.com for more information about college credit for AP courses.)
Check out the following links for AP exam deadlines:
Visit http://collegesearch.collegeboard.com/apcreditpolicy/index.jsp for more information on the acceptability of Advanced Placement Credits at colleges and universities throughout the United States.
Visit http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/reg.html to learn how to contact the AP Services Department or your local AP Coordinator.
**AP is a registered trademark of the College Board
Is all IVLA curriculum delivered online?
Yes. All IVLA courses, including all reading materials, are delivered online.
If I complete my IVLA coursework ahead of schedule and I did not pay in full, do I have to keep paying monthly?
The cost of IVLA’s all-inclusive tuition remains the same regardless of course completion date. Payment must be made in full before re-enrolling for the next grade level and before IVLA can release grades for completed courses.
How often should I submit lessons to IVLA?
Students should complete one-to-two lessons per week for each course taken.
How many hours are required to earn an IVLA elective credit?
IVLA students must submit a weekly log entry summarizing completed elective activities. 72 hours of learning activity are required for each half credit earned in a semester. To earn one credit a student must complete 144 hours of a learning activity within two semesters.
How effective IVLA’s Web-based curriculum?
The trend towards online learning raises the question of just how effective an online education is as compared to current traditional education models. According to a 2010 study conducted for the U.S. Department of Education, online learners perform slightly better than students in traditional face-to-face classrooms. (Source: Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning: A Meta-Analysis and Review of Online Learning Studies: U.S. Department of Education Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development, Policy and Program Studies Service – Revised September 2010.) The study analyzed research comparing online and conventional learning at institutions of higher education and in K-12 school settings between 1996 and 2008.
A key finding of the report shows that students doing some or all of their coursework online rank, on average, in the 59th percentile, meaning these students did better than 59% of all those who were scored. Students in traditional classrooms ranked in the 50th percentile. Although this is a significant difference, the results don’t signal the end of public schools. But – the facts may help put an end to the myth that online learning is of a lower quality than current traditional learning models.
How do I qualify for IVLA Honors or AP® courses?
IVLA students wishing to enroll in honors courses must have a minimum 3.0 GPA or a letter of recommendation from an instructor or counselor. IVLA Students wishing to enroll in AP® courses must have a minimum 3.5 GPA and meet all course prerequisites. Please contact an IVLA enrollment specialist for more information.
How do I request my transcript from IVLA?
Order My Transcripts: Please use this website to order your transcripts by creating a username and password, if you haven’t done so already.
Does IVLA offer advanced placement (AP®) courses?
Yes, IVLA does offer AP® courses, as well as Honors course.
Does IVLA allow students to work at their own slower pace or work faster to move on to the next grade?
As long as an IVLA student completes all required coursework within the specified enrollment period, IVLA encourages everyone to work at a personally comfortable pace. Some learners prefer to complete one course at a time while others want to move ahead as quickly as possible. Once a student has completed all the required work within a grade level, he/she may re-enroll in the next grade level without waiting for the enrollment period to expire.
Can I receive High School credits while in Middle School?
Students in grades 6, 7 and 8 can receive high school credit for high school level math such as Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II. Students wanting to take this level of math must show mastery of prerequisite requirements in each. Students in grades 6, 7 and 8 are also allowed to take a foreign language for high school credit. All other core courses and electives taken in middle school will not be considered for high school credit in accordance with college entrance requirements. We permit students the opportunity to take high school level electives at the middle school level, however these courses will not count toward graduation requirements at the high school level.

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