This week, January 24-28, 2017, is National School Choice week. At International Virtual Learning Academy (IVLA), we respect the fact that families have a choice regarding how and where they will educate their children. We are honored to work with so many wonderful families who have chosen IVLA.

Here are two such families –

IVLA has been such a blessing to our family. Our son, Jakob, is a hockey player whose season has required a lot of time for training, practices, and out of state travels. A conventional school would not have allowed him to play hockey competitively and still live a normal life. The flexibility of his schedule allows him to do school work around his hockey schedule and still leaves him time to take piano lessons and spend time with the family. The quality of the courses offered by IVLA is also unmatched.  He is being challenged, and he has learned so much.  We have also been very happy with the support system that the school offers–his success coach is always available if he needs help, and his teachers are always there if he needs assistance.

 I highly recommend the school and we will always be grateful that we discovered it!

-Ken and Jeana W.


For someone who attended a brick-and-mortar school for 10 years, homeschooling seemed intimidating and distant. When the time came for me to join IVLA, however, I was showered with nothing but acceptance, love, and warmth, all of which made me fall in love with the art of homeschooling. The school I had attended before appeared dull compared to what I now had. 

I’m grateful for the teachers of IVLA, whose patience and understanding inspire me to work hard. When I make a mistake or feel confused, I no longer fear rejection or disappointment. Instead, curiosity takes over and gives me an intense desire to understand the topic that is confusing me. I feel very welcome in IVLA, especially during my drama class homerooms. My drama teacher, Mrs. Bethanie Frank, is so full of life and enthusiasm that I can’t help but look up to her. Every school day is a joy to me.

Another part of IVLA that gives me happiness is the learning system. My schedules are flexible and far from terrifying.  I rarely feel overwhelmed, despite the abundance of challenging assignments. I find myself waking up every morning with an inner desire to work harder and to impress both my parents and my teachers, and for that, I’m exceedingly grateful. I never imagined that high school could be so fun!

I‘m also thankful for the lessons I’m given, which are understandable and challenging. I’ve learned so much about U.S. History, Biology, English, and Geometry this year. Things like cells, which used to bore me, are now fascinating to me. Every project I’ve worked on has inspired me to look at life differently and to question and appreciate everything I see. I’ve turned into a more grateful person because of my school. Now, even the smallest details are significant.

I’m also grateful for the reading challenge, which asks students to read for 2.5 hours every week. Because of it, my love for reading has bloomed so beautifully. I find time every day to enjoy a good book, even for a few minutes. This is valuable for someone who was already a bookworm before starting the reading challenge.

As you can see, my homeschool has changed my life completely, and I’ve been a part of it for only a few months! I never knew that an online program would change my perspective on life. Every act of kindness, every challenge, and every message of encouragement I receive let me know that I have potential. I always believed that students should be encouraged and not brought down, and this school is a wonderful example of a place where individuals can find themselves and come closer to their dreams.

I hope that every homeschooled student has an experience as wonderful as mine.
I’m grateful for you, IVLA. Thank you for everything you do. 

-Taissia I.


Thank you to all our families whose school choice has included IVLA!