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Our virtual open houses happen weekly and are available to anyone who registers through the form on this page. During our open house, we will discuss how an online education works, what makes IVLA different from other online schools, and walk parents through the process of getting started and monitoring their student’s progress throughout their school year. We will also spend a portion of the open house answering questions you or other families may have about IVLA or online education.

Real students from all over the world use IVLA as their trusted education partner to live a more flexible lifestyle.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is my child’s day going to look like?2018-06-18T06:10:17+00:00

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!

How much teacher interaction will there be?2018-06-18T06:09:56+00:00

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.

How do I choose a curriculum?2018-06-18T06:09:37+00:00

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 does it work?2018-06-18T06:08:59+00:00

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 much direct academic support do IVLA teachers provide?2018-06-18T06:07:33+00:00

IVLA teachers are available on most weekdays to answer students’ questions and to provide assistance on an as-needed basis. Keep in mind that IVLA teachers, though always supportive, are NOT tutors and generally do not individually review each lesson or problem. IVLA teachers check their students’ progress and messages on a daily basis during the work week and will always respond to questions or concerns within 24-48 hours.   IVLA teachers are not available on weekends or holidays.

Do IVLA teachers provide access to student grades?2018-06-18T06:07:16+00:00

IVLA teachers do not directly provide access to student grades. Grades, comments and student progress reports are available to parents and students through the IVLA Website.

Are IVLA Teachers Licensed and Certified?2018-06-18T06:06:43+00:00

IVLA Teachers are fully qualified and certified under California’s Private School requirements. All IVLA teachers are credentialed and possess an advanced degree and/or have extensive classroom or homeschooling experience. Generally speaking, online teachers must meet the same requirements as traditional teachers. At the high school level , online teachers must have a bachelor’s degree and a teaching license.

Is lack of socialization a problem for IVLA homeschool students?2018-06-18T05:50:03+00:00

The level of socialization homeschool students enjoy is entirely dependent on how the adult(s) in charge of the experience coordinate and manage opportunities for outside activities. Not everyone who homeschools takes the time to plan extra-curricular activities or involve their children in the community. Generally speaking, homeschool kids go on field trips with other homeschooled kids; attend topically interesting classes and seminars at local museums, zoos and other places; start home businesses; play sports and are involved in art, drama and music lessons. The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) “PBS Parents” Web page (http://www.pbs.org/parents/education/homeschooling) quotes National Home Education Research Institute president Brian Ray who believes that socialization is not a problem for the vast majority of homeschool students. Mr. Ray reports that “Research shows that in terms of self-concept, self-esteem and the ability to get along in groups, homeschoolers do just as well as their public school peers.”

To assist in the learning and socialization process, IVLA offers homeroom sessions through a mentoring program designed to give full-time students the opportunity to interact and build relationships with other students.

Do IVLA students do well academically?2018-06-18T05:49:41+00:00

The trend towards online learning raises the question of just how effective online or online homeschool 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.

Which student populations does IVLA serve?2018-06-18T05:49:24+00:00

IVLA offers an alternative approach to traditional classroom education models. IVLA is proud to serve students:

  • who wish to take advanced courses or additional courses so they can graduate early;
  • who need to make up credits for failed courses in order to graduate;
  • who need remedial help in reading or mathematics;
  • who need a flexible learning schedule that allows them to focus on careers or extracurricular activities that include extensive travel; and
  • who live with medical conditions that make it difficult to attend a traditional school.
In which states is homeschool legal?2018-06-18T05:48:57+00:00

IVLA is a private online school that provides a legal option for California homeschool students as well as homeschool students in many other states and countries. If you’re interested in knowing whether or not homeschooling is legal in your state, check the homeschool laws for your area. A complete listing is available at www.homeschoolfacts.com.

Can a student graduate from high school using IVLA programs?2018-06-18T05:48:34+00:00

Yes. IVLA awards a California high school diploma on completion of graduation requirements. Transfer students must complete a minimum of 25% of the required credits with our program to earn a diploma. Depending on the diploma track chosen, this will total either 5 or 6 credits.

Does IVLA offer courses at all K-12 grade levels?2018-06-18T05:48:16+00:00

Yes. IVLA enrolls students in grades K-12.

How will IVLA help my student?2018-07-12T01:06:12+00:00

Whether you are a student working above grade level or if you have fallen behind and want to catch up to the curve, IVLA’s assessment and curriculum options can help you increase your chances of accelerating to graduation and success. If you’re a student who can work independently and without a lot of supervision, IVLA’s online programs can be a great “fit” for your educational needs.

What is the International Virtual Learning Academy?2018-07-12T01:04:52+00:00

International Virtual Learning Academy (IVLA) is a year-round, online, private K-12 school. IVLA is fully accredited by AdvancEd and awards a California State High School Diploma. IVLA faculty members are highly qualified teachers who meet the California State requirements for private school faculty. Teachers and mentors interact directly with students and parents to assess, prescribe, and monitor student progress. IVLA’s learning systems provide individualization to each student’s learning needs. IVLA offers over 1500 courses of the most innovative, engaging, and effective online curriculum available. 

How do I request my transcript from IVLA?2018-08-08T19:41:53+00:00

Order My Transcripts: Please use this website to order your transcripts by creating a username and password, if you haven’t done so already.

What are IVLA Advanced Placement (AP)** courses and how do I register to take the AP exam?2018-06-18T06:05:52+00:00

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

How do I qualify for IVLA Honors or AP courses?2018-06-18T06:05:30+00:00

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.

Does IVLA offer advanced placement (AP) courses?2018-06-18T06:05:13+00:00

Yes, IVLA does offer AP courses, as well as Honors course.

What is IVLA’s Grading Scale?2018-06-18T06:04:55+00:00

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How many hours are required to earn an IVLA elective credit?2018-06-18T06:04:32+00:00

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.

Will IVLA give me credit for “outside activities” and “life experiences”?2018-06-18T06:04:09+00:00

Yes. IVLA elective courses are designed to document a wide range of life learning experiences to earn elective credit. A maximum of two credits will be awarded for outside activities or life experiences.

Can I receive High School credits while in Middle School?2018-06-18T06:03:48+00:00

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.

What happens if I don’t submit work to IVLA?2018-07-12T01:19:51+00:00

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.

How often should I submit lessons to IVLA?2018-06-18T06:03:10+00:00

Students should complete one-to-two lessons per week for each course taken.

If I complete my IVLA coursework ahead of schedule and I did not pay in full, do I have to keep paying monthly?2018-06-18T06:02:50+00:00

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.

Does IVLA allow students to work at their own slower pace or work faster to move on to the next grade?2018-06-18T06:02:31+00:00

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.

How much does a parent need to know in order to oversee distance learning?2018-06-18T06:02:13+00:00

While all IVLA coursework is designed for easy use by parents overseeing their childrens’ education, the most important thing a parent should remember is that he/she will be in charge of their child’s complete educational experience. This doesn’t mean one parent needs to know everything about every subject. It does mean that, if you have limited knowledge in a subject, you are responsible for finding educational opportunities for your child that fill in the blanks in your knowledge and experience. Homeschooling using online education programs requires that parents have at least a basic understanding of core academic subjects. You don’t have to be an expert in every subject, but you must understand basic concepts related to mathematics, grammar, science, and history. If you feel you do not have a working knowledge of these subjects, you can still succeed if you are willing and have the ability to learn about the topics as you work with you child.

A parent must also have good organizational skills in order to manage a homeschool or online education program. You will have to locate, review and assess a wide range of learning materials and opportunities and plan learning activities for your child, both educational and social. The bottom line is, you don’t have to be a trained teacher to manage your child’s homeschool and/or online learning program, but you must be prepared to be completely dedicated to the effort and accept that the experience will include a lot of hard work and time.

How effective IVLA’s Web-based curriculum?2018-06-18T06:01:55+00:00

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.

Is IVLA’s online curriculum appropriate for Special Education?2018-06-18T06:01:31+00:00

IVLA’s coursework is organized as a “self-paced,” and individualized learning system, which often works well in a Special Education setting. Students can start working at their class-appropriate grade level and move on to the next level when ready.

Is all IVLA curriculum delivered online?2018-06-18T06:01:10+00:00

Yes. All IVLA courses, including all reading materials, are delivered online.

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