While most interaction takes place online, students do meet on campus for weekly classes that require a face-to-face component due to state or district requirements, such as science labs, P.E., and certain electives. iHigh teachers are on campus to provide individual and smallI-group instruction. In addition to providing individualized learning, iHigh provides the structure, administrative support, oversight, accountability and state testing required of all public schools.
The method of instruction used at iHigh is blended/online independent study. Each student is assigned a content teacher for each online class. The content teacher grades the teacher-scored assignments and provides support with academic planning, subject matter and program questions.
All students also have a Supervising Teacher, who provides the student orientation, distributes materials, monitors student studies across all courses, collects student work samples, determines attendance credit, and serves as the student's main advisor and parent liaison. The parent(s), student and Supervising Teacher sign the independent study contract prior to each semester start date, which outlines what courses will be taken and when the work is due.
A student's content teacher may also be his/her Supervising Teacher. Any iHigh teacher may proctor the student's unit exams (TSTs), midterms and finals.
iHigh offers over 100 blended/online courses to suit a student's unique interests and educational goals. The iHigh curriculum is comprised of Board-approved courses from a variety of online providers, as well as a few district courses for which there is currently no UC-approved online option available. The majority of iHigh courses are provided by Apex Learning. Additional online providers include National University Virtual High School, K12/Middlebury Interactive Languages, and UC Scout. Most courses are taught by iHigh teachers, although some courses may be taught by an online provider's CA-credentialed teacher.
Unlike the stereotypical online school, where students are isolated in their bedrooms in front of their computers, iHigh students have a number of opportunities to collaborate with their peers. Weekly science labs, math labs, and P.E. classes provide students with face-to-face, collaborative, hands-on learning to supplement their online studies. Elective courses such as Student Government (ASB), Art and Theatre promote teamwork, leadership, and creativity in planning student activities and building communications skills. Extracurricular activities such as spirit days, art projects, local college tours, school picnics, Habitat for Humanity, and food drives provide opportunities for social interaction and community service.
Students who attend iHigh are typically self-motivated, self-directed, and able to manage their time independently in order to successfully follow the pacing guide for completing their courses on schedule. Many are 10th-12th graders whose needs were not being met in their traditional high school program, although we also serve 9th graders who are seeking an alternative program. Our students come from a variety of geographic neighborhoods (e.g., south bay, east county, and north county), and are from a broad range of backgrounds, ethnicities and abilities. Students who might be interested in attending iHigh Virtual Academy fulltime include students who:
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