Video Introduction to iHigh - See what students and teachers are saying about the iHigh program. (6:30)
iHigh Virtual Academy is a tuition-free public high school offering students the opportunity to earn a high school diploma primarily online. All core courses and many elective courses are University of CA a-g approved for UC/CSU Admissions. Credentialed teachers are on campus daily to provide student assistance and progress monitoring, either face-to-face or online. Students complete coursework in a much more flexible, self-directed manner than in a traditional classroom. For student athletes, almost all core courses are NCAA-approved for Division I and Division II eligibility.
Who May Apply?
Advantages of iHigh's blended/online structure include:
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.
Method of Instruction
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.
Roles and Expectations
The roles and expectations for iHigh students, parents/guardians and staff are outlined in the iHigh Admissions Agreement. Parent involvement and collaboration are key factors in helping students to achieve and be successful in the iHigh program.
iHigh offers over 100 blended or 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.
ScheduleMost iHigh semester courses are offered in both 9-week and 18-week options. Some students take three iHigh courses every 9 weeks, some take six courses over 18 weeks, and some take a combination of the two schedules. With rare exception, courses such as Math, Spanish, French and Advanced Placement are only offered over 18 weeks (traditional semester), due to the rigor of the courses. Most courses are available online 24/7, so motivated students may complete a course ahead of schedule and move on to the next course.