How It Works
How Online Education Works
With online learning, your child can learn at home, or wherever there’s an internet connection, while enjoying the benefits and support of a school program. They’ll complete a mix of online lessons and offline activities using K12-provided books and materials.* State-certified teachers provide instruction in virtual sessions called “Class Connects.”
Idaho Virtual Academy (IDVA) uses quality curriculum from K12 that’s designed to let students find the learning style that works best for them, allowing them to find their own path to success. Each online classroom offers engaging and relevant lessons that build on your child’s interests and abilities. Plus, our career and college prep program helps middle and high school students prepare for life after graduation.
What’s my role as a parent?
You’ll play an active and important role as your child’s Learning Coach. Plan to:
- Provide academic support, motivation, and guidance throughout the school year
- Ensure your child is on track with assignments and coursework
- Communicate with teachers
- Report daily attendance
If you or your child’s legal guardian are unable to fill this role, you can choose a family member, friend, or another trusted adult to be the Learning Coach.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many of my children can I enroll in IDVA?
Because IDVA provides the lesson plans and materials needed for grades K–12, many parents find it easy to enroll multiple children in the program.
What does it cost to attend IDVA?
Because IDVA is a public school program, there is no tuition. We provide Idaho-certified teachers and instructional materials. Qualified families may receive a loaner computer and printer. These computer systems are instructional property and must be returned when the student leaves IDVA. Families are responsible for providing some common household materials (such as printer ink and paper). Our enrollment consultants can help address your technological and computer questions and needs.
What is the attendance policy?
As Idaho public school students, all IDVA students must comply with the state-required minimum number of instructional days.
Students who are 16 years or older and who have a 3.5 grade point average (GPA) or higher may qualify for a flexible schedule and/or early graduation.
Can our family take a vacation during the school year?
The school calendar includes school holidays or vacation time. Whenever possible, family vacations should align with school vacation days. Parents are encouraged to contact their student’s teacher if they plan a vacation that does not coordinate with the school calendar.
How much time will my child spend online?
In the younger grades, many of the online lessons include offline work. Students in grades K–2 spend about 30–40 percent of their time on the computer, while students in grades 3–5 spend about 50–60 percent of their time online. Screen time increases in middle school, and by high school, most of the school day is online.
*Course materials vary by course and school.