How It Works

How Online High School Works

Who can attend?

The Idaho Virtual Academy (IDVA) high school program serves students in grades 9–12 who reside in the state of Idaho.

What are the costs?

Because IDVA is a public school program, there is no tuition. IDVA provides students all instructional materials for the program. Families are responsible for providing some common household materials (such as printer ink and paper).

Does IDVA offer an accelerated graduation schedule?

Yes. IDVA offers alternate paths towards graduation for qualifying students. Students who are 16 years or older and who have a 3.5 GPA or higher may qualify for a flexible schedule and/or early graduation.

Teachers provide individual and small group assistance via online synchronous sessions called “Class Connects.” Students are expected to attend all required Class Connects and meet with their teacher to receive course assistance, tutoring, and instruction. Students in grades 9–12 work more directly with teachers, but parent/Learning Coach involvement is essential for approximately 10 hours a week.

At IDVA, student learning and academic growth are paramount. While we offer a level of flexibility, we recognize the importance of classroom pacing and the need for students to complete their work based on set due dates.

IDVA high school uses a semester-based approach where students are required to earn a passing grade on their assignments and online lessons. Due dates are assigned to lessons to encourage consistent, steady progress for academic success.

Attending teacher-led, direct-instruction, online synchronous Class Connect sessions, along with completing coursework, will help students be successful.

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IDVA provides high school counselors and a school social worker to support students with:

  • Individual academic planning, including assisting with graduation requirements
  • Post-secondary guidance, including college and career exploration
  • Responsive services, including social and emotional supports
  • Resource and service navigation, including connecting with local community resources

Attendance is logged Monday through Friday according to a traditional calendar; however, academic progress can be achieved during the weekends as well. High school students are expected to spend approximately 6–7 hours on schoolwork per school day.

Email is the primary form of communication between the school and families. Learning Coaches and students are required to check and respond to emails on a daily basis.

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