Idaho Online School FAQs
What grades are offered by Idaho Virtual Academy (IDVA)?
IDVA offers enrollment for grades K–12 for Idaho residents.
What subjects will my child study?
Language arts/English, math, science, history, music, and art are the required courses for grades K–8. Students may take a world language elective in addition to these courses if they wish. No formal physical education course is offered in these grades; however, 30 minutes of physical activity is recommended for all students. Students in grades K–2 are also required to participate in a world language experience—a short course intended to introduce students to a world language and culture. Visit our elementary, middle school, and high school curriculum pages for more details.
What does it cost to attend IDVA?
Because IDVA is a public charter school, there is no tuition. We provide Idaho-certified teachers and instructional materials. 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.
Does IDVA provide textbooks and other instructional materials?
Yes. We provide textbooks and instructional materials. These books and materials are dependent on the student's grade level and the courses they're enrolled in. High school students receive fewer books and materials than elementary and middle school students.
Can my child work at their own pace?
The elementary program is self-paced and flexible within the parameters specified by state law. Middle school and high school students complete lessons in synchronous and asynchronous sessions and are expected to complete quizzes, tests, and other assignments in a timely manner.
How much time do students spend on the computer?
We expect that students will spend no more than 15 to 30 percent of their school time on the computer in grades K–5, 50 to 70 percent in grades 6–8, and 80+ percent in grades 9–12. We believe in a balanced approach toward education. Computers help us provide you with effective assessment, planning, and time-management tools. Computers also act as powerful teaching tools that can motivate, stimulate, and inform children about the world around them. They do not, however, replace a solid education. Rather, they help facilitate one. That's why we use a unique multimedia approach that also includes traditional books, workbooks, and instructional materials.
How does IDVA provide for special needs children?
As a public charter school, IDVA does not discriminate against any student on any basis prohibited by federal or state constitutions or any federal, state, or local law. All students, regardless of ability or disability, will receive an equal opportunity to enroll in and participate at IDVA.
To discuss your child's needs, please contact our office and we'll put you in touch with our special education team.
Can you accommodate the accelerated learning needs of my advanced learner?
The beauty of our K–8 program is that it is flexible enough to meet children where they are in any given subject and take them where they want to go. Grade placement assessments, completed as part of the enrollment process, allow us to place your student in the appropriate level of curriculum. So, for example, if your fourth grader is doing math on a sixth-grade level and reading on a fourth-grade level, we can tailor lesson plans to meet your student's abilities. High school students have the opportunity to take more advanced courses, including honors and Advanced Placement® courses and concurrent enrollment for college credit.
How do students interact socially?
Throughout the year, students will be invited to participate in school outings, field trips (e.g., to historical sites, museums, zoos), picnics, and other social events. Local groups of students and parents can get together on their own. And Stride K12 online national clubs help connect students with like interests and passions.
Will my child have the same graduation opportunities as students in traditional public schools?
Yes, as a public charter school in Idaho, students can earn a diploma through IDVA based on their successful completion and mastery of course content.
Can students do extracurricular activities in their resident district?
State law in Idaho allows charter school students to participate in district extracurricular activities. Districts may charge charter school students a participation fee or decline a student if the district program is full. Part-time high school students may participate in the full scope of their resident district or charter school's offerings.